Michael Steele: The RNC supports O’Donnell “without hesitation”

posted at 6:03 pm on September 15, 2010 by Allahpundit

We beat him up enough that I feel obliged to post when he does something right. This is one of his better moments as chairman, not only pushing a message needed to win but doing himself a big favor in the process. He’s tried before to ingratiate himself with tea partiers, but that idea was drowned long ago in a sea of gaffes. So here’s his second attempt, filling a space foolishly vacated last night by the NRSC when it initially said it wouldn’t give her any money. The base wants the leadership to be excited about grassroots upstarts, and if it can’t get excited, to at least show no reservations about them. Steele’s message: No reservations. In fact, according to Time, he’ll expand a bit on that tonight on CNN:

On what he’d say to Republicans who don’t think Republican Christine O’Donnell can win Joe Biden’s old Senate seat in the general election.

MICHAEL STEELE, RNC CHAIRMAN: I don’t know if she can win until we try. How can you claim defeat before you attempt victory? This makes no sense. It makes no sense. So stop it. Stop it.

JOHN KING, CNN ANCHOR: That’s your message to them? Stop it?

STEELE: That’s my message. Stop it. Let’s get behind our nominees and win the election. Then we can have a meeting and sit down and talk about all that stuff. Let me tell you, victory is going to be a sweet thing and I don’t think you want to have that meeting where you’re going to start parsing out who’s up, who’s down, who wins, who loses.

It ain’t much, but it’s all to the good. And speaking of getting behind nominees, news in the last hour or so from New Hampshire is that Ovide Lamontagne has conceded to Kelly Ayotte and won’t seek a recount despite the margin of victory being paper-thin. Exit question: Can you feel the healing?


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Tell that to Karl Rove!

tims472 on September 15, 2010 at 6:05 PM

Yeah, Karl!

pseudonominus on September 15, 2010 at 6:05 PM

…and Castle.

tims472 on September 15, 2010 at 6:06 PM

Karl off the official Memo List?

SuperCool on September 15, 2010 at 6:06 PM

While I will give Steele credit for doing what is right in this case, e is a long way from making up for his RINO leanings.

JohnTheBuilder on September 15, 2010 at 6:06 PM

Romney is for O’Donnell

Keeping his unbroken string of backing candidates after they win.

William Amos on September 15, 2010 at 6:06 PM

Well, if she wasn’t doomed before, she’s doomed now.

MadisonConservative on September 15, 2010 at 6:06 PM

If he’s not redesigning the RNC logo, he’s nothin’!

Abby Adams on September 15, 2010 at 6:07 PM

Does the party have someone who can go kick Karl Rove in the nuts before he opens his mouth again? Thank you.

JEM on September 15, 2010 at 6:07 PM

Now that she has $600,000 in 12 hours, over 1k a minute since around 3:00PM EDT.

WoosterOh on September 15, 2010 at 6:07 PM

Does the party have someone who can go kick Karl Rove in the nuts before he opens his mouth again? Thank you.

JEM on September 15, 2010 at 6:07 PM

You could probably find a few volunteers around here.

tims472 on September 15, 2010 at 6:08 PM

Steele on the way out ?

William Amos on September 15, 2010 at 6:09 PM

The RNC is as timely as Mitt Romney.

SouthernGent on September 15, 2010 at 6:10 PM

Christine has raised $600,000 so far.

scrubjay on September 15, 2010 at 6:12 PM

Maybe Steele can come up with a new logo for the Republicans to counter the Democratic attack.

I think a circle-R is taken though.

dtestard on September 15, 2010 at 6:14 PM

Rove can’t seem to shut the hell up. A piece just posted over on the Wall Street Journal that just digs the hole deeper.

So diappointed in him today

BrideOfRove on September 15, 2010 at 6:14 PM

WoosterOh on September 15, 2010 at 6:07 PM

Cross post. It’s fun watching it grow.

scrubjay on September 15, 2010 at 6:15 PM

On what he’d say to Republicans who don’t think Republican Christine O’Donnell can win Joe Biden’s old Senate seat in the general election.

He replied, “Hey, Joe Biden won it. What more do you need to know?”

dont taze me bro on September 15, 2010 at 6:15 PM

Kudos to Lamontagne. He’s a stand up guy, and I encourage him to take on the fight in other ways until the next election run where I hope he can find a another good fight and win.

Dusty on September 15, 2010 at 6:16 PM

Maybe the “Big Tent Republicans” found a little room in the corner for a conservative?

Rode Werk on September 15, 2010 at 6:16 PM

Quick! We need a new R in a circle logo, or the Dems will kill us in Nov!

John the Libertarian on September 15, 2010 at 6:18 PM

“Without hestitation…other than our initial resistance and refusal last night.”

The tent is big. Very big.

J.E. Dyer on September 15, 2010 at 6:19 PM

If he’s not redesigning the RNC logo, he’s nothin’!

Abby Adams on September 15, 2010 at 6:07 PM

Beat me to it…

Seven Percent Solution on September 15, 2010 at 6:20 PM

John the Libertarian on September 15, 2010 at 6:18 PM

Any word on how much they spent for that priceless vote-getter?

DrMagnolias on September 15, 2010 at 6:21 PM

I think moderate Republicans seeing another member of the RINO squad going home to a non member of the elitist society is getting hard to take.

They’re catching on to the fact it could just as well be them.

Good! Keep their feet to the fire.

Speakup on September 15, 2010 at 6:22 PM

Good call, Mr. Steele. Now is the time we stand together as a team. Not all our favored candidates won, but for us to win back the Senate and House, we MUST work together.

Divisions will always exist, however, the time for bringing them to the forefront is NOT two months before an election.

BruthaMan on September 15, 2010 at 6:23 PM

Well kudos for doing that at least. Michael Steele has more class than Rove, or Castle.

sharrukin on September 15, 2010 at 6:23 PM

“… How can you claim defeat before you attempt victory?”

There are at least twelve staff members in the White House right now trying to explain that sentence to Imam Obowma…

Seven Percent Solution on September 15, 2010 at 6:24 PM

Any word on how much they spent for that priceless vote-getter?

DrMagnolias on September 15, 2010 at 6:21 PM

I’m told that for a dollar an entire magazine can be had.

John the Libertarian on September 15, 2010 at 6:25 PM

Evidently, the primary Republican voter turnout swamped the Democrat primary voter turnout. Given voter motivation to go vote, should Castle’s supporters turn out to vote for O’Donnell in the general, more than likely the Republicans will win given the “get out the vote” voter enthusiasm factor.

maverick muse on September 15, 2010 at 6:25 PM

He’s just trying to save his good for nothing ass. He doesn’t believe that any more than I can throw the Empire State Building across the street! They are all liars, crooks and RINO’s! Toss them all out and start afresh with real conservatives that really care about this country and that includes The Hammer and Rove!

flytier on September 15, 2010 at 6:26 PM

Well kudos for doing that at least. Michael Steele has more class than Rove, or Castle.

sharrukin on September 15, 2010 at 6:23 PM

Agreed.

maverick muse on September 15, 2010 at 6:26 PM

Toss them all out and start afresh with real conservatives that really care about this country and that includes The Hammer and Rove!

flytier on September 15, 2010 at 6:26 PM

You left it open without specifying which is which.

And you’re outdated since The Hammer isn’t so politically active on the national scene.

maverick muse on September 15, 2010 at 6:29 PM

Steele was a great Senate candidate in a bad year, 2006.

I’d like to see him try again.

Not so great RNC chair, but that’s okay. Didn’t do lasting damage.

And this was the right thing.

tigerinexile on September 15, 2010 at 6:30 PM

Not a penny big GOP, you haven’t earned it.

Coming in to support the candidate the people so blatantly wanted AFTER the fact……….

No More.

Can you hear us NOW?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

RealMc on September 15, 2010 at 6:30 PM

Kudos to Michael Steele!

cubachi on September 15, 2010 at 6:30 PM

Thank-you Mr. Steele, I bet it hurt a little but it was the right thing to say.

fourdeucer on September 15, 2010 at 6:31 PM

Keeping his unbroken string of backing candidates after they win.

William Amos on September 15, 2010 at 6:06 PM

Haven’t you seen his perfect record of endorsements? His endorsements NEVER lose in the primaries!/

Mitt’s a frackin’ Ken doll…and I’m not talking about the similarity in hair style…

SuperCool on September 15, 2010 at 6:31 PM

Thankyou Michael Steele a little sanity in the Party!

Don’t listen to Karl.
That sound you hear is fear!

His fear of himself and the RINO brigade becoming extinct!

Cheer up Karl you could try for Fibbs gig or Tingle legs Mathews network will hire ya! Ya outta be a real hit at MSNBC!

dhunter on September 15, 2010 at 6:32 PM

Message to Steele: Call Castle and put a boot up his butt. “Get behind the candidate, dude.”

kurtzz3 on September 15, 2010 at 6:36 PM

After a lot of missteps, Steele is showing some leadership and I applaud him. A good lesson for John Cornyn.

Jim-Rose on September 15, 2010 at 6:38 PM

Third Party.

joshlbetts on September 15, 2010 at 6:38 PM

BULLSH!T, Allahpundit.

Steele is NOT doing what is “right,” but rather what – upon a day of reflection later kicks him in the butt to tell him - is “expedient” to do.

DUMP STEELE. NOW.

Lockstein13 on September 15, 2010 at 6:41 PM

What is sadly lacking is a blanket statement by the RNC that they will always back any candidate selected by the members via the primary system.

This off again, on again, support stuff is why some organizations demand an oath.

Don L on September 15, 2010 at 6:43 PM

They say this stuff because they want to win. Meanwhile, the establishment still takes the grassroots for granted.

jdawg on September 15, 2010 at 6:45 PM

This is a smart move by Steele considering he’s caused many Republicans (and particularly the very Conservative wing) some heartburn with his various foot in mouth, tone deaf moments.

Jill1066 on September 15, 2010 at 6:49 PM

Bring on all the 12Th Men
The first recorded instance of the term “12th Man” being used was to describe E. King Gill and his actions in Dallas on 2 January 1922, at the Dixie Classic, the forerunner of the Cotton Bowl Classic. Texas A&M played defending national champion Centre College in the first post-season game in the southwest. In this hard fought game, which produced national publicity, an underdog Aggie team was slowly but surely defeating a team which boasted three All-Americans. Unfortunately, the first half produced so many injuries for A&M that Coach D. X. Bible feared he wouldn’t have enough men to finish the game, so, he called into the Aggie section of the stands for E. King Gill, a reserve who had left football after the regular season to play basketball. Gill, who was spotting players for reporters at the time and was not in football uniform, willingly volunteered and donned the uniform of injured player Heine Weir. When the game ended with an A&M victory, 22–14, E. King Gill was the only man left standing on the sidelines for the Aggies. Gill later said, “I wish I could say that I went in and ran for the winning touchdown, but I did not. I simply stood by in case my team needed me.”[1] Although he did not actually play in the game, his readiness to play was noted. Since there were 11 men on the field, E. King Gill was the 12th Man, hence the term.
It ain’t over til it is over,fight all the way down field.You do not know what you can do until you try.
Heads up establishment you are players now not leaders.

Col.John Wm. Reed on September 15, 2010 at 6:50 PM

$37k more in 43 minutes. Less than 1k a minute, but still darn good.

WoosterOh on September 15, 2010 at 6:51 PM

Now that she has $600,000 in 12 hours, over 1k a minute since around 3:00PM EDT.
WoosterOh on September 15, 2010 at 6:07 PM

Impossible. And before you ask: NO, I am not going to look up any facts, because I don’t need to.

Without the rabid, tireless support of all those hard-core moderates out there, no candidate can possibly mount an effective campaign.

I’ve heard this in the media thousands of times over the past year, and at least a hundred times just in the last two weeks alone. And no one would repeat the same message that many times unless they felt it was really, really important that everyone believe it.

logis on September 15, 2010 at 7:01 PM

Michael Steele: TOKEN R.I.N.O.

Lockstein13 on September 15, 2010 at 7:02 PM

Kraut hammer still sayin she can’t win and detailing her negatives!

Krauthammer loves RINOs he kinda dissed on Sarah too again. He thinks she’s a simpleton I believe not up to his intellectual standars. ELITIST FOOLS!

dhunter on September 15, 2010 at 7:04 PM

Oh and no mention on Fox and Friends of the money bomb comin her way.

Keep it goin Patriots lets make her hit 1 million in one day and see the Good Old Boys pee their depends!

dhunter on September 15, 2010 at 7:05 PM

After a lot of missteps, Steele is showing some leadership and I applaud him.
Jim-Rose on September 15, 2010 at 6:38 PM

Actually, Steele is learning how to FOLLOW.

Don’t get me wrong; that’s a definite improvement for him. But it’s only the first step on the very long road to becoming a leader.

logis on September 15, 2010 at 7:07 PM

Damn. I sure liked it better when I didn’t know who the chair of the GOP was – as it should be. Every time this man speaks I cringe.

Memo
To: M Steele
From: Everybody

1. Shut up.
2. If tempted to speak, put a sock in it.
3. STFU

Thank You

swede7 on September 15, 2010 at 7:20 PM

Gee, who woke Steele up?

GarandFan on September 15, 2010 at 7:26 PM

The people are leading and the rhino’s are bringing up the rear. Lead, follow, or get out of the way.Note to rhino leadership that was a wake up call, again.

Col.John Wm. Reed on September 15, 2010 at 7:28 PM

Michael Steele cannot make a decision faster than John Cornyn.

Or Mitt Romney.

Does he have any feel for politics at all?

ajacksonian on September 15, 2010 at 7:37 PM

Mr. Steele: Thanks for doing the right thing, eventually!

Mary in LA on September 15, 2010 at 7:50 PM

Steele is playing this perfectly. All year long he kept giving these stupid statements to feed the disenchantment of the base with the establishment. Now that the primary season is over and Palin’s picks have won the primaries because of that grassroots momentum, he’s pitching the unity pitch.

It was NRSC/NRCC that were in the clutches of Rove/Gillespie who kept her out of campaigning for candidates like Mcdonnell and Christie. They also tried to do an unsuccessful coup against the RNC chairman by carrying out a campaign of leaks and starving him of major donors. But Palin kept supporting him and they NRSC/NRCC have totally beclowned themselves.

Palin has many friends in RGA and her man is running the RNC, which I am told runs the get out the vote mechanism. She practically has the party in her grip now and once Miller/Fiorina/Ayyotte gang enters the senate she’ll get a powerful faction supporting her there also. She just completely punked and bagged the GOP establishment. You betcha.

promachus on September 15, 2010 at 8:11 PM

Quick! We need a new R in a circle logo, or the Dems will kill us in Nov!

John the Libertarian on September 15, 2010 at 6:18 PM

It’s a sucker play to make the GOP look stupid. That’s the sign for a registered trademark: ®.

BuckeyeSam on September 15, 2010 at 8:11 PM

Except for when it hesitates. I’m awaiting the new GOP logo aw well. Maybe it’s a Circle-RINO.

Philly on September 15, 2010 at 8:13 PM

as well, I meant. oops

Philly on September 15, 2010 at 8:13 PM

Heard Steele on Hannity’s radio show this afternoon….
I was pleased to hear him sounding like the ‘Early Steele’ who I liked very much and supported financially in his Senate run…..

Rather than the beltway establishment RINO he became as RNC Chairman.

Win or lose the General, O’Donnell has provided some much needed fear and shaken things up among the elite better than anyone, including Palin, has been able to do in a long time.

LegendHasIt on September 15, 2010 at 8:15 PM

dhunter on September 15, 2010 at 7:04 PM

They are not elitist and they are certainly not fools. They are just moaning from the castration they received at the hands of Mama Grizzly.

promachus on September 15, 2010 at 8:20 PM

LegendHasIt on September 15, 2010 at 8:15 PM

Legend, Steele that clueless impersonation to keep the base motivated enough to shake up the establishment during the primaries. Now, they are over, look for the smart Steele to come up. Who needs Karl Rove?

promachus on September 15, 2010 at 8:25 PM

Steele finally got it right with O’Donnell. Let him get candidates elected, and then give him his gold watch at year’s end.

You can run and tell that, homeboy! /Antoine Dodson

itzWicks on September 15, 2010 at 8:55 PM

Wait what if Karl is pitching the O’Donnell don’t-have-a-snowball-in-hell-chance pitch to lure democrats into complacence and fire up Republicans.

Rove, you magnificent Bastard!

El Coqui on September 15, 2010 at 9:04 PM

Karl has gone rogue.

fossten on September 15, 2010 at 9:43 PM

promachus on September 15, 2010 at 8:20 PM

I still think they are Elitist, inside the beltway Repubs protecting their Media, Political, corporate alliance.

Its business for them.

I remember Rove the night Murkowski lost to Miller in Alaska. He said its the end of a dynasty, and he was not happy he was very sad almost dejected when he said it.

I think your right though that Rove in particular is fuming that Sarah tore his playhouse down.

I’m afraid its not over they will try to destroy her, but she is very astute, she has allies in every region of the US and as you say Steele owes her also.

dhunter on September 15, 2010 at 10:00 PM

The RNC is as timely as Mitt Romney.

SouthernGent on September 15, 2010 at 6:10 PM

Actually this is the responsible play. Do NOT get involved in the primary… or you have a decent chance of ending up like the Delaware Republican Party having spent months attacking the person who won and is now your candidate. That’s gotta be an embarrassing and difficult lie to try to play from… sadly no mulligans in Politics.

Or if we switch sports metaphors… Sure it’s easy to score points when you’re shooting at your own goal; but it isn’t really a productive way to play the game, is it?

Let the voters sort out the candidates; then get involved and back the winner. That seems like how it should work for the party apparatus.

Now Palin, Romney, etc.? They’re not “party apparatus” so they can play differently if they like… realizing that pre-primary attacks can backfire; but it’s not as critical that they not be involved. They should try to avoid the most venomous or personal of attacks assuming they’d like their party to win of course.

gekkobear on September 16, 2010 at 1:32 AM