Steele: Hey, at least I won
posted at 2:41 pm on November 12, 2012 by Ed Morrissey
Look who’s getting a shot at a little vindication after nearly two years of criticism:
Steele led the committee during the 2010 cycle, when Republicans took control of the U.S. House. But he lost re-election to Priebus in 2011 after many Republicans argued that Steele had left the committee’s finances in shambles.
“What was the mess I left behind?” Steele said Monday in response to a question from The Daily Caller during a conference call organized by his firm. “Winning.”
“I get the Washington B.S. and all of that when it comes to trying to make me look bad,” he said. “But hey, the facts are the facts.”
Well, it wasn’t just the finances, either. The RNC ended up with a poor GOTV effort in the 2010 election which some blamed for limiting the gains driven by grassroots organizations, as well as the poor fundraising cycle. There was also the matter of the thousands of dollars in GOP-covered expenses at a Los Angeles strip club that didn’t exactly match up with the family-values message, too, and a series of public-relations gaffes that left Republicans steaming during his tenure.
Steele’s point about the difference between his treatment and Debbie Wasserman Schultz’ is well taken, though:
Steele also suggested that there’s a double standard at play, noting that the Democratic National Committee is also in debt but the committee’s chairwoman hasn’t faced the same questions he did about his spending.
“The DNC has, what, $15 million debt? Have you guys looked into that? Chairman [Debbie Wasserman-Schultz} has a $15 million line of credit. And she won. I had a $15 million line of credit and I won. But everyone treats that as if that’s a negative.”