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>Michael Steele Pink Slip Watch, Week 2

>Uh-oh. This can’t be good news:

Steele May Face No Confidence Vote

Republican insiders tell Political Wire that a no confidence vote on RNC Chairman Michael Steele is likely to be called after the NY-20 special election on March 31 — regardless of whether Republicans win the seat or not.

Katon Dawson, who came in second in the January RNC vote, is said to be quietly organizing a vote and is getting the support of several state party chairmen who want to dump Steele.

Tick tock.

(h/t, Kleinheider.)

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>Dump Michael Steele Watch, Day 1 Update

>Politico’s Roger Simon reports:

Which is why one top GOP strategist was recently quoted as saying of Steele, “If his implosion continues, RNC members are likely to call a special session to dump him for an effective chairman.”

Why, what’s this? The Hill reports, “RNC member calls on Steele to quit”:

Michael Steele should resign as Republican National Committee (RNC) chairman, according to a committee member from North Carolina.

In an e-mail to fellow RNC members obtained by The Hill, Dr. Ada Fisher, North Carolina’s national committeewoman, said Steele is “eroding confidence” in the GOP and that members of his transition team should encourage him to step aside. Fisher added Steele’s personal e-mail address to the e-mail.

“I don’t want to hear anymore [sic] language trying to be cool about the bling in the stimulus package or appealing to D.L. Hughley and blacks in a way that isn’t going to win us any votes and makes us frankly appear to many blacks as quite foolish,” Fisher wrote.

So who is Dr. Ada Stele? Talking Points Memo has the goods. Some interesting background info there.

Did I say Steele would last until June? Let’s say May 1. Republicans in disarray!!!!

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>Dump Michael Steele Watch, Day 1

>Republican “insiders” are concerned:

A number of Republican politicos around Washington, many of whom supported Steele’s bid to become party chairman, are worried that key jobs at the RNC are unfilled and the party’s mission is unfocused, while Steele makes appearance after appearance on television, with sometimes controversial results. The result, they say, is a party that is losing its already scant momentum at a critical time.


“I think it’s been a disaster of a first month,” says one Republican who has served on Capitol Hill and the RNC. “He needs to disappear for 60 days, go and staff the building, put his personal energy into making sure he has the people he wants, and go from there.  That’s what people are hoping he will do.”

“It’s not good,” says another GOP politico.  “People feel that it’s been very erratic at a time when we really need some sort of stabilizing force.”

Read the comments on that link, they are illuminating.

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>I’m Sorry, Rush!

>Hilarious. Send your apology to Rush Limbaugh, courtesy of the DCCC.

Well, Michael Steele certainly stepped in the flaming pile of poo Rahm Emmanuel left on his doorstep. The question of the day is, how much longer can he last? Last week I said privately Steele had until August, but with stuff like this occurring on a daily basis, and media outlets reviving allegations of campaign finance improprieties, it’s obvious someone Important is throwing him under the bus.

I’m thinking he might be gone by June.

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>I Guess Rush Limbaugh Heads The Republican Party After All

>Pass the popcorn. Hours after Rush Limbaugh ripped RNC chief Michael Steele a new one, Steele has issued an embarrassing apology.

Drum roll, please:

“My intent was not to go after Rush – I have enormous respect for Rush Limbaugh,” Steele said in an interview. “I was maybe a little bit inarticulate. … There was no attempt on my part to diminish his voice or his leadership.

“I went back at that tape and I realized words that I said weren’t what I was thinking,” Steele told Politico. “It was one of those things where I thinking I was saying one thing, and it came out differently. What I was trying to say was a lot of people … want to make Rush the scapegoat, the bogeyman, and he’s not.”

Shorter Michael Steele: “Rush Limbaugh is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I’ve ever known in my life.”

Ouch. Some of us on the left had bets on how quickly this would happen. I figured Steele would at least wait 24 hours; he didn’t even wait four.

Any doubts about who is in charge of the Republican Party have just been erased. Hint: it’s not the black guy who just groveled before the bloated white bigot who once told an African American caller to “take that bone out of your nose.”

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Michael Steele: Looks Great, Less Filling

Nashville’s own Carol Swain, Vanderbilt political science and law professor and recent appointee to a six-year term on the National Council on the Humanities, just met new RNC Chair Michael Steele in Washington.

Dr. Swain, who is African American, has made a scholarly specialty out of race relations, immigration and diversity issues. A self-described political independent, she’s staunchly pro-life and has attacked Planned Parenthood in editorials. She is also against affirmative action, and her views toward immigrants are harsh, to say the least.

So I guess I shouldn’t be surprised to see her gushing about her Steele-y encounter on a local news group:

“I’m sooooo excited about Michael’s election. In fact, I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work helping him diversify the Republican Party.

“Clearly, the Republican leadership has sent a strong message of inclusiveness to racial and ethnic minorities. Alas, much of the mainstream media have not given this historic event the coverage it deserves. If Michael is successful, it could prove to be a New Deal for all Americans. Perhaps, we will finally have real choice, fresh vision, and new direction for this country.”

Whoa there, Dr. Swain! It’s not like he’s president or anything! The only new direction he can offer is for the Republican Party, and I’ve got my doubts.

One doesn’t have to be too cynical to point out the obvious here. Steele was picked because the Republican Party wanted to put a good face on the party, the right sort of face, if you know what I mean, just as Sarah Palin was picked because the McCain campaign wanted a woman. And it will surely backfire if the Republicans can’t find the right message to back up the messenger.

Unfortunately for the GOP, the party is trying to convince everyone that “Barack The Magic Negro” is not a racist song and “The Star Spanglish Banner” is not anti-Hispanic. So, you know, good luck with that.

As for that “strong message of inclusiveness,” I’m a little suspicious of a guy who first came to our attention calling for the whaaaambulance over a bogus Oreo cookie throwing incident.

The selection of Steele highlights a more profound problem for the Republican Party. They seem to think Obama won the election because he’s black, not because people were sick and tired of eight years of Bush policies. Sorry guys, but Obama won in spite of race, not because of it.

Wrote Thomas Schaller over at Salon:

Charles Kessler, professor of government at Claremont McKenna College and editor of the Claremont Review of Books, told me by phone from California that some conservatives had lost touch with core principles because of a mistaken belief that they’ve already won the battle for the hearts and minds of their fellow citizens.

“Both the party and the conservative movement have bought into the notion that this is a center-right country, that the majority of the country is already conservative, that we don’t have to persuade them to be conservative because they already are,” said Kessler. “That may have been true when Reagan was president, but it’s not a permanent truth and it doesn’t seem true to me now. I don’t think Bush or the party tried to really persuade people toward conservatism.”

So when Marsha Blackburn writes an op-ed for the local fishwrap repeating the same tired line that tax cuts and only tax cuts will stimulate the economy, I have to think this is a party completely out of ideas. We had eight years of tax cuts and that sure didn’t do jack shit for the country, did it? All of the deficit spending she and the rest of her ilk bemoan was stuff she voted for: the Yellow Elephant Brigade’s wars.

You know, if we hadn’t squandered a few trillion in Iraq we might have some money to spend on things like highway bridges and levees and healthcare here at home.

Michael Steele’s latest is to tell Wolf Blitzer, “Not in the history of mankind has the government ever created a job.” Really? The government is the largest employer in this country, which you’d think someone who has actually been in government would know. I guess that statement was just made for a bumper sticker, like so much else that one hears from Republicans these days.

Americans went to the polls in November and screamed loud and clear that they wanted to do things differently for a while. And all the Republican Party heard was “hey, let’s give the keys to a black guy.”


Sorry Dr. Swain, but I wouldn’t be waxing enthusiastic over Michael Steele. The Republican Party needs to change more than its skin color.

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