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It is Imperative the GOP Finally Parts Company with Michael Steele

The latest gaffe by RNC Chairman Michael Steele lends the perfect opportunity for the GOP to rid itself of their divisive and at times embarrassing party leader. In a rant reminiscent of the late Pennsylvania Senator John Murtha on Thursday, Steele suggested the war in Afghanistan was a lost cause and cannot be won. "This was a war of Obama's choosing," Steele said. "This is not something the United States had actively prosecuted or wanted to engage in."

Steele's undermining of our war effort was a stupendous error. Republicans have a myriad issues to effectively debate and defeat this President and Democrat Congress, but the management of the war in Afghanistan is simply not one of them and deflects focus from the true disasters of the Obama presidency. He has conceded all moral authority to lead the Republican Party by betraying the President and US military in this manner.

Unfocused and self-absorbed, Steele's tenure as RNC Chairman includes a long history of political blunders. Last April, he faced widespread criticism over exhorbitant spending after financial reports showed that the party used tens of thousands of donor dollars for luxury hotels, private jets and other questionable expenditures. This scandal was potentially devastating. Republicans' most important issue leading up to the crucial elections next November is the wanton disregard for fiscal restraint on the part of the opposing party and here we see RNC filings capturing widespread attention for outrageous expenditures including one at an adult nightclub for nearly $2,000 at Voyeur in West Hollywood, which features topless dancers wearing horse bridles and other bondage gear while mimicking sex acts. This, in of itself, warranted Michael Steele's immediate resignation. Instead of dealing with the spending scandal on its own merits, Steele shamelessly played the race card, proclaiming he is held to a higher standard because he is black. "I don't see stories about the internal operations of the DNC that I see about this operation. Why? Is it because Michael Steele is the chairman, or is it because a black man is chairman?"

In an interview with GQ just a few weeks earlier, Steele purported that the Republican Party selected him as their leader on the basis of race. Asked if he would be the RNC chairman were he white, he gave a long pause and replied, "The answer to that is I don't know. I don't know. That's a very good question. And it says a lot about, I think, where the party is right now that I can't answer it."

All this came on the heels of a controversial exchange with Rush Limbaugh in February whereby Steele inexplicably challenged the most popular host in the history of radio. "Let's put it into context here," said Steele. "Rush Limbaugh is an entertainer. Rush Limbaugh, his whole thing is entertainment. Yes, it's incendiary. Yes, it is ugly." Limbaugh quickly exposed Steele's naivety as a tool of the left, saying, "Michael Steele has been around long enough to know that the liberal media will use him by twisting what I say or what others say. He took the bait, he bit down hard on the bait, he launched an attack on me even though the premise of what was said to him was false. He took the bait and he went for it."

However, the most troublesome aspect of Michael Steele's tenure as RNC Chairman has been his support squishy moderate Republican candidates over principled conservatives. Most notable was his unapologetic support of liberal Republican Dede Scozzafava against conservative Doug Hoffman in the Republican primary for New York's 23rd Congressional District last January. "I support the Republican nominee as the Republican Party chairman, and that's the way it should go, right?" mocked Steele after criticism of his endorsements of the pro-abortion, tax-and-spend liberal. Scozzafava eventually dropped out of the race when Hoffman won conservative support as an independent, but Democrat Bill Owens prevailed as Hoffman languished without any support from the Republican establishment.

Michael Steele has no business continuing as RNC Chairman as critical mid-term elections rapidly approach. The GOP is not the same disjointed and overwhelmed party that stood helpless as the country embraced "hope and change" eighteen months ago. Our nation has been horrified by the consequences of unfettered liberalism and is ready to make things right in November. However, the Republican Party finds itself led by a pro-abortion, pro-amnesty, pro-affirmative action supporter of political moderates. Michael Steele's departure is long overdue and the latest in a long list of political blunders provides the impetus to make this happen right now.


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Thanks Lee for opening with... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Thanks Lee for opening with your usual racist remark.

Steele has found himself on the wrong side of GOP politics again and again. He has long fought the Tea Party and has favored candidates like Scozzafava and Christ over ones the party members have supported.

It's not his skin color as Lee suggests(Lee, being a dem considers race as the primary motivation for everything and one only needs to read his primary remarks against obama to understand what a bitter racist he is).

No, it's Steele's tone deafness on conservative issues that is the issue. He has been soft on a host of issues and the Afghanistan statement is only the latest evidence that he has no understanding what-so-ever of the political leanings of his party's base.

Please please please keep S... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

Please please please keep Steele as your chairman. At the very least, please please please let him hang on and fight it out another week or so.

Now Lee you arent suggestin... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Now Lee you arent suggesting that democrats (like yourself) dont use race to try to distract from actual facts now are you.

I mean after all lets look at what you said about your fellow dems.

"But it seems that white America wasn't so bothered that Obama had black skin, though some certainly are, but what scared white and non-black people is that they suddenly realized that the elegant, eloquent, slow to anger Obama, living by choice, in a ghetto environment for 20 years, where he was a community organizer, attended the leading prophetic Chicago South Side black church and consequently was exposed to some very inflammatory rhetoric by his pastor Jeremiah Wright" - Lee Ward Wizbangblue author

I guess you are one of the ones bothered by his race Lee, since you always bring it up.

"In Barack Obama's world there is a big city, urban angry black America -- as represented by Reverend Jeremiah Wright -- and there is an educated and wealthy America of which he himself is a member (and these are the folks he hob-nobs with)." - Lee Ward, Wizbangblue Author

"Obama supporter Mary Mitchell at the Chicago Sun-Times is the latest surrogate to attack Clinton over her criticism of Barack Obama's condescending remarks in San Francisco. Seems like a little Hick Hate by Obama goes a long way...
Mitchell spins Obama's comment as innocuous and something he's said before, then attacks. Let's look at how she wields her sword against Clinton in her column titled "Hillary again playing the race card":
- Lee Ward Wizbangblue author

Is that were you learned you hick hate Lee?

"Obama's speech on Tuesday was intended to quiet the furor over Wright, who has claimed that the U.S. brought the September 11 attacks on itself with its foreign policy and that the government released the AIDS virus to kill black people."- Lee Ward, Wizbangblue author.

Hey Lee, did you study under Rev WRight as well?

""What (Wright) is doing is spewing that stuff out to young people and to younger people than Obama and putting it in their heads that its OK to say 'God damn America' and to beat up on white people," Ferraro told the Breeze. "You don't preach that from the pulpit."" - Lee Ward, Wizbangblue Author

You have been doing a lot of spewing yourself the last few months there Rev Lee Wright.. I mean Ward.

"Think about it: can you imagine any Presidential candidate, in any context, describing anyone as a "typical black person?" Or a "typical Asian person?" Worse, what Obama said was that the "typical white person" views others of different races with fear and suspicion. Obama appears to be digging himself in deeper and deeper." - Lee Ward

I bet you dont mind Obama saying Typical white person now do you Lee.

"But can Obama's populist candidacy survive the revelations about his 20-year relationship with spiritual adviser Jeremiah A. Wright, the "black separatist" Christian pastor?" - Lee Ward

Do you think he should have had a white pastor There Lee?

"Two items right up front. I didn't edit this clip - it's the only clip of last night's interview available right now on YouTube - and the inclusion of the news story clip depicting an African-American suspect preceding the Obama interview is clearly inflammatory, and typical of the right wing/ Fox News efforts to interject race as a wedge issue between Democrats" - Lee Ward

I guess Fox news isnt the only one who tries to interject race now do they Lee.

"This is another example of how Obama appears to me to be pathological in his approach to this race, and it renders him wholly unfit for the office of President." - Lee Ward

Gee spoken like a true demorat there Lee.

"Early yesterday afternoon word broke that Barack Obama would be giving a "major speech" in Philadelphia today addressing "the larger issue of race in this campaign." The hasty announcement underscores the treacherous political ground Obama finds himself on just days after ABC News ran a four-minute segment highlighting some of the hate-filled language of his former pastor, Reverend Jeremiah Wright. " - Lee Ward

Boy Lee you sure do seem fixated on race dont you.

"What will happen next? We'll see Obama give a speech, then deflect press inquiries in the weeks that follow and not answer follow-up questions by claiming that he's "already answered all of the questions," and adding that he "hopes race will no longer be a dividing aspect in American politics."" - Lee ward

Gee Lee, I guess you didnt get the memo did you?

What Lee doesn't seem to ge... (Below threshold)
jim m:

What Lee doesn't seem to get is that his revealing that he doesn't believe that anyone can make an assessment of another person based upon their words and actions and what that reveals of the person's character demonstrates to the world that Lee cannot do the same. Lee inadvertently shows us all that the first thing he uses to judge someone else is the color of their skin.

Too bad for you Lee that you cannot see beyond skin color and look at people's character. Then you would see that it isn't barry's skin color that gets people pissed off it is his lack of character and his nonexistent ability to lead that people dislike.

But feel free to judge Mr Steele negatively because of his skin color and give barry a pass because in doing so you think that you are concealing your racism.

We already know what you really are.

I will begrudingly concede ... (Below threshold)
Alan Orfi:

I will begrudingly concede Lee has merit in one of his points: A number of Republicans have been in lockstep with Steele's moderate positions. However, Lee and most liberals are misreading the tea leaves when they consider the conservative ascendency to be merely on the "fringe". We are seeing a significant shift to the right in these primaries. The Republican Party is in the process of cleansing itself of all the "moderates" and will likely emerge as a more cohesive unit on November 3rd.

It isn't the moderates per ... (Below threshold)
jim m:

It isn't the moderates per se that are being purged. It is the big government types that need to go. It is the liberals like Christ who have never believed in anything remotely conservative.

Many GOP leaders have succumbed to the siren call of government solutions and spending. They have become drunk on the ability to distribute government largess to their friends and donors.

What Lee and his racist friends in the dem party don't understand is that this is not primarily a social conservative movement. This is about government intrusion into our lives and a government that is small enough to be controlled by the people.

"here is one prominent blac... (Below threshold)
jim m:

"here is one prominent black Republican, and he has been on the receiving end of attacks and calls for his departure since day one."

I seem to recall that calls for Clarence Thomas to be removed have all come from libs like you Lee.

Or was that not who you meant? Keep on trying to cover your own racism. You only make yourself look more the fool.

the so called study purport... (Below threshold)
jim m:

the so called study purporting to show racial bias amongst tea party members has been discussed here and you lost that argument as it was horribly flawed. It did not show racial bias but instead claimed that other attituted supposedly reflected some kind of racial bias. They had to claim that because they could not find any overt bias.

On the other hand perhaps we could discuss the 40% of dems who voted against the civil rights act.

What are your thoughts on that? Oh that's right...you would have been one of them.

Hey Lee are you going to co... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Hey Lee are you going to cop to your racist thoughts on Steele and Thomas?

I thought not.

"It is the liberals like Ch... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

"It is the liberals like Christ who have never believed in anything remotely conservative."

I agree that Jesus was what one would now call a liberal. But I believe you mean Crist, the governor of Florida, no?

Jesus would be a liberal???... (Below threshold)

Jesus would be a liberal?????

You best put down the Chomsky and pickup the Bible.

Lee,Isn't it possi... (Below threshold)


Isn't it possible that the RNC Chairman hasn't been an effective fundraiser, hasn't been a clear spokesman for the RNC, and has had a propensity to put his foot in his mouth, all being good reasons to sack him?

And all you see is color. Nice

Bruce Henry: "I agree that ... (Below threshold)

Bruce Henry: "I agree that Jesus was what one would now call a liberal."

Yes, of course. Who amongst us cannot recite verbatim the many stories of Jesus calling for the Romans to tax its citizens even more in order to establish more social welfare programs?

Who cannot forget the stirring words uttered by Jesus in support of partial birth abortion?

Why, it seems like only yesterday that Jesus was telling crowds of followers "hey, if it feels good, do it".

Yep. Jesus. Liberal. Uh huh.

Besides, what does a liberal need Jesus for? Liberals already have their messiah in the White House.

ODA315,You see all... (Below threshold)
jim m:


You see all Lee sees is color so he may understand that Steele has failed as a fund raiser, failed as a communicator and failed in building support amongst the party base, but Lee believes that performance is trumped by skin color. Because Steele is black Lee thinks that he has to be given a pass on poor performance and he must be allowed to keep his job.

And Lee, Steele did talk a good game when he was campaigning to get himself installed as party chairman. Not everyone was fooled however and the reality turned out to be that he is more focused on what people, especially the media, say about him. Since gaining the position he has frequently tried to score points with the MSM at he expense of conservatives. Like many GOP leaders he is under the delusion that the media will support him and his party if he sucks up to them enough. Such is not the case and the sooner the GOP shed the fools who believe this the better off they shall be.

As to whether race was a factor in putting Steele in his position I would say that it was no more or less so than nominating obama. What? are you going to claim that obama was nominated because of his depth of experience? Maybe you want to recant all your posts. I suspect that if it were your own web site you would long ago have expunged all your derogatory comments, disappearing them down the memory hole.

"What's changed here on Wiz... (Below threshold)
jim m:

"What's changed here on Wizbang to warrant the current attacks on Steele? The addition of a cadre of right-wing Tea Party racists and nutjobs, that's what."

No Lee the people are the same as before. But Steele has shown himself to be a failure as a leader of the party. Yes I know you have a problem judging people on their performance and can only see skin color. Let me assure you that if Steele were any other color we would be calling for his resignation just as much.

Or do you propose to explain how we are racist for wanting to be rid of Charlie Christ?

Face it Lee, there is plenty of reason to wish Steele to go away. His statement on Afghanistan, which you so assiduously avoid talking about, runs 180 degrees out of phase with his party's base. The firestorm is not because he is black it's because he is wrong. If he is wrong on something that the base thinks is an important part of the platform then whatever race he is he needs to either correct himself or resign. Since he has made repeated gaffes and in doing so he has dramatically reduced the contributions from party supporters he should go regardless of any correction. He is hurting the party and that has nothing to do with skin color.

Sorry Lee. Your racism is getting old. You clearly lack the wit to discuss issues otherwise you would. That you cannot see how others regard your immediate resorting to accusations of racism as a glaring and obvious indication of your own racism is rather sad.

Lee, your penchant for dive... (Below threshold)
Alan Orfi:

Lee, your penchant for diverting focus from points made in various articles is not productive. There were a host of political blunders made by Michael Steele in this article and I'm yet to see you defend any of them. Steele is the RNC Chairman and he said the war in Afghanistan cannot be won. This is a BIG DEAL when it runs contrary to the majority of the party he represents. All the gaffes discussed in the article are serious matters to those who wish to see the Republican Party return to principled conservatism.

Your diatribe about race is laughable. Conservatives couldn't give a rat's ass about the ethnicity of their RNC Chairman. If they did, he would have never been elected in the first place. The only one who has discussed his position in the context of race has been Michael Steele himself.

I see the blog's resident d... (Below threshold)

I see the blog's resident drama queen/attention whore/bigot is back...

I was so hoping the ban hammer had hit you, where it hurt the most too. :/

Steele is just as big a narcissistic attention whore as you Lee. Like you he is also hardly considered to be a conservative either. This is hardly the last stupid remark he'll make in a long line of dumb remarks.

This one was stupider than the rest though because it indicates a primary fallacy about why we are in Afghanistan.

Steele needs to be drop kicked, now.

It wouldn't hurt to drop kick the bigot either.

This silly "you can't fire ... (Below threshold)
Don L:

This silly "you can't fire him because he's black" bit is reminiscent of years back when a broadcast bimbo was suing some TV station because they replaced her with a younger bimbo (she had gotten...gasp...old) claiming discrimination which she didn't complain about when she was originally hired to replace another old bimbo.

MS was hired because the stupid GOP tried to out liberal the liberals with their identity politics instead of picking the best person for the job -and now they're uncomfortable with their lousy decision. (Just as the Dems are with Obama)

Tune in to see whether they can replace a PC black man with a PC woman (Shillary?)

"...the so called study pur... (Below threshold)
Don L:

"...the so called study purporting to show racial bias amongst tea party members..."

I have a study that proves all studies are flawed - if you believe any study therefore, you are a fool...er...wait a minute?

Put another way, I can absolutely prove beyond any doubt that there exists no such thing as certainty.

Maybe the real lesson from ... (Below threshold)

Maybe the real lesson from Michael Steele is that the Republicans should give up on the idea of quota blacks ever being given any position of authority. From Alphose Jackson to Michael Steele, conservatives need to remember that very hiring of a quota black send the message that governance and management is not important.

Bruce Henry"I agre... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Bruce Henry

"I agree that Jesus was what one would now call a liberal"

Yep because Jesus was in favor of gay marriage wasnt he.


Lee Ward

Who called Collin Powell an uncle Tom, Who called Condi Rice a house N*gger? Hint. It was Liberals.

Here Lee Let me save you the trouble.

Lee Ward was against democrats playing the race card until a black man became president.

Hey, I was just snarkin' on... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

Hey, I was just snarkin' on a typo.

BTW BruceWhat as J... (Below threshold)
retired military:

BTW Bruce

What as Jesus' view on homosexuality? premarital sex? abortion? drug use?

They sure dont line up with views of liberals.


Hey Lee

If 25% of the tea partiers are racist that must be the democrats who help make up the tea party right. You know folks like Robert KKK Byrd, that democrat sheriff who used dogs to keep African Americans from voting, George McGovern, and Al Gore's Father.

Bruce"Hey, I was j... (Below threshold)
retired military:


"Hey, I was just snarkin' on a typo. "

Hey but then you added

"I agree that Jesus was what one would now call a liberal "

Which wasnt snarkin on a typo.

IMO, Steele's problem isn't... (Below threshold)
James H:

IMO, Steele's problem isn't that he's moderate. It's that he's milquetoast, has the political acumen of a cucumber, and the organizational skills of a rutabaga.

Sorry, Michael Steel will r... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

Sorry, Michael Steel will remain as head of the RNC as long as he is good for the Democrats.

And yes, it's all part of a giant conspiracy to keep Republicans in disarray.

IMO, Steele's prob... (Below threshold)
jim m:
IMO, Steele's problem isn't that he's moderate. It's that he's milquetoast, has the political acumen of a cucumber, and the organizational skills of a rutabaga.

James H allow me to step into Lee's deranged racist shoes and explain why your statement is full of racial code words and animosity.

Milquetoast - refers to the cartoon character Casper Milquetoast (qv) and thus implies that a black man is equivalent to a spineless ineffectual white man and therefore is not equal to a fully functional white man.

The cucumber reference plays to the hackneyed sexual stereotypes of black men.

The rutabaga is a root vegetable so your using that vegetable as an exemplar can only mean that Steele is dirty because his skin is black.

Now you can see how deeply subconscious and part of your inner nature it is to be a rabid racist. Even in what you thought was a mild rebuke of Mr Steele you have revealed the dark heart of racism that is within you.


It's easy to see racism when you look at the world through racism colored glasses. Everything looks racist.

Proof positive that you can... (Below threshold)

Proof positive that you can make a silk purse out of a sows ear. But you have to start with the ear not the a*******e

Jokes cease to be funny whe... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

Jokes cease to be funny when you have to explain them, RM.

Purge the RINO's, clean up ... (Below threshold)

Purge the RINO's, clean up in November. Purge the racist's and clean up this thread.

914I agree.<... (Below threshold)
retired military:


I agree.

To the moderators - Since Lee Ward adds nothing to the threads but hijacks and racist allegations I sincerely ask that you permanently ban him from this site.

Note I do not ask this for Bruce Henry and Jim X who may be just as liberal but at least they add to the conversation.

If other posters feel this way I ask that they post below.

I considered removing the r... (Below threshold)
Alan Orfi:

I considered removing the racist commentary last night, but prefer to reserve deletions as an absolute last resort. As offensive as Lee's comments were, they are extremely revealing about the mindset of liberals today. While I abhor the hijacking, I'm hopeful most will be able to step around the liberal racist rants and comment on the merits of the article.

Bruce Henry: "Jokes cease t... (Below threshold)

Bruce Henry: "Jokes cease to be funny when you have to explain them, RM."

No argument there.

BruceSorry, I do t... (Below threshold)
retired military:


Sorry, I do try to take what you say seriously as you are one of the few liberals here that can hold a conversation (unlike the running joke Rev Lee Ward wright)and since I dont joke about Jesus I took that remark serious as well.

The Dems need Black Panther... (Below threshold)
Sir Toby Belch:

The Dems need Black Panther "poll guards".
Don't forget that Lee Ward.

Rev Lee Ward Wright.<... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Rev Lee Ward Wright.

How many African Americans have democrats named as head of the DNC?

How many African Americans have democrats named to the Supreme court in the last 40 years?

How many African Americans have democrats named as Secratary of State?

How many African Americans have democrats named as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs?

How many African Americans have democrats named as National Security Advisor?

How many African Americans named to high posts by republicans have been demogogued by Dems as House N*ggers and Uncle Toms?

At least 3 that I know of. One of whom is Michael Steele.

"Thanks Lee for openi... (Below threshold)
John S:

"Thanks Lee for opening with your usual racist remark."

Speaking of race, do you not realize Steele only has the job he's in because he's black? A black counterpoint to Obama? What's ironic is that Republicans already know that affirmative action moves unqualified people into important jobs. Obama is rapidly teaching the rest of America the same lesson.

I am willing to bet that af... (Below threshold)
retired military:

I am willing to bet that after Obama leaves office in 2013 that due to his failures another black man wont become President for another 30 years and then it will be a republican to do so. Obama's incompetence has put a stain on the entire black race.

Go! Michael Steele go! I th... (Below threshold)

Go! Michael Steele go! I think you have bereave. Oh Thank you for the post. It's actually informative.






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