GOP to Steele’s Staff: PLEASE ‘Get Him to Stop’

January 8, 2010

(ChattahBox)—-RNC Chairman Michael Steele known for his frequent foibles and embarrassing gaffes during his constant media appearances, is finally driving GOP lawmakers stark raving mad with exasperation. During Steele’s recent book promotion tour, he has made a number of comical statements, that are controversial even by Steele’s low standards. And Republican congressional aides on Wednesday, literally begged Steele’s staff to please “get him to stop.” Meanwhile, Democrats are delighted, calling Steele “the gift that keeps on giving.”

Steele angered and embarrassed Republican leaders, when he declared on Fox News Sean Hannity’s show that the GOP would not take back either the House or Senate in the 2010 elections. “Not this year,” said Steele. And then Steele told Hannity that the Republican Party wasn’t “ready” for majority leadership.

Of course, the obstructionist party of No that left our country, economy and constitution in shambles after eight-years of Republican leadership is not “ready” to lead the country at any time. But Steele’s unintentional moment of honesty threw Republican leaders into a tailspin, as they tried to make hay from the announced retirement of two Democratic senators. And with a decidedly anti-incumbent mood in the country, the GOP is hoping to make some gains in the next election cycle.

During a conference call between congressional aides and Steel’s staff, the conversation became heated at times, according to the Washington Post, as one aide suggested that Steele is well, an idiot. Steele was appearing on television “unprepared and unknowledgeable,” said one aide. Another aide condemned Steel’s “Republican apology tour at the exact wrong time.”

“You really just have to get him to stop. It’s too much,” a top congressional aide declared in exasperation. Steel’s staff told the aides that they had no control over his media appearances, because he hired an outside firm to handle his book tour.

The day after Steele’s “not ready” statements, the beleaguered RNC chairman tried to dial back his comments saying, the GOP is “playing to win” in the 2010 elections.

But as the frustration levels with Steele’s frequent gaffes reached his ears on Thursday, Steele fought back during an appearance on ABC News Radio telling his critics to “shut up.” “I tell them to get a life,” Steele said in his interview. “I’m looking them in the eye and say, ‘I’ve had enough of it. If you don’t want me in the job, fire me. But until then, shut up. Get with the program or get out of the way.’ ”

“All I’m saying is ‘cut it out,’ ” Steele added. “If we have party differences that are inside the party, let’s deal with them inside the party. You don’t see the Democrats running around trying to beat up their national chairman or embarrass him.”

But that’s not all Steele has to contend with. The Washington Times reported that donors have stopped donating money to the RNC directly, for fear that Steele will squander it. The RNC’s coffers are extremely low, as the party prepares for the 2010 elections. Steele used a larger than expected amount of funds during the mid-term elections, which only produced two Republican governors.

And Steel’s critics are not happy with his self-promoting book tour, at a time when donations are suffering. The Washington Times also hit Steele recently with a report on his accepting thousands of dollars in speaking fees, accusing him of using his position to line his own pockets.

Steele’s days as RNC chairman seem to be numbered. But the GOP is unlikely to remove him until after the 2010 elections. Meanwhile, we can enjoy the spectacle.

See the Washington Post for more.


2 Responses to “GOP to Steele’s Staff: PLEASE ‘Get Him to Stop’”

  1. Kendal Brown on January 8th, 2010 1:04 pm

    Palin, Steel, Levin, Hannity, Beck, Morris, Coulter, Maclin, Bachmann, Savage, O’relly, Joe the Plumber, Rove, Gingrish and so on. Is so obvious that all these republican charlatans want to do is make money by selling books to those who have a problem with Obama’s election win. What is amazing is the fact that so many gullible idiots keep falling for their lies and conspiracy theories. Like brainwashed morons they run and buy the books. These books are heavily promoted by Fox news which is owned by Rupert Murdoch. Not only that, the books are published and distributed by companies that Murdoch owns as well What a racket!

  2. James Hovland on January 8th, 2010 8:09 pm

    The GOP needs to learn that giddy and fear isn’t a valid platform to run on.

    I’m an independent, with a little “i”, due to a rebellious instinct to think for myself. I lean Left because I don’t mind people being different colors, I just don’t like my air or water to be that way.

    I’m not always happy with the politicians on the Left, but the people are really cool. We were promised a government of, by, and for the people. I don’t know who all made that promise, but it’s up to us to keep it.

    I’d like to ask… After eight long year of GOP power in the house… Is everybody enjoying our free market utopia? Booming good time isn’t it? Sarcasm, sorry. It’s important to note that the GOP is not the source of the propaganda as many believe, but rather a product of it.

    Flavor is good and we’ve got it. A good mix of both Capitalism and Socialism, and together they are make America the land of opportunity. Pin it down. If you believe in Democracy, and the freedom of people, the struggle for power is over. The power belongs to the people.

    The “opposition” isn’t much to look at. If you don’t count the bought and paid for politicians, the army of lobbyists, and multi million dollar pundits, what do they really have left? The only thing that hold the “Grand Old Party” together is the susceptibility to propaganda, and the dirty money behind it.

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