Don’t go there, Michael Steele

Posted by: Phineas on November 12, 2010 at 3:45 pm

Too, late, he already did.

Michael Steele, the controversial and foot-in-mouth prone Chairman of the Republican National Committee played the race card in response to rumors that he would be replaced, soon:

Embattled Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Michael Steele has often turned to the subject of race in his nearly two-year tenure.

But last week, in a radio interview with Rev. Al Sharpton, Steele ratcheted up the rhetoric, appearing to agree with Sharpton that if he is not reelected as RNC chairman, it will be because the GOP is racist, making “the brother take the fall.”

Sharpton said he couldn’t believe Republicans would even think of ditching Steele as RNC chair.

“You’d be the first brother run out after doing a good job. It would be interesting to see them have a historic win, and the brother takes the fall. Usually the brother takes the fall when they lose,” Sharpton said.

“You’re right. Well, you know, that’s going to be remain to be seen,” Steele said. “I get it. There are folks who are not exactly thrilled with my style of leadership. As I said recently, ‘they’ll get used to it.’”

Okay, he didn’t say it explicitly, but his “You’re right” to Al Sharpton(!) sure wasn’t a refutation of Al’s smear, either. It was, in fact, just what it seemed to be: an indirect warning to his critics that they’ll be branded as racists if they succeed in replacing him. It’s a cheap attempt to avoid a legitimate audit of his record by those who hired him.

Let me tell you something, Michael, and I write this as someone whom you impressed during your 2006 run for the US Senate and who backed you in your campaign for RNC Chairman: you need to go.

This has nothing to do with your race (a biologically meaningless concept, anyway), but with …how should I put this?… your underwhelming performance and the dumb things you’ve said in office. Consider these few things from a much larger list:

And now you yourself have played the race card. That’s inexcusable, especially from a conservative.

Sorry, Michael. It’s not your race, it’s your record.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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10 Responses to “Don’t go there, Michael Steele”


  1. Ugh. What a piece of work. Time for a new chair (been time, actually).

  2. quiznilo says:

    Sarah Palin for RNC chair!

  3. SpeakEasy says:

    Michael Steele is eager to take credit for the mid-terms although it is hard to refute the case the Tea Party movement was the real impetus.

    Okay, Michael, are you willing to take responsibility for Obama’s presidential victory also or do you only claim successes?

    Fecklessness has no race.

  4. steele probably rehearsed the conversation with brother al.

  5. SteveP says:

    As I said recently, ‘they’ll get used to it.’”

    Um, no. You’ve had 2 years for us to “get used to it”. Arrogant much?
    I’m put off by it, Mr. What Up!. The Republican party is no place for the race card. The Democrats can play it all they want. It’s their party, they can cry if they want to. They’re intellectually bankrupt. They have nothing better. The race card is the best they can do. We have ideas, reason and history on our side.
    I left the Republican party because of the stupidity of its leadership. You’re one of the reasons I haven’t come back.

  6. PE says:

    Michael Steele has rights. One of them is the right to lose, regardless of race, creed or color.

  7. Kate says:

    i wish he would have dealt with issues rather than his own power base. Imagine if he had and how many more Republicans would now be in office!

  8. Jo says:

    what does one expect? Hey, if you happen to be black and in a position of power, use it, Baby! The pres does it on a regular basis. “The only reason they’ve turned on me is because I’m sort of black!”

  9. Carlos says:

    Yeah, but there’s a difference between Steele and Obummer. Duh-1 is African black while Steele is slave black, so Steele believes he has the RIGHT to cry racism, while the Chicago thug can only claim xenophobia.

    Whatever. It never occurs to Steele, Obama, Sharpton, Jackson or any of the other race hustlers that most people don’t like them a bit because of their policies and constant victim identity politics. They just can’t conceive of it not being the color of their skin.

    Maybe after another forty or fifty years they’ll look at MLK’s speech again and discover that little phrase “content of their character.”

    Nah. That’s asking too much of them.