Skip to comments.Palin: Michael Steele 'doing a great job' (BARF ALERT)
Posted on 04/08/2010 11:47:00 PM PDT by rabscuttle385
Sarah Palin said Wednesday that the embattled chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC) is "doing a great job."
During an appearance on conservative commentator Sean Hannity's show on the Fox News Channel, Palin said, "I support Michael Steele.... I think he's doing a great job. Michael Steele is an outsider. The machine, I think, is tough to penetrate... I think it's been good to have an independent outsider trying to create some change in the Republican Party."
The former Alaska governor's remarks are in sharp contrast to the comments of other leading Republicans, who have criticized Steele in recent months.
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I don’t think he’s doing a ‘great’ job but he’s hardly the source of the RNC’s problems. And I agree with Palin that he is an outsider to the clique that used to run the show and that’s an asset. This upsets me a lot less than Sarah campaigning for McCain.
I do not work with Steele. I do not know him. Make no mistake the media and their Dem pals are in full attack mode after passing Obamacare. Divide and conquer seems to beat so many even here.
That's the most idiotic statement I have heard all week.
Michael Steele is doing a “great job’ like Don Quixote was doing a great job. It's not even close. The guy is the most incompetent, clueless, gaff prone RNC Chairman I have ever seen. Practically every time he opens his mouth, he talks nonsense. Case in point, him blaming racism for his own screw ups just this week.
You are so right! This is one of those times it would have been better for her to say nothing! Michael Steele is no outsider because he is in the hip pocket of lobbyist and has been from day one which some members of the RNC have been complaining about for months.
Larry, Moe and Curley could do a better job. What sort of Meds is Sarah taking? Wake up and smell the coffee. I can see a pattern here—she’s trying to worm her way back into the good graces of the RINO GOP. Lets hope this is a plan to reform from within.
All of your posts should come with a barf alert.
“Imagine if she called him out for the half-RINO he is.
It was a smart move by her at this point in things.”
I have been a big supporter of Palin, but frankly she is losing me with all these “smart moves”.
First she campaigns for McCain who wants to destroy our country with amnesty for illegals and climate change legislation. Now she backs that idiot, race baiter Steele, who paints Obama as a victim of racist America, in a futile attempt to save his own job.
I can somewhat understand her misplaced loyalty to McCain, but she owes nothing to Michael Steele.
Palin won me over because she used to do and say the RIGHT things, not the politically “smart” things.
I wonder if they got room in the Happy Jeep for Michael Steele? They can put Biden in the trunk.....
Sarah Palin is just another Liberal RINO...people need to realize this....
SHOW ME the Enumerated Power.
If Romney had said this, crap would be hitting the fan.
Be fair; Steele was asked if racial bias “added” (IIRC) to his “difficulties” (IIRC). It was a yes or no question about a deliberately ambiguous subject, and a trick one intended to throw him to the dogs of conservatives. If this is the closest that Steele ever gets to touching the race card, the GOP is quite blessed. Please don’t fall for the media trolling.
I am not a Palin supporter and rather have DeMint, Hunter, or Thompson as our candidate in 2012. With that, I still think we should give her a pass on the comment. What good does it publically slamming him at this point? Personally, I think Steele will be removed behind the scenes, without a messy PR event.
But what I see is an effort by the Obamah State Media Butt-Kissers to portray that unhappiness as more racism by the White Republican base.
This is more an effort by State Media to drum out Steele than it is Conservative or Republican effort.
State Media already portray the Right's anger at Obamah as racist, we hear it every day.
And if Michael Steel is run off, it will be more of the same.
Divide & Conquer is the tactic being used by State Media to distract from Obamah's Socialist agenda to weaken America.
DeMint in terms of positions seems possible. I don't know about his personal appeal, and probably can't even place his face. So he'd have a ways to go, but it's do-able.
“I can see a pattern hereshes trying to worm her way back into the good graces of the RINO GOP. Lets hope this is a plan to reform from within.”
Trojan Horse? Seems like a risky, problem laden strategy to me. Where are all the ‘Palin is an angel’ people today attacking us as ‘liars’ for daring to ask a simple question of Gov. Palin? (wait for it, wait for it...) :) Look I like Palin, but you’ve got to admit, she’s doing some weird head fakes on us...
Agreed. I think even the Establishment is right here to not make Steele a bigger issue before the elections, and let the RNC deal with it when they vote again in January.
“It was a yes or no question about a deliberately ambiguous subject, and a trick one intended to throw him to the dogs of conservatives. If this is the closest that Steele ever gets to touching the race card, the GOP is quite blessed. Please dont fall for the media trolling.”
He could have given a good political answer - and avoided the question. Why didn’t he? Why are we cursed with people that *have* to answer such a question, exactly as asked...at least most of the politically saavy RATS are able to avoid answering trap questions (well traps in their minds) straight away.
In this game for keeps with the RAT press - that is a MUST for our leadership. They should NEVER trust a RAT pressers question. As others have said about Steele’s race card comments - should have never done the interview, and if you do the interview, you remain saavy and don’t allow Stepha-snuffalufagus to go there.
ahhh someone who understands what is actually going on here... refreshing.
Eyes on the November Prize, People!
Settle the petty in house fighting afterwards!
It sounds more to me like she’s following Reagan’s creed of keeping criticism of other Republicans internal. With an election looming less than 7 months away, I suspect she’s trying to present a united front (with the understanding Steele will be dealt with at the appropriate time).
Oh, please. LOL! Palin's trying to keep a sense of GOP unity in the run-up to a critical off-year election and for that she's a lib? Got it.
OK... I never thought I’d say it... but if this is real... IF... Sarah... STFU!
At this stage steele just needs to keep quite and out of the limelight.
Him resigning now is not going to accomplish anything than give the gop bad press.
Didnt Steele say that he and Obama have an uphill battle with republicans because of their race, a higher standard set for them ?
Steele was a liberal republican from Maryland who helped republicans win the governorship of a very liberal state , but then jumped ship to lose the 2006 MD Senate race against a more liberal white Ben Cardin. Republicans lost both seats.
Then Hannity pushed Steele for two years as RNC head on his show, loved McCain too. Steele said he would reach out to different demographic voters.
Steele got the position by seeking the camera.
Steele is a clown but keeping the spotlight on him is not going to accomplish anything whatsoever.
We need to focus on making sure we have no more defeats like health care etc.
He could have said ‘NO’ but he doesnt believe it is 'no'. How did BoB and Steele get their jobs if the country is so racist?(question to Steele)
Steele is a liberal republican from Maryland who like Keyes ran for Senate there(a liberal state with many black voters) and lost. He got the RNC job by appearing on Hannity each night, or it looked that way anyway.
Fallacy of excluded middle
She doesn’t have to slam him, she should say nothing at all.
I dont disagree but I have heard some on MSNBC say that Obama wants to avoid anymore tough votes in congress before the election, to ditch Cap and Trade and amnesty and focus on banking reform to lure a few RINOs.
What is interesting about this is the house Hispanic caucus held back their HR votes until Obama promised to push amnesty, but maybe they meant after the election when McCain can safely support it again.
This is getting a bit off topic of this thread, but an good subject anyway.
GOP unity? Promoting RINOs and alienating the base?
Reagan only began following his 11 Commandment when it was clear he was the front runner in 1980.
That leaves a big question if true. What is she going for? What is her end goal? I honesty havent concluded anything.
During an appearance on conservative commentator Sean Hannity’s show on the Fox News Channel, Palin said, “I support Michael Steele...
I assume it was in an answer to a direct question during a live interview. How would it look if was to sit there and say nothing? These things should be handled behinds the scenes not in front of a camera.
The only exceptions anyone ever finds to the "11th Commandment" are when Reagan was actively campaigning against the target. Is Palin running against Steele for anything?
“It was a smart move by her at this point in things.”
If she does not actually think he’s doing a “great job” then she shouldn’t have said this. Otherwise, she’s playing politics .. No matter what is going on around us, the compass must always point true.
I take her at her word and believe she thinks he’s doing a great job.
ditto you 100%
If she is speaking the truth, great. I prefer to have a leader who has a difference in opinion but who always tells the team the truth on where they stand. I support that. Dishonesty and corruption is what got us where we are. She knows how potentially polarizing her support of Steele could be. I believe she must see things in him. I hope she’s not being disingenuous....especially as you say on something that’s “not worth it”
“Imagine if she called him out for the half-RINO he is.
It was a smart move by her at this point in things.”
In other words....you’re saying it’s just fine if she LIES at the expense of conservatives? I’m curious, you can’t excuse her forever....at what point do you lose trust?
While I could understand her not ripping Steele, she certainly didn’t need to say he was “doing a great job”.
She could have said, “While I don’t agree with him on everything, personally, I like Michael Steele a lot, and I hope he can recover from the mistakes he’s made and fix the problems at the RNC.”
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