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Steele Open To Presidential Run, Says Limbaugh Spat Planned
FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein

Posted on 03/26/2009 5:38:36 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest

Is it time for RNC Chairman Michael Steele to say ’sayanora’? I’m starting to think so in light of his latest embarrassing and contradictory statements. [H/t Sam Stein, HuffPo--what can I say, that's where I found the story!]

From Stein column:

Speaking with CNN’s Don Lemon [video at link above]: Steele said he “would think about” running for the White House but only if “that is where God wants me to be at that time.”

Discussing his tiff with Rush Limbaugh in which he called Rushbo “incendiary and ugly,” Steele contended that it was all a part of a grand “strategic” plan. I’m very introspective about things. I’m a cause-and-effect kind of guy. So if I do something, there’s a reason for it… It may look like a mistake, a gaffe. There is a rationale, there is a logic behind it,” he said. “I want to see what the landscape looks like. I want to see who yells the loudest. I want to know who says they’re with me but really isn’t. It helps me understand my position on the chess board. It helps me understand, where, you know, the enemy camp is and where those who are inside the tent are,” Steele added. “It’s all strategic.”

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1 posted on 03/26/2009 5:38:36 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: Behind Liberal Lines; Miss Marple; an amused spectator; netmilsmom; Diogenesis; MEG33; PGalt; ...

Time for Steele to say sayanora? Ping to Today show list.


2 posted on 03/26/2009 5:39:08 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (Conservative criticism of the liberal media: www.finkelblog.com)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Not only NO, but HELL NO!


3 posted on 03/26/2009 5:39:13 AM PDT by MortMan (Power without responsibility-the prerogative of the harlot throughout the ages. - Rudyard Kipling)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Don’t waste our time Steele.


4 posted on 03/26/2009 5:39:17 AM PDT by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

What a charade. He should be so good and step down. It’s embarrassing.


5 posted on 03/26/2009 5:39:34 AM PDT by SolidWood (Palin: "We do not want to becomes slaves of Washington.")
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Um....no?


6 posted on 03/26/2009 5:39:50 AM PDT by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (True nobility is exempt from fear - Marcus Tullius Cicero)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Dumb strategy sez me.


7 posted on 03/26/2009 5:39:51 AM PDT by tips up
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

The Dems would love this. Another McCain-Dole run for the Pubs.

NO WAY!!!!


8 posted on 03/26/2009 5:40:22 AM PDT by truthandlife ("Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God." (Ps 20:7))
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

No way that he can do any better than McCain, who is a proven loser.

He could not even carry a state, much less a country.


9 posted on 03/26/2009 5:40:47 AM PDT by bestintxas (It's great in Texas)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Steele Open To Presidential Run

For which party?

10 posted on 03/26/2009 5:40:56 AM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Erkel for President?

No thanks

Steele couldnt even win votes for Senator in his home county


11 posted on 03/26/2009 5:41:36 AM PDT by silverleaf (Freedom's just another word for "nothing left to lose")
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Does anyone honestly believe Steele’s comments about Rush were part of a master plan to run for president in 2010? Sorry, but Steele is an embarrassment. It’s time for him to go.


12 posted on 03/26/2009 5:41:51 AM PDT by CitizenUSA
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO MORE MORE MORE MORE MORE MORE MORE MORE MORE MORE RINOS RINOS RINOS RINOS RINOS RINOS RINOS RINOS RINOS
13 posted on 03/26/2009 5:43:02 AM PDT by Blogger (Pray and Prepare)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

So IOW, his running for Chair had nothing to do with advancing a “conservative agenda”, but rather advance his “Presidential agenda”?. Steele is becoming a huge disappointment.


14 posted on 03/26/2009 5:43:25 AM PDT by tiredoflaundry (Americans only hear the word "free", but never hear "just pay the shipping and handling")
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Michael....the wet finger in the wind ain’t gonna work anymore. Either stand as a principled conservative or go away - quickly.


15 posted on 03/26/2009 5:43:30 AM PDT by Apercu ("A man's character is his fate" - Heraclitus)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

NO COMPARISON!


16 posted on 03/26/2009 5:43:49 AM PDT by Islander7 (If you want to anger conservatives, lie to them. If you want to anger liberals, tell them the truth.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Is this guy for real? What a bufoon.


17 posted on 03/26/2009 5:44:19 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA ("The Dark Side of the Force is a pathway to many abilities some consider to be unnatural.")
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
It helps me understand my position on the chess board. It helps me understand, where, you know, the enemy camp is and where those who are inside the tent are,” Steele added. “It’s all strategic.”

So conservatives are the enemy, Steele?

This idiot needs to be booted out of the RNC leadership NOW.

18 posted on 03/26/2009 5:44:19 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
He'll hip hop his way to the White House.
19 posted on 03/26/2009 5:44:21 AM PDT by TADSLOS ( Join the Conservative Revolution! http://falconparty.com/)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Steele contended that it was all a part of a grand “strategic” plan.

THAT strikes a dead key on my piano and I doubt anyone is buying his song and dance. Can't wait to hear Limbaugh's take.

20 posted on 03/26/2009 5:44:33 AM PDT by StarFan
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

This guy certainly is full of himself.

He reminds me of Obama.


21 posted on 03/26/2009 5:45:27 AM PDT by Glenn (Free Venezuela!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Sharpie the marker maker is happy with him. Every time I receive a form from the RNC, I return it with BOLD RED LETTERS STATING, "GROW A SPINE"

22 posted on 03/26/2009 5:45:42 AM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

It may have been strategic (I doubt it).

But if it was it was really stupid strategy unless he plans to run as a Democrat.

I liked Steele for Maryland, he is way too squishy to be advanced as a national candidate.


23 posted on 03/26/2009 5:46:13 AM PDT by RobFromGa (I want to panic but I'm too confused...)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
It's quite possible that this experiment with Barry will sour America's taste for leaders of color.

I hope everyone who voted for Barry thinks about this. Because he wasn't vetted properly, because of the dems rush to be the first party to put a black man in office, because of Barry's narcissism and hideously huge unjustifiable ego, blacks may not have another shot at the White House for many, many years. Incredible.

24 posted on 03/26/2009 5:46:26 AM PDT by NoPrisoners (Huh? You mean he's NOT the messiah??? / sarcasm)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

What an embarrassing doofus. He has no credibility. He needs to be sacked.


25 posted on 03/26/2009 5:47:17 AM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
It helps me understand my position on the chess board. It helps me understand, where, you know, the enemy camp is

So, the Chair of the RNC thinks Rush is the enemy?

26 posted on 03/26/2009 5:47:35 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (FreepMail me if you want on the Bourbon ping list!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

“I planned it that way.” /s


27 posted on 03/26/2009 5:48:25 AM PDT by OKSooner ("He's quite mad, you know." - Sean Connery to Honor Blackman in "Goldfinger".)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Love, love, love Haley Barbour. Maybe he’ll change his mind and decide to run.


28 posted on 03/26/2009 5:48:33 AM PDT by gate2wire
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Conservatives need a new party.


29 posted on 03/26/2009 5:48:49 AM PDT by mewzilla (In politics the middle way is none at all. John Adams)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Mike is coming off as somewhat unstable, it really is about Michael Steele, Steele out, Blackwell in.


30 posted on 03/26/2009 5:49:08 AM PDT by lmc12
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To: lmc12

I like it. Blackwell was my guy from the beginning.


31 posted on 03/26/2009 5:50:06 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (Conservative criticism of the liberal media: www.finkelblog.com)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Steele is a huge disappointment.

Haley Barbour? Not for RNC chair- how about GOP presidential candidate? :) By the time the primaries roll around the country MIGHT actually be ready for a conservative with experience.


32 posted on 03/26/2009 5:50:10 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: NoPrisoners

I think a lot of people voted for Zero in hopes they would forever be absolved of white guilt and American guilt.

It ain’t happening. It’s still all whitey’s fault and America’s fault.


33 posted on 03/26/2009 5:50:36 AM PDT by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: Glenn

“This guy certainly is full of himself.”

You can guess what I think that liberal puke is full of!


34 posted on 03/26/2009 5:51:30 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Steele is turning out to be a desk jockey manipulator.

He is trying to show the “tiff” as rigged in order to salvage his viability to the NON REPUBLICANS.

Steele lives too much inside the la la land of the dc beltway to be a reality focused candidate.


35 posted on 03/26/2009 5:53:08 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: mewzilla

“Conservatives need a new party.”
***

Yup. The GOP is the New Democrat party, and the current Dem party has become the Socialist/Marxist Party.

That is how things have evolved.

Conservatives need a Tea Party.


36 posted on 03/26/2009 5:54:26 AM PDT by Canedawg (Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny- M. Levin)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Time for Steele to put it back in his pants. He lost and should go to where the RINOs live - oh wait, he’s already at the top of the GOP. My bad.


37 posted on 03/26/2009 5:56:08 AM PDT by AD from SpringBay (We deserve the government we allow.)
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To: mewzilla

**Conservatives need a new party.**

We may have to START a NEW PARTY... our choices...

GOP ... Liberal LITE
Libertarian ... tokabongnowar Party
Independence ... Libertarian Lite


38 posted on 03/26/2009 5:56:17 AM PDT by gwilhelm56 (My 2nd amendment protects my 1st amendment... I carry a GUN because I can't Carry a SOLDIER!)
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To: SE Mom

What’s the matter with you? He’s an eeeevil Southerner!! :p

(How ya’ doing? :)


39 posted on 03/26/2009 5:57:29 AM PDT by Politicalmom (You're lucky I voted for you, Chambliss, you miserable louse.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest; All
I said at the time (and took heat for it) that this whole thing was a planned counter move to the Emanuel/Soros attempt to declare Rush to be the “leader” of the GOP.

I was right.

I'm always right.

40 posted on 03/26/2009 5:59:34 AM PDT by Cedric
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Blackwell supports amnesty, which would destroy this country with the stroke of a pen. He has the same position as MCCain on the issue

&A with Ken Blackwell, Candidate for GOP Chairman

What is your solution for the 12 million people who are here illegally?

Blackwell: First, I think what we have to do first is stop the bleeding, meaning protect our borders. We then must have a reasonable--within the construct of our budgetary limits--have a program that basically says we will go after illegal immigrants, particularly those we suspect are engaged in criminal activity and we will prosecute and deport them. We then will have a system that puts folks who have come here illegally but haven’t engaged in criminal activity at the back of the line. So, the message we must continue to send is that we will strengthen, at every turn, the rule of law.

41 posted on 03/26/2009 6:00:32 AM PDT by kabar
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To: Politicalmom; SE Mom

haven’t seen you two in a coon’s age!! how yunz been? ; )


42 posted on 03/26/2009 6:01:03 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: kabar

Thanks for bringing that to my attention: I hadn’t been aware of it and it is definitely a negative.


43 posted on 03/26/2009 6:02:08 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (Conservative criticism of the liberal media: www.finkelblog.com)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

So the real question here is how do we actually get rid of Steele? He thinks too much of himself to resign so we need to find out what the procedure to remove him is. What are the rules for a recall? We need to take immediate action before Steele totally screws the 2010 elections. Anyone know?


44 posted on 03/26/2009 6:03:04 AM PDT by BubbaBasher ("Thus always to tyrants.")
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

You will lose Michael.


45 posted on 03/26/2009 6:03:13 AM PDT by numberonepal (Don't Even Think About Treading On Me)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Anyone remember PeeWee Herman in “PeeWee’s Big Adventure”? When he falls off his bike, he gets up and says “I meant to do that!” That’s what Steele is trying to do here.


46 posted on 03/26/2009 6:04:31 AM PDT by TommyDale (National Crime Victims' Rights Week: April 26 - May 2, 2009)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I don’t want someone in there that is “strategically planning” all the time. Weighing his moves and plotting. Oh, please. He needs to go away.


47 posted on 03/26/2009 6:05:34 AM PDT by samiam1972 ("It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish."-Mother Teresa)
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To: NoPrisoners
"It's quite possible that this experiment with Barry will sour America's taste for leaders of color."

This hits the nail on the head. An unsuccessful Obama administration will result in a huge setback for blacks.

48 posted on 03/26/2009 6:06:51 AM PDT by TommyDale (National Crime Victims' Rights Week: April 26 - May 2, 2009)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
You have got to be kidding me!

Let me get this straight: His strategic plan to bring the Republican party back to prominence is to accept liberal cliche's on their face and marginalize the conservative base of the party.

He is falling into the same trap that all moderate (read: liberal) Republicans do. They want to be liked. He is making another common mistake; assuming that Liberals are really good people who just want the best for the country (Read: McCain and Bush)

49 posted on 03/26/2009 6:06:51 AM PDT by Never on my watch (What part of Socialism works and what part of Capitalism doesn't?)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest; kabar
Blackwell is just the “back-up quarterback”, always the most impressive and popular guy...

‘til he actually gets in the game.

50 posted on 03/26/2009 6:06:56 AM PDT by Cedric
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