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GOP chairman doubts Republicans can retake House
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Posted on 01/05/2010 3:43:49 PM PST by Chet 99

WASHINGTON – GOP Chairman Michael Steele thinks Republicans have "screwed up" for the most part in the years since Ronald Reagan was president. And, he adds in an interview on the heels of his new book's release, Republicans won't win back the House in fall elections and might not be ready to lead even if they do.

That forecast of failure sparked a pushback Tuesday at the GOP's own National Republican Congressional Committee, whose aim is to elect Republicans, and delight at its counterpart, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


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KEYWORDS: 2010midterms; abdication; gopcomeback; operationleper; rncchairman; sleepswithromney; steele
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1 posted on 01/05/2010 3:43:49 PM PST by Chet 99
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To: Chet 99

I suggest he fall on his sword and resign immediately.


2 posted on 01/05/2010 3:45:01 PM PST by arealconservativeforachange (Tell JD Hayworth to run for McCain's seat! http://www.jdhayworth.com/contact.php)
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To: Chet 99

I don’t understand. There isn’t a pit bull in the article.


3 posted on 01/05/2010 3:45:08 PM PST by carton253 (Ask me about Throw Away the Scabbard - a Civil War alternate history.)
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To: Chet 99

Can’t argue with him. As long as Steele is in charge, there is little chance for the GOP in 2010, even though there is a perfect storm out there for HUGE gains.


4 posted on 01/05/2010 3:45:58 PM PST by Always Right
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To: Chet 99

Fire his ass. Now. Get someone in who’ll play to win.


5 posted on 01/05/2010 3:46:08 PM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (STOP GLOBAL WHINING!!)
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To: Chet 99
Steele has been very bad for the GOP.

It is too early to try to downplay expectations. Now is the time to ratchet them up and get people excited about the possibility of a takeover.

6 posted on 01/05/2010 3:46:09 PM PST by comebacknewt
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To: Chet 99
Get a Chairman that does!
7 posted on 01/05/2010 3:46:23 PM PST by Recon Dad ( USMC SSgt Patrick O - 3rd Afghanistan Deployment - Day 76)
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To: Chet 99

The MSM has been so twisting what Steele said to try and diminish the passion on the right.


8 posted on 01/05/2010 3:46:59 PM PST by KansasGirl
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To: Chet 99

He’s toast.


9 posted on 01/05/2010 3:47:03 PM PST by BobL (When Democrats start to love this country more than they hate Republicans, good things might happen.)
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To: arealconservativeforachange
He says this crap on a day that Rasmussen releases the latest generic congressional ballot: 'R' leads by +9%.
10 posted on 01/05/2010 3:47:11 PM PST by C210N (A government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take everything you have)
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To: Chet 99

Were there not people who wanted this clown to run for president in 2008?


11 posted on 01/05/2010 3:47:20 PM PST by Rodebrecht (Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.)
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To: Chet 99
I think it's time to replace GOP Chairman Michael Steele.
I want someone who can lead, not cave. Someone who has a spine.
12 posted on 01/05/2010 3:47:22 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Chet 99

“GOP Chairman Michael Steele thinks Republicans have “screwed up” for the most part in the years since Ronald Reagan was president.”

That’s the spirit...dimwit.


13 posted on 01/05/2010 3:47:34 PM PST by jessduntno ("Speak endlessly and carry a small stick..." - B. Hussein Obama)
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To: Recon Dad

I wonder if Sarah would be interested?


14 posted on 01/05/2010 3:47:40 PM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: Chet 99

Sarah for the job, maybe?


15 posted on 01/05/2010 3:47:43 PM PST by BobL (When Democrats start to love this country more than they hate Republicans, good things might happen.)
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To: Chet 99
Steele has RINOitis.
16 posted on 01/05/2010 3:48:27 PM PST by Navy Patriot (Sarah and the Conservatives will rock your world.)
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To: Chet 99
GOP chairman doubts Republicans can retake House

(you're fired)

NEXT!

17 posted on 01/05/2010 3:48:29 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Deathcare...a solution desperately looking for a problem.)
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To: Chet 99

Fire this jackass.

Now.


18 posted on 01/05/2010 3:48:31 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Chet 99
Nice "can do" attitude there Steele.

You suck.

19 posted on 01/05/2010 3:48:51 PM PST by Manic_Episode (Some mornings, it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps...)
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To: Chet 99

With that attitude Michael we won’t....

Sounds like something coming from a sad sack....


20 posted on 01/05/2010 3:49:23 PM PST by GraceG
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To: C210N

They guy is a RINO idiot.


21 posted on 01/05/2010 3:49:26 PM PST by arealconservativeforachange (Tell JD Hayworth to run for McCain's seat! http://www.jdhayworth.com/contact.php)
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To: Chet 99

The pr!ck is pimping his book.

Boycott it and the RNC. Donate directly to conservative candidates.


22 posted on 01/05/2010 3:49:33 PM PST by maggief
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To: Chet 99

That’s the last straw.... that RINO needs to be removed.... NOW!!


23 posted on 01/05/2010 3:49:36 PM PST by Gator113 (Obama is America's First Failed Black Pres-dent.....)
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To: Chet 99
More and more, I'm thinking the GOP is playing at being inept and letting the grassroots do the heavy lifting, and hoping they get back in their good graces by default.

So this statement by Steele doesn't surprise me - it's the classic lowering expectations angle, and keeping the base angry and excited. That still doesn't hold my disdain for Steele, however. He is a weak chairman and the fact that he's releasing a book when he should be out there promoting conservative policies and candidates tells me he's just looking out for numero uno.

24 posted on 01/05/2010 3:49:36 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (GO GREEN BAY PACKERS GO!)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Sarah might take the job under one condition ... That she will be allowed to toss Corrupt Republicans out of office.

That will be a day when Hell freezes over.

More likely, Sarah will take a Senate seat before running for President.


25 posted on 01/05/2010 3:52:13 PM PST by OldNavyVet
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To: maggief

http://www.politico.com/blogs/glennthrush/0110/Steele_calls_for_Nap_sack__cites_phantom_GOP_leadership.html

January 05, 2010
Categories:

* Homeland Security

Steele calls for Nap sack — cites phantom GOP “leadership”

RNC Chairman Michael Steele was just on Neil Cavuto’s FOX show calling for Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to step down — saying he agrees with “Republican leadership” on the need for a new DHS boss.

One slight problem:

Not a single member of the GOP “leadership” — except Steele — has called for her resignation in the wake of the failed Christmas bombing — leaving Steele out on the limb with the only prominent member of his party to make the call, Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.).

Transcript, with video link to TVEyes:

CAVUTO: Janet Napolitano is getting a lot of heat for minimizing this problem and maybe botching this whole situation. Should she leave?

CHAIRMAN STEELE: I agree with the Republican leadership that called for her resignation, yes. I think the risks are too high and the experience required to do this job is too great. And I think on both fronts she’s fallen short.

Actual House “leadership” staffers on and off the hill were none to thrilled with Steele’s latest gaffe, with aides saying it undercuts their credibility in questioning the administration’s response to the attack. And they’re particularly upset that Steele made the mistake while promoting his book.


26 posted on 01/05/2010 3:52:30 PM PST by maggief
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To: Chet 99
Say anything to please the liberal media, appear on more MSM TV outlets and sell more books to put more money in your pockets eh, Micheal?
What a pathetic self serving idiot.
27 posted on 01/05/2010 3:52:53 PM PST by SmokingJoe
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To: Chet 99

STEELE NEEDS TO RESIGN!
STEELE NEEDS TO RESIGN!


28 posted on 01/05/2010 3:52:59 PM PST by Falcon28 (I)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
GOP is playing at being inept and letting the grassroots do the heavy lifting

All the while all conservatives I know are donating ONLY directly to candidates and causes, and zilch to Steele-et-al. Not when he finds fit to send a $mil to Scuzzy, and peanuts to Scott Brown.

29 posted on 01/05/2010 3:53:50 PM PST by C210N (A government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take everything you have)
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To: Falcon28

Wonder if Steele still thinks the GOP Convention looked like a Nazi rally. What a moron.


30 posted on 01/05/2010 3:54:12 PM PST by Falcon28 (I)
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To: Chet 99

Honest to God, I’ve never seen a less capable leadership. This defeatist nonsense is insufferable.

You’ll never hear the left making stupid ass defeatist comments like this.

If our guys can’t remember how to fight, they could at least take a few pointers from the unified Left.

Steele is an incompetent fool.

Can’t win? Wouldn’t know what to do if we did?

Honestly, who needs enemies when this is supposed to be your best ally in Conservatism?


31 posted on 01/05/2010 3:54:39 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Good news. HC bill will not cover illegal aliens. Bad news. 20-35 million will be made citizens.)
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To: Chet 99

I think Michael just now got ‘round to reading what I wrote on the fund raising solicitation he sent me last week.

“Sorry Michael. I’m sending my contribution this month to Scott Brown. November’s went to Doug Hoffman. Maybe you should talk to Dee Dee about returning the money you sent to the winner of a Margaret Sanger award and who was tight with the Acorn people and the unions.”


32 posted on 01/05/2010 3:55:13 PM PST by Mobties
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To: Chet 99

Yep, it’s a leadership problem, Michael.


33 posted on 01/05/2010 3:55:20 PM PST by Bryan24 (When in doubt, move to the right..........)
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To: Falcon28

When did he come up with that gem?


34 posted on 01/05/2010 3:55:38 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Good news. HC bill will not cover illegal aliens. Bad news. 20-35 million will be made citizens.)
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To: OldNavyVet
More likely, Sarah will take a Senate seat before running for President.”

That would be the dumbest move she ever made in her entire life..and she doesn't make dumb moves like that.
Not gonna happen.

35 posted on 01/05/2010 3:55:43 PM PST by SmokingJoe
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To: Chet 99

Keep your mouth shut Michael!


36 posted on 01/05/2010 3:55:50 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (THE SECOND AMENDMENT, A MATTER OF FACT, NOT A MATTER OF OPINION)
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To: Gator113

“That’s the last straw.... that RINO needs to be removed.... NOW!!”

How does that happen ?


37 posted on 01/05/2010 3:56:37 PM PST by Renegade (You go tell my buddies)
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To: Chet 99
This guy has been a disaster. Time for a change.

The only positive I see is I believe 2010 is going to be such a strong year for us not even the RNC can screw it up.

38 posted on 01/05/2010 3:57:37 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: Chet 99

Steele is an idiot.


39 posted on 01/05/2010 3:58:21 PM PST by Uncle Hal
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To: Chet 99

And the biggest screw up of all is himself.


40 posted on 01/05/2010 3:58:38 PM PST by Carley (OBAMA IS A MALEVOLENT FORCE IN THE WORLD)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
How many here believe that Steele got his job via the "diversity" route?

Republicans wanted to jump on the minority bandwagon.

41 posted on 01/05/2010 3:58:38 PM PST by greyfoxx39 (Obamacare: Old folks don't deserve healthcare. They use up too many carbon credits just breathing.)
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To: Recon Dad
Who does Steele work for, is he a democrat plant? He really knows how to take advantage of the momentum from conservatives. He instills such confidence. Not
42 posted on 01/05/2010 3:58:49 PM PST by peeps36 (Democrats Don't Need No Stinking Input From You Little People)
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To: Chet 99

We bypass him completely and donate directly to the candidate of our choice.


43 posted on 01/05/2010 3:59:24 PM PST by Carley (OBAMA IS A MALEVOLENT FORCE IN THE WORLD)
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To: GraceG

“With that attitude Michael we won’t....

Sounds like something coming from a sad sack....”

Exactly right, GraceG. Thanks for excellent observation!


44 posted on 01/05/2010 4:00:21 PM PST by JohnQ1 ("(BHO) can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I know." - A Lincoln)
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To: maggief

I saw him on Cavuto today too. Did you hear him say, that if he wasn’t the GOP chairman he would be a Tea Party participant? The only thing he said that made sense was that Neopolitan fell far short of doing her job and being qualified for it.


45 posted on 01/05/2010 4:00:39 PM PST by Harley (Life is Tough, But It's a Lot Tougher When You're a Liberal. Stop Global Whining Now.)
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To: greyfoxx39; All

A question to all—what was the generic ballot in say, oct of 94—when we retook the house and senate??

Was it higher than 9% ahead then??


46 posted on 01/05/2010 4:02:35 PM PST by Rca2000 ( " Call me a prude? maybe...but then,if there were more "prudes" we would not be in this mess now.)
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To: Chet 99

Consider the source. It’s a pro-Dem hit piece.

He may have said that he did not know if the GOP could win a majority, but I don’t see any problem with expressing that opinion. You want to motivate your people to vote, and you want to reduce expectations. The part about not being able to lead even if they do win is purely AP’s bias. Nothing that he was quoted as saying anywhere in this article comes close to that.


47 posted on 01/05/2010 4:04:13 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: Chet 99

What an uninspiring, negative loser. Just STFU, Steele!


48 posted on 01/05/2010 4:04:27 PM PST by Right Wing Assault (The Obama magic is fading.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Absolutely. If Ronnie were the chariman now, do you think he would talk about losing or winning?


49 posted on 01/05/2010 4:04:55 PM PST by majormaturity
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To: Chet 99

The GOP is useless. They should step aside and let the grass roots save the country.


50 posted on 01/05/2010 4:06:49 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham (It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government -- Thomas Payne)
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