Skip to comments.GOP chair changes tune, says party will take back Congress
Posted on 01/10/2010 5:44:23 PM PST by Baladas
Washington (CNN) - Days after saying his party will not take back control of Congress this year, Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele reversed course Sunday.
"Oh, we will," Steele told "Fox News Sunday," adding, "We're well on our way."
Steele's remark last week that the party cannot take back the House of Representatives in 2010 added to turmoil within the party surrounding his embattled leadership.
Steele's initial remark came in a Monday interview with Fox News. But after telling the network that a new Republican majority in the House wouldn't happen "this year," he added, "Well, I don't know yet," and that there are vacancies to be filled.
"But then the question we need to ask ourselves is, if we do that, are we ready?"
Asked whether the party is ready, he responded, "I don't know. And that's what I'm assessing and evaluating right now."
Democrats wrested control of both houses of Congress in 2006 and now hold a 256-178 majority in the House, with one seat vacant. In the Senate, the Democrats have 58 of the 100 seats, plus two independents who caucus with them.
The National Republican Congressional Committee aimed to negate Steele's comments, saying the GOP can win back the majority of the House in the midterm elections. And on Tuesday, in an interview with CNN, Steele said he simply wasn't ready to make any predictions.
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Apparently rushing to install a Black man as head of the GOP is not working out any better than voting in a Black man as President of the United States. This is what happens when qualifications are tossed out the window and Race is given too much weight when it should not be given any weight at all. I saw way too many people gushing over the fact that the GOP finally had a Black leader. All that gushing did was leave a mess to be cleaned up.
It's much better to admit that anyone can be wrong ~ particularly in a seat of the pants interview situation.
Time for some of you guys to write to Mike and let him know how you're going to win your district away from the evil Democrat now sitting in Congress. Keep him up to date.
Michael is waiting to have his mind made up for him! It will depend on what the meaning of is is next week!
I do think it is increasingly likely that the GOP will take control. But I don’t think it’s a problem that the Chairman is wishy-washing on this. Whether we win or not will depend on who shows up to vote.
How is that statement controversial? There's absolutely no chance whatsoever that a Republican majority in the House will happen in 2010--it's not possible. The Republican majority that will be elected in November won't be seated in the House until January of 2011.
Steele is an absolute train wreck.
I agree with you, to a point.
Steele has made some mistakes,
HOWEVER, those Republicans who think that their effort is best spent attacking Steele are an even bigger problem than Steele, IMHO.
yes, he is..but at least we can recognize it..democrats can’t see what a mess they have elected as their leader..
>>Oh, we will,” Steele told “Fox News Sunday,” adding, “We’re well on our way.” <<
Well, if we get rid of YOU, Steele...
I don't care or even have any hope that the Republicans can fill that bill.
This guy seems to be cluless. He can’t debate the issues and usually lets unfounded comments on the GOP go unanswered. He was a joke on FNS this morning.
Right after we take back his office.
No thanks to you Mike... you self-promoting jerk.
The RNC needs to move to meet the tea party movement, not the other way around.
The longer the relatively disorganized tea party crowd leads the discussion over where the country should be headed the better. As soon as the current establishment RNC takes the lead and controls the message, the more likely it can be massaged into the bland uninspiring message that allowed Nancy Pelosi to become Speaker of the House.
There’s not much to Steele, after all he’s “light skinned” and speaks “with no Negro dialect, unless he wants to have one.”
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No, Mr. Steel, the party will not take back congress, the people of the United States will take back congress, and it might be time for the GOP to start campaigning towards the people who will do this.
That means hitting the ground running, ending these massive government payouts, stating up front that the first thing done will be to divest the American people of these ludicrous investments in private companies.
It means rolling back Congress’ budget, not the nation, but Congress’ budget to FY 2000 levels. It means cutting out tens of thousands of regulations that don’t work, that don’t help everyone, that lead to the poor investments that caused the housing bubble to burst, and the near collapse of our economy.
Step forward, say that Congress will direct the FDIC to insure ONLY %25,000 in bank accounts, and that investors will actually have to pay attention to their investments, or seek their own insurance.
Stop making us pay for other people’s goof ups. You want to expand the food stamp program? Sure, go ahead, don’t care about that. Because I’d rather billions go to feeding families than 3 billion to put a new car in their driveway, and their old car sent to a part out shop rather than being reliable transportation for a family that is just starting out.
Enough. Respect the people this nation is made up of, and stop treating them like little children, stop acting like our masters, and actually work for us for a change. Because if you don’t campaign for my vote, it’s going to whomever does.
STEELE SHOULD HENCEFORTH BE KNOWN AS ‘TINSEL’.
BECAUSE HIS FUNCTION IS MERELY ORNAMENTAL,
HE IS A PLASTIC IMITATION OF SOMETHING REAL,
AND HE SHIFTS POSITION WITH THE FAINTEST BREEZE.
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