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Michael Steele Scolds MSNBC Host Over Her Suggestion Conservatives Need to Rally Around Romney
NewsBusters ^ | January 05, 2012 | 15:41 | Ken Shepherd

Posted on 01/05/2012 1:55:09 PM PST by Hunton Peck

With Mitt Romney winning the Iowa caucus and on track to do well in New Hampshire, conservatives should just give up and rally behind the former Massachusetts governor, MSNBC host Alex Wagner suggested at the open of today's Now with Alex Wagner.

Former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele was having none of that:

ALEX WAGNER, host: Here we are, and there's a lot of, there's Mitt-mentum, as it were.

MICHAEL STEELE: Where is it?

WAGNER: I don't know, you, well, there's--

STEELE: Where is it?! Twenty-five percent does not momentum make.

[...]

WAGNER: But there is some thinking that, at some point, conservatives have to rally around this guy. We know that Politico --

STEELE: Why?! Why?

WAGNER: Because--

STEELE: Why can't conservatives just make up their own mind? Why do they have to sit and wait for you or me or Karl Rove or anybody to tell them who they should want?

We saw in this process that the base of the party said we will do this our way in our time. We're, they're in no rush to do this. They want to vet these guys. There's a serious discussion undergoing in the RNC, in the party right now.

It didn't begin in this cycle. This goes back to 2005. It goes back to the second term of the Bush administration, about the difference between foundational principles versus Big Government Republicanism.

And their concern is that Mitt Romney is just a facade for what will be a next generation of Big Government Republicanism, so you have to appreciate that in the first instance.


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: alexwagner; gop; michaelsteele; mittromney; msnbc; rallybehindromney
Don't ask me. I don't know what's going on here, either...
1 posted on 01/05/2012 1:55:17 PM PST by Hunton Peck
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To: Hunton Peck

Good for Mr. Steele.


2 posted on 01/05/2012 1:58:05 PM PST by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: Hunton Peck

Where the heck was this side of Steele when he ran the GOP?


3 posted on 01/05/2012 1:59:27 PM PST by kosciusko51 (Enough of "Who is John Galt?" Who is Patrick Henry?)
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To: Hunton Peck

Hmmmm....Mr. Steele found his brain?


4 posted on 01/05/2012 2:00:21 PM PST by goodnesswins (Adversity makes us bitter or better.)
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To: kosciusko51
Where the heck was this side of Steele when he ran the GOP?

Most excellent question.

5 posted on 01/05/2012 2:01:25 PM PST by scripter ("You don't have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body." - C.S. Lewis)
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To: kosciusko51

That’s what I want to know...


6 posted on 01/05/2012 2:05:45 PM PST by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
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To: Hunton Peck

Did Alex Wagner (whoever that is) say Hillary Clinton should quit and rally around the Kenyan when he won Iowa in 2008?

No, ya moron! (not you, Ms Wagner)


7 posted on 01/05/2012 2:06:08 PM PST by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: goodnesswins

More like a broken clock is right twice a day. Whatever his motive, this statement is not because Michael is a conservative.


8 posted on 01/05/2012 2:08:15 PM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: kosciusko51

‘Where the heck was this side of Steele when he ran the GOP?’

Exactly along with his remark about Rove. Four years ago he wouldn’t have made any of these remarks.


9 posted on 01/05/2012 2:08:21 PM PST by mmanager (Reagan Revolution + Republican Revolution = Bury Obama in 2012 - Go Newt!)
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To: kosciusko51
Where the heck was this side of Steele when he ran the GOP?

Most likely being strong-armed into staying on the establishment, big government reservation.

10 posted on 01/05/2012 2:08:54 PM PST by RatRipper (I'll ride a turtle to work every day before I buy anything from Government Motors.)
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To: Hunton Peck
This shouldn't be notable but it is, coming from former RNC Chairman Michael Steele who seemed to be solidly 'establishment' while he held the top position in the national Republican party. Perhaps, after seeing the weak support for Romney while the leftmedia tries to push Mitt as the 'only sensible choice for Republicans' (red flags flying, here) Michael Steele is regaining his senses and starting to come around to the reality that to conservatives, Romney is practically toxic because he represents the dreary, big-government status quo. We're fed up with the status quo. Not this time. Steele seems to be getting on board - and that's a good thing.
11 posted on 01/05/2012 2:09:59 PM PST by Jim Scott
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To: Hunton Peck

Where the heck was THIS Steele BACK WHEN WE NEEDED HIM?


12 posted on 01/05/2012 2:24:15 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Spoiler Alert! The secret to Terra Nova: THEY ARE ALL DEAD!!!)
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To: kosciusko51

GMTA — I posted before I read the thread...


13 posted on 01/05/2012 2:25:29 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Spoiler Alert! The secret to Terra Nova: THEY ARE ALL DEAD!!!)
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To: Hunton Peck

If other MSM talking heads use this, it suggests that it was a WH/DNC-delivered talking point. Steele didn’t cooperate as she expected. I would like to see the video.


14 posted on 01/05/2012 2:31:29 PM PST by thouworm (.)
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To: Hunton Peck

I liked Steele before he ran the RNC and I guess I like him now that he’s out of there. I have no idea what happened in between.


15 posted on 01/05/2012 2:34:11 PM PST by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: Hunton Peck

Michael Steele, great call. I agree completely.


16 posted on 01/05/2012 2:35:41 PM PST by SueRae (I can see November 2012 from my HOUSE!!!!!!!!)
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To: BfloGuy

That’s my thought also. This sounds like the Michael Steele who ran for (IIRC) Lt. Gov. of Maryland. Will the real one please stand up?


17 posted on 01/05/2012 2:38:02 PM PST by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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To: Hunton Peck
But there is some thinking that, at some point, conservatives have to rally around this guy. We know that Politico --

Why does this sentence make me want to do something very harmful to a television reporter?
18 posted on 01/05/2012 2:44:45 PM PST by righttackle44 (I may not be much, but I raised a United States Marine)
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To: kosciusko51

Well, back then his paycheck came from those Big Government Republicans. He can be more independent in his talking now.


19 posted on 01/05/2012 2:49:20 PM PST by Truth is a Weapon (Truth, it hurts so good.)
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To: Hunton Peck

Hear hear Michael Steele. Perhaps you have a bit of spine left after all.


20 posted on 01/05/2012 3:21:50 PM PST by FastCoyote (I am intolerant of the intolerable.)
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To: RatRipper
Steele was Roved! If you think about it, what all went on... It has Carl's fingerprints all over it. Us conservative republicans need to take back the party or start our own. I've been active in my local and it is a uphill battle.
21 posted on 01/05/2012 3:47:55 PM PST by goodtomato (I'm really, really blessed! WWW.MIKEMcCALISTERFORSENATE.COM check him out!)
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To: Truth is a Weapon

WORD!


22 posted on 01/05/2012 3:52:01 PM PST by goodtomato (I'm really, really blessed! WWW.MIKEMcCALISTERFORSENATE.COM check him out!)
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To: goodnesswins
To: Hunton Peck

Hmmmm....Mr. Steele found his brain?

More like he grew a "pair."

Or maybe the powers that be kept him on a short leash and would not let him express himself?

LOVE the comment about that A-HOLE, Rove!!!

23 posted on 01/05/2012 4:33:39 PM PST by Conservative Vermont Vet (l)
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To: Hunton Peck

Before we swoon, let’s review some headlines...

http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/steele/index?tab=articles


24 posted on 01/05/2012 6:37:22 PM PST by Grizzled Bear (No More RINOS!)
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