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Why Steele just doesn't get it
Politico ^ | Thu Mar 5, 4:22 am ET | Roger Simon

Posted on 03/05/2009 5:06:56 PM PST by LucyJo

Michael Steele has just dipped his toe into the water and is already in over his head.

Steele has been the chairman of the Republican National Committee for only about a month, and already there is speculation that he may be on his way out.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: gop; limbaugh; steele; strategy
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1 posted on 03/05/2009 5:06:56 PM PST by LucyJo
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To: LucyJo
Hey, Steele:

STFU.

GTFO.

2 posted on 03/05/2009 5:07:49 PM PST by SIDENET (I am just a monkey man, I'm glad you are a monkey woman, too.)
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To: LucyJo

Yet another affirmative action executive peter principle promoted for reason other than qualification


3 posted on 03/05/2009 5:09:34 PM PST by clamper1797 (FUBO ... The Affirmative Action President)
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To: LucyJo
"and already there is speculation that he may be on his way out.

By "speculation", I hope he means the movers are their packing his a$$ up. Goodbye and good riddance.

4 posted on 03/05/2009 5:09:59 PM PST by Big_Monkey
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To: LucyJo

Get back to me when Obama has a clue.


5 posted on 03/05/2009 5:10:37 PM PST by Williams (It's The Policies, Stupid.)
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To: LucyJo

Why do they call it the RNC, when it’s really the RINONC ?


6 posted on 03/05/2009 5:10:38 PM PST by dfwddr (A warning to people from Nigeria; if you get an email from Washington asking for money, it's a scam.)
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To: clamper1797

I actually thought Steele would be great. I say let’s wait and see. It’s early.

Anyone can screw up when you get on TV.


7 posted on 03/05/2009 5:12:13 PM PST by Tarpon (It's a common fact, one can't be liberal and rational at the same time.)
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To: clamper1797

I actually thought Steele would be great. I say let’s wait and see. It’s early.

Anyone can screw up when you get on TV.


8 posted on 03/05/2009 5:12:14 PM PST by Tarpon (It's a common fact, one can't be liberal and rational at the same time.)
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To: LucyJo

Lets just cut the crap. Rush, we need you dude.


9 posted on 03/05/2009 5:13:44 PM PST by Guns
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To: LucyJo

Your source is full of old Wash. Post hacks.

Obama is destroying America with his Marxist programs
and loosers on FR have fallen for the Democrats game of divide and conqueror.


10 posted on 03/05/2009 5:14:22 PM PST by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin - Jindal 2012)
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To: LucyJo

Poor journalist - still can’t discern conservative from Republican.


11 posted on 03/05/2009 5:15:46 PM PST by posterchild (Endowed by my Creator with certain inalienable rights.)
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To: LucyJo; SIDENET; clamper1797; Big_Monkey

“Steele has somehow gotten it into his head that hard-core Republicans want to expand the party base to attract new voters, especially minorities.

As Steele told Time magazine when he was running for his job: “I’ll tell local chairmen, ‘If you want to be chairman under my leadership, don’t think this is a country club atmosphere where we sit around drinking wine and eating cheese and talking amongst ourselves. If you don’t want to drill down and build coalitions to minority communities, then you have to give that seat to someone who does.’”

True to his word, after he was elected chairman, Steele told The Washington Times that he wanted an “off the hook” public relations offensive to reach out to “the young, Hispanic, black — a cross section” and apply party principles “to urban-suburban, hip-hop settings.”

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So what does he do? Abandons “party principles” and goes on Tavis Smiley and D.L. Hughley and instead of confronting them head-on and explaining WHY conservative principles are good for ALL Americans, he panders as flatfootedly as any country-club, whitebread.

Wow. Heavy. Way-cool.


12 posted on 03/05/2009 5:15:49 PM PST by sinanju
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To: LucyJo

Roger Simon accusing Rush of being a country club Republican when, in fact, Rush constantly criticizes country club Republicans.

The fact that the liberals are now backing Steele indicates that they know where Steele’s true loyalties lie.


13 posted on 03/05/2009 5:16:38 PM PST by iowamark (certified by Michael Steele as "ugly and incendiary")
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To: LucyJo

Politico...doing their best to keep the dust up alive per instructions from Rahm and Obama.

Don’t look now everyone...The stock market is crashing and Rahm and Obama don’t want us to notice it.


14 posted on 03/05/2009 5:17:24 PM PST by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: SIDENET

He’s gotta go.

It’s not that he doesn’t get it. It’s the fact he’s a RINO.


15 posted on 03/05/2009 5:18:06 PM PST by arealconservativeforachange (Tell JD Hayworth to run for McCain's seat! http://www.jdhayworth.com/contact.php)
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To: sinanju
"he panders as flatfootedly as any country-club, whitebread.

As a country-club whitebread, I must admit that when pandering, I am very flatfooted. I'm sure it has something to do with my European ancestry or the like.

16 posted on 03/05/2009 5:18:42 PM PST by Big_Monkey
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To: Tarpon

I was initially hopeful, but his stance on RKBA and Affirmative Action is the same as Obama. I thought his stance on the 2nd Amendment was due to ignorance and just because he is unfamiliar with gun ownership, but recent quotes do not bear that out.

I left the Republican Party three days ago, when it dawned on me what the appointment of Steele really meant.

It means that instead of an organization based on conservative principles that would attempt to find suitable candidates for elective office, they are going to promote an organization based on pandering to various groups they think are important.

They are going to try to out-liberal the liberals, and it is never, ever going to work.


17 posted on 03/05/2009 5:18:54 PM PST by rlmorel ("The Road to Serfdom" by F.A.Hayek - Read it...today.)
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To: Big_Monkey

Remember why Steele was picked. RNC memebers had reservations about Ken Blackwell’s competence after losing by 30 points against Ted Strickland. They also feared the PR nightmare about electing Kat Dawson, SC Chair, who had membership in a whites only country club. It goes to reflect how the GOP lacks quality leadership.


18 posted on 03/05/2009 5:19:27 PM PST by yongin
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To: Big_Monkey
As a country-club whitebread

Is your name Archie or Chip?

19 posted on 03/05/2009 5:20:25 PM PST by Clemenza (Remember our Korean War Veterans)
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To: Tarpon

I actually thought Steele would be great. I say let’s wait and see. It’s early.

That may be a good ideas. Shall we say 2013 or so.


20 posted on 03/05/2009 5:20:36 PM PST by chainsaw (If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free! -- P.J..)
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To: LucyJo

I don’t think it matters who is head of the RNC. The pubbies do what the pubbies do, allow the dems to frame the issues. They did it with Bush. They are doing it with Steele.

We are way past ‘bipartisanship.’ We need more than one person on the Hill who is not afraid to call a spade a spade & speak truth to power.


21 posted on 03/05/2009 5:20:39 PM PST by Protect the Bill of Rights
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To: LucyJo
I think Steele is doing OK. He'll improve his interviewing skills as he seasons.
22 posted on 03/05/2009 5:20:51 PM PST by Nuc1 (NUC1 Sub pusher SSN 668 (Liberals Aren't Patriots))
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To: Clemenza

Winston.


23 posted on 03/05/2009 5:21:11 PM PST by Big_Monkey
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To: arealconservativeforachange

There is only one reason why he was “elected” and we all know what that is. Sometimes republicans do the dumbest things. And lately it’s happening a lot.

What the party needs to do is reach out to “conservatives” instead of “minorities”.


24 posted on 03/05/2009 5:21:20 PM PST by Terry Mross (I Hate All Politicians, Republicans Included.)
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To: Big_Monkey

I’m going to name my son Thurston.


25 posted on 03/05/2009 5:22:00 PM PST by Clemenza (Remember our Korean War Veterans)
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To: Michael "Nazi Hunter" Steele

Get out, affirmie!

26 posted on 03/05/2009 5:22:43 PM PST by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: Tarpon
Anyone can screw up when you get on TV.

He didn't screw up. He is merely reflecting the prevailing attitude of the republican party.
27 posted on 03/05/2009 5:22:51 PM PST by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it!)
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To: Man50D

I will never again vote for a liberal republican like I have done starting in 2000.


28 posted on 03/05/2009 5:24:00 PM PST by Terry Mross (I Hate All Politicians, Republicans Included.)
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To: LucyJo

The problem with the GOP is a micro-version of the government at large. They believe their “platform” derives top-down from a few politically connected individuals who have “played the game” over the years rather than that messy abstraction called a “constituency” with shared values. And the more disconnected they become, the more their support will erode.


29 posted on 03/05/2009 5:24:32 PM PST by SpaceBar
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To: Big_Monkey

Wifey named Muffin or Dodie?


30 posted on 03/05/2009 5:25:13 PM PST by EyeGuy
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To: SoCalPol

>> loosers on FR have fallen for the Democrats game of divide and conqueror.

Have more faith in your FRiends.


31 posted on 03/05/2009 5:25:36 PM PST by Gene Eric
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To: iowamark

If Rush was indeed a ‘country-club Republican’ the other members would kidnap him, place him in ball and chain and throw him into the nearest river to sink to Davy Jones’ locker.

The ‘country-club Republicans’ literally hate Rush.


32 posted on 03/05/2009 5:26:56 PM PST by techno
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To: yongin
"Remember why Steele was picked. RNC memebers had reservations about Ken Blackwell’s competence after losing by 30 points against Ted Strickland.

I was one of those guys. Blackwell's bona fides as a conservative are without question. But, I wasn't convinced then, nor am I now that he had the communication skill set to be an effective advocate for the GOP.

I didn't in my wildest dreams, imagine Steele would go off the reservation so quickly, so completely and so miserably. Suffice to say, it is a very weak bench in the GOP leadership team.

33 posted on 03/05/2009 5:28:19 PM PST by Big_Monkey
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To: LucyJo

I seriously believe that Ken Blackwell should have been RNC chair.There was no question the man is conservative but the power behind the scenes picked their rino.We have what we have and it sucks.He needs to resign and now.


34 posted on 03/05/2009 5:28:38 PM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life is tough.It's even tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: Terry Mross

Took me a while to figure that out too.
I quit doing that in 2006.
It feels weird at first but after a while you start to see things very clearly.

Welcome to your first step away from the Kool-Aid.


35 posted on 03/05/2009 5:29:18 PM PST by arealconservativeforachange (Tell JD Hayworth to run for McCain's seat! http://www.jdhayworth.com/contact.php)
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To: LucyJo

“And Republicans don’t even come in second. More Americans identify themselves as independent than as Republican.”
* * *

Is that accurate?

That one line may be the giveaway that the MSM’s deepening of the divide is more of a strategy than reporting.


36 posted on 03/05/2009 5:29:54 PM PST by Canedawg (Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.)
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To: EyeGuy
"Wifey named Muffin or Dodie?"

Muffy. Two kids, Chet and Byrdie - after her grandmother.

37 posted on 03/05/2009 5:30:15 PM PST by Big_Monkey
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To: imahawk

I would have preferred Dawson but Blackwell would have done.


38 posted on 03/05/2009 5:30:40 PM PST by arealconservativeforachange (Tell JD Hayworth to run for McCain's seat! http://www.jdhayworth.com/contact.php)
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To: penelopesire
"Don’t look now everyone...The stock market is crashing and Rahm and Obama don’t want us to notice it."

Some of us can multitask. Who are you, the distracter?


39 posted on 03/05/2009 5:31:31 PM PST by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: Gene Eric

Laura Ingraham was just on Bill O’Reilly and just said the same thing re
people need to focus on what Obama is doing to our country
and not get sucked into media driven Rush - Steele (non issue)


40 posted on 03/05/2009 5:32:17 PM PST by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin - Jindal 2012)
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To: Man50D

I think Steele is just reflecting what he heard inside the beltway bubble about Rush’s speech. He needs to start thinking for himself and get down to work.

Maybe moving the RNC out west would help.

I give him one more chance, just one though.


41 posted on 03/05/2009 5:32:30 PM PST by Tarpon (It's a common fact, one can't be liberal and rational at the same time.)
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To: LucyJo

I used to tell the guys that worked for me that once you move into the fast lane....... everything you do, every single day—is a career move... up, down or out.

Steele has had over a month in the fast lane.


42 posted on 03/05/2009 5:33:10 PM PST by Gator113 (For America to survive, Obama must fail.....)
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To: SoCalPol

Do you recall A very great man declaring that he had not left his party, but that his party had left him? President Regan stood on his principles and became a Republican when as you well know the Democrat Party had lurched leftward and left him behind. Many Conservatives feel that same way now, and I think you owe it to them to respect that decision in the spirit of one of our Nations greatest leaders.
BTW, it’s losers...


43 posted on 03/05/2009 5:36:00 PM PST by Camel Joe ("All animals are created equal, but some animals are more equal than others"- The Pigs)
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To: LucyJo

This is what you get with affirmative action hires.


44 posted on 03/05/2009 5:36:58 PM PST by Mr Ramsbotham (What's Black and White and Red all over?)
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To: arealconservativeforachange

I also liked Dawson.Wow, agreement on FR.Who knew.lol


45 posted on 03/05/2009 5:40:02 PM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life is tough.It's even tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: Big_Monkey

I’ve a wonderful lab named Winston...


46 posted on 03/05/2009 5:41:26 PM PST by Camel Joe ("All animals are created equal, but some animals are more equal than others"- The Pigs)
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To: imahawk

Dawson is also Sanford’s guy, that helps a lot in my book.


47 posted on 03/05/2009 5:42:01 PM PST by arealconservativeforachange (Tell JD Hayworth to run for McCain's seat! http://www.jdhayworth.com/contact.php)
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To: LucyJo
I think it's sad that the same people on here that complain about the media being in the tank for BHO are the same ones that take their bait every time. This is one of the main reasons why Repubs are losing elections and why we can't get a consensus on issues because we stay divided. I'm not a big fan of Steele but he is the leader of the party and he does have the guts to stand up to the libs and Crats so I think it is time we stop the mudslinging and petty attacks on eachother, get united and get on the offensive against those that have the power and the will to do irreparable damage to this country. The longer we stay divided the more the msm, dnc, and every other lefty loon defines who we are and makes their ideology more mainstream. It's not too late but we need to act now.
48 posted on 03/05/2009 5:43:35 PM PST by neochristian
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To: I see my hands

Distractor? Distractor from what? Rush said he and Steele are cool. That good enough for me. Laura Ingraham was just on O’Reilly saying basically the same thing i just said.

I am just tired of the whole thing. Steele is on notice I would imagine and if he doesn’t pick up his game, he is toast. Why go on and on about it?


49 posted on 03/05/2009 5:45:27 PM PST by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: LucyJo
I said again and again that Steele was a RINO, a liberal leaning alleged “Republican” who while a nice guy and all, was not up to a national spotlight.

Why did I say this?

I LIVE IN MARYLAND.

We know this guy, and we know why he got the Lt. Governor spot from Ehrlich. It was not because he was a strong conservative, or because he has core conservative values. It was a ploy by Ehrlich that worked once at a certain time.

Steele started to believe that he could not lose, so he ran for national office. He lost, and he lost big time.

Ehrlich tried to pull the same tactic and nominated a legally blind woman for Lt. Governor. Ehrlich lost big time because in truth, Ehrlich could not get anything done.

Steele is not, REPEAT, is not a conservative. He had never been one and he will NEVER be one. It was affirmative action, it was a counter to Bambi and it has failed.

Now, listen up please. Steele has no core conservative values, so he will never be anything but what he is, and he will not “grow” into the job. There is no there, there.

He is not up to the job, he reached his max as Lt. Governor.
He needs to seek life elsewhere.

50 posted on 03/05/2009 5:45:27 PM PST by alarm rider ("We laugh at honor, and are shocked to find traitors in our midst" C.S. Lewis)
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