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Go Quietly, Michael Steele (The priority for the RNC chairman is to get out of the headlines)
National Review ^ | 04/06/2010 | Mona Charen

Posted on 04/06/2010 6:32:37 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

How to put this politely? Michael Steele is a man of considerable talents — it’s just that he conspicuously lacks those required for his present position. He’s energetic, personable, and articulate. But those are not the qualities most required of a party chairman. The job demands an administrator, a behind-the-scenes schmoozer, and a tactician. Showboating is a hindrance. It’s a job that requires the talents of a stage manager, whereas Steele likes to be the star.

At a time when the Republican party is the indispensable vehicle for thwarting the disastrous policies of the Obamaites, Steele is a costly distraction in more ways than one.

Let’s stipulate that the chairman was not in attendance when Republican National Committee staffers accompanied prospective young donors to the “lesbian bondage” nightclub called “Voyeur” in Los Angeles, and that he only recently learned, along with the rest of us, that the RNC picked up the tab of nearly $2,000. Fine. But that establishes only that Steele is not a total fool. It hardly absolves him of managerial responsibility. Instead of accepting that responsibility, Steele has allowed the axe to fall on RNC chief of staff Ken McKay, who has now resigned.

This was not a first offense for Steele. Since his election as RNC chairman, he has indulged an appetite for luxury hotels, chartered airplanes, expensive restaurants, and a lavish redecoration of his offices. Roll Call reported that Steele spent $18,500 to redecorate his dark-paneled office. “This is going to sound weird,” he explained, but “it’s too male for me.” Actually, more than anything, it sounds vain and self-indulgent. Among the new accoutrements — a Bowflex machine.

The Daily Caller (which broke the story of the Voyeur outing) also reported that the RNC spent $17,514 in the month of February alone for chartered airplanes, and that Steele had looked into the possibility of buying a private plane for the chairman’s use. When he travels, Steele stays at luxury hotels like the Beverly Hills Hotel and the Four Seasons. While raising decent amounts of cash, the Republican party under Steele has also burned through it quickly. Between July 2009 and February 2010, the GOP raised $63 million but spent $78 million, leaving the party without a solid cushion heading into the 2010 contests — and behaving all too much like the federal government.

A party chairman does need to get around. But until now, it has usually been in the service of the GOP. Though he may not have charged donors for expenses on speaking gigs, Steele has been delivering speeches for his own enrichment, reportedly charging fees of up to $20,000. In a year when Americans, particularly Republicans and independents, are apoplectic about Washington’s promiscuous spending, this doesn’t exactly send the right signal.

Well, if management isn’t his strong suit, he must compensate with inspiring leadership — right? Not quite. His debut was an utterly gratuitous swipe at Rush Limbaugh as “incendiary” and “ugly,” and he followed that with an unhelpful reference to abortion as an “individual choice” (though Steele is personally pro-life). Asked in January whether the Republicans would win the House of Representatives in 2010, Steele said, “Not this year.” Not helpful — and possibly not even true.

Now, with Voyeur making all the comedians’ monologues, Michael Steele is suggesting that he, like President Obama, is held to higher standards because he is black. It’s possible that some people are more judgmental about him because he’s black, but it’s undeniable that many people are inhibited from voicing their dissatisfaction with him for the same reason.

Political parties are not college seminars, and leaders needn’t be saints. But the Republican party is just clawing back to respectability after the irresponsible spending of the Republican congressional majorities, the Foley scandal, and the perceived weaknesses of the Bush presidency. More importantly, the country is faced with a profound challenge from the Left. If the (Social) Democrats under Obama/Pelosi/Reid are not stopped, and if the Republican party is unable to attract the energy and passion of the tea-party movement, the country will be irreversibly changed for the worse.

At this moment, the Republican party needs more than ever to present a sober, serious, and ethical face to the public. Voyeur was the last straw. It would be an unselfish gesture for Steele to step aside.

— Mona Charen is a nationally syndicated columnist.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: gop; lose4steele; lping; michaelsteele; obama4steele; rnc; steele; steele4obama

1 posted on 04/06/2010 6:32:38 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

So now we get to see how much of a narcissist is Michael Steele


2 posted on 04/06/2010 6:33:43 AM PDT by silverleaf (Karl Marx was NOT one of America's Founding Fathers)
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To: SeekAndFind

Did he say that he and Obama are being judged by higher standards because of race? The least he could have done is spin this in a way that says democrats are attacking him due to race. We dont need him attacking republicans over race, democrats know how to do that on their own.


3 posted on 04/06/2010 6:38:41 AM PDT by sickoflibs (( "It's not the taxes, the redistribution is the federal spending=taxes delayed"))
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To: SeekAndFind

Yes, we all would like Steele to go, but I don’t want him run out by State Media over a stupid expense report reimbursement.


4 posted on 04/06/2010 6:38:54 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: SeekAndFind
Between July 2009 and February 2010, the GOP raised $63 million but spent $78 million, leaving the party without a solid cushion heading into the 2010 contests

I've said more than once... if Michael Steele were a Democrat plant determined to damage the GOP what would he do differently? That was before I read this line. Forget the speculation... HIS JOB IS TO SINK THE GOP!!

5 posted on 04/06/2010 6:40:13 AM PDT by pgyanke (You have no "rights" that require an involuntary burden on another person. Period. - MrB)
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To: SeekAndFind

State Media, if successful in getting Steele to quit, will turn around can call Republicans & Conservatives racist, further distracing from what the Obamah Regime is doing.


6 posted on 04/06/2010 6:42:00 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: SeekAndFind

Thank you, Mona.

Mr. Steele: for the good of the party, quietly transition out of your position as Chairman and go on to something that is a better fit for your skills.


7 posted on 04/06/2010 6:43:03 AM PDT by fightinJAG (Next up: Forced public transportation:because it's not "affordable" unless we all have to use it.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Memo to RNC: Start the process now of building an escape hatch for the party into the Chairman’s position. There has to be a way to quickly move people out if it turns out they are not right for the job or not right for the job at this time.


8 posted on 04/06/2010 6:44:40 AM PDT by fightinJAG (Next up: Forced public transportation:because it's not "affordable" unless we all have to use it.)
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To: TexasCajun
I agree with you somewhat. But this alone is sufficient for TPTB to say, sorry, Michael, we need a better manager and we need it quickly:

Between July 2009 and February 2010, the GOP raised $63 million but spent $78 million, leaving the party without a solid cushion heading into the 2010 contests

9 posted on 04/06/2010 6:46:34 AM PDT by fightinJAG (Next up: Forced public transportation:because it's not "affordable" unless we all have to use it.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Another bungling republican who can engineer nothing other than defeat...

Why am I not surprised?


10 posted on 04/06/2010 6:46:37 AM PDT by chris37
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To: SeekAndFind

Steele is the typical black token. He has shown his true color and refuses to LEAVE his position. When, oh WHEN, will the GOP throw him out on his black arse? The ONLY reason he is in that position is because he is BLACK. Shouldn’t we have a person heading the GOP that has CONSERVATIVE VALUES, HUMBLE and of GOOD CHARACTER? Steele LACKS ALL OF THAT, but OH, “he’s BLACK”.


11 posted on 04/06/2010 6:48:57 AM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: nmh

Newt was on the Today show and defended Steele. Newt has forgotten what the rest of us know. Steele is just like the RINOs (Snow, Graham, et al).


12 posted on 04/06/2010 6:50:45 AM PDT by rstrahan
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To: silverleaf
Steele is just like OBAMA!

Will he erect styrofoam pillars to the entrance of his lavish office next?

Get RID OF THE BLACK GUY! If you MUST have a BLACK person head the GOP, select Thomas Sowell, a MAN of CHARCTER despite his color. Sowell is a man of steel. I could care less about Sowell's SKIN COLOR. Sowell has the CHARACTER and VALUES I relate to.

13 posted on 04/06/2010 6:52:05 AM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: fightinJAG

If you think Steele resigning will get him out of the headlines. You are crazy. As soon as he resigns you’ll see headlines asking if his race played a roll in his being forced to resign. The republican party will be labeled a racist party who hates black people.

The left calls certain people and groups on the right racists. They can’t really call the whole party a racist party with a black man as chairman. But as soon as he’s gone they will label the whole party an all white party who hates black people.


14 posted on 04/06/2010 6:53:19 AM PDT by coffee260 (coffee)
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To: TexasCajun

I want STeele out on ANY of the outrageous actions. I’m not particular. The BLACK guy, Steele has to GO!


15 posted on 04/06/2010 6:53:39 AM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: fightinJAG
The fact is Conservatives are not happy with RNC and are not donating to it, rather Conservatives are supporting individual Conservatives over entrenched Republican Washington insiders.

I can't tell you how many RNC solicitation letters I've returned in their prepay envelopes with a nasty note.

The RNC should be bitch-slapping Lyndsey Graham, taking a strong stand against Amnesty and Cap & Tax.

An upset in AZ would send a strong message to the RNC.

16 posted on 04/06/2010 6:54:29 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: fightinJAG
Who gets to decide on the RNC Chairman?

Republivcan Reelection Committee ??

17 posted on 04/06/2010 6:56:15 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: rstrahan

“Newt was on the Today show and defended Steele. Newt has forgotten what the rest of us know. Steele is just like the RINOs (Snow, Graham, et al).”

Newt appears to be getting soft in the head OR he feels compelled to back Steele because of his SKIN COLOR. These stupid people REALLY want to believe that because Steele is BLACK that will attract other BLACKS to the GOP and even the dialogue between half BLACK Obama and racism cries will be defused. It’s totally ridiculous. SKIN COLOR has nothing to do with it when you NEED a real leader with CHARACTER. Steele LACKS good character - even if he is BLACK.


18 posted on 04/06/2010 6:58:45 AM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: coffee260

So the lesson of all this seems to be . . . don’t hire black people because there will be no end to the Left’s ability to mess you up with bogus racial complcations.

Thanks, Lefties!


19 posted on 04/06/2010 7:01:56 AM PDT by fightinJAG (Next up: Forced public transportation:because it's not "affordable" unless we all have to use it.)
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To: SeekAndFind
“This is going to sound weird,” he explained, but “it’s too male for me.” Ye gods and little fishes. Could he please do us all a favor and RESIGN?
20 posted on 04/06/2010 7:02:34 AM PDT by kalee (The offences we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: Abathar; Abcdefg; Abram; Abundy; akatel; albertp; AlexandriaDuke; Alexander Rubin; Allerious; ...
Between July 2009 and February 2010, the GOP raised $63 million but spent $78 million, leaving the party without a solid cushion heading into the 2010 contests — and behaving all too much like the federal government.

And this is a party that we expect will endorse fiscally responsible candidates???!?



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21 posted on 04/06/2010 7:11:17 AM PDT by bamahead (Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master. -- Sallust)
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To: fightinJAG

I think the lesson is the left will frantically attack republicans. The question is what we want them focused on.


22 posted on 04/06/2010 7:14:24 AM PDT by coffee260 (coffee)
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To: fightinJAG

He will not go quietly.


23 posted on 04/06/2010 7:14:56 AM PDT by pgyanke (You have no "rights" that require an involuntary burden on another person. Period. - MrB)
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To: SeekAndFind
Go Quietly, Michael Steele Charlie Rangel.
24 posted on 04/06/2010 7:21:51 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Lil’ Mikey Tinsel is also a talented mole and sabateur.


25 posted on 04/06/2010 7:45:51 AM PDT by Psalm 144 (What is a slave, but someone robbed of his labor to sustain the idle?)
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To: silverleaf

Don’t see him stepping aside.
Won’t make that mistake again, having already assumed back in ‘98 that Clinton would resign over the Monica incident.
Never underestimate the tenacity of the narcissists.
A variety of forces are what is responsible for boosting Michael Steele into his position, and creating, what for me, sorry, was a particularly craven example of the old corporate bugaboo, “the token Black”. While there are increasing numbers of blacks joining or coming into sympathy with the vast new and growing constituency of
“tea partiers”, our detractors are still able to get away with their claim that our movement is “lily-white”. Michael Steele’s presence and profile only confirms that, because he’s perceived by Libs as one of their own, a useful idiot RINO who is still clueless enough to think if he makes the right moves and courts the right ‘groups’, he, like McCain, can eventually earn their approval. It doesn’t work that way for the Left, and anyone with the proverbial half a brain should be able to see that. Steele has done so many CONSISTENTLY stupid and half-assed things, that there’s no argument left to make a case for keeping him. What makes the Voyeur thing so bad is that a “Party leader” should know better than to provide ‘the other side’ with this kind of ammunition to use against you and your Party.
In the case of Steele, the crushing final questions we’re left with has to be “ Is he, for all practical purposes,in fact, ON the other side?” Does he, symbolically and actually, EMBODY all those qualities we love to see in the Left, but that ALWAYS show up on ‘our’ side also? Looks like Steele, like so many ohers, is still in the middle of his own ‘profitable march through the institutions’ that people like Ralph Reed and Jack Abramoff were so good at.
This is the OLD Republican Party, and Steele hasn’t shown he understands ANYTHING about our new constituency to deserve a tip of the hat from us.
Returning to the Voyeur thing,they ALL continue to think somehow that they can get away with these kinds of gaffes embedded in hypocrises, and that NO ONE IS WATCHING.
THe fact is EVERYONE IS WATCHING ALL DAY,EVERY DAY.
A new Republican Party is going to have to be headed by people who are not necessarily more “careful”, (careful enough not to get caught) but simply moral at their core,
and not easily seduced. I can think of a few.


26 posted on 04/06/2010 8:36:59 AM PDT by supremedoctrine ("Every election is like an advance auction sale of stolen goods"--H.L.Mencken)
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To: SeekAndFind

http://www.gq.com/blogs/the-q/2009/03/-the-reconstructionist-michael-steele.html

The above says it all-he hasn’t seen the ball since the kickoff. Worthless and egotistical at the same time.


27 posted on 04/06/2010 10:09:00 AM PDT by Mac from Cleveland ("See what you made me do?" Major Malik Hasan)
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To: SeekAndFind

Look...this is about what the left is doing more than anything and the fact that the Clinton warroom is fully at work. Ths airing of family issues is disgusting and will only damage the RNC as a whole and damage the election cycle...THIS MATTERS TOO MUCH...stop the infighting, stop giving the left fodder...FOCUS ON THE OPPOSITION...that is not the RNC..that is not a pass for mistakes, that is not a pass for blunders, it is remembering who we need to be nimble and focused on our issues...I think the internal leaks at the RNC are disgusting and Tucker’s running tacky and gross...

I don’t care about the soap opera, I care about Nov 2010...


28 posted on 04/06/2010 2:22:11 PM PDT by hilaryrhymeswithrich
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To: fightinJAG

Like host of his own show, “You Are Wearing That?”.


29 posted on 04/06/2010 3:48:03 PM PDT by HonestConservative (When Injustice becomes law, resistence becomes duty. Thomas Jefferson)
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To: SeekAndFind
Now, with Voyeur making all the comedians’ monologues, Michael Steele is suggesting that he, like President Obama, is held to higher standards because he is black.

No, moron. You are held to a higher standard because you are a Republican. No one cares if you are black or not.

30 posted on 04/06/2010 4:02:12 PM PDT by NathanR (,)
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To: SeekAndFind

Fred Thompson for RNC Chair...

See what kind of storm this brews...


31 posted on 04/06/2010 7:00:44 PM PDT by stevie_d_64 (I'm jus sayin')
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To: SeekAndFind

The man is very nice, but also very incompetent. He should go.


32 posted on 04/06/2010 9:27:39 PM PDT by BearArms (Arm yourself because no one else here will save you)
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To: fightinJAG

33 posted on 04/07/2010 12:00:33 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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