WHEN WILL THE REPUBLICAN PARTY PUT AN END TO THE SELF-INFLICTED WOUND WHOSE NAME IS MICHAEL STEELE?
AN ACTION FIGURE FROM DISASTER, INC.
MICHAEL STEELE'S PARTY OF ONE
When Michael Steele was hired as Chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC) it seemed like a bit of good news. The former Maryland lieutenant governor appeared passionate and articulate, two good qualities in a national party spokesman.
With his one year anniversary approaching (the end of January), how's he done?
That depends on the measures one uses.
If the benchmark is how advantageous the last year has been for Michael Steele, he gets a solid B+. If, however, the benchmark is "the condition of the GOP under his watch", Steele struggles for a passing grade.
Screw it. He gets an F-.
This post, along with updates is available at DBKP: Fire Michael Steele Yesterday
[ABOVE: Republican Party Putz]
A look through Steele's first year can be accomplished by a quick look his 2009 headline "highlights":
May 6--Michael Steele: Half a Chairman
October 5--GOP leaders to Michael Steele: Back off
October 28--Steele stands by embattled Scozzafava
November 1--Dede Scozzafava Slaps Michael Steele
November 10--GOP Chairman Michael Steele Says White Republicans Are Afraid of Him
December 22--Michael Steele Speaking Fees Ripped By Ex-RNC Chiefs
January 5--Steele Doesn't Know If GOP Ready To Lead
NOTE: The above list is by no means a comprehensive list of Steele missteps. For instance, it doesn't include his disastrous relaunch of the RNC website.
His latest--that he doesn't know if the GOP is "ready to lead"--might be shrugged off. If it wasn't part of such a disturbing pattern: Michael Steele's main concern seems to be the well-being of, not the GOP, but of Michael Steele.
Add to that two items that are outrageous when juxtaposed.
One reads that GOP cash woes threaten House bids. So how does GOP Chairman Michael Steele respond? Intense fund-raising? Raising awareness of the Republican brand?
No. Steele's been making the rounds, pimping his new book, Right Now: A 12-Step Program for Defeating the Obama Agenda.
Which, to no one's great surprise, benefits Michael Steele.
The time has come for the GOP to hire a full-time chairman whose full-time job consists of promoting the Republican Party.
Michael Steele has failed miserably at it.
While the number of Democrats continues to Fall to New Lows, Republicans have not profited: "...the number of Republicans in the country is essentially no different today than it was in November 2008 when Barack Obama was elected president.
This has all happened on Michael Steele's watch. Steele is an embarrassment. If he leaves now, it's in the best interests of both the Republican Party and Michael Steele.
But make no mistake: he must go.
Then he will be free to promote Michael Steele 24/7 on his own dime. He can shill his paid speeches and books non-stop.
Michael Steele must be replaced. Then the repair process that needs to be done after 2009's missteps can begin. Too many people have bad memories of Michael Steele to open up their purse strings to the RNC. These people should be encouraged, in the meantime, to donate to individual candidates.
The GOP needs to get rid of the disaster that walks like a man: Michael Steele.
It's simple, it's necessary.
FIRE MICHAEL STEELE.
by Mondo Frazier