By Carole on Apr 5, 2010
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele is proving once again that he is not the right man for his job. While the latest controversy over inappropriate spending at a strip club will probably fade quickly, Mr. Steele's choice to play the race card in an interview about his own job performance shows he is either completely out of touch with his party or he is reverting to typical politician behavior when cornered. Either way, the GOP deserves better.
In the interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC's Good Morning America, Mr. Steele played the race card when asked if, as an African American, he believes he has a slimmer margin for error. His response was not only "yes", he also claimed the same is true of President Barack Obama. (source)
Shortly after that statement, he found his way back to the more Republican attitude that he would be judged on whether elections are won and how much money is raised (the actual job he was hired to do). But he also managed to slip in that his more "grassroots than old boy network" style has "rubbed some feathers the wrong way" moving further from the Republican theme of personal responsibility and closer to the victimhood type of claim employed most often by Democrats.
A recent poll of party insiders found that a whopping 71% believe Mr. Steele is a liability to the GOP, while only 20% said he was an asset. One respondent said, "Steele is unconnected to the fundraising establishment and uninspiring to the rank and file. He is gaffe-prone and lacks gravitas." And that was from one of Steele's milder critics. (source)
It is becoming more obvious every day that Michael Steele is the type of party chairman who could snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in the November mid-term elections. It is definitely time for him to go and not only because of a $2,000 strip club tab.
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