Friday, March 13, 2009

Steele-ing the Spotlight

Ya gotta love newly-elected RNC Chairman Michael Steele. He's the most fun distraction to arise out of the Republican Party since Idaho's mensroom-footsie-loving Sen. Larry Craig.

Much to the delight of Democrats, who prefer when Republicans eat their own, the former Maryland Lieutenant Governor has found himself in yet another embarassing shitstorm over comments made in a recent GQ Magazine interview. Seems Steele committed partisan heresy for his comments on abortion and homosexuality.

"I think that’s an individual choice," Steele said about abortion, before self-diagnosing his foot-in-mouth disease and pulling another classic back-peddle like he did after criticizing media-blowhard Rush Limbaugh two weeks ago: "The states should make that choice. That’s what the choice is. The individual choice rests in the states. Let them decide." Sorry, Mike, nice try. Unfortunately for you, the cat's already out of the womb on that one.

On the subject of being gay, Steele bravely offered up this enlightened philosophy: "I think that there’s a whole lot that goes into the makeup of an individual that you just can’t simply say, oh, like, ‘Tomorrow morning I’m going to stop being gay. It’s like saying, ‘Tomorrow morning I’m going to stop being black.’" Oops! We haven't yet seen the "clarification" on that one, but I'm sure when it comes it'll sound something like this:

"What I meant was, you can stop being gay if you try really put the damn Liza records away, start watching Schwarzenegger flicks and use the word 'dude' a lot. And just look at Robert Downey Jr. He woke up one morning and said 'I am going to stop being white' least during filming of "Tropic Thunder." See? Everyone has the capacity to change."

And get this, Steele also sent conservative tongues wagging with this explanation for why he's currently redecorating his office: "This is going to sound weird, but it’s way too male for me." What the hell is going on here!? Sounds like an episode of "Queer Eye for the Republican Guy."

Poor Steele. He tries yet again, with great courage, to inject some logical, rational, science-based non-partisan thought into the debate only to be publicly rebuked by his political brethren. I guess that's what happens when you attempt to bring your party into the 21st century.


Anonymous said...

Steele is toast no matter who wins the New York special election. This is only good for the Dems. No way are folks going to support such a regional white guy party.

Can you believe how the Repubs are ragging on and on about the economic failure of the Obama plan when he has only been in office 50 days?
Give me a break.

Anonymous said...

It appears that race trumps every other consideration: Oprah/gender; Powell/party loyalty and so it goes Although Steele at one time, before his new appointment, seemed to be a typical Repubican, with his new power he's switched. I have never heard a black person on TV, no matter affiliation or other loyalties of any kind, criticize Obama.

Anonymous said...


Are you serious? Obama is great. No one should critize him!

Steele is the kind of Repub that were in the party when I grew up. Conservative on fiscal issue and moderate on cultural and environmental issues.

It looks to me like the GOP is full of old white southern men, racists, religious zealots, rich folks looking for tax breaks and war hawks. I love watching them go down.

Anonymous said...

I'm with the second 10:29!

Anonymous said...

Amen to this from 10:29..

It looks to me like the GOP is full of old white southern men, racists, religious zealots, rich folks looking for tax breaks and war hawks.

You might have added. fiscally irresponsible borrowers, draft dodgers, pompous moralizers who dont follow their own words, blind flag wavers, hate preachers pretending to be Christians, Constitution haters, liars, distorters, and cry babies that think the world must do things their way and when that doesnt happen they whine and cry about how biased everyone is.