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It’s Time For Michael Steele To Go!

by @ 11:03 on January 28, 2010. Filed under Politics - National.

Howard Dean has been the proverbial gift that keeps on giving.  Starting with his scream in Iowa and through incidents like:

“I think with a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court, you can’t play, you know, hide the salami, or whatever it’s called.” –urging President Bush to make public Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers’s White House records

Dean becomes a characitured face of many of the things that are wrong with Democrat thinking.  Don’t get me wrong, I want Dean to stay where he is.  His frequent foot-in-mouth episodes help crystallize the absurdity of many of the Democrat policies.

On the other hand, I don’t admire the same characteristics from our current RNC chairman!

Michael Steel is also a gaffe machine.  From picking a fight with Rush Limbaugh a short time after he became Chair to more recent statements like saying that Republicans aren’t ready to lead and saying:

`Critics should ‘get a life,’ ‘shut up,’ ‘fire me’  … or get out of the way’

after he received criticism about his ability to lead the party. 

While verbal gaffes are many times the result of an inexperience or inability to “think on one’s feet” and can be occasionally excused, gaffes of planned events or execution are much less so.

Under the direction of Michael Steele, the RNC decided to have their winter meeting in……..Hawaii! 

“Imagine lush tropical gardens, waterfalls, exotic wildlife and priceless artwork,” boasts the website of the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa. “This one-of-a-kind Honolulu Hawaii hotel resort is the only true resort property in Waikiki.”
While unemployment hovers around 10% and in an environment where the general population thinks much of the political class is elite and removed from the realities of “normal” people’s lives, Michael Steele books his meeting in Hawaii, completely missing the impact of the public’s perception on the credibility of the GOP.
Fortunately, some of the meeting participants understand the potential impact of the meeting’s location:
“Do I want voters to think that Republicans do nothing but go to beach resorts in January? No,” House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) told reporters last week.
When asked about the location, Michael Steele responded:

I’ve had the chance to participate in a few company events in Hawaii.  While there is some work done to satisfy the IRS requirements, I can assure you that no meeting on Hawaii is a “working meeting!” 

If Michael Steele really believes that his gathering is a “working meeting,” why didn’t he choose some place like Des Moines, Kansas City or even St. Louis?  Why wouldn’t Steele have chosen a place that didn’t require an 8+ hour flight for most of the events participants?  Couldn’t Steele find a convention hall and some hotel rooms in a city that is more convenient than Hawaii?

Michael Steele is a liability.  On so many levels he has shown that he is either clueless or patronizing towards the mood of the country represented by the tea party participants. 

It’s time to find someone to lead the RNC who can harness and work with the tea party movement.  Michael Steele isn’t the person.  It’s time for Michael Steele to go!

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