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    Steele Should Not Have Gone There

    Steele Should Not Have Gone There

    Many of the criticisms of Michael Steele have been unjustified.

    The hoopla over $2,000 spent by an RNC staffer at a “sex-themed” club without Steele’s knowledge or permission, may have made interesting headlines, but it was not probative of Steele’s Chairmanship of the RNC.

    Today, however, Steele went to a place he should not have gone, the use of race to defend himself against the onslaught of attacks on the RNC by inside-the-beltway conservatives.

    In response to a question as to whether he had “thinner margins of error” because of his race, Steele said that yes, just like Obama, he did have such thinner margins. Granted, Steele did not raise the issue and was responding to a question in which the “thinner margins” terminology was used, but Steele adopted the language by answering in the affirmative.

    Such comments do infinitely more damage than any excessive spending ever could do. Suggesting racial motivations in others merely because they disagree with you has become the dominant theme of the attacks on opponents of Obamacare.

    By using the race card himself, Steele has given indirect aid and comfort to those behind the smears of the Tea Party movement.

    Think Progress, one of the worst offenders, is giddy over Steele’s comment. This is just the distraction for which they were hoping.

    Steele needs to man up, argue on the merits, and stop whining. But most of all, stop with the race card crap; that’s the Democrats’ game.

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    The incident in question and RNC monies spent are indefensible and wrong, and the fact that it occurred on Mr Steele's watch does make him accountable.
    However, I believe the larger point he intended to make is that some folks in the RNC do indeed hold him to thinner margins of error, but whether that is because of his race is not absolute. It could simply be how the political infighting occurs when there are some who would rather see another person in your position.
    The motives behind those who critisize Mr. Steele cannot be defined by others.
    However, I do believe this question was intentionally a "gotcha" type, which unfortunately, he fell for.

    Angela said, April 5, 2010 7:29 PM…
    Yes, indeed. I am not a member of the Republican Party. However, I'm one of those who have bypassed the RNC and contributed to individual candidates. The internet sure cuts out the middlemen [the political party elites], and keeps their grubby paws of donors' loot!

    Regarding Michael Steele. What a cry-baby. Incompetence, stupidity, and irresponsibility, are color blind! Steele needs to man-up and admit he's lost control of the RNC…What little control he had.

    It's looking more and more like Steele went after the RNC chair so he could collect honoraria. Instead of promoting conservative ideals. Now he want's a jet?

    The funds wasted at Voyeur, on Steele's lavish spending, and stupidly backing bad candidates, could for one, be used taking advantage of New Media [i.e. social networking and other uses of the internet]. As well as retrofitting the GOP website. Having the ParaffinPrencessa [Nancy Pelosi] as a scarecrow on the GOP homepage isn't exactly doing all that can be done to inspire voters to vote conservative. A far better thing to post on the home page would be a list of vulnerable Dems, their Republican Party opponents, and strategies to help them defeat the Dems!

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