Sunday, July 4, 2010

RNC Chair Michael Steele Must Not Read His Emails

When I first heard that not only had Bill Kristol, a prominent conservative, but also Dick Cheney's daughter, Liz Cheney, had both called for RNC Chariman Michael Steele's resignation based on Steele's remarks that the war in Afghanistan is "unwinnable" and a war of Obama's "choosing," I grinned, but didn't bother to comment publicly. Privately I concluded that Michael Steel must not read his emails and therefore missed the memos informing him that Republicans love the Afghanistan War.

Field Negro's talking about it. The Huffington Post's Sam Stein is on it, and so is John Dickerson at Dickerson writes:
Obviously as a factual matter Steele is incorrect. George Bush started the war in Afghanistan. (This he should know since he attacked John Kerry for not adequately funding the war at the 2004 GOP convention.) But there is also a matter of opinion here, and that's what's getting Steele in even more trouble. By suggesting a land war in Afghanistan is dumb, Steele is putting himself in the minority of his party, which has been largely supportive of the conflict.
The GOP deserves Steele, having only elected him as chairman because he's black anyway, not because he's smart and knows what the hell he's doing. If ever there was a case of tokenism in action, the election of Michael Steele as chariman of the Republican National Committee is it.

And now, today, on ABC's This Week, Sen. John McCain said of Steele's remarks that they were "wildly inaccurate" and that "there's no excuse for them." The Senator also talked about Gen. David Petraeus taking command in Afghanistan since President Barack Obama accepted the resignation of Gen. Stanley McChrystal.

Steele, speaking of Obama, said at a Connecticut fundraiser last week, according to a video at YouTube and CBS:
"Well if he's such a student of history, has he not understood that, you know, that's the one thing you don't do is engage in a land war in Afghanistan," Steele says of the president. "Alright? Because everyone who has tried over a thousand years of history has failed. And there are reasons for that. There are other ways to engage in Afghanistan without committing more troops."

Steele also described the situation around the resignation of Gen. Stanley McChrystal as "very comical."
Steele suffers from foot-in-mouth disease, and so, he's easy prey for people watching or recording him. According to Slate, the video was captured by a progressive activist at the fundraiser. I bet Steele is still mad Obama got such a good laugh at the 2009 WHCD joking about Steele's Hip Hop aspirations. Consequently, he keeps trying to get a lick in.

We've only heard the official furor from the GOP. Can you imagine what's been said to Steele in private. The upbraidings probably sound something like, "You thought! Who gave you permission to think?"

Dear Mike: They are really tired of you. You were not able to raise the money they wanted nor were you able to dupe young black voters into joining the GOP. Pack your bags!

1 comment:

Kit (Keep It Trill) said...

I've often wondered if Steele joined the GOP b/c he thought he'd have greater success than being lost in the crowd if ran on a Democratic ticket. He's such an unusual man though, that that might not be true either. At one time he studied at a monastery or for the priesthood - an unusual choice for a black man in America.

Every now and then he comes out with the truth. Afghanistan has been unwinnable for centuries. Even the Russians recently said they wouldn't try it again.

And I loved his remark two or three months ago when he said the GOP really had nothing to offer blacks.

I wonder if he'll ever switch side like some other politicians have done. It would a helluva barrier for black voters to overcome though; he's consorted with "the enemy" on a major level, and also, I strongly doubt Obama and the Dems would want him either b/c they're still pretending the Afhan war makes sense.