UPDATE: Dude! I got called a racist because of this post! Hahaha!
Among the many types of bilateral divisions among people, there is this one: those who can come to a reasonable conclusion after stringing together a pattern of cause and effect and those who cannot. Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Michael Steele has repeatedly shown that he falls in the latter category.
RNC chair Michael Steele defended his spending practices Monday morning, saying he has no plan to resign, and at one point suggesting that criticism of his tenure may be rooted in racism.
Asked if “as an African-American” he has “a slimmer margin for error than another chairman would,” Steele replied: “The honest answer is yes.” Steele went on to explain that, like Barack Obama, he has had to contend with racism as someone who is “not ole boy network.”
Since Steele was elected as RNC chair over men more conservative than he is—including Ohio’s Kenneth Blackwell who is also black—we’ve seen the following occur under his watch:
- During an interview, Steele mutely nodded his head after the interviewer--comedian D.L. Hughley-- asserted that the GOP Convention “looked like Nazi Germany” simply because the Convention was mostly white.
- He needlessly picked a fight with Rush Limbaugh.
- He put his book on the market and began to promote it without telling the RNC.
- He told Sean Hannity that the Republicans would not win back the House and Senate in 2010 and that the GOP isn’t ready to lead.
- He has squandered the coffers of the RNC with nothing to show for it.
- The stripper issue--not his fault but it occurred after all of the things which were.
- His repeated attempts to "urbanize" the GOP are silly, condescending and embarrassing.
- He has repeatedly tried to deflect criticism of his performance as RNC chairman by saying that it is rooted in racism or in fear.
When one starts at a position, one
has a margin for error which is of a certain size. The fewer errors one makes as time goes on,
the greater the margin for error becomes.
And the opposite is true: the more errors one makes, the smaller the
margin for error becomes. Mr. Steele’s
margin for error is smaller than it was when he first became RNC chair due
entirely to the fact that he has made so many errors and due to the fact that
he seems incapable of learning from them.
In fact, I bet that he doesn’t even think that he has made any mistakes.
Does that mindset sound familiar?
When Steele came up as the front-runner for RNC chair right after the election of Barack Obama as POTUS, it was obvious that the RNC wanted to counter Obama’s blackness with Steele’s. I opined at other blogs that if the RNC absolutely felt the need to engage in the dubious practice of tokenism , that it could have at least elected Blackwell who is more conservative than Steele. But, apparently the Committee also wanted to counter Obama’s media stardom and Steele definitely had a much better carved-out media presence than did Blackwell. The RNC went totally for style over substance and look where it has gotten us. And almost predictably, Obama and Steele are representing their respective organizations about equally as well.
If it weren’t for the total full-tilt Juggernaut that is the Democrat Party’s socialist/fascist agenda and the resulting push-back of the Tea Parties and unlikely candidates like now-Senator Scott Brown (R-MA), there would be no hope, if you’ll pardon the expression.
One top RNC fundraiser has had enough. He’s not the only one.
(Thanks to Hot Air)
UPDATE: Ouch! "Race is the Only Thing Helping Steele":
Steele is hapless, solipsistic, and incompetent. When he isn't embarrassing his party with his personal antics, or his staff's, he's setting it up for failure by driving away its top fundraisers and not keeping pace with Democrats.
Many observers are hypothesizing that Steele is a Democrat plant. Well, he couldn't do any better--or worse, depending on which side one resides--if it were true.
(Thanks to Leon Wolf)