Michael Said What?
Everyone’s piling on Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele for his GQ interview, which can generously be read as a warm and fuzzy attempt to reach out to a skeptical audience and can less generously be read as a botch job by an overwhelmed man who will say anything to anyone.
Phil Klein at The American Spectator:
It’s not just that he’s coming across as a complete jackass and alienating conservatives while failing to win over moderates, but that each minute the RNC dedicates to cleaning up a mess he created is a minute not dedicated to pointing out why President Obama’s policies will ruin the health care system, stifle business, run up our debt, raise our taxes, cause inflation, and endanger our national security. He’s the gift that keeps on giving for the Obama administration.
For Chairman Steele to even infer that taking a life is totally left up to the individual is not only a reversal of Republican policy and principle, but it’s a violation of the most basic of human rights–the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell (who ran against Steele for the RNC chairmanship):[
Chairman Steele, as the leader of America’s Pro-Life conservative party, needs to re-read the Bible, the U.S. Constitution, and the 2008 GOP Platform. He then needs to get to work — or get out of the way.
Keep in mind, Blackwell’s endorsement of Steele might have locked up the race for him.