This is really disappointing, coming from someone I really used to admire. I originally thought he was a great choice for RNC chairman, but he has turned out to be too focused on his own self-interest. And now he pulls THIS?
Be a man, Steele, and take responsibility for your own mistakes, instead of blaming supposed “closet racists”!
“Do you feel that, as an African-American, you have a slimmer margin for error than another chairman would?”
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele was asked this question on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” The RNC reimbursed a staffer — since fired — $2,000 for a trip to a Hollywood club featuring topless dancers, simulated sex and S&M scenes. So the Democrats/lib-media broke out the good china.
Steele said: “The honest answer is ‘yes.’ It just is. Barack Obama has a slimmer margin. A lot of folks do. It’s a different role for me to play and others to play, and that’s just the reality of it.”
Good grief. So he and Obama, as fellow blacks, ride in the same boat on troubled racist waters? More people than not voted for Obama because of his race. And given the ever-concerned-about-being-perceived-as-racist GOP, Steele’s race was also a plus — enabling the party to say, “Hey, we’re racially inclusive, too.”
Steele could have said: “Yes, there is a slimmer margin of error — but not because of racism. It comes from the double standard applied to Republicans. I’ll give you just one example. Republican Mark Foley resigned from Congress because of sexually explicit Internet messages to an underage intern. It was such a big media-driven scandal that it helped Democrats regain control of Congress. His Democratic successor, a married man, put his mistress on his congressional payroll. When he fired her, she threatened to sue, and he paid her a six-figure settlement. Not big news.”
He could have said: “According to a Web site by Republican David Frum, the DNC has spent lavishly on parties, travel, hotels and limos — including $6,000 at a D.C. club with stripper poles and go-go dancers. But I guess Democrats and strippers don’t make news like Republicans and strippers.”
He could have said: “For crying out loud, it’s 2010. This is America, where more than anywhere else — regardless of race, ethnicity or gender — you are rewarded or punished based on your performance. Losers whine and make excuses. Winners don’t.”
And to add insult to injury, the White House has rightfully dismissed Steele’s comments for the posturing that they are:
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele’s comment on “Good Morning America” today that he and President Obama have a slimmer margin of error because of their race was dismissed by the White House as “silly.”
“Well, I think that is a fairly silly comment to make,” White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters today. “I think Michael Steele’s problem isn’t the race card, it’s the credit card.”
Gibbs is right for once, and it’s unfortunate that Steele opened the door for a corrupt Socialist administration to be the one to point it out!