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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Michael Steele on Greedy Mice, Men and Bipartisanship Fiction

AAPP says: Even with Newt Gingrich taking subtle shots, a knucklehead RNC member calling on Michael Steele to resign, and newspapers saying he is courting more trouble, it appears that Michael Steele is calling President Barack Obama out. But he is not only taking on the Democrats, he is taking on his on party, casting congressional GOP as greedy "mice".

Check out what he said in an interview with the Washington Times' Cal Thomas, Michael Steele says that Obama's quest for bipartisanship is not a political reality. H/T to The Huffington Post

Mr. Steele believes bipartisanship "is a fiction of politics. It's an idea people work toward, but the reality is something else."

Steele also says that President Obama is not serious about his attempts at bipartisanship, but neither were Republican leaders when they were in power.

"Having a photo-op with a bunch of Republicans, inviting them to have a beer with you, or watch a football game is great theater, but when you don't take our suggestions seriously, when you don't respect our staffs and involve them in the vetting process; when you don't confer with the minority party ... you're not serious about bipartisanship."


Didn't Republicans when they ran Congress do to Democrats what Democrats are now doing to Republicans? "Right," Mr. Steele admits, "and everyone [then] clamored for bipartisanship. Did they get it? No." More HERE

Reports are Michael Steele's tenure as RNC chair could be over before it really begins, if recent reports are true. Anonymous Republican sources have told 2 different outlets that Steele's ouster may be imminent. First,

FiveThirtyEight's Nate Silver had this on Monday:

According to multiple former high-level RNC staffers familiar with the dynamics involved, Steele is unlikely to survive in the post if favored Republican Jim Tedisco loses his open-seat race to Democrat Scott Murphy.
Then, Taegan Goddard's Political Wire had this yesterday:
Republican insiders tell Political Wire that a no confidence vote on RNC Chairman Michael Steele is likely to be called after the NY-20 special election on March 31 -- regardless of whether Republicans win the seat or not.
Goddard goes on to drop a casual tidbit that has my olfactory rodent detector at red alert:
Katon Dawson, who came in second in the January RNC vote, is said to be quietly organizing a vote and is getting the support of several state party chairmen who want to dump Steele.
Isn't this about the neatest bit of zeroing-in you've seen in awhile? It's almost as though Nate Silver's source mumbled part of his leak, and had to call Goddard to get the rest of it out. More HERE

AAPP: Now The Washington Post reports, less than 24 hours after beating back rumors of a no-confidence vote in his leadership, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele is on defense again over an interview he gave with GQ's Lisa DePaulo. OK folks, this is called, Political suicide.

I guess I'm not the only one Wondering if Democrats and Republicans can coupe with Michael Steele?

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