Michael Steele has proclaimed: “I’m in the business of ticking people off.” This seems like an odd view of the party chair’s role.
There is no doubt that, in his position, Steele is bound to tick off individuals at times. But it is disconcerting to hear Steele characterize this as his business. And it is ever more troubling to witness Steele tick off entire factions of his party. In fact, Steele managed to upset the vast Rush Limbaugh-admiring portion of the base and prominent RINOs like Olympia Snowe. It takes a lot of loose talk to accomplish that rare double. Unfortunately, loose talking seems to be Steele’s specialty.
Limbaugh probably got it right when he said that Steele is “trying to be some talking head media star.”
UPDATE: Steele also stated: “Everybody has a role to play, but at the end of the day, all roads are going to lead to this desk.” And Steele seemed to play the race card when he responded to suggestions that his profile was too high by inquiring, “Would you ask that of anybody else who was in my position?”
I don’t think any prior party chairman has ever been in the position Steele has placed himself.
JOHN adds: Is it too much to expect that if the Chairman of the RNC is going to tick people off, they’ll mostly be Democrats?
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