I think Steele has the GOP and RNC between a rock and a hard place…
Let’s talk about Michael Steele for a moment, shall we? Has anyone had more calls for their resignation in a shorter period of time in the history of America?
Actually, Tony Hayward probably outpaces him.
But still, when the GOP targets one of their own for the plank, it’s not a John Ensign or a David Vitter. Rather, it’s Michael Steele, who essentially exists in a strange, lame-duck holding pattern days after he made a bunch of comments about how the war in Afghanistan was “not something the United States has actively prosecuted or wanted to engage in.”
For what it’s worth, Steele responded to these calls today:
“Every time something happens, people say ‘he should step down,’ ” Steele said in his first public comments since the controversy.
“The reality is that’s not happening, so stop the noise on that. You don’t need the distraction. We’re focused on winning,” he said at an appearance with the Colorado Republican Party. “I ain’t going anywhere. I’m here, I’m here. Look, we have too much work to do.”
In the wake of Steele’s Afghanistan remarks, many observers seemed to feel that Steele was offering some sort of brave critique of the war. If I could, I’d like to disabuse you of this notion.
It’s hard to do, because Steele did manage to actually string together these words — “If [Obama’s] such a student of history, has he not understood that that’s the one thing you don’t do is engage in a land war in Afghanistan?” — in precisely the sort of order that a cogent war-critic might. But this should be viewed as an extraordinary rhetorical accident, not as the product of any formal cognitive process. Continue reading…