Michael Steele tosses out dusty race card to deflect attention away from his outlandish incompetence
Wow — weren’t we told that the RNC is a color-blind organization and that Michael Steele was picked as the best lawn jockey man for the job of a new, diverse GOP? Well hold that thought as MC Steele tries to lob the race card NOW as the scandals proliferate under his watch. Honey put the card down — that won’t fly in your pup-tent party. The only reason you were put in that job was because selection number two, Katon Dawson, had a little “whites only” club history that raised the spectre of being labeled the “white sheet” party.
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.”
Embattled Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said he won’t resign despite calls for him to step down amid reports of the group’s excessive spending, adding that he and other African-American leaders such as President Obama have a slimmer margin of error because of their race.
‘The honest answer is, ‘yes,” he said on ‘Good Morning America’ today. ‘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. But you just take that as a part of the nature of it.’
Well he’s half-right — it’s pretty clear from the teabaggers and bigots who love getting face time that Barack Obama has a slimmer margin with those folks, but MC Steele? I thought he was above it all, that it was a new day in post-racial America. Oliver Willis:
I love Steele trying to compare himself to President Obama, when in fact Steele isn’t even a grub on the other side of the President’s shoe. And then he plays the race card, while he’s the head of a party packed to the gills with racist detractors of the President. Such is the life of the black Republican: Nobody actually likes you.
Cheryl @ J&J Politics also calls Steele on his BS, with “Steele’s Audacity of Incompetence.”
What enrages the black progressive blogosphere is that we all know that Steele’s statement is generally true — if you’re a person of color, you do have to excel beyond your white peers, and are given a smaller margin for error — less for you personally, but for those who follow you on the path. It’s a sad reality still — but for Steele, who leads a party that claims racism is dead, and that merit alone is how people are perceived and judged, is outrageous. Your ass needs to be kicked to the curb. No amount of tap-dancing for your masters is going to paper over the approval of lesbian S&M club expenses in a family values party, and certainly not this week’s pathetic developments, that Steele cannot run away from. (Politics Daily):
Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele — who really can’t afford another ‘holy —-” story after a GOP staffer dropped $1,900 at a lesbian-bondage themed Hollywood club and a top conservative called for an RNC donor boycott — has hired a new “special assistant for finance.”
Although described by many as a smart, gifted and glib fundraiser, Neil S. Alpert, 31, who began work on March 29, probably won’t do much to burnish Steele’s image as a money manager.This is the same Neil S. Alpert who in July 2007 was ordered by the District of Columbia government to repay nearly $70,000 in unauthorized expenses and unaccounted money from a pair of local baseball groups he had chaired. He was also fined $4,000.
Does Steele’s shop not do a reference check, or is all about a handshake and bullsh*tting? How bad was this malfeasance? Alpert also used the money, which he never paid back, to pay his rent!
“His expenses were beyond excessive. They were grandiose,” said Tom Smith, a board member of both groups, a Washington marketing consultant and a Democratic activist. “This was money that was to be directed to inner-city kids, to get the private sector to revitalize playing fields that had grown bare because the city didn’t have the money to keep them up, to provide equipment, to hold an essay contest with the winners getting to go to spring training,” Smith told me by phone. “Unfortunately, it doesn’t take long to go through $70,000.”
Even before this nonsense erupted in the media, the RNC’s biggest moneyman quit, stating he couldn’t get the deep pocket donors to cough up any more dough while the RNC was under Steele’s command.
Former Ambassador Sam Fox, a top supporter of George W. Bush who was one of the co-chairmen of the Republican Regents – the RNC’s top-level fundraising board – has left the post, two Republican sources said.
…Fox was “deeply troubled by the pattern of self-inflicted wounds and missteps,” another major Republican fundraiser told me today, and had “lost confidence” in Steele.
He was also finding it harder and harder to tap fellow wealthy Republicans for the RNC, the source said.
So the fact that Steele is now trying to back the RNC into a corner with a bogus cry of racism is so patently offensive that it may just work simply because the RNC picked him because of race, and now will feel obligated to stand by this incompetent boob.
Hey, the longer he stays, the more disarray and less money go into the RNC coffers, so MC Steele, keep rapping away on that tip.