Bil Browning

Whereupon I fall over dead: I agree with Michael Steele

Filed By Bil Browning | April 06, 2010 1:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: African-Americans in power, Barack Obama, GOP, Michael Steele, prominent African-Americans, race card, race relations, republican party

I'll admit - this is a little painful for me to say. I'll just get it out of the way right here at the beginning. I agree with Michael Steele.

Has race been an issue with Chairman Steele's reign as the head of the GOP? As Palin would say, "You betcha!" Has it also been a challenge for President Obama? Cue Palin's bobblehead doll with motion activated speech.

I do find it interesting though, that several prominent bloggers and the White House have accused Steele of "playing the race card" as a defense against his incompetent management style. While Steele's race probably has helped him keep his job (the last thing the GOP can afford right now is to alienate black voters further), why does talking frankly about racial injustice always end up described negatively as "playing the race card." Simply put, it's a GOP talking point that I'm more used to progressives dismantling rather than buying into.

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diddlygrl | April 6, 2010 1:40 PM

Well it is tit for tat, Obama has been accused of playing the race card multiple times so they are al ready to fire the accusation right back at them.

Clarknt67 | April 6, 2010 2:24 PM

Rest easy, you still fundamentally disagree with Steele. But that would make a far less interesting tease, yes? ;-)

Because Steele made the claim race has garnered him more criticism. But clearly, the critcism is coming because he's an incompetent buffoon, who's had more PR disasters than any other politician in recent memory. And, what's more FEC reports confirm he's a failure, his job is to raise money, not be a GOP spokesperson on the TV machine. And they are hemmoraging it faster than it's trickling in. This is empirical data that confirms his failure.

One can only presume the PR metrics of letting Steele go this close to midterms make it untenable. And this is, in part, owed to a growing recognition that people of color really aren't interested in nor welcome by the GOP. They cannot add to that perception so close to a big election.

He'll limp along until the day after midterms, and his actual job will be done by others. By Wednesday morning, he'll be gone. Or maybe they'll announce it on the Friday night news dump.

*whew* Thanks for assuaging my fears, Clark. For a minute I thought I was going to have to buy a "Steele 2012" button... :)

It's the same as it ever was: Republicans claim to be victims with a wink and a nudge to show that they're not really pansies and that they're just being dicks, while establishment Democrats don't know what to do other than repeat rightwing tropes. And we're all just stunned that these are the people who run the country.