Friday, March 13, 2009

It's Time For Michael Steele To Resign

Admittedly, I supported Michael Steele when he was tapped to head the GOP. At the time, I had hoped he would be a voice to articulate conservatism and a leader in expanding the GOP base via making the Republican party more appealing to moderates and independents.

However, it's becoming clear every day that Steele may not be as well qualified as I thought.

First, there was the Rush Limbaugh feud and now his abortion gaffe.

The truth is, the Republican party is still seeking a true leader. Beyond the gaffes and miscues, I think Steele is spending too much time as a talking head on cable news, and not enough behind-the-scenes work actually leading and planning and fund-raising.

At risk of enabling the Liberals and the biased media to attack the GOP for "imploding" and having no real leadership, it may be time for Steele to resign.

WASHINGTON (March 12) - A day after a magazine quoted him as saying abortion was "an individual choice," GOP Chairman Michael Steele said Thursday he opposes abortion and that Roe v. Wade should be overturned.

A leading conservative called Steele's remarks in GQ magazine "cavalier and flippant," underscoring the new chairman's precarious position with party regulars concerned about his off-the-cuff style and penchant for miscues.

Fivethirtyeight reports Steele's fate may be linked to the special election to fill Kristen Gillibrand's open House seat:

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.

The special election, scheduled for March 31, is to fill a vacancy left when Kirsten Gillibrand took Hillary Clinton’s Senate seat.

If Tedisco loses, the ex-staffers said, “Steele is done.”

Completely, definitively?


Some reports say Steele may be finished regardless of the outcome of the NY special election.

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.

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.

College Politico presents this argument:

I half wish these rumors were true. I say half because while Steele’s idiotic performance from an organizational stand point thus far, his increasing liberalism, and his ridiculous and failed attempt to take on Rush Limbaugh it would be disastrous to replace him at this point.

Yes, it true that the party will likely continue to falter under Steele’s “guidance” but the firestorm that would result from an ousting of the head of the RNC (and arguably the face of the party) this early on without some sort of catastrophic failure on his part would be far worse than keeping him on… for the moment.

All of us who want Steele gone before he goes further off the deep end must bide our time. If the current trend continues it wont be long until Steele does something worthy of an ouster. We need to find a way to get rid of him with the smallest amount of “the Republican party is imploding” talk as possible.

Be patient. Let Steele evict himself from the RNC chairmanship. It will come, we only need to be ready when it does.

Perhaps it's too son, but I think it's time to start looking for another leader.

What do you think?

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  1. I am disappointed to say the least in Michael Steele. He does not have the slightest idea of how to get the Conservative movement back on track. It didn't take him but 48 hours to step on the very toes that are the thrust of the movement. He then tried to back peddle to recover himself. Michael..I like you..but step are causing more harm than good.

  2. I agree, let's move on a petition. Check into the great networking site to help get this going. Steele is an obstacle to getting the GOP straightened out.