Dear GOP, Thank You for Michael Steele
I’ve been tracking Michael Steele since he was my Lt. Governor way back in the days of living in Baltimore. At the time Steele was used brilliantly by Bob Ehrlich as an attack dog. He also helped Ehrlich in the black community, who previous Lt. Gov.-turned-candidate-Kathleen Kennedy Townsend alienated. Ehrlich was ousted after one reasonable term where he fought for slot machine legalization, and faced opposition from state Democrats who wanted to increase the sales tax. Ehrlich lost that battle, eventually crashing out to Former Baltimore mayor Martin O’Malley. Ehrlich’s kinda disappeared, but Steele was an up and comer, rising through the ranks to eventually because the head of the RNC. He was elected with the hopes that he could bring in newer (i.e. black) constituents. Little did the GOP know, he’s pretty fucking crazy (Personal anecdote: He once got into a heated policy argument with an autistic kid while speaking at my school). Steele has pledged to make the GOP more “hip-hop” friendly. With what’s happened over the past couple days, all I have to say is thank you desperate GOP:
Mostly via Huffington Post:
According to CNN, Steele was then praised by Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann.
As Steele concluded his remarks, Minnesota Rep. Michelle Bachmann — the event’s moderator — told Steele he was “da man.”
“Michael Steele! You be da man! You be da man,” she said.
You’ll remember Bachmann from trying to start McCarthyism again. Wait, there’s more:
Although he emphasized that the conservative movement must become a revolution and transform America, he conceded that the party had made mistakes: “We know the past, we know we did wrong. My bad. But we go forward in appreciation of the values that brought us to this point.”
His bad? Dude, you weren’t even making any decisions! How many times will you ever see the phrase “my bad” followed by “appreciatiation of the values?” How could Steele top that. Give it up to ya boy, B-Jind!
SLIWA: Because he is — when guys look at him and young women look at him — they say oh, that’s the slumdog millionaire, governor. So, give me some slum love.
STEELE: I love it. (inaudible) … some slum love out to my buddy. Gov. Bobby Jindal is doing a friggin’ awesome job in his state. He’s really turned around on some core principles — like hey, government ought not be corrupt. The good stuff … the easy stuff.
Let’s just ignore that on Jindal’s watch a decent chunk of the state turned into slums. Let’s ignore that Jindal isn’t even from India (his parents are) and he didn’t grow up in the poverty that the people of Mumbai did (though growing up non-white in Lousiana probably fucking sucked). But seriously, “friggin awesome?” Napoleon Dynamite is the GOP chairman?
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