Following up on my series about the implosion of the Republican party (see Part 1, 2 ,3 ,4 ,5 ,6 here) I decided the recent events with newly-elected RNC chairman Michael Steele deserved pulling the concept out of the mothballs. The only title following the theme I could find was from Friday the 13th (I mean, how many part 7â€™s are there, anyway?) So without further ado, here we go! From Politico;
Steadily becoming a dependable punch line, Steele has brushed back Rush Limbaugh, threatened moderate Republican senators, offered the â€œfrigginâ€™ awesomeâ€ Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal some â€œslum love,â€ called civil unions â€œcrazyâ€ and promised more outreach to â€œurban-suburban hip-hop settingsâ€ via an â€œoff the hookâ€ public relations campaign.Â He even threw a shout-out to â€œone-armed midgets.â€
Thatâ€™s in just 30 days on the job â€” and thatâ€™s just the PR part. On the organizational side, Steele does not have a chief of staff, a political director, a finance director or a communications director. Last week, one of the two men sharing the job of interim finance director was forced to resign.
For now, â€œthe fourth floor,â€ as the RNCâ€™s executive suite is known, is being run by a pair of consultants.
â€œThereâ€™s frustration that thereâ€™s no discipline, no planning,â€ said a well-known Republican consultant. â€œHeâ€™s risking being overexposed by accepting every interview, which makes gaffes more likely.â€
In a lengthy interview, Steele was unapologetic, referring to the high-level GOP critics and skeptics as â€œnervous Nelliesâ€ and saying that he actually has been tempering his public remarks
When the Democrats are deciding whoâ€™s really in charge of your political party, and they pick Rush without an unapologetic peep from anyone- and then you have Steele out doing things like thisâ€¦ well letâ€™s just say it couldnâ€™t bode well for Republicans going forward.
They havenâ€™t even begun to eat their own yet. The bloody feast will begin after the delusion that they still have an electoral chance is dispelled by a follow-up, thorough ass-kicking in 2010.