Friday, March 13, 2009

Are Michael Steele's Days Numbered?

Based upon the continuing reports of his most recent gaffe on abortion? I would tend to agree, his days as party chairman are numbered. Personally, I have never seen the great interest invested in Michael Steele. Granted, he is the former Lieutenant Governor of Maryland, but aside from that? He has never demonstrated that clear or concise conservative voice from the black perspective that I believe many feel he was supposed to represent.

His recent selection as chairman of the republican party, strikes me as about the same category of choice as Sarah Palin was for VP for John McCain. Not that she was a bad choice or the wrong choice? But maybe she was the less than right choice for the obvious reasons intended. I believe the same is becoming true for Michael Steele. He wasn't voted in as the chairman of the republican party based upon his unique and outstanding qualifications.

He was selected IMO and in the opinion of many others in the party, as more of the GOP response to the election of a black president who is representing the democrat party, than one of any overwhelming qualification. And as has been observed by many in the interim since his selection, Steele just keeps stumbling from one political trap to the other in the media. And quite frankly? I don't think or believe that he is up to the task of evading the media slings and arrows that quite naturally are being lofted by the liberal media as a result of his selection to lead the party. Michael Steele may very well be a intelligent and nice fellow on an individual basis? But I personally believe that he is out of his depth and in over his head as the leader of the republican party.

Steele's Time May Be Short

A day after a magazine quoted him as saying abortion was "an individual choice," GOP Chairman Michael Steele may soon be toast.

A leading conservative called Steele's remarks in the 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.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee called the remarks "very troubling" and said in a blog posting, "despite his clarification today the party stands to lose many of its members and a great deal of its support in the trenches of grass-roots politics. For Chairman Steele to even infer that taking a life is totally left up to the individual is not only a reversal of Republican policy and principle, but it's a violation of the most basic of human rights -- the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

Steele, who was adopted, told GQ magazine that his mother had the option of getting an abortion or giving birth to him.

"The choice issue cuts two ways," Steele said in the wide-ranging interview published online Wednesday. "You can choose life, or you can choose abortion. You know, my mother chose life."

Asked whether he thought women had the right to choose abortion, Steele said: "Yeah. I mean, again, I think that's an individual choice."

Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, a Democrat who is chairman of the National Governors Association, said Thursday, "Do [Republicans] want a chairman who is basically pro-choice? Not on your life. They won't permit it."

"Michael Steele's days are numbered," Rendell said. "Fortunately for us, his days are numbered."

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