During Ronald Reagan’s 1966 campaign for governor of California, Republicans established the so-called 11th commandment: “Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican.”
It was proposed by State Republican Chairman Gaylord Parkinson to help prevent a repeat of the liberal Republican assault on Barry Goldwater that laid the foundation for Goldwater’s being trounced in the 1964 presidential election.
More and more, there are voices within the GOP not just criticizing Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Michael Steele, but calling for his removal. The post of RNC Chair is more important than ever because of what is at stake in the upcoming November elections. If the GOP does not take back at least the House, if not the Senate too, then America is doomed. It is not hyperbolic to say that the United States as we knew it — as well as the Constitution — will not survive another two years of Obama and the Demonrats.
As an example, in a commentary for CBSNews.com on April 11, 2010, Ben Stein joined the rising chorus voices within the GOP calling for Steele’s removal. Stein said he can’t keep donating money to the Republican Party as long as Steele is in office:
“Stories are pouring out of the RNC to the effect that Mr. Steele is demanding the Committee get him a private jet…. Mr. Steele is running up fantastic tabs at super-expensive hotels and restaurants, including some near me in Beverly Hills. Just recently it was revealed that the RNC had been billed nearly two thousand bucks for ‘entertainment’ at a West Hollywood strip club called Voyeur…. The GOP is not the party of small town virtues and verities if it has multi-thousand-dollar bills for meals and drinks at The Beverly Hills Hotel and the Voyeur Club.”
I’ve thought about this, and have come to the conclusion that Steele must go, for these two reasons:
1. The importance of the November elections makes it absolutely necessary that the GOP has a competent effective person at the helm of the RNC, who has the full confidence of conservatives.
2. I do not like people who do not listen to and accept criticisms, but instead scapegoat others by blaming the critics. Doing so is a sign not just of immaturity, but of great narcissism. Steele is doing just that by playing the race card. Worse still, Steele equates himself with Obama — that both are victims of racism. As Larry Elder, a conservative African-American commentator noted, Steele was asked in a recent interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America” about the just revealed scandal of the RNC reimbursing a staffer (since fired) $2,000 for a trip to a Hollywood club featuring topless dancers, simulated sex and S&M scenes: “Do you feel that, as an African-American, you have a slimmer margin for error than anther chairman would?”
Steele answered: “The honest answer is ‘yes.’ It just is. Barack Obama has a slimmer margin. A lot of folks do. It’s a different role for me to play and others to play, and that’s just the reality of it.”
This is not the first time Steele played the race card. More than 2 months ago, on February 11, he already accused his critics of racism. See my post HERE. In other words, this is Steele’s standard approach toward any and all criticisms. That is unacceptable.
We are in a war and we simply cannot afford to have a man who does not perceive reality accurately leading the troops. That’s a recipe for disaster.