If At First You Don’t Succeed, Lie, Lie Again
After a week that saw Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele come under fire for (warning: this will take awhile):
- Publicly wondering if Republicans were able to lead,
- Saying that he wished he could be a teabagger,
- Getting advice from a known racist,
- Telling other Republicans to “shut up” or “fire me,”
- Being told by other Republicans to shut up,
- For blindsiding the Republican party with his book,
- For the ethical questions raised by his outside income, and,
- For depleting RNC coffers by two-thirds in a non-election year,
… Steele decided to cap off the week with this:
Responding to critics who say he wrote his latest book when he should have been conducting official duties, RNC chair Michael Steele said today he wrote the book before he took over the national party last January.
Well then, nothing to see here, let’s move along … or not:
But the book itself tells a different story. In its pages, Steele mentions at least 5 people, 1 piece of legislation and 1 term that did not become evident until well after he was elected to head the RNC.
At various points, Steele references Rep. Bill Owens (D-NY) and his 2 rivals for a special election that occured Nov. 3 — NY Assemb. Dede Scozzafava (R) and accountant Doug Hoffman (C). He mentions former Miss CA Carrie Prejean … to Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor … Cap and trade legislation had been discussed prior to Steele’s becoming chairman, but Reps. Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Ed Markey (D-MA) didn’t offer their first draft until Mar. 31. And as Steele takes after the health care measure introduced in Congress this year, he spends several pages assaulting the public option — an issue that was not a major part of the discussion during the ‘08 WH campaign.
What’s that old expression? Oh, yeah. When you’re in a hole, stop digging. Michael? Stop digging.