image I’ve already said it once back in March.  I’ll say it again.  Michael Steele needs to resign.  If he doesn’t want to resign, then the Republican National Committee needs to have a spine and oust him.  It’ll take a 2/3 majority vote and I personally will contact my National Committeeman and Committeewoman in this matter.

I agree with Bill Kristol, his tenure has been a collective failure, full of gaffes and embarrassments.  The latest episode takes the cake for me though, The Hill reports:

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) pushed out the video, which shows Steele saying that the war is of "Obama’s choosing" and that it is nearly impossible to win a land war in the Central Asian country.

"Keep in mind again, federal candidates, this was a war of Obama’s choosing. This was not something that the United States had actively prosecuted or wanted to engage in," he said. "But it was the president who was trying to be cute by half by building a script demonizing Iraq, while saying the battle really should be in Afghanistan. Well, if he is such a student of history, has he not understood that you know that’s the one thing you don’t do, is engage in a land war in Afghanistan?"

What. The. Heck (not the actual word that comes to mind).  Where was he after 9/11?  This was initiated by President Bush to go after the terrorists responsible for the 9/11 attacks because the Taliban wouldn’t give them up.  This is something that at the time the American people by and large supported.  This is a war that almost 100% of Republicans are behind.

Now we can discuss President Obama’s dithering and his inability to relate to those in the military.  This wasn’t a war of his choosing, and I’ll give him credit that we did need to be refocused in Afghanistan.

So Steele needs to go he’s proven that under his leadership a lot of money can be blown and he’s shown a great ability to put his foot in his mouth.  Neither qualities are becoming in a party chairman.

We need somebody who is not going to be all flash and no bang.  I’d be content with somebody who isn’t flashy, who’d realize that he or she needs to promote the party not themselves, and the goal is to fundraise and be a resource for candidates.

All this other stuff is at best a distraction, and at worst could cost us some elections.

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  1. You bunch of fool Republicans calling for Michael Steele to resign! I am a Conservative Republican for ofer 50 years and know Michael Steele is absolutely correct about us NEVER winning in Afganistan!! The Russians tried all through the 80s anf FAILED. No aggressor or people can EVER defeat the Afghans in any non nuclear conflict!! Did we not learn a very costly lesson fro Vietnam??? Why does anyone believe America today can win any war with all the hand tying and restrictions put upon the military by Washington, DC politicians! Impossible! Afghanistan is a poppy seed/drug producing country with impossible terrain to win any war or conflict! Wake up America! Learn from the history of Vietnam! Michael Steele is RIGHT!!!

    1. @Russel Peterson:

      Try turning off your CAPS, grabbing a guide to grammar and spelling, and checking Steele’s full statement, which is jaw-droppingly idiotic and wrongheaded. As Shane notes, Steele is re-writing history by claiming that Afghanistan is Obama’s war. As the titular head of the Republican Party, he ought to know better. In fact, anyone who was alive and conscious for the past nine years would know that President Bush (correctly) began the Afghan conflict in response to the Taliban’s decision to shelter and support al Qaeda.

      Republicans, by and large, support this war. Many Democrats do not, but President Obama has bucked his own party to do what needs to be done. Steele’s statement is disconnected from reality and from the overwhelming majority of his own party.

      I’m with Shane: it’s time for competent leadership.

  2. Agreed entirely with your post: Jay Cost at Real Clear Politics has made the point that Steele is not a serious fundraiser, not able to give proper support to candidates. He’s pretty much useless as RNC chair; he thinks of his role as being a pundit more or less, and quite frankly, that’s not his job.

    He shouldn’t be given the publicity any more; he refuses to be responsible or serious. Ironically enough, the Democrats had a similar problem when on the ascent. It is widely thought that Howard Dean was a failure as DNC chair for many of the same reasons.

  3. Michael Steele is absolutely correct and I think most americans, (not republicans alone) agree that the war in Afganistan is a total waste of time and resources. Are young men and women are part of those resources. Their blood spilled is not going to capture Osama Bin Laden or thwart any real threat to the United States. There have been terrorist attacks on soil foreign and domestic since history began. A war on terror is nothing more than a excuse for the “military industrial complex” to flex its muscle. I believe Gen. Eisenhower warned the american people after world war II of such possibilities. I do agree with ashok though in that we should not be paying attention to Michael Steele but to the incumbent politicians that are not doing their jobs. Working for the people and govn’t by the people.

    1. I would disagree with your assessment that this won’t “thwart any real threat to the United States.”

      What proof? I’m not saying we should be there indefinitely, but this has disrupted Al Qaeda.

      If it he just said this I’d likely let it go, but this is on top of numerous blunders he’s made already.

  4. Why is it the RNC doesn’t have a direct link to contact Michael Steele via email? I’d like to let Mr. Steele know I believe he’s waaaay out of touch with his recent comments regarding the war in Afghanistan being Obama’s choosing. Outrageous! Anyone with half a brain knows the USA has been screwing-up in Afghanistan since the Reagan days. Can you say, Osama bin-laden? Come on Michael Steele, quit trying to be a “good ole boy”, you’ll never gain acceptance trying to be a white man.

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