RNC Chairman Michael Steele says “Get a life or shut up.” That’s what the RNC Chairman told his critics to do in an interview with ABC radio today. In the interview Steele said, “I’m telling them and I’m looking them in the eye and say I’ve had enough of it. If you don’t want me in the job, fire me. But until then, shut up. Get with the program or get out of the way.” This was in response to a Washington Times report where a former GOP Chairman criticized Steele for padding his own pockets instead of fundraising for the party.
Michael Steele has been sort of an enigma for the Republican party but mostly for conservatives. In 2006 it seemed that everyone on the conservative side loved him, mostly because he seemed like the one bright spot in a crushing tide of liberal democrats who took over the House and Senate. Steele lost his bid for Senate in Maryland. But we were rooting for him all the way.
When Steele first took over as Chairman a lot of us on the conservative side were quite optimistic about the prospects of this very articulate, bright, young and yes, black man taking a position of prominence in the Republican Party. But that hasn’t really been good enough for many on the conservative side. Steele has been seen as a little too moderate for true blue conservatives.
But let’s give credit where credit is due. Steele has been very vocal in his opposition to Obama policies where most of the GOP congressional leadership hasn’t; kudos to him. Now he’s catching it from the establishment because he seems to be leaning towards the huge grassroots movement taking place on the conservative side. That would be the tea partiers for all you liberals out there.
The wealthy donors of the RNC, who let’s face it, will probably contribute based simply on party affiliation instead of principles are now criticizing Steele for promoting his new book, and God forbid, making money in the process. So naturally Steele says, “Get a life or shut up.” I’m with him on that.
Allahpundit at Hot Air has a post in which he talks about an AP report which outlines the GOP establishment’s unhappiness with Steele, not just for his endeavor to make a buck from his book, but using his position to promote conservative activism. My question to you is Michael Steele good for the conservative movement overall, or does he somehow hinder the movement? Personally I like Steele, I think he is a great asset to the Republican Party, but even more so for those who oppose this current crop of socialists in charge.
Whether you like Steele or not, if you’re a conservative you absolutely can’t like the way the establishment Republicans like to screw up any type of momentum the conservative movement seems to garner. In that case I’m 100% with Michael Steele, “Get a life or shut up.” You can see Steele’s full interview on ABC radio below.
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