By Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson
Despite the optimism and hope many Republicans see in Scott Brown’s victory, the Republican Party has a serious problem – namely Michael Steele, the head of the Republican National Committee.
In the short time since Steele was elected to lead the RNC – an organization whose purpose is to activate the grass roots and raise campaign funds for Republicans – he’s acted less like a friend and more of a foe to conservatives.
On election eve, anticipating a Brown victory in Massachusetts, Steele claimed that the RNC “has been working very diligently behind the scenes” (prematurely taking credit for the victory).
Whatever effort Steele and the RNC put into Brown’s campaign, it’s too little too late for Steele.
Michael Steele has allowed his ego and need to be liked by liberals get in the way of being an effective party chairman; therefore, I am calling on Steele to do us all a favor and resign from his post immediately.
On several occasions, Steele, a one-term lieutenant governor of Maryland and candidate for U.S. Senate, has publicly insulted and dismissed conservative Republicans.
For one, he appeared on CNN with liberal black talk-show host D.L. Hughley and dismissed Rush Limbaugh as an “entertainer” whose show is “incendiary” and “ugly.”
Yes, he really said that!
Unlike Steele, Rush didn’t get caught in a liberal trap. Instead of responding to Steele in the liberal press, he used his own national radio program.
Rush said: “It’s time, Mr. Steele, for you to go behind the scenes and start doing the work that you were elected to do instead of trying to be some talking-head media star, which you’re having a tough time pulling off.”
The next gaffe occurred when the RNC chairman appeared on TV One, a liberal black network, and reinforced the lie that white Republicans are fearful of blacks. Steele said: “I’ve been in the room, and they’ve been scared of me. I’m like, I’m on your side.”
Steele, like too many blacks in the Republican Party, feels that he has to water down the conservative message, and seems to agree with the liberal lie that the GOP somehow excludes blacks.
Michael Steele and his ilk appear uncomfortable with cultural conservatives and prefer to have a “big tent” Republican Party full of spineless moderates.
At a White House Correspondents’ Dinner, Barack Obama made fun of Steele’s attempt to sound “black.” The RNC chairman responded as if Obama had paid him a compliment:
“It was good love between two brothers. … I was surprised, but I appreciate the president giving me a shout out.”
As RNC chief, Steele holds a powerful position, yet he’s so enamored by a black president that he can’t help sucking up to the opposition.
Steele also disrespects party leaders. For example, he recently released a book titled, “Right Now: A 12-Step Program for Defeating the Obama Agenda,” and according to reports, party officials found out about the book only after they saw him on TV promoting it.
Wouldn’t you think that the head of the Republican Party would let members of his own team know that he’s penned a book about their strategy for upcoming elections? Not in Steele’s world.
It appears that Republicans will benefit from Obama’s disastrous first year in office, but that hasn’t stopped Steele from throwing cold water on Republican optimism. He recently appeared on Sean Hannity’s TV show and stunned everyone when he announced that the GOP couldn’t win back a majority in the House in 2010.
Some Republican leaders like Minority Whip. Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia have rightfully criticized Steele for his slams against Republicans, fearing that he’s undercutting their recruitment efforts.
So how did Steele respond to his fellow Republicans’ criticism? He used the public airwaves to attack them. Steele told his critics: “Get a life. … If you don’t want me in the job, fire me. But until then, shut up. Get with the program.”
Had this been a white RNC chairman, the leaders would have asked for his resignation or fired him months ago. The only reason Steele is still head of the RNC is because he’s black and the party is terrified of the implications of firing him. Yes, liberals will accuse Republicans of being racist – but what else is new?
This is one of the most important election years in history. We’re dealing with an administration and a Democrat-controlled House that is hell-bent on intentionally bankrupting this nation and stripping Americans of their freedoms.
Michael Steele needs to resign because he’s a weak leader. We need someone with a backbone who’s not afraid to boldly promote strong conservative Republican ideas.
The Republicans have a serious leadership problem with Steele at the helm, and they had better correct it, or what could be a historic November election could instead be a disaster, and in 2012 Barack Hussein Obama – God forbid – could even be re-elected!
The Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson is the founder and president of two dynamic organizations: BOND (Brotherhood Organization Of A New Destiny), a national 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to “Rebuilding the Family by Rebuilding the Man,” and BOND Action, Inc., a 501(c)4 cultural activist organization.