Michael Steele Says Quasi-Reasonable Stuff; Everyone Freaks Out

Already posted the DNC’s reaction to this. Now Republicans are flooding Steele with calls for resignation; they must be thrilled to finally have an excuse to get rid of this guy. Aside from the part where he described this as a war of Obama’s choice I don’t really see what’s so shocking about his comments, but he’s getting shit from all corners. He’s probably done.

Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) called on Michael Steele to resign Saturday, significantly raising the pressure on the embattled Republican National Committee chairman whose remarks last week on the war in Afghanistan were assailed by members of his own party.

“Frankly, I find Steele’s remarks totally unacceptable,” Cole, the former chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee and ex-chief of staff at the RNC, said in a statement to POLITICO. “He should apologize and resign. He undercut American forces fighting in the field, politicized further a war that two presidents of different parties have deemed in the national interest and embarrassed the party he purports to lead. It is time for him to go — quickly.”

The statement is the most serious such demand to date, as Cole has wide-ranging influence within the party apparatus and conservative political circles.

The RNC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The new resignation calls stem from a video that went viral Friday showing Steele suggesting during a Thursday fundraiser in Connecticut that the war in Afghanistan is not worth fighting.

“Everyone who has tried over a thousand years of history has failed, and there are reasons for that,” Steele said. “There are other ways to engage in Afghanistan.”

via Cole calls on Steele to resign – Andy Barr – POLITICO.com.

With Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele facing a barrage of calls to resign, North Dakota Republican Party Chairman Gary Emineth, a social conservative, told The Washington Times on Friday he is quitting his post to prepare a possible challenge of Mr. Steele after November’s midterm elections.

Also on Friday, prominent neoconservatives led by William Kristol and Liz Cheney began a growing chorus demands that Mr. Steele step down now, before the Nov. 2 midterm congressional and gubernatorial elections and before he can decide whether to seek reelection to a second two-year term in January.

via EXCLUSIVE: GOP prepares as calls for Steele’s resignation grows – Washington Times.

CNN has Steele frantically scouring Facebook for Republicans who’ve yet to unfriend him:

Washington (CNN) – Embattled Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele spent Saturday calling GOP lawmakers and elected party officials to explain his controversial remarks on Afghanistan and to try to build support against calls for his resignation.

“He is reaching out to prominent Republicans, members of Congress, senators and members of the committee,” an RNC spokesman told CNN on Saturday. “And he has gotten strong support from Republican leaders.”

via CNN Political Ticker: All politics, all the time Blog Archive – RNC chairman seeks support amid calls for resignation « – Blogs from CNN.com.

Meanwhile the LA Times is partying like it’s 2004:

According to findings released Friday, 32% of Americans describe themselves as “extremely patriotic,” up from 26% in 2005 and higher than even in the months right after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

In all, at least seven out of 10 Americans in recent years describe themselves as “extremely” or “very” patriotic, Gallup said. The current poll puts the number at 74%.

Even 74% of those who describe themselves as independents, a key voter group, say they are extremely or very patriotic.

Those numbers help explain why Democrats have been widely publicizing comments made by Steele during a Connecticut fundraiser on Thursday. Steele was critical of President Obama and the war started by his predecessor, Republican George W. Bush after 9/11.

via RNC leader Michael Steele’s Afghanistan comments put GOP in a politically awkward position | D.C. Now | Los Angeles Times.

Really, LAT? A large number of Americans express feelings of patriotism shortly before July 4th and this proves something about politics? Even the independents — who are normally reliable traitors in whatever alternate universe this article was written in — feel this way! Stunning! I suppose we should also generalize from poll results indicating that Americans find ice cream delicious and baby animals adorable. Seriously though I knew the LA Times had been bought out by some rightwing nutcase and they still pay Laura Bush’s former Press Secretary to write a blog that contains about 95% pro-GOP spin and all, but seeing them this hellbent on reviving the old W’s-first-term jingoistic spirit is really something.

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