Thursday, March 05, 2009

Steele's Latest Gambit, Getting The GOP Sober

RNC Chairman Michael Steele is the gift that keeps giving. Just as having Rush as the actual leader of the GOP, Steele's almost daily comments must have much of his party on edge while he has Democrats laughing almost constantly. Although this doesn't beat his "suburban hip-hop" comments to the Washington Times two weeks ago, comparing his party to an addict in throes of their addiction is certainly amusing.

From The Huffington Post:

Speaking to the Maryland radio station WBAL, Steele said that "no one individual" was head of the party and described his comments downplaying Limbaugh's show and influence as inartful. He added that if Republicans wanted to ascend back to the heights of political power, they had to stop trying to be "cool and hip in a Democrat way," and admit their past mistakes.

"I am putting the party on a 12-step program of recovery," said the RNC chair. "This is going to take some time, it is going to take some effort. But we are prepared to move forward and to state the case, make the case to the American people that we have something to offer. We are not here to be the party that is just here to say no. We are not the party to be in opposition just for the sake of opposition."

Funny enough, drug addict Rush Limbaugh is the head of the party and he'll fight tooth and nail (at least through a microphone) to make sure people know it. I wonder if Steele was indirectly telling Rush to find recovery for his own good. I don't know how he's doing with Oxycontin, but Overeaters Anonymous could be at least one program for him to try.

As for the Republican party, there is no way that anyone on the right is going to get past the first step if they don't even acknowledge a problem with their actions. Over at CPAC last weekend, the general idea was that they were not active enough in their addiction to "free markets" and hating the Democratic party at all costs. It would be akin to an alcoholic drinking more to solve his or her problems caused by all that booze. What the GOP really needs is to be thrown into rehab where they learn how their pro-corporate policies have been ruining millions of American lives.