Obama envy: Repugnican National Committee chair Michael Steele, whose election as the first black head of the Repugnican Party in late January was a cynical attempt to counter the election of Democrat Barack Obama as the nation’s first black president, wishes that he possessed just a fraction of Obama’s mojo.
Jesus fuck, the Repugnicans really, really, really just can’t lose, can they?
Even when they’re at an incredible low — only 26 percent of Americans call themselves Repugnicans (31 percent call themselves independents and 36 percent call themselves Democrats); 70 percent of Americans disapprove of the job that George W. Bush did during his two unelected terms; and President Barack Obama is favored by around two out of three Americans — the Repugnicans hit President Barack Obama for —
— wait for it —
— for —
— for being popular!
Reports The Associated Press today:
WASHINGTON – Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele likened President Barack Obama‘s popularity to that of a celebrity and said Republicans can’t be afraid of criticizing him head-on if they want to regain their relevance.
“He’s young. He’s cool. He’s hip … he’s got all the qualities America likes in a celebrity, so of course he’s going to be popular,” Steele told state party chairmen [today]. But “this is not ‘American Idol.’ This is serious … and we are going to take them on.”
Steele said the GOP has owned up to the mistakes that caused its fall from power and is embarking on a renaissance. [Really? And the evidence of this is what?]
“The era of apologizing for Republican mistakes of the past is now officially over,” he said. [Gee, I didn’t know that the Repugnicans had even begun to apologize for anything!] “We have turned the corner. No more looking in the rearview mirror. From this point forward, we will focus all of our energies on winning the future.”
The Republican National Committee chief is seeking to re-establish himself as the head of the beleaguered party and set its course. His speech comes after a rocky start to his two-year term that drew criticism from some longtime RNC members as well as a sustained Democratic campaign tagging conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh as the GOP’s titular head.
Even as he called for a unified front, Steele was fending off efforts to strip him of some control over RNC operations from a small band of internal critics who say he is mismanaging the organization….
Steele is trying to steer a GOP that’s out of power in the White House, Congress and a slew of statehouses across the country. The party also has no natural successor to former President George W. Bush. And the GOP is in the midst of an intense debate over its identity while facing an emboldened Democratic Party that’s grown larger under Obama’s leadership — at the Republicans’ expense….
Steele added, “Candidate Obama was very moderate in his views, but President Obama could not possibly be further to the far left.”
Oh, puhfuckinglease. It’s just the opposite — “Candidate Obama” was much more progressive in his views than President Obama has been in carrying out his campaign promises. Rather than campaign as a moderate and tack left, Obama campaigned as a progressive but has tacked to the center. All along I was hoping that Obama would do what I call a Reverse George W. Bush: campaign as a moderate but then tack left, as Bush campaigned as a moderate but then took a hard right.
And as far as “American Idol”-style politics goes, what in the fuck could you call the election of Repugnican Arnold Schwarzenegger in the California gubernatorial recall election of 2003?
Steele lambasts Obama for being a “celebrity” when Schwarzenegger literally was a celebrity?
Um, do the Repugnicans promise, in order not to be hypocrites now, never to allow celebrities to run for office? Because I see a Palin-Prejean ticket coming in 2012.
And while I have no doubt that Steele and his fellow Repugnicans would love it to be the case that the Repugnicans “have turned the corner,” um, no they fucking haven’t; they’re still groping around in the dark. They can’t even see the corner.
When the self-identified independents outnumber the self-identified Repugnicans, it seems to me, the Repugnican Party is in deep, deep shit, and that there isn’t enough lipstick on the planet to prettify the pig that is the Repugnican Party.