To paraphrase Chris Crocker in his infamous video plea to those of us wondering what the hell was up with Britney Spears.
It is time for people to do the same in regards to Republican National Committee Chair Michael Steele.
There has been a slew of criticism towards Mr. Steele since he became the RNC chair last year. Some of it warranted and some of it nothing more than inside-the-beltway garbage.
The latest is over the new book that Mr. Steele had published, Right Now!
It is Mr. Steele's 12 point plan to defeat the Dear Leader, President Obama's agenda.
Now on Friday's Laura Ingraham radio program, Mr. Steele may have fibbed. Or misspoke. I do not know. But he told Miss Ingraham that he wrote the book before he became RNC chair. Well, that makes Mr. Steele clairvoyant or lying or, well here is why. Much of the book had to have been written while Mr. Steele has been RNC chair. To much of what is in the book is too current to have been written before Mr. Steele became the RNC chair. I will give Mr. Steele the benefit of the doubt on this.
And there is the fact that Mr. Steele is, HORRORS!, making money for delivering speeches. Yes, as RNC chair. So what? Should the man not make a dollar and promote the Republican party at the same time?
This is pretty inside-the-beltway stuff, IMHO.
Some want to blame some money issues on Mr. Steele.
No can do. Mr. Steele has been setting records raising money for the RNC.
Where the Republicans have had trouble raising money is at the elected level.
People are not giving money to the National Republican Congressional Committee, NRCC, or the senate counterpart, the National Republican Senatorial Committee, NRSC.
Why you may ask?
Maybe because NRSC chair Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) is trying to pick candidates to back, before there are primaries. Just ask the Republicans in Florida as Sen. Cornyn openly backed Gov. Charlie Crist over former Florida House Speaker, Marco Rubio. Eventually, Sen. Cornyn backtracked and the damage was done.
Can not blame that on Mr. Steele.
Or the infamous debacle in the New York state 23rd congressional special election. Who is the chair of the NRCC? Congressman Pete Sessions (R-Texas). He and his cohorts were ready to drop $1,000,000 to help elect liberal "Republican" Dede Scozzafava over a solid conservative in Doug Hoffman. Mrs. Scozzafava was chosen by 11 county Republican chairs and that was good enough for Mr. Sessions.
Again, can not blame Mr. Steele for that mess.
But Mr. Steele can point to the success of electing two strong Republicans to governor's races in 2009. That would be Bob McDonnell in Virginia and Chris Christie in New Jersey. And Republicans have made strides at all levels from cites to statehouses.
And yes, Mr. Steele admits that he gets a little hotheaded. And that he is very passionate about what he does. What a concept!
An amazing little blog post from John Tobin at the American Spectator really was a jaw-dropper, Missing Mike Duncan.
Missing Mike Duncan?
Well, for those that do not know, Mr. Duncan was the predecessor to Mr. Steele as RNC chair.
And he may have been great at raising money, that was easy when the party leader was the sitting president, George W. Bush. Mr. Duncan was the invisible man. And once the Republicans were shown the door, Mr. Duncan's time was up. Something new and fresh was needed.
And for his faults, Mr. Steele is something new and fresh. He says some, well interesting things. I do not always agree with him, but he is the face of the opposition to the Dear Leader, President Obama.
Mr. Steele has a very tough job in being RNC chair and putting in face time to project the Republican position. I think that he is doing as well as any one that the inside-the-beltway crowd would want in that position.
I would say that Mr. Steele had a B kind of year as RNC chair. And with the big wins in New Jersey and Virginia, that helped end the year on a very high note.
Please fellow conservatives and Republicans, LEAVE MICHAEL STEELE ALONE!