Joined: Sat May 29, 2004 11:46 pm
|Recent missteps by Republican leaders cause them to kick selves in ass Observing the Republican Party lately has been like watching the last cannibal on a deserted island. He starts with his own left foot. (Some anthropologists theorize that this is where the phrase “getting off on the wrong foot” originated.)Let’s review chronologically:
1) Sat., 2/28 – Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, the first black to hold the post, makes an uppity, suicidal decision to criticize right-wing radio icon Rush “Da Man” Limbaugh. Steele already has horrified the conservative base by using phrases like “urban-suburban, hip-hop settings” and “young, Hispanic, black — a cross section” to describe the larger constituency that the GOP should seek if it ever wants to win a national election again.
2) Sun., 3/1 – Millions of Da Man’s minions demand apology from Steele or his head on a pike.
3) Mon., 3/2 – Steele says “Sorry massah” and only gets a public flogging.
4) Tues., 3/3 – Grumblings about Steele by GOP kingmakers and behind-the-scenes players continue, with some criticisms of him leaked to the news media for anonymous use.
5) Wed., 3/4 – Steele denies that he criticized Rush; he claims he was criticizing what Rush’s detractors say about Rush – that he’s “hateful”, “incendiary”, etc. Steele obviously is lying. Gets flogged some more – not for lying, but for getting caught lying so obviously on TV.
6) Thurs., 3/5 – Millions of minions complain some more about Steele and his errant ways. Steele apologizes again for the falsely perceived criticism of Da Man that Steele now claims he never intended as criticism. Gets flogged again.
7) Fri., 3/6 – Dr. Ada Fisher, one of only three blacks among the 183 members of the Republican National Committee, acknowledges she sent an e-mail to 11 other committee members suggesting that maybe, just maybe, Steele should resign or be replaced through another RNC election of a new president. More public flogging ensues.
8) The future – Steele, who has been leading the RNC for only one month, contemplates hanging himself rather than face further flogging or possibly even lynching at the hands of his beloved fellow Republicans. But he screws that up, too, and ends up banging his head hard when his rope breaks and he hits the floor. He wakes up to realize that maybe he should have been a Democrat.
Actually, that last part – No. 8 – is pure fiction. Steele has not hanged himself or even resigned. Yet.
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