Steele – not ready, not willing, not able

Via Michelle Malkin comes this Mark Steyn article on why the Michael Steele debacle is so bad:

Kathryn, in all the Rush-bashing, I was more disturbed by Michael Steele’s wretched performance. His initial reaction — that Rush’s show is “incendiary” and “ugly” — revealed:

a) that he never listens to it;

b) that he takes his cues from the mainstream media


In two brief soundbites, Mr. Steele has managed to suggest to his own party base that he has a lazy disposition that reflexively shares the liberal biases, and to allow the wider world to portray him as a craven squish. This is not encouraging. At the very minimum, he does not appear ready for primetime.

This shows that not only is he apparently a moron, but he is also out-of-touch and spineless. How could someone who is supposedly in charge of the party claiming conservatism never have bothered to listen to a three hour radio show that influences is listened to by over twenty million of his party’s constituents? And even if he hadn’t, he didn’t have the guts to admit his error, or even stand up for the principles of the man he was deriding.

Instead, he used all the buzzwords that the “drive by media” likes to use against Limbaugh, and then quickly apologized for being unintentionally offensive in using them after the aforementioned constituency started to get irritated about it. So he first proves himself clueless, and then backs it up with spinelessness.

Not ready for primetime? Mark, you’re understating it. The man is a liability.

Michael Steele, you’re a moron.

I tried to ignore the comments about “slum love” in regards to Bobby Jindal and “bling-bling” in reference to the economy, on the grounds that maybe you were just trying to look like a total moron to pander to your audience.

But it turns out you really are a total moron. A complete, clueless, contemptible moron. Because today you again missed the entire point of what has happened in the last month, still insisting that you want Obama to succeed (regardless of the fact that his success means the death of this nation as we know it!) and for conservatives to simply shut up and get in line. And then, you threw Rush Limbaugh under the bus – for D.L. Hughley of all people. On CNN. You accused him of being “ugly” and “incendiary,” nothing more than an “entertainer,” and agreed that CPAC “looked like Nazi Germany!

To D.L. Hughley!

Do you not see the irony in that, Mr. Steele? That you somehow respect that lunatic comedian Hughley over a man like Limbaugh whose contributions to American conservatism are practically the only reason we’re not far worse off than we are? And on a network like CNN, whose vehement opposition to all things conservative is well-known, and who harbors some of the hardest-left sentiment on television today?

Instead, you denigrate one of your strongest allies, and along with him tens of millions of like-minded citizens who want to see American conservatism make a comeback. However, with you at the wheel of the RNC, making idiot mistake after idiot mistake, I’m not sure we’ll be here to see it happen under your party. Maybe Ross Perot was on to something after all.

And for pete’s sake, the constant “ghetto slang” is irritating. Cut it out. Act like a man, not a child, and stop trying to prove your “blackness.” Conservatives don’t care whether you’re black, white, red, yellow or purple. We care about what you say and do. And frankly, you’ve been one hell of a disappointment so far.

Edit: He has now apologized for being “inarticulate.” Says he wasn’t trying to slam Rush with those comments – though it’s hard to find any other meaning. Oh, and no withdrawl of his comparing CPAC to Nazi Germany. Nice.