How you like him now?

Today marks the 100th day of Michael Steele’s term as chairman of the Republican National Committee. And what a blooper reel it’s been.

To commemorate the occasion, here’s some of the, uh, highlights from Think Progress:

In all honesty, Steele’s struggles would be funny if they were not so sad and predictable. If you’re at all interested, here’s a handful of links detailing some of his problems here, here, here and here.

And with the 100th day upon us, I return to something I wrote the day after the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Mike Tomlin became the youngest coach to win a Super Bowl:

Republicans and conservatives themselves have been guilty of engaging in the worst kind of affirmative action, often going out of their way to reward marginal candidates with jobs – many times with the hope that they’d fail as proof of their manifest superiority. Folks like Clarence Thomas, Sarah Palin and now Michael Steele serve a peculiar purpose in that regard.

In the words of the late, great Ralph Wiley, who was speaking of Armstrong Williams but could have been talking about anyone in the aforementioned trio:

“And then he said some predictable things against ‘affirmative action,’ not realizing, probably, that he was the perfect embodiment of it as it should not (emphasis mine)be implemented. He rented his office due to his opinions … He said all the right things to the privileged and they opened their burgeoning coffers to make sure he was heard.”

Certainly he couldn’t have been talking about Steele, who didn’t pass the Maryland Bar Exam in his only attempt, once compared stem cell research to Nazi experiments during the Holocaust and defended former Maryland Gov. Bob Ehrlich’s decision to hold a $100,000 fundraiser at a country club that did not allow non-white members, saying that the club’s membership’s policies were “not an issue” because “I don’t play golf”?

So really, what did we expect? And even over the past week, the beat has gone on and on and on.

Think he’ll make it another 100 days?

5 thoughts on “How you like him now?

  1. shani-o May 9, 2009 at 9:46 am Reply

    Y’know, Steele is really easy to laugh at. But in the context you bring up here, it really is a sad situation to observe, because it is so predictable and can’t end well.

    I do think he’ll make it to the end of his term, however, it seems like he’s chairman in name only these days.

  2. Ron May 9, 2009 at 10:47 am Reply

    Meh. He’s not a smart guy. But I guess it’s better than actually working for a living and he can probably do a book after his stint is over and they banish him.

  3. Colin May 9, 2009 at 1:36 pm Reply

    The guy’s enthusiastic, unfiltered, and every now and again he says true things.

  4. bitchphd May 9, 2009 at 8:48 pm Reply

    Sometimes I think that they keep nominating really stupid tokens because they’re actually that threatened by us (women, blacks, gay people, whoever). Sometimes I think it’s because only really stupid blacks/women/gay people/whatever would have anything to do with them.

    Most of the time, though, I think that the Palins and Steeles don’t seem to be any stupider than the Gingriches or Sessionses, so it’s like that cliche about equality meaning that minorities can be as mediocre as white guys, or something.

  5. t.o.a n. May 9, 2009 at 10:12 pm Reply

    I love the line that Bush, Palin, Jindal and Steele are the rainbow coalition of incompetence. That one had me laughing for a good minute.

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