Another Republican Gaffe on Race

When it comes to discussing race – Republicans are the Keystone Cops of invariably putting their feet firmly in their mouths…

Tea Party Republicans

GOP Claims Racism Is Over In Misguided Rosa Parks Tribute 

On Sunday, the Republican National Committee tweeted out an ill-advised tribute to civil rights icon Rosa Parks, praising the late activist for “her role in ending racism.”

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Today we remember Rosa Parks’ bold stand and her role in ending racism. pic.twitter.com/uxIj1QmtkU

The message was widely mocked by Twitter users who pointed out that the end of racism was news to them…

The RNC did correct their Tweet later with:

Previous tweet should have read “Today we remember Rosa Parks’ bold stand and her role in fighting to end racism.”

Some of these guys spend way to much time listening to the clowns in their Tea Party wing, and sometimes that message leaks through.

Might just be a good idea for the RNC to not say anything to anybody about race as they invariably seem to either muff it, or say something truly offensive…

Even when they don’t mean to.

 

Chris Matthews Hammers Michael Steele’s Replacement

Chris Matthews leaves Reince Priebus wishing he still had Michael Steele around to buckdance up some race cover for his party…

I mean – they didn’t even invite their former Chairman to the convention in Tampa.

RNC to Asians & Hispanics – All Y’all Look Alike to Us!

Small problem with Republican outreach Web Page to Hispanics…

The pictures are actually of Asian kids.

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RNC Latinos Site Removes Picture Of Asian Children

The Republican National Committee corrected an embarrassing mistake on Thursday after the children in a picture used on its RNC Latinos website turned out to not actually be Latino.

blog post on U.S. News & World Report quickly spread after the reporter found thestock photo used in the site’s header had been tagged with “asia,” “asian,” “japanese” and “thailand” — but nothing to indicate that the children were Latino.

“An outside vendor developed the site and it is being corrected immediately,” RNC Spokesperson Alexandra Franceschi told HuffPost in an email.

The site, which is in Spanish, is part of an effort by the Republican National Committee to increase outreach to Latinos, a voter bloc the GOP normally loses to Democrats.

As of 4:30 p.m. EST, the photo had been taken off the page.

It’s not the first time Republicans have misidentified Latinos: HuffPost discovered in April that the National Republican Congressional Committee’s list of supposedly Hispanic candidates included two white women who were married to Latinos.

Former senate hopeful Sharron Angle, a Republican, made a more damning comment about Latinos and Asians during her 2010 race against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), telling a Hispanic group, “some of you look a little Asian to me.”

Mikkie and “Republican Justice” AKA Lynch Mob

Mikkie talks about being a victim of the Republican Lynch Mob…

Mikkie is shilling hard for that new high-paying job on cable.  Where he lands is going to be interesting. It would appear that Faux News is out, as his recent comments have effectively cut that string…

The new conservative Comcast directed MSNBC?

Michael Steele Explains…On Rachel Maddow Show

This one is pretty good. An interview of Michael Steele by Maddow. Unfortunately, the interview –  to the point this clip ends, dodges the central issue of the motivations behind the folks who started the anti-Steele campaign. And how the majority of the RNC could come up with totally different views of Steele’s “success”.

Anther interesting issue is this:

Black RNC Members Not Backing Steele

Don’t expect the Republican National Committee’s two black members to support Chairman Michael Steele in his re-election bid in January.

Ada Fisher, the black RNC committeewoman from North Carolina, has been an outspoken critic of Steele since she voted against him and for former South Carolina GOP Chairman Katon Dawson in 2009.

“Nobody asked the black members of the RNC what they felt, and I don’t know that the other people were courted or asked for their votes,” she said of that contest.

Steele, a former Maryland lieutenant governor, Senate candidate and state party chairman, was touted as Republicans’ response to the first black president, Democrat Barack Obama. And even more recently, Republicans see Steele promoting his race as an asset to the party.

When Steele announced his bid for re-election on a conference call, he concluded by saying, “Who you elect as our next chairman will speak volumes about our willingness to truly be the party of Lincoln,” according to the Washington Times. A prominent member of the RNC, James Bopp Jr., complained to the Times that Steele had used “the race card.” Steele responded by calling Bopp “an idiot” and accusing him of bitterness over a consulting contract the RNC canceled.

The racial tension comes after elections that saw huge Republican gains, including two black Republicans elected to the House. Reps.-elect Tim Scott of South Carolina and Allen West of Florida are the first black Republicans to serve in the House since Oklahoma Rep. J.C. Watts retired in 2003. Both Scott and West declined interviews for this story.

The chairman may be looking for new allies. Yet even the two black members of the RNC — out of 168 total members — have never rallied around Steele. Fisher, a retired physician, and Glenn McCall, a retired banker who serves as the committeeman from South Carolina, both supported Dawson for chairman of the RNC on all six ballots in 2009. Dawson, who was criticized for his former membership in a club that didn’t allow African-Americans, finished second to Steele. Fellow black Committeeman Keith Butler from Michigan, who has since left the committee, supported former Michigan GOP Chairman Saul Anuzis.

One of the central themes of Steele’s term was to make the Republican Party more inclusive – which included supporting the record number of black candidates running as Republicans, and resulting in the election of the first 2 black candidates to federal office in over a decade… Which were only the 3rd and 4th black Republican candidates elected out of the 6,525 House elections, and 500 Senate elections since Raygun. Yet black Republicans on the RNC didn’t support Steele…

Crabs in a barrel…Indeed.

SS Mikkie Sinking Fast

The vote tally for RNC Chair after three rounds: Priebus, 54 votes; Steele, 33 votes; Wagner, 32 votes; Cino, 28 votes and Anuzis, 21 votes.

 

UPDATE:   The SS Michael Steele has officially sunk,

GOP Chief Drops Out of Race for Re-Election

Time To Pay The Piper for Uncle Mikkie

Michael Steele, AKA Uncle Mikkie faces his toughest critics today in an election for who is the new RNC Chair.

Reince Priebus, upper left, Saul Anuzis, upper right, Maria Cino, lower left, Ann Wagner, lower right, and Michael Steele, center, are pictured in this photo composite. | AP Photos/Reuters

Rogue's Gallery of Choices - (l-r) Priebus, Anuzis, Steele, Cino, and Wagner

Zero hour for Michael Steele at RNC

When the 168 members of the Republican National Committee vote to choose a new chairman Friday, they’ll be selecting more than a political tactician-in-chief.

At the end of a cycle that left the RNC deeply in debt, battered by charges of financial mismanagement and undercut and overshadowed by a throng of GOP-aligned outside groups, the committee needs a prolific fundraiser who’s also a top administrator and communicator.

No one in the running exactly fits the bill.

While each of the four party insiders seeking to oust Chairman Michael Steele– who took office less than two years ago with a pledge to give the RNC “something completely different” – brings a unique set of skills, none have the national stature to compete with Steele’s TV-ready style.

Still, the former Maryland lieutenant governor enters Friday’s voting in a dire position, with a majority of RNC members less inclined to praise Steele than to replace him. Steele has already slipped behind his leading challenger in public vote counts of the RNC race.

On a tactical level, the race has come down to two questions: How quickly can Steele’s challengers leave him in the dust? And can anyone get a decisive edge if the chairman falters early?

Just for you, Mikkie!

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