Uncle Mikkie stays the course, pretty much as you’d expect, in defending the overheated and over the top rhetoric of the far right.
Shep is not impressed…
More on Uncle Mikkie in WashPo –
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele apparently will do anything to stay on the payroll, even if it means sacrificing his identity as a black man and disgracing himself in the process.
Saturday, some participants at the Tea Party rally on Capitol Hill allegedly yelled racial epithets at black members of Congress, hurled a homosexual slur at a gay member of the House and spat on a member of the Congressional Black Caucus.
As expected, Tea Party organizers and Republican leaders condemned the behavior — as if they could do anything else. Steele, who loves to tout himself as the first African American chairman of the GOP, entered the fray Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” He also chose to separate himself and the Republican Party not from the Tea Party that he loves, but — referring to the slurs and epithet hurlers — from “idiots out there saying stupid things.”
Steele knows the words he should have used, but he couldn’t bring himself to say them lest he offend the people who put — and keep — him where he is today.
The people who shouted the slurs weren’t “idiots…saying stupid things.”
They were racists and homophobic bigots uttering hateful and inflammatory language. They should have been called out as such.
Steele didn’t go that far because he knows they are part of the conservative base on which his party relies. And so must he, if he wants to keep getting a Republican Party paycheck…or is it 30 pieces of silver?