Michael SteeleNew Republican National Committee chair Michael Steele looks like he’s going to be a fertile source of embarrassing quotes; the “don’t trust us” thing the other day was not just an anomaly. Today’s latest:  according to The Washington Times, Steele wants the GOP to be the hip-hop party.

No, seriously. 😀 To wit:

“We need messengers to really capture that region – young, Hispanic, black, a cross section … We want to convey that the modern-day GOP looks like the conservative party that stands on principles. But we want to apply them to urban-surburban hip-hop settings.”…

“We missed the mark in the past, which is why we are in the crapper now,” he said. “We had the White House, the Senate and the House and were not building a farm team over the last years. We could have been ahead of Democrats and their 50-state strategy.”…

“It will be avant garde, technically,” he said. “It will come to table with things that will surprise everyone – off the hook.”

Does that mean cutting-edge?

“I don’t do ‘cutting-edge,’ “ he said. “That’s what Democrats are doing. We’re going beyond cutting-edge.”…

[And as for his critics among “prominent senior Republicans”?] “I say to them, ‘Stuff it.’ “

Umm… yeah.

Can he truly not realize just how embarrassing he sounds?

The foremost “mark” the party missed in the past is known as “reality”… in fact, the Bush administration specifically disdained it. But surely the solution is to alienate the few loyalists the party has left, and reach out instead to urban minority youth!—who swung Democratic big-time last fall because the GOP had so successfully positioned itself as, y’know, the party of rich, white, racist SOBs. Yeah, that’ll work. Being black, Steele can presumably argue that he isn’t racist, but plug in “clueless” and the image stands.

This is, unsurprisingly, zipping quickly around the netroots, where current events leave everyone sorely in need of a laugh. The derisive commentary is widespread. But perhaps the most concise response comes from The Atlantic‘s Ta-Nahesi Coates (possessor of both “street” and “geek” cred), who sums up Steele’s tone-deaf interview as a “bout of slanguage fail.”

What thing will he say next, as his party circles the drain? It should be fun to watch…

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4 Responses to “ROFL… GOP, RIP!”
  1. Lonely says:

    Its scary when you think just how close we came to having Roe vs. Wade overturned. We are on USSC appointment away from having that happen. If Obama had lost, it would have all been over for us. Thank God things worked out.

  2. Andrew says:

    The politicians finally face the facts? … Nah it’s just one lost sheep don’t worry it will soon get back to normal.

  3. I have to admit, that pop-culture reference was lost on me. But Google Is My Friend, so I quickly discovered that you were talking about The Simpsons (season 8, episode 14, “The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show”)… in which a desperate attempt to boost poor ratings led to the addition of a carefully test-marketed, buzzword-spouting new character that wound up appealing to nobody.

    And understanding that, I couldn’t help but wonder… umm… isn’t that exactly what Michael Steele already is?….

  4. phredd says:

    You know who the GOP needs? Poochie. Poochie the proactive dog, that’s who.

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