So, remember all that noise I was talking about Mike Steele becoming the new face of the GOP? Well, scratch that. Scratch it all to hades. While I was convinced that Steele’ s appointment as chair of the RNC was strictly a political and strategic response to Obama’s historic presidency, I argued the move would be at least partially successful. Steele is a black conservative, yes. But he certainly is no Alan Keyes. He could, as I believed, still do wonders in bridging the gap between politics and people of color.
Now I’m absolutely convinced to the contrary.
Brace yourselves for this startling confession, Unmitigates. Here it comes: I was w…w…wr…wr…uh, “not completely right”….about Steele. I’m sorry y’all, but saying that other word is just too hard for me to do. You get the point.
For reasons I shall present in this post, I am officially off the Michael Steele bandwagon until further notice. Here are those reasons:
Exhibit A: Steele’s attempts at Hip Hop-pery
With a few exceptions, I despise hip hop. For the most part, I despise the GOP. Any attempts to combine the two are catacylsmic. Thus, the person attempting to create said synergy should be punished with a life-long imprisonment. When MC Rove took the stage and uh….rocked…the…mic(?) with his rap, I was praying the police would take him into custody immediately thereafter. But unfortunately they didn’t. If they won’t bring him to bear for defiantly snubbing Congressional subpeonas, it’s not likely he’ll ever get arrested for bad rapping. But I digress.
My Rove tangent aside, mixing Hip Hop and Republicanism is – for lack of better terms – bizarre and unfortunate. Steele needed to have his head examined for entertaining such a possibility. Clearly, he should disenroll from his classes at Hollywood’s Black Acting School (warning: strong language). They are not serving him very well.
Exhibit B: MC Bi-ach(mann)
Speaking of the bizarre cocktail of hip hop and conservatism, Michelle Bachmann (R-MN), one of the looniest politicians I’ve ever seen, showed us what happens when trying to be a conservative hipster goes terribly wrong. After Steele made remarks at a recent Conservative Political Action Conference, MC Bi-ach quipped “Michael Steele, you be da man!” Egh.
Exhibit 3: Mike’s “Rush” to the Bottom
Last week, MC Steele-A-Lot was on DL Hughley’s Breakin the News. My ongoing issues with DL and CNN aside, I have to admit it was enjoyable at the time to see DL and Steele engaging in an open, bold, and…uh…”jiggy” (?) discussion about the direction of the GOP and role Rush Limbaugh did (or, as Steele initially put it, did NOT) play in the party. Said Mr. Steele:
Ugly. Incendiary. Them’s sound like some fightin’ words to me.
“Why are you running the Republican Party?” Limbaugh asked on his radio show. “Why do you claim you lead the Republican Party when you seem obsessed with seeing to it that President Obama succeeds? … I would be embarrassed to say that I’m in charge of the Republican Party in the sad-sack state that it’s in. If I were chairman of the Republican Party, given the state that it’s in, I would quit.”
Two days after calling Rush Limbaugh a mere “entertainer” with an “incendiary” talk show, Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele apologized and acknowledged the radio commentator as a “national conservative leader.”
“To the extent that my remarks helped the Democrats in Washington to take the focus, even for one minute, off of their irresponsible expansion of government, I truly apologize,” Steele said late Monday.
There you have it folks. The so-called appointed face of the GOP being reduced to a scared, whimpering, butt-kisser. Not a good way to launch your career in Hip Hop, Mike.