Michael Steele has his hands tied. Hey! He can work at the bondage club now!

From Top of the Ticket at the Los Angeles Times:

Since Michael Steele was elected chairman of the Republican National Committee in January 2009, the once Grand Old Party has suffered a series of gaffes, scandals and other signals of a party in distress. Then the “tea party” activists came to town, further endangering the brand.


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(In the back, l to r: Ed Where’s My Chin? Gillespie, Tony Holier-Than-Thou Perkins, and Princess Sarah Palin)

The party’s problems run on several tracks. For one thing, Steele seems to suffer from foot-in-mouth disease. He predicted on Fox News during primary season that Republicans would not win back the House in November, violating the classic political rule of always talking up expectations. Chagrined by his behavior, big-league contributors have taken their money elsewhere, bypassing the RNC coffers to bolster those of the Republican House and Senate campaign committees.

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For another, with reports of Steele’s affection for lavish spending — and the RNC’s debacle over expensing a donor’s visit to a topless bondage nightclub — defections are growing. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, that magnet for Republican dollars, has twice asked the RNC to remove her name from an invitation to its fundraiser in New Orleans in mid-April. And Tony Perkins, who as head of the Family Research Council helped make Christianity a wedge issue in American politics, told supporters to stop donating to the RNC and give their money instead to individual candidates whose values they share.

Now, in a development alarming for the RNC as an institution, a group of Republicans is starting an outside political group to go head-to-head with the RNC for wealthy donors and prominence. American Crossroads hopes to raise $52 million to help Republican candidates this fall. Steven Law is leaving his top post at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to run the group, and lots of top-name Republicans, such as former RNC chairman Ed Gillespie, are on board.

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[F]or the RNC, the timing of this widespread defection from its base could not be worse. Tea party activists are promoting a different kind of model — up from the grass roots, and emotional. And the Supreme Court has cleared the way for corporations to play a much larger role in this year’s elections, a decision that already limits party influence.

Even Karl Rove sounds worried. In the Wall Street Journal on Thursday morning, George W. Bush‘s political guru offers the tea party activists some tips on how to keep from becoming a fringe group (which seemed to come down to: stop hanging out with birthers and 9/11 conspiratorialists, and adopt a positive agenda).

The Angry Right is unlikely to take his suggestions — movements of the heart rarely like hearing from establishment elders about how they should conduct themselves — but Rove’s gratuitous advice does show concern by party regulars about how uncontrollable — and how destabilizing to the Republican Party’s future — the tea party activists are.

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16 responses to “Michael Steele has his hands tied. Hey! He can work at the bondage club now!

  1. GreenApples

    Nonnie, you are too much! I would love to see him working at the bondage club! But, on second thought, he has been an asset to Dems.

    • hey apples! welcome back, it’s been a while.

      wouldn’t that be hilarious if the only job phathead could get was as the valet at the bondage club? they owe him that much for all the free publicity. 😆

  2. At this rate, Carrot Top will be taken more seriously by November.

  3. BTW, here’s a link to more expense account shenanigans at the RNC.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/04/02/rncs-filings-reveal-creat_n_523327.html

    Woo-hoo! Party at the donors’ expense!

  4. Joanaroo

    Hey, I’d love to see the entire GOP implode, fester and draw its last hypocritical breath. The SCOTUS judges who approved the upcoming purchase of the GOP by corporate America must’ve seen more infighting coming between the blighters on the right and figured somebody needs to take over the all-money, no-conscience party.

  5. I take umbrage with this statement:

    “Rove’s gratuitous advice does show concern by party regulars”

    There’s nothing regular about Karl Rove!
    He’s quite IRREGULAR!

    It is interesting to see this greedy party, spiral out of control & observe the infighting.

    Party on RNC ~ Party on!

  6. You da man! You da Man! Looks like the effort to make the gopers more a go-go has finally paid off. The next big fundraiser should feature Steele in bottomless leather chaps picking up bundles of hundred dollar bills with his butt cheeks. Hell, I’d pay a dollar to see that!

    • i hope da man makes the gopers a-gone-gone. i think phathead might have to train his buttcheeks to pick up coins, because i don’t think there will be too many people throwing cash his way.

  7. you know the faithful have already forgiven the Repubs for their indiscretions —- after 3o flogs from Madame Michele in her chaps

    ANYONE who give 5 cents to the RNC deserves what they get

    • they haven’t forgiven phathead steele, and the rnc will suffer for it. they may give to individual candidates, but that might bite them in the ass eventually, because their overall strategery (if they have one) is screwed up now.

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