As we reported recently, the head of the GOP, Michael Steele, did an extraordinary thing: he admitted that the party’s strongest presidential prospect for 2012, Mitt Romney, has been exposed as a flipflopper.
Yet again, he has been forced to apologize – too little, too late:
"Chairman Steele believes Mitt Romney is a respected and influential voice in the Republican Party and looks to his leadership and ideas to help move our party and our nation in the right direction."
The gift that keeps on giving, keeps on giving.
Steele also criticized Jeb Bush...
"This listening tour that these individuals have put in place is their way, as they said, to look forward, bring about a grassroots caucus and to bring moderates and like-minded Democrats to a series of public forums around the country where we can have a debate of ideas. Now, on its face I see nothing wrong with that. But if you are going to go and start this and start slamming Ronald Reagan, I have a problem. And it is going to be an issue. Because you can't blame the past particularly when that past contributed to the success of the party."
...and expressed the belief that (don't laugh!) Democrats are afraid of "Michael Steele" out in the "streets":
"Look, the fact that Sarah is a conservative. Michael Steele is a conservative, Bill Bennett is a conservative, a Jack Kemp was a conservative. We were a target, we were a ready target for these guys... but the strength of conservatism is that it is real and in its realism it has a way to go out to talk to people and connect to people. That's the biggest threat that we offer. And that's the threat I want to take to the streets everyday. I want them looking over their shoulders and wondering whether or not Michael Steele is standing there."
In his own mind he's a bad mutha like Shaft. All the man needs is tights and a cape.
Incidentally -- Steele was only elected to a two-year term. What are the odds he's reelected in 2011?