Michael Steele Finally Goes Too Far

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Browsing through the news today, I see that RNC chairman Michael Steele is now being attacked from pretty much all corners. No one — not a single person — is defending him anymore. Which is interesting, no? It turns out that a Republican party chairman can survive calling Rush Limbaugh “ugly”; can survive calling abortion an individual choice; can survive an admission that the GOP has followed a racist strategy for the past 40 years; can survive accepting money for political speeches; and can survive a scandal over RNC spending at a lesbian bondage club. Sure, Steele had to apologize each time, but he survived.

But speaking out against a war? That, it turns out, is finally something that every faction of the Republican Party can agree on. For that, they’re unanimously demanding Steele’s head on a platter. Pretty interesting party, isn’t it?

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