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Friday, March 13, 2009

Yup, Steele crazy

It's kind of too bad that Michael Steele is incapable of giving an interview without making an asshole out of himself, because it means he'll be canned sooner rather than later, minimizing the long-term damage he does to the Republican Party. (According to a March 4 article in the Washington Post, he still hadn't hired a chief of staff or communications director.) Instead of unleashing a torrent of crazy, I would have preferred a slow drip of clueless.

Oh well, it's been a good ride. His latest embarrassment, an interview he gave to GQ, is priceless (even setting aside his abortion gaffe). When asked what music he listens to, he replies: "I actually listen to a cross section, because I like to hear what the medium is saying, what the voice is."

What a bullshit artist. I'm reminded of when Katie Couric asked Sarah Palin what magazines she read and Palin replied, "All of them." He likes to hear "what the voice is"? Interesting.

When pressed, he names some specifics: Diddy, Grandmaster Flash, Snoop Dogg, Chuck D, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. Beyond the fact that he referred to the Rat Pack as the "Pack Rats," it's funny that the only people he mentions are hip hop artists and vintage crooners. That's some cross section. Nothing in between there? In that vast space between those two genres?

Snoop Dogg "just reminded me of the fellas back home," Steele said. "So I’ve always thoroughly enjoyed him."

I wonder what he's enjoyed most about Snoop, his persona as a weed-smoking misogynist or the fact that he's a sell-out?

Then there's this quote about Dean Martin: "He was one of these guys who just didn’t give an F. He just didn’t. Life was a party, and you either want to party or you don’t."

You know, I'd actually like to live in a world where the head of the Republican National Committee says stuff like this, but given the controversy that's surrounding him, he probably should have put a sock in it.

Mike Madden of Salon argues that Steele isn't going anywhere, but I don't buy it. I think the over-under for him to walk the plank is mid-April.

.: posted by hornswaggler 8:31 AM

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