Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Magic Mike, They Don't Hate You "Cause You Black".

Give to to Magic Mike Steele, the man is a natural entertainer. Heck, look at all the fodder he has generously provided to this blog since his ascent to RNC Chairman. Not a week goes by without some sorta flub, the list of which is far too long to catalogue here. And with each gaffe, the old guard of the RNC comes out to briefly feign disgust and suggest that Steele kick rocks, only to have Steele tell them to go shove it, and things die down, until of course, the next "foot in mouth" moment.

So, despite what you might be hearing this week, know that Mike Steele, as long as he's got Steve Harvey Collection zoot suits to purchase, ain't goin' nowhere.
Republican leader Michael Steele, whose leadership has been questioned by some in the GOP, said this morning his job is a little bit tougher because of his race.

A viewer of ABC's "Good Morning America" asked Steele whether he thinks he has a smaller margin for error because he is African American.

"The honest answer is, 'yes,'" Steele said. "It just is. Barack Obama has a slimmer margin. A lot of folks do. It's a different role for me to play and others to play, and that's just the reality of it. But you take that as a part of the nature of it."
The funniest thing about Steele "playing the race card" the other day is that he was halfway right. "A lot of folks" do indeed have a more difficult job when they're either the first, or only person of color to assume a given role. That's not a racist statement, nor a particularly controversial one. I'm sure most readers of this site could provide a million such stories from their own personal experiences.

Of course, the irony here is that such a statement really doesn't apply to Steele, a Negro who's gotten more second and fifth chances than PacMan Jones. If nothing else, Steele's been greatly aided by that fact that he's black. I mean, come on, can you name the prior RNC Chair without consulting The Google? Prolly not.

Reality is, the RNC overreacted to the Obama ascension and decided they needed to create their own Obama, without apparently reviewing the tape of Steele's checkered resume. And for whatever odd reason, the party seems to be sticking with him in spite of his gaffes because he's black, and fear that firing him early would send a message to black voters that the party is less than inclusive.

Note To The GOP: Uhhhh, Steele or no Steele, Black folks have pretty much already made up our minds about you.

Hang in there, Magic Mike, this too shall pass.

Question: Should Michael Steele step down, or ride it out? Is this proof of that happens when Keepin' It Token Goes Wrong?!? Would disposing of Steele early give black voters them impression that the GOP doesn't like Negroes, or did that ship sail many moons ago?

Michael Steele: Black Politicians Have Less Room for Error [CBS]

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