May 15th, 2009
05:08 PM ET
5 years ago

Steele: Dr. Phil on Supreme Court

RNC Chairman Michael Steele joked Friday that President Obama is ‘looking to put Doctor Phil on the court.
RNC Chairman Michael Steele joked Friday that President Obama is ‘looking to put Doctor Phil on the court.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Picking on President Obama's statement that he's searching for a Supreme Court justice with "empathy" for ordinary Americans' problems. Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele joked Friday that the president is "looking to put Doctor Phil on the Court."

Addressing the National Rifle Association, Steele warned that "liberal Democrats could control every lever of every branch of government" if Obama picks a "young, activist, left-wing justice."

"Supreme Court justices hold lifetime appointments," Steele said according to his prepared remarks. "That is why it is imperative that President Obama take his time and search for a nominee with the wisdom and grounding to interpret the laws of our great nation – not one who will have a knee jerk desire to 'empathize' with the concerns of Americans. Sounds like instead of another Judge Roberts, the President is looking to put Doctor Phil on the Court."

Steele also criticized Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano for a recent report warning of "right-wing extremism," calling it "silly" and "sad." He said it is "ironic" that some Democrats are trying to restrict gun ownership while considering bringing detainees from Guantanamo Bay to prisons in the United States.

"It is ironic, to say the least, that at the same time Democrats in Congress are threatening to deny Americans their second amendment right to own a firearm and defend their families and homes, they are considering bringing terrorists like 9-11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed and other Al Qaeda detainees to our communities once the President follows through on his campaign promise to close Guantanamo Bay," Steele said.


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soundoff (141 Responses)
  1. Daniel, Atlanta, GA, ex-republican

    Hey Republicans, you guys lost the election. We had to put up with Bush's Supreme Court appointments, so a progressive on the bench is well deserved for the rest of the country!

    May 15, 2009 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  2. Zealots Go Home

    Uncle Tom addresses the Paranoid Conspiracy Theorists Club. Almost as delusional and dangerous as Dick Cheney.

    May 15, 2009 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  3. Polly

    Go Michael Steele! How ironic it is...it's ok to have compassion on others, but when it comes to the law, obey the fine print. Our President should put the country's best interest at heart, not any terrorist's.

    May 15, 2009 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  4. Paul in Alexandria, VA

    Steele is a joke. The RNC is a joke. The Republican Party is a joke.

    The Supreme Court should be an activist court. It should care about relating law to the reality of the world we live in. True justice requires that.

    No Justice on the Court can determine their decision based upon our founders' views because there is broad room for interpretation in understanding the Constitution, which was created two centuries ago by a multitude of people.

    We need a Court that gets the modern world and can interpret the law in context. The Republicans may want a Court that will rule in favor of corporate America and discrimination against minorities and women but the great news is that they LOST!

    May 15, 2009 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  5. Polly

    Reality counts- Obama may have (supposably) won, but what's your point? It doesn't mean everyone agrees with him and his decisions. Sure he had the minority vote, understandably, but that didn't make him better qualified for the job. We are allowed to disagree.

    May 15, 2009 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  6. tommy perkins

    for all who say dems are children. and dont know what there talking about. NA NA NA NA NA. We are going to win in 2012. HEHE

    May 15, 2009 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  7. Polly

    Well, it's great to be on Steele's side after reading the comments on this blog! I'm glad to be a minority here! :)

    May 15, 2009 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  8. Buddy Gilmour

    Steele is really not all that bad, especially when you compare him to Rush, Rove, Cheney, et al. So lets give him a break, he's got to earn a living like everyone else, and his job is no picnic. Well, maybe it is :)

    May 15, 2009 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  9. linell, former Republican, Winter Park, FL,

    "It is better to let people think you are an idiot than to open your mouth and remove all doubt."

    May 15, 2009 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  10. Tina,NC

    Apparently Steele hasn't watched Dr. Phil much. Dr. Phil doesn't strike me a very empathetic.

    May 15, 2009 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  11. George

    Relax Steele, no one wants "BUBBA'S" guns. Don't prey on the ignorant for your political gains.

    May 15, 2009 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    Reality Counts
    If indeed reality counts, why would you say landslide?

    May 15, 2009 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  13. CO

    Mr. Steele himself needs some empathy for people. He's obviously callous and hardly endearing himself to the average American.

    May 15, 2009 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  14. Mark in Atlanta

    Wow. This guy is an idiot. Way to go, GOP!

    May 15, 2009 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  15. Enoch

    This guy is completely clueless. Very very sad!

    May 15, 2009 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
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