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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  1. NYC REPUB

    Down w/ the GOP, down,down,down........I hope Obama picks a real lefty......What do you call Scalia, Thomas, & Roberts???? They are right wing extremist!!!!! Boy oh boy, I am so glad, I voted for Obama....I want nothing to do w/ the GOP any longer....yes you can call me a RINO......
    All the GOP wants is power back....that's all, they don't want to help anyone.....they just want the power.......

    May 15, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  2. Republicans are the American Taliban

    Hate .... Fear ...Ignorance....more of the same.

    May 15, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  3. Jamie

    I feel sorry for Michael Steele. I imagine the republicans put him where he is today as their answer to Barak Obama. If that was their intention, it's failed miserably just like everything else theyve done. I can't imagine that this total embarrassment of a man will still have his job 6 months from now.

    May 15, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  4. Kayla

    Another typical stupid Republican pouting off....will it ever end? I hope not , it keeps the GOP in the gutter where they belong!

    May 15, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  5. Mari( maybe one of my comments will be posted)

    Michael Steele IS a gift to the Democrats! Thanks GOP!

    May 15, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  6. MARVA

    Steele is still dancing to the tune of Rush and Karl. Poor soul.

    May 15, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  7. arithmetic is liberal

    Derek May 15th, 2009 5:26 pm ET

    Awesome! Steele, I love every time you open your mouth. Keep it up! Pretty soon the GOP will account for less than 25% of Americans.

    Allow me to bring you the glad tidings that their numbers currently stand at a whopping 21%

    Happy Friday!

    May 15, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  8. shane

    I am in shock that this guy Steele just don't know when to shut it. I am a black republican and I'm ashame of my party.

    May 15, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  9. Rory

    What a mess the Republican party has become.

    May 15, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  10. Jerry

    Empathy, n. understanding of another's situation. What's wrong with that, Mr. Steele? Hardly the stuff of radicals. Seems more like a common virtue that sorely lacking in the Republican party.

    May 15, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  11. js -----santee

    Considering that Dr. Phil is a conservative republican I would think that Mr. Steele would welcome another entertainer to the Republican Party.

    May 15, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  12. kimberly

    WHY WHY WHY do these loons on the right think that they can call the shots or even threaten sometimes?? They are THE LOSERS! NO ONE CARES! Obama will pick who he wants, and he WONT ask this clown michael steele for advice. He and palin are the jokes of the political scene, yet they seem to have this complete fantasy land idea that they are relevant OUTSIDE the republican party. AND NO YOU LOONS no one is scared of palin, she is a JOKE and we are PRAYING that she is the nominee!

    May 15, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  13. NVa Native

    Steele get a grip!
    These Repubs are so afraid of everything you've got to wonder how the can leave their house without having an anxiety break down?
    Afraid that some mysterious bogey man is going to take one of your guns, being fearful that some religious radical at Gitmo may set foot on US soil, terrified that gay people might get married – these things are not are not that scary to normal healthy people?!
    Maybe you should have joined the military to deal with some of your many fears? Or go find yourself a Dr. Phil.

    May 15, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  14. Lisa in Shelton

    Oh yes Mr. Steele – you must be right onto Obama's plan to nominate Dr. Phil – ROFLMAO – one word of advice if you're still considering your own run for the white house at some point – - DON'T – Americans could die laughing.

    May 15, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  15. arithmetic is liberal

    Frustrated in Dallas May 15th, 2009 5:27 pm ET

    When have the Democrats threatened to take away people's Second Amendment rights? When has President Obama done this?

    He hasn't talked about taking away a single gun. And he'll have to pry my winchester 30 rifle from my cold dead hands. But macho talk aside...

    The thing you're hearing about is from a whisper campaign email that blew up on World Net Daily that talked about Obama taking your guns, and then listed below a series of STATE laws that are aimed at serializing ammunition.

    Anyone who knows the first thing about a fired round knows that the technology for that doesn't exist yet. This was just a scaremail from Smith and Wesson and Winchester because those government regulations could hurt their bottom line. So they attack the peace of mind of gun enthusiasts.

    Also, we learned a long time ago that gun control, that great third rail of politics, doesn't equal increased safety.

    The letter targetted the most easily-riled group in America: gun owners.

    May 15, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  16. Mississippi Mike

    All of Steele's points are valid and worth consideration. Obama's not perfect and so far he hasn't done a good job of appointing competent, tax-paying people to high-ranking positions.

    May 15, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  17. No Incumbents 2010

    If you do not like Michael Steele, you must be a racist.

    May 15, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  18. js -----santee

    Considering that Dr. Phil is a conservative republican I would think that Mr. Steele would welcome another entertainer to the Republican Party.

    May 15, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  19. Tulsa

    @Bitter Republican, party of no I mean one, your table is ready! May 15th, 2009 5:28 pm ET
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    I'm with you man. I live on a farm, hold a good job in town, pay my taxes, have to have a shotgun and a rifle for varmints.
    Dad was a 30 year Army inlisted man, oldest bro West Point grad.
    Dad shot competition 45 auto for the Army pistol team at Redstone and Riley.
    And I AM NOT AFRAID OF DEMOCRATS OR TERRORRISTS. I am however, a little concerned about some of the nutjobs on the right. Does the OKC bombing ring a bell? McVeigh was as right wing as they come.

    May 15, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  20. Eric

    This guy is a complete joke. And that's the nicest thing I could find about him.

    May 15, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  21. taylor68

    So its news when a Republican addresses the NRA and gets a big cheer by taking a cheep shot? One sided reporting.

    May 15, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    Poor poor Mushmouth Michael can't do anything right. Here's some advice Mushy: If you'd like to criticize Obama's choice of nominee, it would behoove you to wait until he makes one and then to carefully look at the person's ENTIRE record as a jurist. Latching onto one small part of what Obama said he considers important as though it's the only thing he has considered is disingenuous and purposefully misleading and makes you look like a complete fool. I know your GOPer sheep will happily gobble it all up, but it's not going to convince anyone who is not already-convinced. It's your numbers, stupid...they're dwindling.

    May 15, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  23. J.P.

    Come on folks... that's some funny stuff. Dr. Phil on SCOTUS!

    Maybe Bill Clinton would be a good SCOTUS nom... he could feel our pain from the bench, while he's busy feeling Ginsburg's pain under the desk.

    May 15, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  24. The Unshrub

    Steele, Cheney, and Gingrich every time one of you opens up their mouth they sound dumber and dumber. It appears that those who are still supporting them are having a hard time at making sense in their comments. It just shows that anyone with an once of intelligence has left the republican party.

    May 15, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  25. Mit Jones

    No Incumbents 2010:

    Please let the grown-ups talk.

    May 15, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
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