May 15th, 2009
05:08 PM ET
9 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)

    Steel you need to do your sums. the 5 that appointed bush as president are still on the court. Obama is not replacing any of them. so shut the h'll up with your fear tactics.

    May 15, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  2. m smith

    If the repos can't scare you with liberalism then they go to gun control. Mr steele is not smart enough to make a joke about anything . He is a joke.

    May 15, 2009 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  3. I used to like CNN but not anymore!

    OK Mr Steele we get it! Your foot fits perfectly in your mouth you don't have to keep proving it!!!!!!!!

    May 15, 2009 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  4. Steve


    Rachel Maddow is right: Steele is the gift that keeps on giving.

    May 15, 2009 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  5. Frank, Las Vegas

    Each time he opens his mouth, he proves once again that he's an IDIOT.

    May 15, 2009 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  6. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Steele doesn't know the Republicans are so sorry they ever picked him, but he'll soon find out. What an idiot.

    May 15, 2009 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  7. No Incumbents 2010

    steven harnack May 15th, 2009 6:27 pm ET

    a bomb by a right-wing wingnut killsyou just as dead as a bomb delivered by a jihadist, and they DO have priors.

    Bill Ayers is no right-wing nut job!

    May 15, 2009 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  8. Smart People

    WOW this guy is annoying. I'll have to take solace in watching Stewart rip this idiot apart and compare him to that muppet....HAHAHAHA!!!

    May 15, 2009 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  9. John

    Steele addressing the National Rifle Association?

    I wonder if Steele really understands what those gun-toting, torture-loving extremist wingnuts would do to his type if they had their way?

    May 15, 2009 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  10. Dee, NJ

    Mr. Steele, tonight you talking with the NRA, you are NOT Bill Cosbey!

    May 15, 2009 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  11. jim - chicago, illinois

    With statements like that, Michael Steele has to wonder why he isn't taken more seriously?

    May 15, 2009 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  12. tee

    Who would you pick? Joe the plummer. I contunue to laugh at you guys and your cult followers.

    May 15, 2009 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  13. JT, Seattle

    Hey Steele,

    Texas GOP has talked about the state seceding from the US, if *that* isn't right wing extremism, I don't know what is!

    By the way, Steele, we are still waiting for you to bring that "hip-hop" approach to the party you talked so dearly of. Why not threaten Obama that if he selects someone you don't like for the Supreme Court, you will pop a cap in his ass.

    God, could you be any more ridiculous?

    May 15, 2009 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  14. Michael

    It is so sad that idiots like this care so little for the truth. All they think of is opposing anything the Democrats do or say so to stop the wheels of government from moving. Like their leader Rush Limbaugh said, "they hope the Democrats fail". Why ? So they get back to power and fatten their larder even more. Pathetic excuses for human beings.

    May 15, 2009 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  15. JR

    Jesus, the republicans get more desperate and unbalanced every day. No wonder they have Limpbaugh as their leader, they've turned into a circus of idiot freaks.

    May 15, 2009 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  16. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Why does this moron think that taking endless potshots at everybody wins him any points? Who would Steele nominate? Congoleeza Rice?

    May 15, 2009 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  17. Agnes

    Why oh why were the Democrats so passive when it came to Alito and Roberts?

    May 15, 2009 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  18. JOE

    Now here is a guy you can TRUST!!!!! Newt Gingrich told me him self.And Rush backed him up...Another TRUE REPUKE...

    May 15, 2009 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  19. Neil

    Tom's not paying attention. Obama's not trying to put Dr. Phil on the Court. He's trying to put Oprah on the Court.

    May 15, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  20. HJA

    ""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"

    Uhh, who is saying take the guns? I haven't heard any of that. There is no way they could. If they bring Khalid Sheik Mohammed to "our community" I think it's a sure bet he will be in a max security prison for life. Same old tactics. Bring on the fear. Let's get the hard core right wingers all riled up. Meet the new GOP, same as the old GOP.

    May 15, 2009 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  21. Michael

    What is wrong with you people?!?!? First I've never heard such a collection of racist comments....things that would never be appropriate to say about anyone but a black conservative. Listen to yourselves!

    Mr. Steele does have a point. The Supreme Court is meant to interpret the constitution not make their own rules. That is their only purpose. Their is plenty of empathy in that document....but there is also the rule of law and the foundations of our country which can't be deviated from.

    Sometimes not giving people everything they want is the greater good for the survival of our country and freedoms, especially if there is no precedent for it in the very foundation that made this country what it is.

    May 15, 2009 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  22. Nate HUSSEIN

    @John 6:26 pm ET,
    That guy is almost as bad as hannity, anyone know his name?

    May 15, 2009 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  23. Cfoster

    Who cares who he picks?

    May 15, 2009 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  24. Texas Teacher

    Sniffit May 15th, 2009 6:13 pm ET
    Michael Steele: redefining troglodyte for an entire nation.

    Stop using big words, Sniffit. We Libs don't know what they mean!

    May 15, 2009 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  25. tedious898

    Mississippi sir are pathetic – plain and simple.

    Guess what padnah? They miss you over at Faux News site

    May 15, 2009 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
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