WASHINGTON (CNN) - Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele dismissed recent extramarital affairs by two prominent members of his party as "old news, old school" at a GOP dinner in Indianapolis on Wednesday night.
Steele was referring to headline grabbing stories like admissions of infidelity by South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford and Nevada Sen. John Ensign, and suggested he has moved on.
"That's not the generation of candidates I'm trying to groom," Steele said, according to the Indianapolis Star.
Steele said the Republican Party should get back to its small-government roots and listed Republican governors like Haley Barbour of Mississippi, Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Mitch Daniels of Indiana of Indiana as "laboratories for the ideas we believe in."
Steele also told a local radio station in Indiana on Wednesday that he wasn't surprised by Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's sudden decision to resign her post and said she felt like she was "just a lightning rod for a lot of crazy noise right now." He said this shouldn't affect her potential political ambitions down the road, should she decide to run for president in 2012 - though he said "people overestimate her desire to be at the table."
"I think that's gonna be something for Sarah to decide, not for the pundits and political insiders who think they know more about Sarah Palin and her life than she does," Steele told WIBC.
"Old School?" I think not.
"Yesterdays news?" I think not.
GOP out of touch? "You betcha!"
Keep up the good work Steele. I'm just not sure how he has time to comment about this since they have come up with so many alternative ideas in the past year.
Let's review all the alternative ideas that Repubs have offered us with solid numbers behind them. Ok, ready? Go!
chirp chirp! chirp chirp!
I thought my title was clever! anyway, old news yes, will people remember this, yes..is this something the RNC is trying to cover and end so it does not hurt them hopeing people forget, YES!!!
DT said..... "The only way they can come back is if the Democrats mess up"
Given the democratic party's penchant for messing up, I'd say 2010 is looking good for the republicans.
why oh why do they keep letting this clown speak. he is a joke just like the rest of the repug party.----- Steele said the Republican Party should get back to its small-government roots and listed Republican governors like Haley Barbour of Mississippi, Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Mitch Daniels of Indiana of Indiana as "laboratories for the ideas we believe in." Yeah right. I don't think they know what they believe in. Like sarah (pitbull quitter palin) they have become the butt of all jokes. LOL!!!!
What an idiot..........
It is disappointing to hear from GOP boss that Cheating on your spouse is old news or old school. Steal you speak like one who never had family value. If you do not have value for your family tell me how you will have value for the nation- the bigger family. GOP does not see anything good in our able president Obama because they have noting good in themselves.
Mr. Steele just doesn't get it! How can this be OLD NEWS when even fellow Republicans are still calling for the man to resign???
But I thought the Republicans are the Moral Authority??? Did he just change their whole platform?
I wonder if they will lose the lunatic base?
It's an old school because it's not a Democrat that's involved. For someone that preaches family values it's not an old school. What other platform are you guys going to run on?
You can just hear the crickets when he speaks. To him the Republicans destruction of our country is " old news "
He wants to "groom" younger Republicans...like Bristol Palin...
I hope gov Palin will get into the RNC with her fresh, down-to-earth conservative ideas, too.
Mr. Steele is saying that only men of previous generation could be unfaithful to their spouses. Hmmm... How does he define "old"? What would be cut off age, in his opinion?
He seems to believe that men of Jindal's generation do not fool around!
Do they let Chairman Steele outside sometimes or is he simply total moron?!
What the Republicans need is someone that can think with his head and not his penis!
Steele says this as the beeds of sweat drip down his forehead. The RNC is full of hypocrites and no ideas.
Michael Steele cant even control his party...I thought he was the chairman of the RNC. Worst chairman ever.
What a mess the Republican Party has become.
When you say Laboratories....I think of RATS
"That's not the generation of candidates I'm trying to groom..."
What an unfortunate choice of words. Poor Michael Steele! Sometimes one just has to blush.
I do not assiciate with any particular party. I tend to be conservative on social issues which is why I have a huge problem with Mr. Steele's assessment of two prominant republican's extramarital affairs. It is completely hypocritical of any republican not to totally abandon and go after these men for their situations. It seems that it is ok for Republicans to engage in behavior like this when it is a Republican but we can not, must not forget the Republican uproar over the Clinton/Lewinski affair. Republicans in power are righteous when it benefits them politically but not when it may hurt their own party and it makes me sick.
Too bad Steele doesn't believe even a smidge of morals is important in politicians. These guys aren't just potential candidates, they are a SITTING governor and senator. Steele can even state that he's 'disappointed' in them. Yep, just depend on that old fart Barbour and 'dear in the headlights' Jindal. That'll bring back the old party. What a bunch of hypocrites!
The liberal Democrats only know how to ignore bad politicians, cheating politicians, corrupt politicians, and ones that lie if it's one of their own.
Please, please shut UP!
You are a TOKEN – period
An embarrasment in comparison to Obama, and a joke of a politician.
Just beat it.
Sanford, just resign ..period...
It won't be so "old news, old school" at election time.
When are you Republicans going to get the message.... You're dinosaurs. Your party is a thing of the past.