March 23rd, 2010
06:22 PM ET
4 years ago

Steele defends 'Fire Pelosi' Web page

 Michael Steele is on the defense after a controversial depiction of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appeared on the RNC website.
Michael Steele is on the defense after a controversial depiction of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appeared on the RNC website.

(CNN) – Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele is defending his decision to picture House Speaker Nancy Pelosi surrounded by flames on his organization's Web site alongside the phrase: "Fire Pelosi."

"Actually, I tamed it down," Steele responded when asked Tuesday on CBS if the Web site's depiction was "a little bit extreme."

Steele countered: "The reality of it is I don't know why you're surprised. Nancy Pelosi is the architect of the demise of one-sixth of our economy. She should be fired for her failure to serve the interests of the American people."

The RNC also emphasizes that "40 Seats Means No More Madam Speaker," and aims to raise over $1 million in the first 40 hours since the health reform measure was passed. The RNC said it has raised close to $912,000. Republicans need a net win of 40 House seats in the November midterm elections to regain control of the chamber.

"This administration and this Congress thumbed their nose at the American people over the last year – countless town halls, Tea Party events, 30,000 people on the Mall the day that they're signing this bill saying 'Don't do this.' They did not listen. Their arrogance knows no bounds," Steele also said.

The chairman's comments come the same day President Obama will sign the sweeping health care reform legislation into law at the White House. The president will then hit the road to sell the measure to a still-skeptical public, giving a speech Thursday in Iowa City, Iowa, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said.

The bill, which constitutes the biggest expansion of federal health care guarantees in more than four decades, passed the House of Representatives late Sunday night with no Republican support. It was approved by the Senate in December.

In his comments Tuesday, Steele predicted public opinion will definitively turn against the bill when its details are further revealed.

"This government knows no bounds," he said. "And I think there's a lot in this bill yet to be revealed when the American people. And when it's further revealed, it will be less liked."

"When you were a kid and you had to get the needle and before you got the needle, the doctor put a nice juicy lollipop in front of you and said, 'Here's a lollipop!' and he hits you with the needle," Steele also said. "And that's what's going to happen here."


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soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. Paul from Phoenix

    What's wrong with this? These sights were everywhere when Bush was President?

    Dems love to dish it out, but when someone dishes on them, all you hear is "whaaa, whaaa, that is so disrespectful, whaa!"

    Please. Hollywood put out a movie called "Death of a President" where Bush got shot and the only complaint was that Cheney would become President.

    March 23, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  2. Sniffit

    It's basically a race to see who has their necessary epiphany first. Will it be Mushmouth, who needs to realize that the GOP is using him as a puppet to fall on his sword on their behalf? Or will it be the rest of the GOP, who need to realize the Mushmouth token gambit didn't work and that he's an offensively blithering idiot?

    I'd like to say their in th ehome stretch, but that's probably not accurate...both are running in circles instead of heading towards the finish line.

    March 23, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  3. Indy

    It is too bad Republicans could not put some energy into something good for the people, instead of spending 100% of their time acting like spolied teenagers that want to ruin the country. If they actually worked for their pay check and tried to help the country it would be a miracle. If they had real jobs they would all be fired for doing nothing but destruction and obstruction.

    March 23, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  4. andrewstl

    hey steele do you ever wonder why everybody thinks you are a joke!!

    u should be a beer vendoe for the nationals with all your crazy jive talk!

    March 23, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  5. j.

    he tamed it down? did the original image have devil horns or a hitler mustache?

    March 23, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  6. russell

    Sore loser's again ! Maybe if the GOP would concentrate on things more positive to the average American maybe they wouldn't keep losing to Obama . That mantra that sticking to of " NO " isn't working out so well , again the GOP has lost , didn't someone tell them that evil never wins because that's exactly what they are EVIL ! Anytime you want to deny your own citizens a path to healthcare and any other policy that affects Americans that makes you purely EVIL , they are no better that Hitler's SS....

    March 23, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  7. jo

    Whatever, Token. You can't fire her, you can only unelect her. I am not shocked you don't know this since your friends in Texas are writing our textbooks

    March 23, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  8. ran

    The fear/hate/obstructionist/purity Republicans are the ones who are going to get fired in 2010/2012.

    March 23, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  9. patriot

    You go Steele!

    You were impotent and ineffecttual as Lt. Governor. You did not offer jack in substantive policy nor did anything of longeivity for the State of Maryland and now you offer an equally insipid web site.

    Keep up the awesome job!

    A true legend in your own mind.

    March 23, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  10. Richard Wee

    I am amazed that the Republican party resorting to this kind of ads. Perhaps they have hired a PR person from Malaysia?

    March 23, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  11. Duh

    That doctor analogy is a bad one because when you get a shot from a doctor it's good for you. Michael Steele is basically saying "this might hurt a bit, but it's good for you in the long run"

    March 23, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    " Steele predicted public opinion will definitively turn against the bill when its details are further revealed"

    -------------------------------–

    He meant to say "When we get through demonizing the details of the bill".

    I'm agog at the non-existent level of comprehension on the part of SOME Americans, and their willingness to believe ABSOLUTELY anything that will "substantiate" their deeply, and irrationally held fear and bigotry.

    I'll take coffee over tea any day.

    March 23, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  13. Richard Burns

    It is so sad to see my party turn in to such a hate group.

    March 23, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  14. John Berkowitz

    The American public loves a winner and HATES a sore loser. The Dems won and the GOP lost. Enough said

    March 23, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  15. BWall

    Chairman Steele does know that kids go to the doctor for the often life-saving medication administered BY the needle, not the lollipop, right? I'm a bit confused at what he thinks he's accomplishing by his metaphor.

    March 23, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  16. TBA

    correction to my comment earlier. The quote of the GOP suppose to be "Have insurace and live on the street or live in a home and have no insurance and DIE."

    March 23, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  17. manistee

    If I ever wanted to degrade a person or an organization I would hire Republicans to do it. They have shown to be the experts over the years.

    March 23, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  18. andrew

    umm. did we fire bush and cheney when they destroyed the surplus or our country's standing in the international community, or lying about the war, etc?

    March 23, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  19. chefdugan

    It's a done deal, nothing is going to remove it so we all have to live with it. Can it be repealed? Ever try giving something to the American public and then taking it back? Good luck!

    March 23, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  20. Ron in California

    Let's hope the folks in her district finally realize thta she is an unethical person and vote her out. (despite it is San Francisco)

    March 23, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  21. Tom

    The Republicans really are due for a diaper change – there is something very aromatic whenever you get near one.

    March 23, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  22. Liban

    Michael Steele is Big Looser!!

    March 23, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  23. Johnny Chrome

    I guess all the people at the town halls and other events saying "Do this, please, for the love of god do this" don't exist in your mind, eh, Mr Steele?

    March 23, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  24. Nathaniel C.

    Where were the questions when liberal sites like MoveOn.org posted similarly inflammatory depictions of President Bush and Vice-President Cheney?

    March 23, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  25. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Thank you Madame Speaker of the House for standing firm and steadfast in this long-awaited resolution to the healthcare struggle. Thank you for having the COJONES to do what is right for the American people if they don't know it themselves. In time you will be proved right, just like with Medicare and Social Security, and yes, Civil Rights.

    March 23, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
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