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. Sandy

    She and her gang of thugs should be impeached - and take Obama with them.

    March 23, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  2. Mike

    Right, but wasn't the doctor's needle a LIFE-SAVING VACCINE?!?!

    Terrible analogy for making your point, Mr. Steele.

    March 23, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  3. jeff

    At least she was a member of congress able to accomplish something!

    March 23, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  4. Linda, Phoenix, Arizona

    Steele and his party are so full of it! They will do anything – no matter how tacky or insulting or racial or sickening to make our President and leaders into hated figures when they are the ones who destroyed the economy, took us into illegal and immoral wars, believe in torture, war profiteering and treason. The Republicans are supported by special interests like the insurance companies, weapons manufacturers and oil companies so they try to make climate change a political question rather than a survival of the species concern. They claim to be Christians but hate poor people and care nothing for helping women and children Thank God for health care reform! Finally The Dems stood up for the people who elected them. Once people know the truth rather than listen to the fear mongers, they will appreciate it too

    March 23, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  5. Doug - Dallas

    Michael Steele is a disgrace to his office and the people of this country. It is obvious he panders to big money and is only interested in advancing the corporate agenda. The interests of this country, which should be number 1 on his list, don't even make his list.

    March 23, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  6. Joan H. Carlson

    I completely agree. i can not believe the people we elected to represent us have so completely ignored us. I am sure there will be big changes come November.

    March 23, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  7. Terry From West Texas

    A question for Conservatives. Just how smart can your leadership be when Michael Steele is prominent among them? Isn't it a little embarrassing for you? Guys like Limbaugh, McCain, Kyl, McConnellBoehner, Cantor, Palin, etc. cannot have a higher than average IQ. They cannot possibly even understand the legislation they are talking about.

    There are a few bright spots like Romney and Huckabee, but they are the glittering exceptions to the rule.

    True, some democrats are dumb, but some are Nobel Prize Winners. The president is a Harvard Law School Constitutional scholar. They do not hold up a copy of the Constitution and quote from the Declaration of Independence as if they don't understand that they are two different documents.

    March 23, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  8. MEDICARE FOR ALL

    Let it Go Republicans.

    Medicare-For-All is now the Law of the Land. We don't want to re-litigate the election of 2008.

    Now is the time to turn to jobs. If you spend your time trying to repeal MEDICARE-FOR-ALL, we the American People, won't like it. Move on.

    You can take over both parties of Congress ... President Obama still will veto your attempts to repeal the bill.

    March 23, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  9. CJ in California

    The Republican Party is becoming nothing more than a domestic terrorist group. From demonizing people of color and gay people to smashing windows of Democratic law makers, it's clear they are bankrupt of any ideas and will just resort to violence...

    March 23, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  10. Terry From West Texas

    I apologize for describing Sarah Palin as a "guy" in my previous post. Sarah Palin is not very smart. She is a pathological liar. She is, I think, mentally unstable. She is an attractive woman, clearly not a guy. I wish she would go back to sportscasting.

    March 23, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  11. Hendrik

    Why does the Republican Party have to resort to this type of behavior. Through your own actions you show how extreme you are. You sound like a bully who just cannot accept that things don't go your way. I think it is time that we realize these people for what they are.

    It is sad that you are where you are. It is even worse that you do not realize this. You are angry and do nobody any good. You may win in November but this will be temporary. Anger is not much appreciated.

    March 23, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  12. David Dee

    Perhaps Steele should be fired, on second thought Steele is the best thing to happen to the Repugnican party from the Dems point of view

    March 23, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  13. Whut

    The rhetoric is hilarious. "This government knows no bounds," he (Steele) said. Really? Where were you when Bush's Folly started 9 years ago?

    'Here's a lollipop!' and he hits you with the needle," Steele also said. "And that's what's going to happen here."

    You're an idiot, Steele. Sure, the needle hurt, but it was good for you. Short-term pain, long-term gain, you know?

    Yep. The GOP have trillions of dollars for illegal foreign wars of convenience, but no money for healthcare back home. I wonder how much lobby money went into the pockets of Republican pols.

    March 23, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  14. Jeff W.

    Wow, more and more the Repulicans come across as a bunch of 7th graders who resort to immature tactics when they aren't getting what they want. If the Republicans are unhappy with anything the current administration is up to they should re-direct their misplaced fury to 8 years of failed Bush/Cheney policies. These temper tantrums are just so unbecoming.

    March 23, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  15. RonNoSpam

    This is just typical hyperbole that could be expected from sore losers and poor sports the GOP has become since Bush cost them control of the Presidency and Congress. It's time for the GOP to heed the advice it offered when the Supreme Court handed Bush the presidency in 2000:

    You lost. Get over it.

    March 23, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  16. SLP

    Perfectly acceptable ad. I don't see a problem with it at all. Accurately depicts the most evil woman in this country today.

    March 23, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  17. DallasMarine

    If Pelosi is the architect of 1/6 of the economy, then the Republican party is the master of deceit, lies,hate, greed, and b.s.

    March 23, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  18. stevetall

    OK, so, news flash, everybody: Representatives are ELECTED, not hired. You can't fire Nancy Pelosi, you dumbbells.

    Sheesh! Read the Constitution when you get a chance!

    Republicans... What are we going to do with them? Oh, yeah. Let's improve the educational system, thereby limiting their numbers!

    March 23, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  19. Avram Baskin

    So... if that's Michael Steele's logic, I guess he would agree that Bush and the Republicans in congress, who spent eight years running the economy into the ground, should have been fired, too.

    March 23, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  20. Robert MacNuty

    "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."

    Thanks, Mr Steele, thanks for getting down and explain it to me in terms I can understand. Oh, and to follow your analogy, the needle actually was necessary so you wouldn't die from whooping cough, tetanus, pertussis or anything else.

    Nighty-night, Mr Steele.

    March 23, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  21. martin c

    Republicans dishonest, fear-mongering and inflammatory rhetoric is disturbing. I thought the trouncing they experienced during the last Presidential election was going to get them back on a path of reasonableness. Instead they have gone more extreme and are losing credibility by the day.

    March 23, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  22. Brian

    Steele obviously thinks Pelosi is hot!

    March 23, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  23. John

    Steele is a loose cannon. That guy is so ridiculous sometimes....

    but I have to agree.... Pelosi is out of touch with America..... that is true.

    she can go as far as I'm concerned.... she does whatever serves her best interests.... congress needs to stop spending money.... what in the world are they thinking....

    March 23, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  24. ThinkAgain

    Come Judgment Day, the only folks who are going to burn are Steele, Rove, the GOP, Fox, their lackeys and all those who actively engaged in lies and deceit regarding the health care reform bill and all the other political campaigns and issues, all for the sake of money.

    March 23, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  25. jacksays

    seriously, this is behaving like a responsible adult??? Don't get me wrong, I'm NO fan of Pelosi, but really – c'mon.

    This is the biggest problem with our government today: the members we send there act worse than our kids. Namecalling, spitting, it's like kindergarten again!

    March 23, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
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