March 23rd, 2010
06:22 PM ET
5 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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  1. Republican Suicide

    The real colors of the republican party are sufacing as we see their hate/fear campains in more lavish forms. Good work dudes! We have a lot to thank the Bush administration for – that era oppened the door for Barak Obama's victory. Sara Palin is a star that will also be helpful in scaring off sensable voters from the GOP. And now the name calling, spitting and balcony performances are making what ever Democrates do look like actual grown up stuff!! Compare a Bush speach with an Obama speach. I mean really – who would you want running the country?

    March 23, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  2. FloridaRes

    This is typical of the GOP today – not the GOP I used to be a member of! They have pushed themselves to the fringes of reasonable behavior and whipped up their supporters to the extent that black Congressmen are called the N word and one was spit on, that Democratic neighborhood offices around the country are attacked and have windows broken with disgusting messages sent, that faxes are sent to Dems that are so awful that I believe they need to have FBI investigations. This is the party of NO! Rush Limbaugh, the defacto spokesperson for the GOP, talks about getting the Democratic "bastards" out! And now Steele shows Pelosi in flames – there is a message here to the rank and file of the GOP – keep committing acts of violence. This is reprehensible and irresponsible and should not be part of the political discourse of this country.

    March 23, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  3. POEMAN

    Memo to Republicans....YOU LOST THE ELECTIONS, THE HOUSE, THE SENATE, and THE WHITE HOUSE. Quit with the childish name-calling and get to work.

    March 23, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  4. David

    Does the GOP have any ideas at all? I hear a lot of complaining and pity parties, but I see no action. The GOP is the FEAR and NO party, that is there platform. Screw the American people, we have big business to support, so we can have money lining our pockets. Change is never fun or easy, everyone should know that, including the GOP.

    March 23, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  5. Jim in Idaho

    This is really an interesting Alice In Wonderland scenario.....under democratic processes the Republicans lose in 2008 becoming the true minority party. Then they claim that the "majority" of Americans really wanted to do things the Republican way even though that same majority voted them out–crushed them decisively in fact by 365-173 in electoral votes. Then they claim that since the majority party isn't doing things that please the minority party that therefore "ALL" Americans are in opposition, pretending that the election apparently never really happened. They then cite examples of solely conservative townhalls and tea party rallies as "proof" that their party line is correct, the "majority" of America is with them, and that their way is correct.

    Are Americans truly so stupid as to buy into this perverted logic? If so, Josef Goebbels lives, breathes, and must be jumping for joy for the proof of his Big Lie theory exists within the RNC this very day.

    March 23, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  6. Bill

    I completely agree. I'm tired of trying to be open-minded, when it's obvious that people like Pelosi are so full of hatred for Republicans she can't see straight.

    Just wait until the details of this bill are revealed, especially the behind the scenes deal making. THAT alone is going to enrage most Americans.

    So this is such a great bill, huh? It passed with THREE votes! 34 Democrats voted against it, the majority of Americans don't want it, and until Obama made last-minute meaningless concessions to Shupak (sp?) it wasn't going to pass. TELL ME HOW THAT SUGGESTS THIS BILL IS WORTH ANYTHING.

    You think the Tea Party movement had energy before? Just wait. And what one Congress did, another Congress can undo. Rest assured that when November comes around, EVERY Republican is going to be out voting, and most Independents, and we're going to change the Congress. Pelosi, Obama and Reid have miscalculated in much the same way that Saddam Hussein miscalculated. And all the dirty politics and deal making they used to get the bill passes is going to be made public.

    VERY public. Goodbye, Democrats.

    March 23, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  7. FLAGSHIP, NC

    Wheather you agree with Nancy Pelosi or not, the web-site gimick is a sign of immature behavior. Steele is suppose to be an adult and a professional. I have a teenage son that is more mature than Steele.

    If you don't like what has happened, then organize in a professional way! Time after time Steele comes off with these wacko ideas and sick comments. Its like he never graduated from high school!

    You make your-self look like a fool and the RNC also.
    You need to be the leader of the Tea Party and leave the RNC to the grown-ups.

    March 23, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  8. cassamandra

    sure, why would anybody be surprised at blatant misogyny coming from Mr. Steele? He's quite right to be befuddled.

    March 23, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  9. Darrell

    As the republicans play more and more to smaller and smaller base they are becoming more and more irrelivant to the body politic of the USA. If they are so in tune with the american people, how do they explain the loss of both house of congress and the White House in 2 election cycles.

    The health care bill reform does consume a sixth of our economy and reform is needed. Protecting the Insurance companies was not and is not a winning strategy.

    March 23, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  10. Coherent1

    Is your problem with Mrs. Pelosi a political issue or a gender issue? This leading lady just whipped your lower extremity and shriveled your knockers into little tiny 'acorns' (pun intended). So the only thing you have left is some classless website aimed at her. Well the pit of fire you've posted is in fact your home. The holes you've dug for Obama, Pelosi, and Reid are your own. Have you not recognized this yet? Obama's waterloo was your own. So while you're digging the the 6'4" for Obama and the 5'3" hole for Pelosi, make the holes large enough to hold yourself, Boehner, Rudy, Cantor, and all the rest of you idiots. And stop calling yourselves Christians!!!!!! You're Pharisees.

    March 23, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  11. katiec

    The republicans can do nothing but attack as they have proven theirselves totally irresponsible when it comes to representing, caring about the welfare of us and our country.
    A political party whose goals are to destroy our president, sacrifice the American people for big business, party first and win at any cost is a disgrace to our political system and our country. If they are allowed to continue their destruction, we, the people, will be their victims.

    March 23, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  12. Otto

    News flash Mr. Steele! You will be fired much more quickly and by the midterm election in November; your pink slip will be written in stone.

    March 23, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  13. Steve

    Michael Steele still hasn't realized that he is being used by the republican party to gain more black votes. Keep doing that dance Uncle Tom.

    March 23, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  14. Angi's mom

    Michael Steele has no class. This is merely a opportunity to incite fear and hatred for political fund raising. Shameful.

    March 23, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  15. Aaron

    Steele appears to be a bit spiteful that Pelosi outmanuvered his corrupt and morally bankrupt party which apparently represents only the 1% of Americans who are mega-wealthy.

    March 23, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  16. John

    It's good to see that Steele and the Republicans have learned absolutely nothing after one of the most crushing legislative defeats in many years. I hope they run their campaigns with the same sort of intelligence and foresight. Oh wait, who am I kidding? We already know that they're going to do this.

    March 23, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    typical conservative rhetoric.......spread rumors and fear and divisiveness and then point the finger at progress like it's a bad thing. i wonder when these guys are gonna get it..........the vast majority of the people who will benefit from these reforms were too busy busting their humps at work to go to a protest, meanwhile their bosses had plenty of time to go to washington to protest. it'll probably show up on next years tax return as a "business" trip........

    March 23, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  18. Rickster

    Nancy Pelosi's favorable rating in the CBS poll stands at 11 percent.

    Harry Reid's favorable rating, meanwhile, is even lower: 8 percent.

    It used to be, back in the good old days, that insane people were fitted with strait-jackets and put into nice, padded rooms. Today they are elected by democrats to run the country.

    March 23, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  19. cspurgeon

    Steele is a cracker barrel just like the rest of the hate party. UGH! Never anything constructive..just more hate and thuggery.

    March 23, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  20. Mark

    Makes sense to me. When you have someone that blatantly does what the majority does not want then he/she ceases in representing the people.

    March 23, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  21. John

    Michael Steele is an idiot...enough said.

    March 23, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  22. Bye Bye GOP

    Michael Steele is a sellout to his race and an "Uncle Tom" to the GOP.

    March 23, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  23. Richard

    what kind of fantasy world do the republicans live in? this is just plain stupid.

    March 23, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  24. Bill Delvac

    If Pelosi is responsible for the demise of on1/6 of our economy, George Bush and the Republicans destroyed the other 5/6.

    March 23, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  25. Lynda/Minnesota

    In 2000, as a lifelong republican, I voted party lines and cast my vote for George W. Bush. Less than a year later, Bush thumbed his nose at me and abused my vote as he sat back and allowed the Republican Party to rape this great country.

    In 2008, I gave my trust to Mr. Obama.

    President Obama not only accepted the trust I placed in him, he has exceeded all of my expectations.

    Today is a good day in America! A very good day indeed!

    March 23, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
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