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. Molly Weasley

    Keep classy, Republicans. The more voters see who you really are, the more they don't like you.

    March 23, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  2. Jane_Galt

    Those Republicans are just meanies!

    I love Congressperson Pelosi . . . I just quit my job! Life is good! No worries! I am going to be an aritist! Nancy says you guys will pay my bills!

    Hip Hip Horraaaaaay!

    March 23, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  3. Four and The Door

    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 ...
    ______________________________________________________
    ...in the middle of a recession...after their other $1 trillion bill pushed through by force has been a dismal failure...

    This administration and congress have no connection with 2010 America. They are in their own private world and we are paying for it.

    March 23, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  4. Maryland Democrat

    but the needle was necessary to make and keep the child healthy. So either you don't understand your analogy – or you are saying that the healthcare bill, while painful and even unpopular, is better for the country.

    March 23, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  5. Roger Inman

    This is one registered Republican that will now vote against all in my state of Florida who voted against the healthcare reform. Not even one GOP wanted the reform? Not one? Not possible. They voted the party line, not for the people they represent, spineless GOP, I'm ashamed to be a registered republican, and will switch to indy. I am sure there are many more likeminded GOPers, and the GOP needs to be warey, or they will find themselves with even less seats come election time.

    March 23, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  6. Angie in PA

    Steele your party should be fired for doing nothing for the People. But fear mongering, lying, twisiting, acting like spoiled brats not willing to work with the President or the Democrats meanwhile my tax dollars are paying the do nothing republicans but to fear monger. When you dont perform at your job you get FIRED! So I say its time to fire the REPUBLICANS FOR NOT PERFORMING

    March 23, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  7. Dean

    With an approval rating of about 11% I think Nancy will be out of work soon.

    March 23, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  8. Really American

    And Mr. Steele wants us to know that the one sixth is a smaller frcation. The rest of the economy's demise is due to our Republican friends who sent us to these wastful wars.
    Needle and lollipop is an excellent analegy too. The needle does hurt a little but gives the person the necessary medicine to heal them. Does he not want this great country to get better?

    March 23, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  9. anon

    The phrase "40 seats means no more madam speaker" is telling, implying that if Republicans take control there won't be a woman in the top House leadership post. Nice move Steele ...

    March 23, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  10. Tired of the repubs crap

    Take Note repubs and those alike....You are not the only ones who are "fired up" about November's election we DEMs ARE TOO!!! I can certainly tell you that the repubs will be the ones who will NOT be re-elected

    March 23, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  11. Enough

    Fire Pelosi......................out with OLD, literally. What's the big deal with that, this old Botox bag has an 11% approval rating and is bad for this country, apologizing to illegals for not being able to speak spanish!! Gotta wonder who the brain dead 11% are!

    March 23, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  12. Annie, Atlanta

    Like Jack Cafferty said on the Situation Room yesterday, there was a report this past weekened that when all the men in DC were willing to cut health care reform way back after the election of Scott Brown in MA, Nancy Pelosi was the one who said they could do this. And she did. She, and 218 other Democrats in the House put the American people before their re-election chances. So has our President, by the way. That speaks volumes as to their character. So "Fire Pelosi?" No way.

    March 23, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  13. mrgmorgan56

    The GOP just does not get it. The total lack of leadership, the failure to come up with one solid idea, the inept thinking is just a few of the reasons the GOP has lost its way and as party dismally failed.

    March 23, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  14. The Voice

    No, the Republicans are responsible for the demise of the whole economy.

    Clinton left Bush with a surplus and he instead gave tax cuts to the rich (through a reconciliation bill). He then finished his father's war. Allowed Wall Street to take America's retirment savings and blow it billions in bonuses.

    Now we should fire all the Republicans.

    March 23, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  15. Jack

    Why is it ok for Pelosi to say and do whatever she wants? But when a Republicans says something about her, Obama or Reid this type o questionable behavior is raised? Pelosi has called anyone who opposes her ideas, "finge', "astro turf" etc...

    I for one am tired of the Washington elite and Pelosi is the poster gal for them cloaked in helping the poor while she flies around in a private jet!

    March 23, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  16. sensible Cape Coral FL

    When the Republican Party is reduced to such immature tactics as this cartoon, it says everything we need to know about their thinking on this particular issue. How about some real ideas instead of this nastiness for a change?

    March 23, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  17. Dave

    Sad...once again! Republican leaders are nothing but fire and brimstone non-thinkers using fear to keep this country from being the best it can be. We can't let them come to power again in November.

    March 23, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  18. jmase

    I say fire her too!

    March 23, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  19. Ben Lonetree

    Republicans need to grow up.

    March 23, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  20. Bill

    It's no surprise that the Republicans are vilifying Perlosi.

    They were on Steele's case and calling for his resignation earlier this year.

    The Republican mantra is "eat you own young if our idiology calls for it"

    March 23, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  21. AXH

    Get Pelosi out of Congress!
    Stop her socialist agenda!
    Americans do not want to live in a socialist country!
    Stop Pelosi!

    March 23, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  22. Andrew

    And what did that doctor deliver with that needle? A cure. Republicans are a very bitter lot indeed.

    March 23, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  23. Dom

    Michael Steele's final analogy is a perfect argument FOR Health Care Reform. Yes the needle will hurt at first, but the doctor knows, in the long run, it is the necessary to cure the problem and it is the right thing to do. Thanks Mike for your support of Health Care Reform!

    March 23, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  24. Nancy

    And you wonder why there is so much HATE in this country. I can understand having different views from someone but this has gone overboard. Mr. Steele seems to play right into Rush's warped mind.

    March 23, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  25. Buck Ruffcutt

    It's antics like this by the RNC that have turned me away! Michael Steele has caused more former Republicans to turn Democrat or Independent. That will continue as long as the Republicans continue to behave in such an obstructionist manner and allow news agencies like FOX and radio personalities such as Rush Limbaugh to guide their platform. SHAME on the RNC and Michael Steele!.

    March 23, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
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