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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  1. Brian

    The republicans are in for a big let down in the mid-terms. They will not win the majority in either the House or the Senate and their strategy of blind obstructionism will backfire horribly. They will reclaim a few seats to be sure, but wishful thinking on taking over the Congress. Keep it up chairman Steele.

    March 23, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  2. Cathy

    The GOP's behavior has been nothing but arrogant, juvenile and absurd for the last year. How any one can take this Party seriously is beyond me! I'm a moderate Independent but this man, along with Michelle "I'm Insane" Bachmann and the Rare Wild Alaskan Ding Bat and Boehner the Baby Cry Cry makes me want to lean as left as I physically without tipping over. Eeee Gads, these people are scary!!!! The Republican Party needs to seriously stop acting like slighted high schoolers and start behaving like intelligent adults. AND if they DO win the majority in what ever come November, I hope the Democrats give it right back to them, in the form of NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO,........just to give them a taste of their own medicine! God, just imagine the whining we'll hear then.....

    March 23, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  3. th

    Steele is an imbecile. You republicans act like you are holier than thou but yet don't want to help the poor and sick. You don't care if our service men and woman are sent over to fight a war that nobody wanted and don't come back but you really scream about abortion. Are you going to help pay for the unwanted babies that the parents can't afford to have? Hell no you aren't because you don't care about anything or anyone who isn't wealthy. You are pathetic

    March 23, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  4. Randy, San Francisco

    Why didn't the GOP push for health care reform in the Bush years when they controlled both the Senate and the House? What would have happened to retirees if the GOP was successful in privatizing Social Security before the stock market plunge? Why did the GOP push this country into a war with Iraq...a war that has cost this country more than the estimated price of Health Care Reform? Voters should consider these questions before making a decision about Speaker Pelosi.

    March 23, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  5. fbythesea

    Mr. Steele, get your facts straight. You and your president, George W. Bush worked diligently for 8 years at bankrupting this country, and what a great job you did!!

    March 23, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  6. Toomuch2009

    I guess one thing Steele failed to mention is that the niddle the doctor give to the kid will prevent the kid from dying or suffering from major sicknesses... Mr. Steele you have failed and you have continue to fail with you analogy...

    March 23, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  7. BobH

    Funny that the "demise of 1/6 of our economy" is being met with broad gains on Wall Street, including the health sector.

    March 23, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  8. Andy from NYC

    This page is interesting. It went from the solicitation of donations in the amount of $402,010 in forty hours to $802,010K in forty hours. I wonder what the rationale was behind that. Is the RNC hoping to garner eighty seats in November rather than the forty needed for an overturn of house governance? Or is it just seeking to raise the bar, having seen how much money they are raising?

    March 23, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  9. wwf

    Aaaahhhhh. Freedom of speech. You sir, should be fired as well for being just as big an idiot.

    March 23, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  10. Anonymous

    I believe the American public FIRED the Republican party back in November 08!!!!

    March 23, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  11. katnick

    Mr.Steele, those needles deliver life-saving vaccines and medicines. I do hope that is what is going to happen here.

    March 23, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  12. Willy Brown

    She needs horns on her head too!

    March 23, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  13. RN

    I sell weapons to anyone who wants to kill. I love the republicans.
    I also sell health insurance to people who don't need it and then deny them coverage when they do need it. I love the republicans.
    I do not make big bucks when I actually have to pay out when people are sick. Hell, I don't care if you have cancer. I don't care if the cost of care is high. It is not my problem. If you want good care you should have gotten a better job, with a better company and then saved everything you could. If you eat too much – or not-, if you have an accident or if you just have some genetic trait that is bad for your health – well, that is your problem. I am sorry for you – but, it is God's way of culling the herd. If we want a stronger country and a better, stronger world we need to let people die when we know that saving them only weakens all of mankind. The federal government should stop funding all medical care so that we can cut the population down and reduce overcrowding, competition for resources and crime.
    The republicans are the only ones willing to keep cutting government programs to the point that large numbers of people will die and finally help this country.
    Michael Steele – you are my hero.

    March 23, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  14. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    Absolutely Pelosi should be fired! That's the least that should happen to a politician who betrays the American people.

    And make no mistake: What Pelosi did was exactly that, a betrayal. A majority of the American people did not want the health care seizure passed, and Pelosi knew it, and in acts of treachery of the first order, schemed and plotted to pass it anyway.

    Assuming Obama signs the bill, he's as guilty of that betrayal as Pelosi. Further, unlike Pelosi, Obama took an oath on becoming President to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." Since at least parts of this bill are just about certain to be found unconstitutional (at the least, the "individual mandate," and, as far as I'm concerned as a strict constructionist, all the rest of it as well) Obama violated his oath of office. (Unfortunately, the Constitution does not stipulate that violation of the oath is an impeachable offence...)

    March 23, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  15. katy Heys

    Chairman Michael Steele is a big baby with absolutely nothing constructive to add to the conversation, just like the rest of the republican party. They have sunk to a very low level and they must think that we the people are complete idiots.

    March 23, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  16. bill

    Michael Steele is a traitor to not only African Americans, but to the human race. He is void of humanity.

    March 23, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  17. sam, LITTLETON.CO

    If anyone should be FIRED!, it should be Uncle Tom , Michael Steele!!!!!

    March 23, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  18. Terise NY

    Awful to see a women in photo surrounded by Flames. Slap in the face of all the abuse women in America

    March 23, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  19. Sara

    Maybe Steele should read Bob Herbert's "An Absence of Class" over at the New York Times.

    March 23, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  20. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    What and the GOP with their Neo conservative policies have something better to offer? What is it? Is it a secret?
    What is the GOP's plan to correct the economic crisis? In the past the GOP would simply start another War to create jobs. Is that the plan for now and in the future?
    Neo Conservativism is not the answer just like the extreme liberalism is not going to work.
    We need centralist policy like the platform of the Libertarain party. True Conservatives are Libertraians not neo conservaitives.

    March 23, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  21. wwf

    What will you Republicans do IF this bill works? Maybe the majority in the house and senate will grow even more. What oh what will you do then? More lies to cover up your lies. You seem to be pretty good at that.

    March 23, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  22. CommanderBill

    If there is anybody that needs to be replaced it is Nancy Pelosi. Her tactics are undemocratic and contrary to the good of the people. She is a far left wing zealot that cares nothing for what the people need or desire. Her dismal approval ratings demonstrate a general realization of these facts by the vast majority of the American people.

    March 23, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  23. Patriot

    Keep on Truckin' Republicans. Every step you make towards fanaticism is another step towards political oblivion.

    Can you say Whig Party?

    March 23, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  24. Justin

    Steele is a joke. Funny thing is, he's too stupid to be embarrassed by the things he says and does.

    March 23, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  25. lara

    Michael Steele is a fool, and this idea that the republicans somehow represent the majority is a dangerous falsehood on which they need to be challenged.
    They did represent the majority and they screwed up, they lost the election, and now they're behaving like spoilt kids who've run out of time on the swings and refuse to let anone else have a turn.
    The majority they keep counting as opposition to this bill includes those who don't think it went far enough, and their "do what we did the last 8 years" approach has far less support than this bill.
    if they wanted to reform health care they had eight years to do it, they didn't and they never will.
    Another year of debate would have just meant up to 45000 more americans dead, and at the end of it, they would have done the same thing they're doing now.

    March 23, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
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