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. Donald Ryan

    It is my understanding that the majority rules and how quick the Republicans forget when they were in power. Sorry that the GOP is in the misinformation business. Being such a sore loser turns my stomach.

    Nancy might not be the best House Speaker, but she got the job done to help all the people. I give her credit.

    The GOP should move on the next issues facing the Nation instead of catering to the special interest group and solve our problems that they created.

    March 23, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  2. Sam

    The watch word for Steele and other GOP leaders is, "The will of the people." Well, if you count the percentage for the bill and the percentage who think it doesn't go far enough, you get a clear majority that reject the GOP. This might well be their "Waterloo."

    March 23, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  3. doc

    Steele is right. The dems are toast in Nov. The people that voted for this ugly bill are scum. I will do everything I can to see they are voted out. Tim Waltz is one of the scum. They all should go back to the scum pond they came from. Now that acorn is done they will not have help winning riged elections.

    March 23, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  4. James Miller

    After a resounding defeat, the Repubs have no choice but to keep fanning the flames of a "political revolution". Remember– it`s all about the MONEY, not what`s good for the majority. Obama ran on changing health care, getting back to fighting Al Quaida and changing the way we do business. Heaven knows the Repub years in office did nothing to blunt this downturn in the economy.--- Just gave huge tax cuts to the already rich, etc, etc.

    March 23, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  5. Erin

    I used to be a democrat, I voted for Obama. I am now a republican. Can anyone give me the website to donate to for Republican take over of these poor excuse democrat lawmakers? I WANT ALL DEMS OUT! I was informed by my Doctor ( I am a nurse) that he will be dropping our insurance as it will be much cheaper to pay a 2000.00 fine vs. 2000.00/mth for our insurance premiums. Thanks Obama!

    March 23, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  6. guest

    Here's how democracy works. Democrats won big in 2008. Healthcare was a campaign issue. Helathcare was passed by the majority given to Democrats by the American people. 30,000 protesters don't get to have a bigger voice than the 30 million uninsured Americans that this bill hopes to insure. Democrats aren't being arrogant for advancing thier agenda, this is what ANY majority party does. If the American people are against what's happeneing here, they can vote for the other party in November. The sad thing is, that voters mostly just hear ad hominem attacks by the minority party, instead of useful, constructive debate. The American confusion about this bill has a lot less to do with the number of pages it's printed on, and a lot more to do with the disingenuous characterization of the doomsday scenario it will bring.

    March 23, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  7. W.A. Jones

    Hmmmm...I didn't see anywhere in the story that the Democrats were complaining about the Web site. Did anybody else? So that means that CBS thought the Web site was unacceptable and became the invisible complainer. Can anyone say "Carrying water." I guess the water is to put out those flames.

    March 23, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  8. ender

    You republicans just don't get it do you?

    let me put it to you in terms you may understand.

    You look childish. The "name calling". The creation of "mean sprited" pictures of your rivals. Your constant screaming and footstomping. Breaking windows and other vandalism when you don't get your way.

    And your leaders. They seem the same. "You Lie" and 'Baby killer" shouted out by congressmen on the floor. Bohners little fit on Sunday. It's disrespectful of the house. It's a disgrace. It's childish.

    Some of this type of thing is expected but you people have gone way, way over the line. And not in a dangerous or threatening way. Quite the opposite.

    You seem like children who lack disipline.

    Grow up.

    Act like adults for a change.

    March 23, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  9. rs

    So now Republicans want to bring back witchburnings? I thought they were only dialing back to 1910- not 1650! Wow! What fun do they have in store for the future?

    March 23, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  10. Libertyman13

    Typical. Fearmongering, disinformation, and propaganda. Hey Mr. Steele, how do you explain that one the bill is accurately explained to people, more people approve than disapprove of it? Your lies work, but they won't work forever.

    March 23, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  11. Kenneth

    IMMATURITY .... OUR so-called representatives are the most immature people I have ever had the displeasure of observing. Not just the GOP but the DNC as well. If "representatives" cannot have their way then they pout and whine refusing to make any compromise. Term limits on ANY political office need to be established. It is becoming more evident each day that there are people in office who have lost complete touch with the American people. We are vast cultures with different ideologies, therefore to believe that there exists only one particular way to resolve an issue is asinine. Its time to grow beyond the age of "representatives" who put their political interests before their constituents needs. Its time for Our "representatives" to stop focusing on power and who is in "control". Its past the time of arrogance and temper tantrums. This country is bleeding to death and Our "representatives" are so focused on "control" that they refuse to differentiate between right and wrong. Instead they choose to live in a gray zone where they believe it is safe so that they can hold on to a job that has no limitations. ALL politicians are suspect ... selfish desire is not limited by party lines.

    March 23, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  12. L.A.

    Re: Final paragraph: Getting the "needle" (health care) is the whole point.

    March 23, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  13. John Wuest

    Thank you for telling the truth, Mr. Steele. These progressive idealists will stop at nothing to impose their cradle-to-grave welfare state. They will heed no call, especially that of the people (who need to be governed). What a bunch of elitists. Their policies are the opposite of American as I know and believe it. We need to get them out of power and repeal these policies before they prolong the recession and destroy more freedom (just like their idols: FDR and Wilson).

    March 23, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  14. Gale Shipman

    Yep, fir it up to get her fired.

    March 23, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  15. Rush L.

    The Republicans are responsible of destroying the other 5/6 of the economy. Perhaps Steel would be OK with an image of a noose? These juvenile, mean-spirited, low-brow, morons continue to outdo themselves with banality.

    March 23, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  16. Gale Shipman

    moderation.
    Yep, fire it up to get her fired.

    March 23, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  17. maude

    I guess Michael Steele "forgot" what the republican party, with george & dick at the helm, did to our economy. Republicans never have a problem spending money, as long as it is for WAR or tax reductions for the WEALTHY. Remember the "record profits" that the oil companies received a few years ago? No outrage from the Right and the Michael Steeles back then.....While the average folk paid $4.00 per gallon at the pump?

    March 23, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  18. tjaman

    Oh she is not. The "architect for the demise of one-sixth of our economy," indeed. Hyperbole, much, Mike? I bet your insurance is faring just fine.

    March 23, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  19. Mike from MN

    Obama and the Dems ran a campaign on a platform of healthcare reform not that different from the bill that just passed. In fact the bill that passed is much more conservative than the Dems platform!

    Hmmm...so if the majority the country voted Obama and the Dems into power, that to me sounds like they have a mandate!

    The "30,000" that the GOP keeps claiming were not even all their for health care. There were two other events that day. A more realistic number was a couple hundred – the same TEA PARTIER types showed up.

    March 23, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  20. fed up

    All Republicans ought to be given the chance to opt out of any Health Care Reform benefits for them and their families.
    And then watch them, when unexpected "life" happens to them, and they would need health care. They would want to be covered so fast...it is sad to see how disingenious the whole lot of them is. Anything for a little bit of air time....

    March 23, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  21. Mike M

    You've got to be kidding. Steele has it all wrong. Bush and the republican part are responsible for "the demise of one-sixth of our economy." Except I would put it at perhaps one half. It's really interesting how they try to portray their failures as belonging to the Dems.

    March 23, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  22. thomp

    I agree with Michael! Fire every incumbent! The whole problem is sending the same people election after election. Definition of insanity! No career politicians! Don't fall into the trap of thinking about them being conservative or liberal they are become career politicians, which is what screws up our government. The democrats care more about party than our Country! The people did not want obamacare, but the democrats forced it down out throats anyway. The democrats and republicans both think we are too stupid to know what we want or what is right.

    March 23, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  23. kim

    Its clear that the right has no common sense or decentcy. They have become a very ugly disgusting mean spirited, mis-informed vile group. I am SO tired of the left trying to play nice with them. Its time to just ignore them and let them implode. They are the problem with the country, angry bitter losers the lot of them!

    March 23, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  24. Fitz In Texas

    What's to defend here? Nothing. If the shoe fits, wear it.

    By the way, don't buy Star-Kist tuna....Paul Pelosi, Nancy Pelosi husband, owns $17 MILLION worth of stock in the company....Del Monte.

    March 23, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  25. Nurse Lisq

    I think the divisive and ineffectual Michael Steele will be fired when the Dems keep their seats and Nancy keeps her job.

    March 23, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
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