(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."
I think it is perfectly appropriate, EXCEPT he forgot her horns.....
Aaaah, the woman that the far-right loves to hate! Go ahead Republicans, forge ahead with your typical campaign of hate, lies, fear and division, after all it was such a successful campaign in 2008.
Do not count your chickens until they hatch, GOP. Americans can be fooled some of the time, but not most of the time.
Americans will soon find out what the Healthcare Bill will mean to them and their families. Once they realize that they no longer have to fear being without healthcare, they will vote ...... for the Democrat who helped pass the bill!
Are those grapes a bit sour, Mr. Steele ???
This is pathetic.....the GOP is throwing a tantrum.
He should be fired for lack of Intelligence.
Michael Steele needs to get some serious help. He and his party seem to have left the confines of reality. They will be very surprised in November when their party is relegated to the trash heap of extinct political parties.
Another act of desperation from the imploding GOP and Steele, they just keep painting themselves into a corner. 100% wrong 100% of the time. The GOP should really listen to Frum – he is the only one with his head screwed on straight. But they won't and it will be far too late when they realize that their medieval tactics only serve to further discredit their "cause". lol
Could someone please have Mr. Steele explain how the health care bill represents "the demise of one-sixth of our economy?" Even if the amount of money involved is one-sixth of our economy, does he believe it is all now waste? Or do he and his fellow Repugs just throw out meaningless words to further inflame their followers, knowing that facts are no help to his purpose.
If economic demise is the issue, a study from late January by the Blackstone Group said that "40% of the world's wealth was destroyed in the last five quarters". Let's bring back the Repugs and go for some real destruction.
Last month a chart was shown with job losses per month, bottoming out when George W. Bush left office, at over 700,000 per month. The latest month shown was only about 36,000, but that figure was highly criticized. Maybe we expect miracles from President Obama.
Congratulations to Mr Steele for standing by his principles. Firing Nancy Pelosi would be a good first step towards getting our country back on the right track.
Obama promised us change, and unless we get rid of him, Pelosi, Reid and a bunch of the others, change is all that we will have lef in our retirment and banka ccounts/
Maybe when the people see you Steel for what you are, maybe they will fire you and your.
The republicans are acting like little children who didn't get their way. I can't believe our country has stooped so low as to act like third world countries. I am ashamed to be a republican. Let me change that comment. I am ashamed I WAS a republican.
Whoever digs a pit will fall into it, And he who rolls a stone will have it roll back on him.
Don't put out alternative policy, just vilify your opponent. Fear and hate, the Republican way.....
Good job steele with your help and stupidity the repugs will never gain any seats,but the dems will,keep on running motormouth and in the end you will need a job,just keep on juicing them repugs and maybe you will have enought to retire,and thanks for the help,the dems.
Last evening we were at a dinner party. 16 people were there and the conversation turned to the Republican attitude towards health care. All 16 people stated they they will not vote for the NO PARTY again. Just think how many more people out there are saying this.
As long as Michael Steele stays as RNC Chairman, their leadership will be stereotyped as that of a buffoon. He is the gift that keeps on giving for Democrats.
Michael Steele is full of himself and other stuff, Pelosi is not the Architect of the demiss of this economy it was George W. Bush and his republican party. The Obama Administration was given this problem when they entered office.
I am so tried of these lying republicans and for the most part the media for not printing the truth about this thin. Both wars belong to Bush, the collapse of the economy belong to Bush, the whole down turn belong to Bush.
The only people to burn in flames are Republicans for being so selfish. What ever happened to so called compassion. Are these people real patriots? They are totally self absorbed and a disgrace to this great nation. I am very proud of the great Democratic party.
Michael Steele should grow up and get to work for the people of this country, he is a joke.
The integrity of the RNC has been destroyed by it's own members. What a shame that when a strong woman takes the challenge, takes the stand and delivers, she is cast in a negative way. The matter in which the GOP & RNC are conducting themselves is very immature, non-adult, and hateful. I would hope that they could handle themselves more like citizens of the United States of America instead of some third world country.
Um, but isn't that needle necessary for you to live a healthier life? Or was the doctor just giving Steele a placebo shot.
These ridiculous comparisons(heard about the 9/11 one yet?) turn off Independent voters.
Sure, Dems like me and Repubs like TCM eat this stuff up, but the majority of voters do not like this type of rhetoric.
What's the point of energizing your "base" when it is that exact same "base" that scares Independant voters away?
Ha, first time I'm not sarcastic.
This just shows that they are a bunch of children that didn't get their way.
Interesting choice of metaphors there, Mr. Steele. You do realize the needle contains medicine, right? I guess Steele thinks laughter is the best medicine for America.
I have issues with the bill, but only because most attempts to control health care costs have been removed from the bill. My displeasure doesn't translate to any sympathies for the Republican party and their gleeful hubris.
The Web site is ugly and overreaching. Their hatred knows no bounds.
The woman has a 8% approval rating so she should be fired no matter how you spin the story.
Again its slam but no plan.No solutions just talk that amounts to hot air.