March 23rd, 2010
06:22 PM ET
8 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. thehalls

    Maybe when the people see you Steel for what you are they will fire you and your. We need Health Care, I am not sure what planet you are from but we need this bill if you don’t like this bill get than I request that you give up your health care that we pay for, for you. I don’t know how come you feel like I don’t need health care but you do. You are talking like a fool.

    March 23, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  2. Jim

    well ... while I don't especially like nancy pelosi, i find the idea of 40 more republicans in office extremely frightening.

    March 23, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  3. south dakota

    Mr. Steele sure is a bright one. You know what happens after that little needle prick right? You're vaccinated against a potentially deadly disease or you're medically treated for an existing condition. Those are good things in most people's mind. Does it really bother you that people would get treatment?

    March 23, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  4. The Fabians

    That's funny anfd yet quite frightnening...the Dems are getting attacked! While I don't condone or approve of violence of such, I hate to say and I can't stress it enough...I HATE to say but is what you get, the media, news, co-hosts, leaders, etc. I'm a man of peace, never killed, shot or stabbed anyone but I ain't surprised. I told you guys but noooooooo, the social lebral think is O.K and nooooooo, only "experts" can make predictions and look it where we at.

    Even I blame myself for voting for this moron of our president, I can't believe I went right with the badnwagon. Is O.K, I'm like "Tarquin the Proud." But in a more nicer way at times.

    I'm sorry but is what YOU get.

    March 23, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  5. susanj

    He is such a piece of crap. Something very bad is going to happen if these so-called Patriots keep it up. The blood will be on their hands.

    March 23, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  6. William, from Cali

    Seeing that the "general welfare" and "common interests" of some of the American people, as a whole; was not served...I agree that for some short-sited victory...the general public was "sold down the river of dispair" for decades by these Democrats and this President, in particular. Achieved by political arm twisting, backroom deals, and an offer of government take-over of the student-loan program. We will just have to wait a while, to see who gets "fired" for this won't we...

    March 23, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  7. MotoBill

    OK, so maybe here's the future: Dems lose the majority and the Repubs make good on the threat of reversing this reform.

    You "Populist" folks think you are getting screwed now? Wait until all that "lobby" and "special intrest funding" comes due! The only thing worse than this Democratic action would be the Republican cure. All of this has nothing to do with the merits of Health Care Reform and EVERYTHING to do with the Status Quo of power in Washington. The only thing the Democrats did was the job we elected the Republicans to do back in '94 – they just did a very messy job of it.

    March 23, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  8. shut up Michael Steele

    You an embarassment!!

    March 23, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  9. Chuck Anaheim, Ca

    What planet is this guy from?

    March 23, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  10. wench

    should be up for treason, malfeasons, perjury and a lot of other things.

    March 23, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  11. Sue Black

    Steel is the one who needs to be replaced – he has consistently show poor judgment and utilized extremist language at a time when our country needs stability and common sense in our leadership. Fire Steel for his failure to serve the interests of the American people!

    March 23, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  12. Ann

    No need to fire Nancy, she's already fired up and saving millions of American's from death and financial ruin and also reducing the national debt! You can't ask more from a leader.

    March 23, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  13. jfs Memhis, Tn

    Nobody in your "POLLS" have called me ???? Where do you get these Poll numbers you think that they might be just alittle one sided in order to generate contoversy ??? I am a moderate/independent who is completely APALLED at my fomer GOP Party...they are going to get bit in the rear-end in Nov. I think that our young President's Poll number will soar in the next coming weeks. The GOP and their DRAMA is truely not what our Country needs now,,,if only these GOP groups would spend as much time fixing our economy and legistating ANYTHING as opposed to being a bunch of sore losers and activists and wasting valuable time and money for causes that are DONE !! Not only would there not be a need for polling maybe something constructive would be accomplished. The GOP may get some support from real voters if they would take this course. WE ARE NOT BUYING THE MEDIA's and GOP's bull crap. The new Silent Majority will be heard with the respect, dignity, and positive action this great country deserves in Nov. That you can take can take a POLL on !!!!

    March 23, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  14. kcl

    I hate how devisive this country has become. This juvenile behavior just needs to stop, either support America or disagree with respect. If you lost the debate, decision or whatever, that's politics.....move on with grace.

    March 23, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  15. russell

    At least Pelosi and the rest of the democrats are trying to do something for the people ! What has M. Steele and the republican party done for you lately besides take your money ? ............I rest my case !

    March 23, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  16. Duck Fallas

    This fall, when the lies and hysteria backfire, it will be Steele, Boner, and the droopy joweled doofus who lose their jobs.

    Steele can shine Limbaugh's shoes. Good boy.

    March 23, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  17. JFK

    This level of intelligence this type of stuff panders to explains why the Republicans have become the party of "flat earth, fire and brimstone party of simpletons".

    March 23, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  18. John, Brooklyn, NY

    Placing Nancy Pelosi in the midst of flames naturally congers two notions: 1) that she is either condemned to (or is a representative of) Hell, or 2) that she should be set aflame.

    If the Republicans are implying the the former, the best that could describe them is unprofessional. Worse, however, is that if they are implying the second, they are inciting the kind of violence that we've seen their followers inflicting on the offices of members of Congress over the past few days.

    How can a party that expresses itself with such lack of professionalism, dignity...and even resorts to inciting violence....actually claim to have the right to lead our country in 2010?

    March 23, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  19. Marsha Rust

    I have a problem with Republicans wanting less government, and yet Republicans want to work for the government and get paid by the government and get their health care for life provided by the government. If anyone in the private sector complained publicly about the inefficiencies of their employer they would be fired. So, it is up to us to vote for people who believe in the USA government structure to represent us. I would love for the media to pose this question.
    Why do they want to work in the government if they don't believe in it?

    March 23, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  20. bridgett hollis

    I see why the country is divided and people are acting out. These policy maker have no respect for each other. The Rep throws fits and create bitterness among the public and think its okay.

    They say and do mean things and feel secure about the lack of responsibility they owe to the world. I personally feel and see the hate being displayed over the media. So sad and embarassing.

    March 23, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  21. allan

    Thank you mr. Steele. Good start. Out all democrat in 2010,

    March 23, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  22. dd

    Such childish behavior. Instead of acting like a grown ups should and discussing the issues without "sticks and stones" the continuing bad mouthing between both parties disguists me.

    And just remember that even though the dr is trying to distract the kid with a lollipop, the needle is going to deliver a protective medicine that a child is too young to know/understand is actually good for him/her. Therefore, Steel's analogy doesn't serve him very well, but serves the dems just fine.

    March 23, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  23. Wake Up

    Pelosi is the most dispicable legislator in generations. She disgusts 90% of america.

    March 23, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  24. Ryan Wing

    Republicans have really hit a fever pitch with this kind of stuff. I don't understand why the American people don't see the political showmanship. When health care turns out to be a good thing, will the Republicans be held responsible for their attempts to derail it?

    March 23, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  25. Wisconsonite - Stop Smoking the Tea Bags!

    Speaker Nancy Pelosi is a hero for the working class of this country! Steele, and most of his Republican brethren, are parasites who have fed and prospered off of the blood of the working class of this country!

    March 23, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
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