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. Sean

    "...architect of the demise of one-sixth of our economy." No hyperbole there. What's wrong Mr. Steele, you upset that the Republican party aren't going to be able to ruin that part of our economy too? The only problem with the current reform is that it doesn't go far enough. Pelosi is a tool but at least she's a tool that worked for us rather than against us on this one. I didn't hear one word from the right while Capt. Numnuts was spending us into a record deficit. I don't believe that the current reform is going to reduce the deficit but I would prefer this money being spent rather than on two wars of choice and tax cuts for the rich.

    March 23, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  2. Aaron

    These people in congress have snubbed there nose at the American people for years, and now all of the sudden the Republican party cares? HAHA... This has come down to the sad truth as always the vote. Who is going to be in control again and nothing will change.

    March 23, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  3. Jeff HB

    Hey, I'm not even Republican and I think this countdown clock on their site is great. I'd much rather see more of this than continue to read the lies and slander spouted by both parties. At least this is symbolic and humorous.

    March 23, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  4. jane

    Nancy Pelosi is worth ten of these guys! She's done an outstanding job.

    March 23, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  5. miken

    I think its great!

    March 23, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  6. JW B

    Arrogance? For doing what they said they would do if elected?

    I will give you arrogance: John McCain..."There will be no cooperation for the rest of the year. "

    So the Republicans have said they will do NOTHING the rest of this year but collect paychecks. THAT is arrogance. Voters won't miss that.

    In Republican speak, arrogance is code for "uppity." We all know that too.

    March 23, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  7. Margo

    This is just the tip of the iceberg as far as anger is concerned. Democrats will be stunned in November at the American public's reaction to this bill. We didn't want socialism and that's what we have now. Even moderates cannot argue with this. First the auto dealers, the banks and now insurance companies. Imagine the government ordering you to get health insurance and imposing fines on you for not having it! What's next?

    Get ready for a revolution at the ballot box.

    March 23, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  8. Libertad Rios

    Yes,I agree we don't need Nancy Pelosi now, and Iwant out.how can Icontribute to the fund.

    March 23, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  9. cathy

    Is Steele serious? The person we should have gotten rid of, by impeachment, was George Bush. He got us involved in a needless war which has killed over 4,000 troops and maimed tens of thousands more. He also spent like crazy while cutting taxes – - especially for the rich. During his reign, he turned a surplus into a huge deficit. He destroyed this nation's economy, along with its good name. He should be remembered in history books as our country's worst president.

    March 23, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  10. Steve L New Jersey

    So, healthcare company stocks rose yesterday because this new bill destroys there business?? Huh? Makes me sick to know a large part of our economy depends on our people being unhealthy.

    March 23, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  11. Ron

    Nice attempt at deflecting the stunning defeat of the Republican party on healthcare, but that dog don't hunt.

    BOTTOM line is republicans said "hell no" and the rest of the country said "yes we can". The people getting fired should be the RNC Chairman, Congressmen/women, and talking heads who were unable to achieve their objective – even through lies and fear mongering.

    And, now they want to rake in billions of campaign dollars touting "repeal"??!! You're stupid if you buy into that idea. Let's get rid of no pre-existing conditions, kids covered to 26 yrs old, no drops for filling a claim, the end of 40% premium hikes.... Come on boys/girls. You went for all or nothing and got nothing. Somehow, that's someone else's fault?? Grow up and join the governance of our great country or sit back, shut up, and enjoy the ride!

    March 23, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  12. KathyC in MInnesota

    Which is why Michael Steele will cause more Democrats to get elected in the November midterms. His inability to be a leader will be his downfall.

    So much for wearing his hat in the "hip hop" fashion.By the way, how many people of color from the inner cities has he added to the GOP as he said he was going to do? To make the GOP more inclusive??

    March 23, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  13. Anonymous

    The Republicans are clearly desperate. They are afraid that people will like healthcare reform, and the Dems will get the credit.

    The "needle" analogy is telling. When do you get those needles as a kid? When you are being innoculated against deadly diseases. There is momentary discomfort, and then a lifetime of health benefits.

    It sounds as though the Republicans are against both improved health, and making life sweeter.

    March 23, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  14. Kamal

    Steele is correct, the doctor "hits you with the needle", and guess what, you only do not get the lollipo, a little pain, but a healthier life, devoid of worries. and, you get to say, thank you, Doctor, for making my life healthier and better.. the pain goes away!!! Thank you President Obama!

    March 23, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  15. brett

    she did NOT listen to america people...

    by law, therefore, she MUST be FIRED....

    March 23, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  16. Voice Crying In the Wilderness

    Nice analogy Mr. Steele about the lollipop and the needle, but you left off one part. Once the doctor shoots you with the needle, the patient gets better.

    March 23, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  17. Sniffit

    "Actually, I tamed it down"

    Oh, well then, our hero. One would think he'd be smart enough to hide the fact that they were planning on being even more offensive and crass...well....actually...on second though, I take that back. No, one wouldn't think that. He is, after all, a complete idiot.

    March 23, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  18. xyz

    the needle doctor puts cures the child.

    March 23, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  19. Larry

    The GOP becomes more childish with each passing day

    If they put half the effort into doing what we hired them for, they might actually do something worthwhile

    Yet day in and day out, they sit on their butts worrying about future elections

    GET TO WORK YOU BUMS, MAYBE YOU COULD DO A LITTLE OF WHAT WE HIRED YOU FOR THIS YEAR !!!!!!! ???????

    March 23, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  20. iamus

    Do you think Michael Steele would be be accepted at a tea party rally ???

    March 23, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  21. nick

    Typical Republican hate mongering. The Party of "No!" attacks politician of conscience, like Nancy Pelosi, like a mad dog attacks children: vivciously without mercy and ridden with desease.

    March 23, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  22. Dale

    Right OR wrong...... bottom line is represent your people. They ignored the people therefore they all should be FIRED.

    None of us will agree on everything and your free to voice your opinion BUT they overstepped their bounds.

    Making History is not near as important as standing up for your people.

    Bart Stupak is a disgrace, you still cannot get through to him.

    Our Constitution was written by people that have already been through this before and didn't want Government to be able to take over anything in this new land. Now here we are re-writing the constitution so we can go through all the pains that made our ancestors come here in the first place.

    Socialism is dangerous and now you have opened the can of worms in the name of HISTORY? Man, history was made a long time ago, this is just a repeat of failure.

    March 23, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  23. double standard

    The GOP still does not get it ! The real Americans are not falling for this crap anymore !! To the GOP, you are running out of time to even be a political party..Get over yourselves,you DO NOT think for all Americans !!!

    March 23, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  24. CEE

    Fire Steele and the Republicans for not standing up for the American people against the Insurance Co. greed that being going on for decades.

    March 23, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  25. Brad Becker

    Once again, the Republicans and the RNC are politically tone-deaf. If they wanted to run an ad to get rid of Pelosi, they could have said "40 Seats More Means No More Speaker Pelosi". But instead, they said "... No More Madam Speaker".

    As though they are trying to get rid of a woman in the Speaker's job. Does that mean they are saying they wouldn't consider a Republican woman for that job?

    No More Madam Speaker. Really?

    March 23, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
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