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. Susan

    Steele is the one who needs to be fired...but on the other hand it may be best for Steele to remain the Chairman for that party so he can continue to piss the republicans off and continue to look like an idiot!!!

    March 23, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  2. The Voice of Reason

    I can't believe how extreme these repubs are getting. For the 8 years of the previous administration, the people could not speak out against that president for fear that the Patriot Act would enable them to be put in jail. (And some innocent peopler were.) Now, anything goes and it is done in such poor taste. I can't believe what our children are learning these days. That it's okay to be rude and even racist to our fellow brothers/sisters. That it's okay to say "kill" as if it is justified, when addressing a member of the opposite political party. How barbaric do we have to become? Let's return to the days of polite debating and just stick to the issues!! This certainly does nothing to elevate the concept of what the United States stands for (or used to stand for) to the eyes of the world.
    And, talk about "pro-life." How "pro life is it to let 45,000 people die every year because they can't afford life insurance? (Shades of Hitler, it sounds like to me.) God help us all!

    March 23, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  3. Peter

    The GOP won't give up. All they have done for more than a year is say "NO". The fact that they have not, in all that time, introduced a serious alternative to the current Heath Care bill is that they are too busy campaigning to do what's right for the American people.

    It's embarrassing that when some politicians in the richest, most developed country in the world, decide to do something that benefits so many Americans there are so many who would prefer that those without insurance simply get sick or die that have to risk paying – potential – higher taxes.

    The bill just signed by President Obama may not be perfect, no bill ever is, but at least is a step to help millions of Americans, something that is definitely not in the GOP agenda.

    All they care about is taxes and helping big corporations...as for the common citizens...let them starve or die.

    March 23, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  4. Mr. Moderate

    "Demise of one-sixth of our economy", Oh please Mr. Steele cut it out! Your corporate master in insurance and pharmaceuticals will be just fine and are probably already looking for ways to exploit the legislation to maximize profits.

    And again, why was it that GWB was a man of principle when he defied the will of the American people and remained in Iraq when the polls said otherwise and why was it that your party spent much of the Clinton administration criticizing him for governing based on poll results. Why is it all of the sudden different for this guy????

    March 23, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  5. dennis dehart

    I don't take much stock in someone who has been part of America's demise for the past 8 years. Republicans are sore losers and cannot get over the fact that now we have a different President. For a lot of them they can't accept a black man being in his position. They don't want change of any kind except the kind that puts more money in their pockets. If there wasn't a Democratic party we would still be using horses & kerosene lamps. Maybe Mr. Steele should turn around while he is saying some of these things & see who is laughing at him behind his back.

    March 23, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  6. David Lebo

    I see the horns, tail & pitchfork are missing!

    March 23, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  7. Shawn B.

    "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."

    Yea well Mr. Steele, that needle turned out to be beneficial, right? Same thing with this historic health care overall. It is benefical and is desperiately needed!

    March 23, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  8. RCasson

    Stupid, token Steele. All this does is ensure Mrs. Pelosi is re-elected to her historic post. Thanks!

    March 23, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  9. CR

    Why can't the GOP come up with something constructive? Is all they have childish partisanship? This nonsense is a big turn-off to reasonable people. The Republican Party becomes a bigger joke every week.

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

    Re: "countless town halls, tea party events, 30,000 people on the mall...saying 'don't do this'...their (the Dems) arrogance knows no bounds"

    um...a lot more people than this think the Republicans in Congress are arrogant and purposefully obstructing/misleading the American public. Where was the Republican concern when W was starting wars and running up our deficit? ...Hypocrites!

    March 23, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  11. Dave

    Sounds good to me, the lady is evil.
    They also raised 1 million in a day thanks to the progressive fools....

    March 23, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  12. no name calling

    As an independent, I find this kind of behavior of scary.

    Dear Repbulicans,

    Spitting, Name Calling, outrageous lies that can be disproven with one click of the mouse, (example; death panels), do NOT sway me to your side.

    You are pushing independents away. Tell Palin, Bauchman, Hannity, Beck, etc. to shut up. They are preaching to the base and are swaying no one to your side.

    Sincerely,

    Dear Abbey

    March 23, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  13. Shawn

    When did professionalism get thrown out the window?

    March 23, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  14. Donatella

    Michael Steele the village idiot, he will do whatever to fit in with his right wing counter parts, unfortunately it will never happen, I can't wait until they kick him to the curb, I wonder how he feels about the tea baggers with their racist remarks and spitting on people, these people will never get far they exclude to many people, they want to take the country back 50 years, it's not going to happen, we young people are not going to let that happen, and if the republican really believe they are going to clean house in November they better think again, running on denying healthcare for millions of people is just not that impressive.

    March 23, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  15. Arthur

    Mr. Steele means insurance company, not normal people.

    March 23, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  16. james

    That's a great metaphor, except that the doctor is giving you something that's good for you. Well done Steele.

    March 23, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  17. Lou Faber

    "This government knows no bounds" Steele said. And this RNC Chairman knows no decency. But when you are bereft of real ideas (well other than tort reform to limit damage awards against Doctors who donate heavily) I suppose this is the best you can do. Do some in the Democratic Party seek too much by way of government, of course, but when you are faced with a Party whose sole platform seems to be NO, why are we surprised at the outcome. And, Michael, you might want to recall that something (by way of reform and expanded health coverage) is always better than nothing (which you offer so willingly).

    March 23, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  18. Ben K

    Pure desparation from the GOP. They have some good ideas on the economy, they just need to ditch the Talk Radio and FoxNews fundamentalists.

    March 23, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  19. shut up big mouth

    Steek is all talk no walk.

    March 23, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  20. RJ

    The Wizard of OZ is at it again ! Which party led America to the worst Economic melt down since the Great Depression-Republicans ! This party is truly Anti-American, how can they fight Health Care Reform using the excuse of 1-Trillion over 10years, when we just spent 1-Tillion in 1 year over Weapons of Mass Destruction that we never found ! Let's add this up 1) Two Wars(No plan to pay for it!) 2) Two tax cuts for the Rich 3) Alllowing Wall Street to Steal without a tomorrow adds up to they should be hiding under a rock !!!

    March 23, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  21. GEE

    I have complained enough about the Idiot Dems and their Madam Idiot of a Leader.

    March 23, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  22. shucks

    And they think the democrats are scared of Palin? Pelosi makes Palin look like a comic book character.

    March 23, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  23. Mickey

    Republicans are domestic terrorists.

    March 23, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  24. Tram

    Hey, Pelosi hasn't done anything to be fired for. Newt Gingrich did, and there were millions of Americans dancing when he packed up his toys and left. He was a major embarrassment to the American people, but then again, what Republican hasn't been an embarrassment in the last 20 years?

    March 23, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  25. RandyT

    From figures posted on president Bush's own White House web site from 2000-2007 we lost 3.4 million manufacturing jobs! So with a Republican congress and Republican White House we lost all these jobs. They and their deregulations caused the worse finacial melt down since the Great Depression. Now we should hire them back?

    How do you define insanity? Doing the same thing that fails over and over again!

    March 23, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
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