March 23rd, 2010
06:22 PM ET
12 years ago

Steele defends 'Fire Pelosi' Web page

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" 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. kendrick2aa

    Almost feels like Mr Steele is trying to win some points within his party.
    Wouldn't a website with fire any republicans in congress be good ? As best I know they did not participate in the health care debate, only whine and moan.

    March 23, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  2. people

    this guy is the biggest clown

    March 23, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  3. Gary Jaje

    She is the most out of touch person on this planet. The only worse politicians I've ever heard open their mouth were Ted Kennedy, Barney Frank, and John Kerry. Maybe it's time America makes these people we elect, accountable.

    March 23, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  4. Robert

    Steele is a fool..

    Republicans claim they support the CBO and that the CBO's numbers are valid...

    The CBO says this bill will trim the deficit by 145 billion the first 10 years, and 1.3 Trillion the 2nd 10 years.

    The Republicans then state Pelosi is responsible for the 'demise' of 1/6 of our economy...

    Either you accept CBO as a valid provider of budgetary numbers or you don't.

    This bill is Republicans' Waterloo, not Pelosi's or Obama's.

    March 23, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  5. Patinokla.

    Power to Steele! Maybe Pelosi will believe us, that this is not what we wanted, at the next Senate election! She wouldn't listen to the shouts of the people before then.

    March 23, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  6. Erik...

    I remember when millions of Americans and MILLIONS of other citizens from different nations opposed the war in Iraq...and did so for years....yet I don't recall that administration listening to those voices.


    March 23, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  7. usualone

    The Republicans are the sorest losers in politics. Thus such a repugnant ad. I don't remember the Democrats acting so poorly when their issues have been lost. If the reverse were true in G.W. Bush's first election and the Supreme Court had picked Gore to win, I cannot imagine how absolutely terrible the Repubs would have reacted. Maybe that would make a good movie. Everything the current day Republican who is out there in front illustrates to me why they are a dispicable party. Whatever happened to decent discourse? How uncivilized they are...

    March 23, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  8. Socrates43

    This so called Believers in God are a bunch or self rigtheous, selfishm mean spirited, hateful, hypocrites and insensivive. I am PROUD to be a LIBERAL.. that allows me to say that I am compassionate and kind and sensitive... and I don't mind paying if some american citizens can't afford health insurance.. and I am sure many of them are democrats and republicans.Anyway.. it doesn't surprise me the stand that the GOP has about the health insurance. They oppose to everything.. but they forget that NIXON went to China ignoring the lack of human rights that government had.. and all so many republicans can benefit from the cheap labor China had.. and that was the reason many american compan ies, with executives that favor the republican party, closed factories to open new ones in China.
    These so called believers in GOD are no different than Hitler, Papa Duvalier, MArcos, SOmoZa, Pinochet.. and they could care less about 4,300 young soldiers died in a war made of lies and deception. I despise these hypocrites... even parasites have a funtion in life.. these ones think only about their pockets.. and whwt they get from oil and insurance companies.

    March 23, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  9. Glenda Smith

    I truly believe the Pelosi needs to be fired! She has lied, manipulated, schemed, in every which way possible to force House Democrats to pass Obamacare with bribes and dishonesty. Shame on her and ALL the DEMOCRATS!!!!!!! The American People or "We the People" will NOT forget and we WILL vote each and everyone of the Dems out!
    Your fired!

    March 23, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  10. mary

    Why is it that Michael Steele always tries to defend the indefensible?

    March 23, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  11. Radium

    Steele needs to go!!!! Sorry excuse for the republican answer to President Obama's election!!! Sorry Steele you are not even worthy to walk the Obama dog!!!!

    March 23, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  12. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but...

    Excuse me, Mikey, how does a huge giveaway to the insurance and pharmaceutical industries constitute the demise of one sixth of our economy? You'd think republican'ts would be all for it. Insurance stocks are up. Coincidence? Just keep up the fear tactics, they're all you have left. Have a nice day!

    March 23, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  13. gg

    The real fire is the fire in the fighting spirit of the Democrats as they continue to provide a better way for the American people.

    March 23, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  14. Dave Ocame

    I think Michael Steele is either blissfully ignorant or wasn't around for the 8 years of Bush and his republican old boys. Exactly how he determines Nancy Pelosi to be 1/6th (why not 1/8th or 5/16ths?) I'll never understand.

    Anyway, we the people voted in the congress-people who put this bill through, I think it's up to we the people to have their backs and vote for them next term. This bill isn't perfect, but it's better than the nothing we had before. Anyone who thinks we don't need this bill is simply inconsiderate and uncaring of others and are thinkg only of themselves.

    March 23, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  15. Lynda/Minnesota

    Great to see a woman bring the GOP down!

    Go Nancy! You be da one!

    March 23, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  16. Michele

    Gee, these Republicans are such gracious losers...let's see, they use the n word whenever they want to, they spit on people, they make Obama out to be Hitler,they threaten to shoot anyone in their way, they hide behind Palin, they portray Pelosi as a demon...yeah, they sure are good old boys with an agenda. Instead of working to make this a GOOD bill that we need, they spend all their time lying about parts of it, and doing everything in their power to bring down the President. Wait until November, and we can sweep all these naysayers out the back down with their tails between their legs. (And then I read that Dems are nasty...right!)

    March 23, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  17. Bob

    Pelosi is a whack job!!!! How do people like this make it into office??? Oh yeah rulz everything...we have sold out to the devil in all aspects of our government...this world and especially our country is a joke...down with and career politicians!!!!

    March 23, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  18. historian

    What I would like to see is the real benefits of this health reform, not what Steel portraits – I have got a lot to lose as I am on a Medicare Advantage Plan, but the children and young Americans should all have health care. It is sad that he is taking such an ugly part in this big mess. What is his stand on congressmen and women being harrassed, spit on and call vile names? Loss of respect for one another is being mirrored to young adults who will someday be taking their places. What will America look like in 50 years?

    March 23, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  19. ss

    Still is doing his job. Slinging mud – He hopes to get something out of it in the long run. I say "Not". If you really listen to him; he appears to have no more sense the Palin " Oops did I say the P word.

    March 23, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  20. Intimidated by Pelosi?

    Poor Republicans!! They are all intimidated by a person who just happens to get stuff done!! Now us Democrats didn't get intimidated by Sara Palin did we? Oh, forgot for a second – she QUIT!!! Hahahaha!!!

    March 23, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  21. Dave Ocame

    right on Obama!

    March 23, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  22. jason cummings

    fire her and her president and vice president

    March 23, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  23. Dee

    The who affair will be a history lesson. A lesson that will demostrate that evil will be trumped in November and in 2012. Since our leaders fail to listen to the will of the people. Obama and Pelosie are out there to make a name and a buck for themselves. This health bill is the sword that will deflate the empire. TAlso, these two fail to realize life is cyclic and power lasts for a short time and they too will be out in ther streets looking for employement like the rest of us. Mybe they will see the light when they are devoring peanut and butter sandwiches for dinner. Electing Obama was one the sadest days in history if not one of the worse mistakes. our country has made. Futhermore, Obama equates to socialism and government handouts which is an indirect method to seek power and control of the people.

    March 23, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  24. Bobbie

    Getting rid of Pelosi has always been a great idea. Unfortunately, I think it's too late. The damage has already been done. Isn't it interesting that they delayed the implementation of this boondoggle until after they all get a chance to run for re-election!? At least when the true cost of this legislation becomes known, and the economy tanks, we'll all know who to blame. So long America, it's been good to know you.

    March 23, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  25. Shesgottago

    I find the backdrop very fitting. Only improvement would be adding a pitch fork!

    March 23, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
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