April 2nd, 2010
09:00 AM ET
13 years ago

RNC's bridge to conservatives on shaky ground?

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/02/art.steele.gi.jpg caption="Michael Steele and the RNC have been beset by recent setbacks."]Washington (CNN) - A nearly $2,000 bar tab at a bondage-themed Hollywood night club has continued to cast a shadow on the Republican National Committee and has raised questions over the ability of its chairman, Michael Steele, to lead the party to victory in November 2010.

Conservatives started criticizing Steele, the former lieutenant governor of Maryland, after he blasted radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh last year and later apologized. Some of the party faithful are also critical for his spending. And some fear he's not positioning the GOP well enough to hammer vulnerable Democrats in mid-term elections this fall.

Republican strategist Mary Matalin, noting the recent club tab controversy's effect on the chairman, offered Steele advice, saying he "needs to take a step back and ... raise some money and do some turnout and get the job done."

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  1. Sniffit

    Pro-active hiring efforts for the disabled are all well and good CNN, but seriously, find a photographer who's not blind. Always nice to see a picture of Mushmouth mid-stupid though.

    April 2, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  2. WI-Cheesehead

    GOP is all about short sightedness.
    Anyone remember Alan Keyes being propped up in IL to run against Obama for the US Senate seat?
    Fast forward, Michael Steele's shelf life has expired he was propped up there to give the GOP a good image and that ploy didn't work now he must go, and the end as usual will justify the means of how they get rid of him.

    April 2, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  3. ross berg- Buffalo NY

    There's little doubt that the Dems fondest hope is that somehow he stays at the RNC.

    He's certainly the gift that keeps on giving!!!

    April 2, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    It's Good Friday, so in keeping with the theme I'm just going to say that the brother needs Jesus! He is so screwed poor clueless thing!

    We kept telling Mikey to shut up and bail out! We told him the GOP was just looking to use and abuse him. We also told him that he had no skills, but would he listen?? Nooooooo!

    Now look at him. God bless his I'm-in-way-over-my-head little heart!

    April 2, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  5. Robert

    Like where else are they going to go?

    It's like disaffected gays... are they going to start voting Republican over dissatisfaction with Democrats???

    Unless they decide to vote 3rd party, which most constituent groups won't... the Republicans will bet on support for conservatives regardless of their missteps..

    April 2, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  6. jackson


    When the GOP fails to take back either the house or the senate later this year, guess who the party faithful will choose to be their scapegoat? You don't think they will blame themselves do you?

    April 2, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  7. Why cant the antichrist be a woman?

    bye bye uncle Mikie.

    April 2, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  8. Michelle

    Steele, Palin, Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity...all liars. They are interested in one thing only: raising money for themselves. They do not care about Americans, least of all those who need jobs and heath care. When Rush told Republicans to make sure Obama "fails," he set this in motion. It is going to backfire on them. We are sick of Palin...she is way too easy to discredit. We are sick of Limbaugh's chest pounding lies, sick of Beck's tearful threats about the demise of the Republic, and just plain sick of Hannity's smug little declarations. So, bye, bye, conservatives. Make way for the adults.

    April 2, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  9. David

    The GOP is spending their donor's money in Hawaii and at a bondage-themed Hollywood night club. I guess that doesn't settle too well with the fiscal conservative or family values crowds. Maybe they should just throw out a few key words to get their base frothing at the mouth again with a pavlovian response. You know....just say 'Pelosi',' Reid', 'Obama', 'Tax cuts for the rich', 'socialism', 'taking away our freedom' and their base will open their wallets again.

    April 2, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  10. JoeVnt

    Who are the Republicans, anyway? Are they the tragically mis-informed followers of Sarah Palin? Are they the biggots with Rush is Right bumper stickers? Are they the pro-choice followers of Scott Brown (that is if he doesn't have a change of heart before the next election)? Are they the fiscally conservative, or the same spend thrifts that stood next to Bush when he increased prescription drug benefits in Medicare to create the largest deficit inducing item in the past 20 years? Are they for fiscal restraint, or are they for further tax cuts that have only lead are nation to larger deficits (fact)? Please, can some one help me on this one...I'm not sure I'm willing to donate a dime!

    April 2, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |