Steele feels like Caesar
January 19th, 2011
10:04 AM ET
12 years ago

Steele feels like Caesar

(CNN) – It doesn't appear former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele will be patching things up any time soon with his onetime friend and protégé Reince Priebus – the man who took Steele's job.

"I know exactly how Caesar felt," Steele told the FrumForum website. "It is what it is."

Before orchestrating Steele's ouster from the top GOP post, Priebus was the ex-chairman's trusted aide and the committee's top lawyer – a venerable position Steele handed to Priebus.

But Steele says he now believes Priebus, also the chairman of the Wisconsin GOP, was secretly plotting against him for months despite what appeared to be unfettered loyalty.

"I trust my friends. Well, I guess the adage is right. In Washington, you should get a dog… We put a lot of resources in Wisconsin over the last two years… that's what you do for [the] team," said Steele.
Members of the RNC elected Priebus to the top job on Friday.

Steele will be guest on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer later Wednesday.

Filed under: Michael Steele • Reince Priebus
soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Steele does what republicans do best: whine about losing a fair election! Even if it means likening his own party, and his fellow republican to one of the most famous traitors in human history.

    Has it occured to Steele that maybe it was his own incompetence that got him fired? That maybe, just maybe he lost fair and square?

    January 19, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  2. Oy Vey Az

    Why all the boohoo ? When you knowingly take the job of lightening rod you have to expect to get burned sooner or later.
    Next filiment please ...

    January 19, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  3. Liberal4Obama

    The republicans self of entitlement, outright arrogance and elitism are mind boggling.

    January 19, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  4. Doug

    Steele should feel like Palin: Stupid

    January 19, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  5. Randy, San Francisco

    Steele's wound was self-inflected. He should find blame on his own shortcomings and incompetence.

    January 19, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  6. The unsub

    tried to warn ya! But nooooooo, ya didn't wanna listen! Put your efforts behind Obama and you will be LEGENDARY!!!!

    January 19, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  7. billp

    How fitting an exit from Steele; he went out the way he came in – no class whatsoever.

    January 19, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  8. Surprise Surprise

    Why did the GOP oust Steele? He got them the majority in the House, and made gains in the Senate. This is simply a confirmation of what everyone already knew... the GOP won because of factors beyond their control. In other words, they won seats not by good leadership or ideas, but by economic timing and public ignorance. Otherwise, Steele would have been credited, and coveted by the GOP, not "caesared". Please do your homework and make informed decisions. This is not against conservatives, just the GOP who calls themselves conservatives. Yes, there is a difference.

    January 19, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  9. LIP

    Steele did a great job for the Republican National Committee, but with that said, welcome to the real world, where there are no guarantees and it is dog eat dog survival. Hopefully there won't be any sour grapes over what took place.

    January 19, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  10. kyle

    Backstabbbing, the GOP way!!!!!!!

    January 19, 2011 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  11. thomas

    Pure EGO ?
    Go find a real job , maybe a plumer !

    January 19, 2011 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  12. Sorensen

    Has he gone totally nuts? He is a mediocre GOP worker who did a terrible job.

    January 19, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  13. AEK

    As much as I have come to dislike this Republican clown, I do feel a certain amount of sympathy for him. He was set up by his "friends" to create the appearance of inclusiveness in the Republican Party which we all know is false (see recent gay bashing incident). But the characterization that he is Caesar is a little over the top. Et tu stupid?

    January 19, 2011 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  14. Kwesoe

    Tseng Tzu said: Every day I examine myself on three counts. In what I have undertaken on another's behalf, have I failed to do my best? In my dealings with my friends have I failed to be trustworthy in what I say? Have I passed on to others anything that I have not tried myself? Well, chairman Steel, how do you examine yourself?

    January 19, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  15. Howard

    Only a fool places his faith in the loyalty of fellow Republicans, and certainly any African-American who believes in the Republican Party should get his bullbleep detector recalibrated.

    January 19, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  16. megan

    Mike you knew that they was using you long before this. That"s what happen when the love of money is your main focus. You tried to turn your on race against the prez. You lied about him nancy,harry and others. The prez never said anything bad about you. Man you is lower then a snake.

    January 19, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  17. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Steele is embarrassed because he knows he has made a total fool of himself and it was his own doing, Caesar was no fool.

    January 19, 2011 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  18. AC

    Steele, don't flatter yourself, you should feel more like Uncle Tom than Caesar. You were a pawn all the time with this little girl Priebus. Just wait until they catch him in high heels and with lipstick, he will fall just like you!

    January 19, 2011 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  19. sheppard

    Maybe Priebus just got tired of watching you screw everything up.........

    January 19, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  20. Margo

    "We put a lot of resources in Wisconsin over the last two years." lol! The best politicians money can buy...
    Typical Republican.

    January 19, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  21. Beverly - NYC

    Oh poor baby, Mr. Steele are you really that trusting? It took 7 votes to "win" your election. Your powers as RNC chair were diminshed almost immediately and you thought the Good ole Boy's party had your back. After President Obama's election, you, Mr. Steele only possessed the right hue,and a big mouth to say what the paler member of your party couldn't say without repercussions. Ask JC Watts how that knife felt in his back. You served the purpose they intentended you to serve now you're out like yesterday's newspaper. I'm sure those old white guy are sending in those checks fast and furious now, and you will continue to be a talking head for the RNC accepting whatever scraps they throw your way. Good luck with that.

    January 19, 2011 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  22. Taking Back America; One Vote At A Time

    Oh Good Grief! The ONLY positive on this dude's resume is he was sitting in the leadership position and simply benefited frrom the "Anti-Obama" vote in the last election. That's All!

    January 19, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  23. civility is cool

    I never ceases to amaze me when politians use every dirty trick up their sleeve against their political rivals, but then cry foul when those same tactics are used against THEM. Grow up Michael . . . politics is a dirty business.

    January 19, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  24. Sam

    So Steele is comparing himself to Caesar? Considering the way he's run the RNC the last few years a more apt comparison would be to Larry, Curly, and Moe. I know your fellow Republians threw you under the bus Michael, but I don't feel all that sorry for you. Your problems were for the most part of your own making.

    January 19, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |