Michael Steele's Glass House

Did the GOP chairman really just fix his mouth to call someone out for being all flash and no substance?


The real question Americans are asking is, "What has President Obama actually accomplished?"… It is unfortunate that the president’s star power has outshined tireless advocates who have made real achievements working towards peace and human rights. One thing is certain — President Obama won’t be receiving any awards from Americans for job creation, fiscal responsibility, or backing up rhetoric with concrete action.

 – GOP Chairman Michael Steele on President Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize.


The Republican National Committee chairman’s recent comments beg the question: What has Michael Steele actually accomplished for the GOP?  

How has he backed up his rhetoric with concrete action? How is he more than “just star power?” What has he done toward “peace and human rights?”

Has the chairman presented any original thoughts for improving the lives of Americans?

What Steele has been exceedingly effective at is insulting black people’s intelligence since he became RNC chairman. He’s also made a habit of insulting the country’s first black president rather than engage him on legitimate policy matters.   

Let’s start with the Nobel Peace Prize. It is valid to debate whether the award was given for political reasons and more for President Obama’s potential than what he has done so far. I won’t go into the merits of that issue, because I believe the Nobel jury’s recent comments explaining their decision speak for themselves.

But the comments from Steele are laden with irony, being that he doesn’t even have credibility within his own party. His climb to the pinnacle of the GOP is an exercise in political opportunism and rank tokenism that left many people wondering why he deserved the job given his inability to raise money in past campaigns, and his then-low national profile. The membership chose him as chairman 10 days after  Obama‘s inauguration solely because they wanted to put a black face on a mostly white political party rather than actually reform the party’s well-deserved reputation for being anti-black.