While it's fun to watch Steele play Charlie Brown as the Rush Limbaugh wing cries "You blockhead!", there are puzzling exchanges.
“Comments attributed to Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele are very troubling, and despite his clarification today the party stands to lose many of its members and a great deal of its support in the trenches of grass-roots politics,” former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-Ark.) said in a posting on his blog. “For Chairman Steele to even infer that taking a life is totally left up to the individual is not only a reversal of Republican policy and principle, but it's a violation of the most basic of human rights — the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
Former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, a conservative rival who ultimately backed Steele's bid for chairman, also lambasted him in a written statement.
“Chairman Steele needs to reread the Bible, the U.S. Constitution and the 2008 GOP Platform,” said Blackwell. “He then needs to get to work or get out of the way.”
Huckabee is apparently dating the history of the Republican Party only back to the year 1AR (After Reagan), which is pretty much standard. But what is Blackwell talking about as far as reading the U.S. Constitution? Steele said that abortion is an individual choice. Reading the Constitution won't disabuse him of that notion, as it doesn't mention abortion. (Nor does the Bible, but that's a whole can of worms.) Does Blackwell have a hot-off-the-presses edition the rest of us haven't seen?
As for the "get to work or get out of the way" bit, it's nice to know that the abuse of party chairmen is a bipartisan pastime.