Flashback: Steele Said He Doesn’t Play “Race Game,” Claimed Dems Do

Via Plum Line

As noted below, Michael Steele suggested today that he has less margin for error as RNC chair because of his race. Asked if this was a problem, Steele replied: “The honest answer is Yes.”

But here’s Steele, back in November:

When I ran for the United States Senate and I was called an Uncle Tom by leading Democrats in the country, when I was called a slave by Steny Hoyer who is now the majority leader in the House, no one came running to my defense, and no one seemed to think that that was racist at the time. I don’t play the race card, I don’t play the race game, the way some tend to want to do.

And here’s Steele, back in December:

I’m kinda sick and tired of the left and Democrats in this country when they get in trouble and don’t get their way and their backs are up against the wall on legislation or whatever it is their trying to do, they go to that card, they play that race card, that slavery card, that civil rights card.

All this aside, there’s another element to Steele’s claim today that’s worth considering. Who, precisely, does Steele think gives him less room for error because of his race? Seems like there are only two possibilities here: He’s either talking about the media, or about fellow Republicans.

So, either Steele believes media figures are covering the RNC’s travails more aggressively because of his race. Or he’s saying racial bias is partly motivating his Republican critics, whose real motive, obviously, is that they’re worried about the damage Steele is doing to their party.


J said... / Apr 7, 2010, 2:26:00 PM  

I hate it when I agree with lefties dammit.

J said... / Apr 7, 2010, 2:30:00 PM  

Well, gotta get a jab in here somehow...he's JUST LIKE OBAMA! :) Saying one thing and then doing something else, inconsistent, makes all kinds of gaffes, isn't up for the job, etc..!

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