GOP's Steele Really Might Have a Plan (or He's Nuts)

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 7, 2009 9:30 AM CDT
In this Jan. 30, 2009, file photo, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele speaks in Washington.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – How can the Republicans get back to being a big-tent majority? “I can’t believe I’m saying this,” writes Eugene Robinson in the Washington Post, but “it should start by paying more attention to the all-too-quotable Michael Steele.” Sure, the party chairman might be crazy, and might have delusions of grandeur, but he’s made some good points—before apologizing for them, anyway.

Steele made the sensible point that Rush Limbaugh is an entertainer, and that Republicans couldn’t govern to his whims. Then he said abortion was “an individual choice,” and homosexuality not a choice at all. While he took it all back, it’s just possible he was trying to make the GOP confront its big problem: narrow ideological and demographic appeal. “Michael Steele may indeed be crazy like fox,” says Robinson. “Still pretty crazy, though.”