Time to Go After Obama Directly, Says Steele

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 19, 2009 4:43 PM CDT
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele takes the stage to speak during the National Rifle Association's 138th Annual Meetings & Exhibits Friday, May 15, 2009 in Phoenix.   (AP Photo/Matt York)
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(Newser) – Michael Steele told fellow Republicans to go after President Obama himself instead of lesser Democrats, the Washington Post reports. "If we have the courage of our convictions, and we do, then we will and we must stand up against disastrous policies, regardless of the president's popularity," the RNC chairman said in a speech. He called Obama's first 100 days a "reign of terror" and said the president has ceded his agenda "almost entirely to radicals like Nancy Pelosi."

Steele continued the themes of his recent media push, declaring that Obama's "honeymoon is over," along with the period of "navel-gazing" by Republicans. "The comeback has begun," he asserted. Steele dismissed strategy memos advising the GOP to shy away from Obama and go after Democrats such as "Pelosi whom nobody likes, and Harry Reid, who nobody knows."