“I don’t know”: Michael Steele on whether GOP is ready to lead

RNC Chair Michael Steele wrote a book. He’s on a book tour. That means Steele is doing media. And, that’s usually good for our side.

Yesterday, Steele had a rare moment of clarity. He said what most of us already know: The GOP isn’t ready to lead. If the chair of the Republican National Committee doesn’t have the confidence that his party is ready to take control of Congress — and the chair of the RNC knows the GOP House leaders like Boenher, then, wow, they’re in worse shape then we think. Via Hotline On Call:

Appearing on Sean Hannity’s nationally syndicated show the same day his new book, “Right Now,” hit store shelves, Steele said the GOP is set for “nice pick-ups” in the House. But, he said, at the moment there aren’t enough candidates to take out enough Dems.

“I can’t give a number [of seats the GOP will win] yet, because like I said, we’re just now beginning to look at the races,” Steele said. Asked if GOPers will take back the House, Steele confessed: “Not this year.”

“I don’t know all the candidates yet,” Steele continued, according to a transcript of the show. “We still have some vacancies that need to get filled, but then the question we need to ask ourselves is: If we do that, are we ready?”

In fact, when Hannity followed up on the point, Steele said he doesn’t know if the GOP is ready to take back the reins of power.

“I don’t know. And that’s what I’m assessing and evaluating right now. Those candidates who are looking to run have to be anchored in these principles,” he said, referring to 5 conservative ideals he lays out in his new tome. “If they don’t [anchor themselves], then they’ll get to Washington, and they’ll start drinking that Potomac River water, and they’ll get drunk with power and throw the steps out the window.”

Republicans don’t know how to lead. Witness George Bush and the GOP-led Congress. They led the country into a very deep ditch.


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