GOP chair Steele says his race is an impediment

This is the second time, that I recall, that GOP chair Michael Steele has invoked his race as an impediment. This time he says it’s hurting his popularity, and suggests that Obama has the same problem. The White House responded, quite feistily in fact:

GOP Chairman Michael Steele shouldn’t blame criticism of his actions on race, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Monday.

Gibbs called Steele’s remark that criticism of his leadership is motivated by race “silly” during a meeting with reporters.

“I think Michael Steele’s problem isn’t the race card, it’s the credit card,” Gibbs added.

Steele in an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America” said he and President Barack Obama are held to a higher and unfair standard because they are black.

“The honest answer is, yes,” Steele said in response to a question about whether he has a slimmer margin for error because than past GOP chairmen because of his race. “Barack Obama has a slimmer margin. A lot of folks do.”

Gibbs is of course talking about last week’s lesbian bondage scandal that Steele was embroiled in.

Sucks to be RNC chair.

Sorry, poor word choice.

All jokes aside, this was quite the pointed response from Gibbs, going so far as to jab at the lesbian bondage scandal. In the past, the White House has been more prone to favor nice over nasty, when it comes to taking on Republicans. This comment from Gibbs is a small, but good, sign.

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