Republican National Committee chair Michael Steele has never been especially
with the GOP establishment. In recent months, his splits with party
and embarrassing scandals
brought more than a few calls
from the right for Steele's resignation
. Today is another of those
days for Steele, with several conservative commentators calling for his
head over his criticism of the
war in Afghanistan
. "This was a war of Obama's choosing. This was
not something the United States had actively prosecuted or wanted to
engage in." The obvious factual mistake aside--the war began in 2001
under Bush--conservatives are furious that their party hard would
condemn one of the few policies on which they agree with Obama. In
response, some are calling for Steele's resignation. Here's what they're
- Resign This Weekend The Weekly Standard's William Kristol writes,
"You are, I know, a patriot. So I ask you to consider, over this July 4
weekend, doing an act of service for the country you love: Resign as
chairman of the Republican party. ... At a time when Gen. Petraeus has
just taken over command, when Republicans in Congress are pushing for a
clean war funding resolution, when Republicans around the country are
doing their best to rally their fellow citizens behind the mission, your
comment is more than an embarrassment. It’s an affront, both to the
honor of the Republican party and to the commitment of the soldiers
fighting to accomplish the mission they’ve been asked to take on by our
- 'Lost the Moral Authority' RedState's Erick Erickson writes, "The war in Afghanistan is not a war of Barack Obama’s choosing. It is a
war of Al Qaeda and the Taliban’s choosing. We responded. Michael Steele
must resign. He has lost all moral authority to lead the GOP."
- Wrong to Make Afghan War About Politics David Frum writes, "Maybe the strategy is
genuinely wrong. Maybe the Afghanistan commitment is not worth the
costs. Maybe instituting a stable central government in Afghanistan is
an over-ambitious project. Again: fine. But with the guns firing, that’s
a point of view to advocate in a serious and considered way, as part of
a debate over national interests, not to score political points. The
debate should be aimed at finding a resolution in Afghanistan that is
maximally successful for the U.S. and partners, not the way that is
maximally humiliating to the president. Obama may fail in Afghanistan.
But if he does, the whole country fails with him."
Wars Not a Partisan Issue Conservative military blogger Black Five fumes,"To say this
about the Commander in Chief at a critical moment in the war is
unforgivable. Many of us obviously have grave disagreements with some of
Obama's moves, but to try and lay the war on his door step and say that
he not the country is responsible for it is outrageous. America fights
its wars as the United States, not a political party or individual.
Michael Steele failed that critical test and he needs to go."
- More Calls of Resignation Are Forthcoming Talking Points
Memo's Brian Beutler writes, "Republicans are furious with RNC
Chairman Michael Steele. ... Steele has no shortage of enemies in the
GOP and many of them sense an opportunity here. In fact, several, both
privately and publicly, are saying this is the last straw: Steele should
resign. ... I'm told that more high profile Republicans -- operatives
-- will come forward shortly with condemnations, and even demands of
resignation, later today. Stay tuned."
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