Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Michael Steele, pretending to stand up for black politicians everywhere

The GOP's least convincing huckster has another one:
Appearing on Face The Nation, RNC Chairman Michael Steele objected to the report that President Obama has asked David Paterson not to run. "I found that to be stunning, that the White House would send word to one of only two black governors in the country not to run for reelection," said Steele. Steele denied that he thought race played a role in the decision, but also added: "It raises a curious point for me. I think Gov. Paterson's numbers are about the same as Gov. Corzine's. The president is with Gov. Corzine."
So Mike will endorse Paterson over Giuliani? Really? He'd be a pretty shitty party manager if he did that. Is he going to endorse Artur Davis for Alabama Governor across party lines? No? Then stop talking to me.

But there is something that disturbs me about this. Back when he was mouthing off originally about himself, he got unrelentingly negative press. Now, he's engaging in race-baiting and standard-issue wingnuttery on health care, it seems that the media doesn't treat him as much as a joke anymore. Indeed, he still gets booked on Sunday morning shows. Ugh.

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Problem: I have lots of opinions on politics and culture that I need to vent. If I do not do this I will wind up muttering to myself, and that's only like one or two steps away from being a hobo. Solution: I write two blogs. A political blog that has some evident sympathies (pro-Obama, mostly liberal though I dissent on some issues, like guns and trade) and a culture blog that does, well, cultural essays in a more long-form manner. My particular thing is taking overrated things (movies, mostly, but other things too) down a peg and putting underrated things up a peg. I'm sort of the court of last resort, and I tend to focus on more obscure cultural phenomena.