Steele: Losing RNC Post ‘Republican Justice’

Tuesday, 01 Feb 2011 08:33 AM

By Hiram Reisner

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Whether joking or not, former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele definitely took a swipe at the GOP, when discussing how he lost his re-election for the post on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher.”

steele, rnc, republican, justiceWhen Maher notedon Friday that the GOP had huge congressional victories in 2010 under Steele’s watch, and “your reward for that was that you got fired,” Steele replied: “Republican justice. You know the reality of it is — oops — no I don’t want to walk that back,” Steele said, apparently aware of the implications of what he just said.

“Remember two years ago, three years ago, you had a party that was on the front cover of Time magazine as an endangered species. We couldn’t find people to run for office let alone claim they were Republican,” he said. “So the reality of it was we went out around the country, we built it from the bottom-up. We went back to our grassroots.”

Maher then jabbed at former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, and Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., over perceived gaffes.

“She does get a little harder to defend, does she not?” Maher asked Steele about Palin, adding, “Between her and Michele Bachmann, I don’t know who knows history less.

“History is important. You've got to admit she got Sputnik all wrong,” Maher continued about Palin. “She gets everything all wrong. And the knives are out for her. They used to back off, and they can't do it anymore. She's just too stupid, even for them.”

Steele — known for some verbal gaffes of his own during his tenure as RNC chairman — said he resented the “stupid” comment and defended Palin.

”Look, I've been in those situations where you say something and you get the context wrong, you get dates wrong, you get things wrong,” conceding that the Republican “knives are out" for Palin. “I followed her tweet after that and she qualified what she was trying to say.”

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