Bent Steele – The “Maxwell Smart” of Politics
From the what was he thinking category? Yesterday, Michael Steele put his foot in it again on CNN with this explanation of the recent dust-up with Rush Limbaugh.
Steele: I am very introspective about things. I don’t do — I am a cause and effect kind of guy. So if I do something, there’s a reason for it. Even, it may look like a mistake, a gaffe. There is a rationale, there’s a logic behind it.
Lemon: Even with the current events in news–
Lemon: There’s a rationale behind Rush, all that stuff?
Steele: Yup. Yup.
Lemon: You want to share it with us?
Steele: Sure, I want to see what the landscape looks like. I want to see who yells the loudest, I wanted to know who says they’re with me but really isn’t.
Lemon: How does that help you?
Steele: It helps me understand my position on the chess board. It helps me understand, you know, where the enemy camp is and where those who are inside the tent are.
Lemon: It’s all strategic?
Steele: It’s all strategic.
Ok, I get it. You purposefully set off a nuke and then you run for cover in a bunker in an undisclosed location. Huh? There must be something really, really wrong with Steele’s version of reality.
The real explanation behind Steele’s strategic explanation of his strategic moves of the last couple of months is that he is facing a vote of no-confidence next week in the special election in NY-20.
If the Republicans lose this winnable seat, Steele’s days will be numbered. Steele is simply trying to set the stage to explain why he failed before he loses the special elections after sending $200,000 of RNC resources into the seat formerly held by Kirsten Gillibrand (D) that has leaned Republican in the past.
The only strategic move here is the excuses that Steele comes up with to try to keep his job. The Maxwell Smart line – “Missed it by that much” seems to be the angle here. If the Republicans narrowly lose this race, “Sorry about that, Chief” is not going to be good enough for Steele to keep his post at the RNC.