Michael Steele Rejects Calls for His Resignation: 'Not Me Baby!'
In a memo to her fellow RNC members yesterday, Dr. Ada Fisher said that their newly elected chairman, Michael Steele, is Ã¢â‚¬Å“Ã¢â‚¬Ëœeroding confidenceÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ in the GOP and that members of his transition team should encourage him to step aside.Ã¢â‚¬Â She reiterated her argument on MSNBCÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Rachel Maddow Show last night. FisherÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s memo echoed reports in Politico that anonymous Ã¢â‚¬Å“key party leadersÃ¢â‚¬Â are beginning to feel that Ã¢â‚¬Å“the GOP has made a costly mistake.Ã¢â‚¬Â
This morning, Steele indirectly responded to the call for his resignation as he guest-hosted Bill BennettÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s conservative talk radio program Morning in America. A caller said to Steele, Ã¢â‚¬Å“I hope that Paul Bagalla and Emanuel and Carville donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t convince you to resign your position.Ã¢â‚¬Â Steele responded, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Not me baby!Ã¢â‚¬Å“:
STEELE: ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been a good week, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been an instructive week. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s really what I take away from a week like this. Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ The instruction is particularly for republicans is that you need to stay focused, other wise you get scapegoated. [Ã¢â‚¬Â¦]
CALLER: I hope that Paul Bagalla and Emanuel and Carville donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t convince you to resign your position.
STEELE: Aww, trust me. Not me Baby! Nuh-uh. Not happening. No way, no how!