Ignorance: Michael Steele Says Obama Won the Presidency Because of His Race
Apparently unable to learn from egregious mistakes from the recent past, RNC Chairman Michael Steele once again took to the radio airwaves today as a guest host for Bill Bennett. Earlier this week, Steele declared Ã¢â‚¬Å“an end to the era of Republicans looking backward.Ã¢â‚¬Â This morning, however, Steele revisited the 2008 election to insist that President Obama had never been Ã¢â‚¬Å“vettedÃ¢â‚¬Â because the press Ã¢â‚¬Å“fell in love with the black manÃ¢â‚¬Â:
STEELE: The problem that we have with this president is that we donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know [Obama]. He was not vetted, folks. Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ He was not vetted, because the press fell in love with the black man running for the office. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Oh gee, wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t it be neat to do that? Gee, wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t it make all of our liberal guilt just go away? We can continue to ride around in our limousines and feel so lucky to live in an America with a black president.Ã¢â‚¬Â Okay thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s wonderful, great scenario, nice backdrop. But what does he stand for? What does he believe? Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ So we donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know. We just donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know.
Steele lamented the Ã¢â‚¬Å“missed opportunityÃ¢â‚¬Â in Ã¢â‚¬Å“dissectingÃ¢â‚¬Â Rev. Jeremiah WrightÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s influence on Obama, and Ã¢â‚¬Å“the lessons [Obama] learned at his [Wright's] knee.Ã¢â‚¬Â Listen to it:
That Steele would suggest Obama won the presidency because of his race is striking considering that Steele himself has had to face Ã¢â‚¬â€ and bat down Ã¢â‚¬â€ similar allegations. In 2006, when Steele ran for lieutenant governor in Maryland, a Baltimore Sun editorial said that he brought Ã¢â‚¬Å“little to the team but the color of his skin.Ã¢â‚¬Â Steele slammed the implication as Ã¢â‚¬Å“pure ignoranceÃ¢â‚¬Â: