Did I declare last week Michael Steele Week? Do we need to declare March Michael Steele month? Maybe! Let's see what the puppy dragged in:
- Joe the Plumber does not like Michael Steele! This is because the Republican Party is perfect in every way, and that's why it has been doing so well, and to suggest otherwise is treason or something. Hey, Michael, if it ain't broke, etc., etc., or some other dumb "populist" phrase.
- Michael wants the GOP to have new interweb things! To accomplish this heady goal, he has sent out the worst, most vague RFP you can possibly imagine. Like the Republican Party itself, the proposal is long on murky philosophy and completely lacking in specifics. "If it's going to be 'outside the box' — then not only keep it outside the box, but take it to someplace the box hasn't even reached yet," Steele helpfully suggests. I've been involved in a very similar RFP, and if we had turned in something like this, we all would have been laughed at and then fired. I pity whomever gets stuck with the job.
- A new Michael Steele interview! Yay! I was afraid he'd go uninterviewed for an entire day! "My goal is not to embarrass my party," he claims. Also: "The mice that are scurrying about the Hill are upset because they no longer have access to the cheese." Thanks for clearing that up! What about the gays? "We’re not saying, 'Don’t come.' We’re saying, 'There is a right way to come.'" Ha, ha, just kidding; he was saying that about immigration. And, finally, will Michael take everybody's advice and not go on TV so much? "No." Yay!
UPDATE: That RFP? There's a pretty compelling case to be made that it's purposely perfunctory because Steele already has his web team chosen, which is one of those "technically illegal but everybody does it" kinda things. Still, though, did they really have to make it that lame?
UPDATE: The Hill reports this morning more infighting, and that "Following a series of misstatements that have resulted in criticism from both inside and outside the GOP, Steele canceled a number of interviews scheduled for this week, including one with The Hill, ostensibly to focus on hiring several senior staffers." (Emphasis mine. Booo!)