Monday, March 09, 2009

Rip it Up and Start Again

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!)


John said...

I went and read the RFP.

Oh. My. God.

If I came up with something like as a project spec I'd be fired. And deserve it.

The whole thing screams, "We don't know what the fuck we want, but it worked for Obama, so get on it!"

Chris said...

I'll be honest: When I got to the Flash section of the RFP, my mouth literally dropped open in horror.

...they have literally no idea what they're doing, do they?

Matty Boy said...

45 days is plenty of time! That's just six weeks, and everybody in software knows that things either take half a day, two days or six weeks.

Done and done! Next project!

Karen Zipdrive said...

They should have gone to the graphic art departmenst of area community colleges and announced a design contest. Winner gets a free iPod shuffle.

Lulu Maude said...

Oh, my... You can see why Michael got the job. Has any other RNC chair generated this much press attention?

Michael Steele month! Let's have one!

You, dear Pony, really know how to spot 'em. You found this guy when he was a nobody talking up Mom and puppies.

Madduane said...

"ostensibly to focus on hiring several senior staffers"

Including a new chairman?

Uncle Glenny said...

"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,"

Hire my cats! That describes them perfectly! And I really need them to bring in some income...