Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Whoopsie! Now He's Really Put His Foot in It

Ruh-Roh! I don't know how Mikey is going to recover from this one: GQ, the fashion and skin care magazine for closeted hairdressers, just released their fabulous interview with the Puppy Man, and, um, what's this? Something about abortion:

(GQ) Are you saying you think women have the right to choose abortion?
(Steele) Yeah. I mean, again, I think that’s an individual choice.

(GQ) You do?
(Steele) Yeah. Absolutely.

Really! How interesting! That'll go over just GREAT with the people who are nervous about his "conservative" bona fides. He then goes on to say Roe vs. Wade should be overturned, that it should be a state issue, but a woman should have the right to choose, but states should be able to outlaw it, etc. etc. Confusing! Also, his "nervous nellie" constituents will love this about the homos:

(GQ) Do you think homosexuality is a choice?
(Steele) Oh, no. I don’t think I’ve ever really subscribed to that view, that you can turn it on and off like a water tap. Um, you know, I think that there’s a whole lot that goes into the makeup of an individual that, uh, you just can’t simply say, oh, like, “Tomorrow morning I’m gonna stop being gay.” It’s like saying, “Tomorrow morning I’m gonna stop being black.”

OMG, he is so fired! Less damning, but funnier, is when he tries to get down with the kids in the hood:

(GQ) Who do you listen to?
(Steele) I actually listen to a cross section, because I like to hear what the medium is saying, what the voice is.

(GQ) But do you have a favorite?
(Steele) P. Diddy I enjoy quite a bit.

(GQ) Do you want to rethink that?
(Steele) [laughs] I guess I’m sorta old-school that way. Remember, I came of age with the DJ and all this other stuff, so I’m also loving Grandmaster Flash, and that’s not hip-hop, but… Um, you know, I like Chuck D. And I always thought Snoop Dogg was—he just reminded me of the fellas back home. So I’ve always thoroughly enjoyed him.

Ah, the DJ! Remember back then when they had the DJ? How I miss those days. But then, tragically, the truth comes out:

(GQ) Who else?
(Steele) I like Sinatra. I like old-school. You know, Bing Crosby, Sinatra, Dean Martin. Love Dean Martin. He was one of these guys who just didn’t give an F. He just didn’t. Life was a party, and you either want to party or you don’t. But yeah, I like those. I’m a big Pack Rat. I love the Pack Rats from the 1950s—Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra, those guys.

(GQ) You mean the Rat Pack.
(Steele)The Rat Pack, yeah.

And with that, I have officially run out of words.

EDIT: I think Talking Points Memo officially nailed that last bit:

So Steele doesn't just sound like a middle-aged man trying to talk to his kids and failing to sound cool. He's also trying to talk to his parents and failing to sound cool.

UPDATE: TPM also called GQ and found out that the interview was conducted three weeks ago, before the Limbaugh thing. Those magazine lead-times will bite you in the butt if you don't watch out!


Mark said...

I sort of feel bad for Mikey. He seems to be out of his element. You'd think all that experience as a Lt. Gov. would prepare you for the national spotlight better. He's the best the GOP could find? I guess he was the right color for the job at least.

drew in sf said...

Yeah, he's a buffoon and certainly no 'real' Republican. He's doing his best (for all that's worth) with a job he probably never figured he'd get, or that if he did get it he'd actually have some power in it.

What about J.C. Watts? If they want a prominent black dude, he seems to be their best possible choice. I mean, he's a more fah real Republican as far as it goes. But he's also no sideshow, he was a little too critical of the GOP's minority outreach last year, and he probably doesn't want back in at this point.

Matty Boy said...

Princess, a humble subject beseeches you. Until he gets fired, and he WILL get fired, I think you should change the sub-header of this blog to "I keep track of Michael Steele so you don't have to."

He's the gift that keeps on giving, but gone... too soon.


HRH King Friday XIII, Ret. said...

Could this be the man that modernizes the Republican Party? Will he cast out the anti-abortion, pro-bigotry nutcases of the right? Will he elevate the Republican GOP into a party of inclusiveness and tolerance?

Naw, he'll be eaten alive by Rush Limbaugh before any of that happens.

Anonymous said...

The continuing Steele drama diverts serious attention and energy from RNC fundraising, candidate recruitment, hiring (who's going to want to work for a guy who'll be gone next week?) and building an organization. So it's a win-win for the forces of good and for America.

Major Mel Funkshun said...

"It’s like saying, “Tomorrow morning I’m gonna stop being black.” And I thought that was the whole reason for joining the Republican party in the first place, silly me.

Lulu Maude said...

The Rat Pack! How old is he, anyway?

Somebody buy that poor fellow a one-way ticket to Vegas/Palm Springs and let him slip quietly away.

dguzman said...

Lulu, if by "someone" you mean the Rethug money men, they probably already booked him a flight AND had someone dig another hole in the desert, if you know what I mean.

Liquid said...

The Pack Rats! Oh, man! Either he was way nervous, or is an incredible suck-up-douche!

Anonymous said...

I find it amazing that he reveals that he believes that homosexuality is not a "choice"--that he equates it to being black. Does this mean he thinks it's a *gasp* Civil Rights Issue?!?! Like uh maybe since you can't "stop" being black or a hairdresser, you should be able to hold property, vote, marry, etc...
As pathetic as he is, you have to admit that he is at least light years ahead (in a way) of his knuckle dragging Republican "gay by choice, you can change" moron compatriots.

Ms A to Z said...

Princess dear, what do you make of Steele's comment that he's redecorating his RNC office because it's "too male"?