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!