Book? What book? GOP asks Steele
Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele is once again at odds with his party. This time it’s for calling for active opposition of the Obama agenda. What’s wrong with that, you ask. Well, he did it in a book. A book GOP leaders knew nothing about until it hit the shelves.
According to Amazon.com, Steele’s book, “Right Now: A 12-Step Program for Defeating the Obama Agenda,” “throws down the gauntlet,” and makes an argument for “abandoning ‘conservatism-lite,’ returning to core conservative principles, and launching an uncompromising campaign for limited government.”
The book is said to be highly critical of the party and has angered Republican congressional leaders who feel such a blueprint for the party should have included their input. Some GOP leaders only learned of the book when Steele began promoting it in television appearances this week.
To make matters worse, the book tour has been speckled with controversial remarks from Steele.
On Monday, Steele appeared on Fox News Channel and said he did not believe Republicans could win back a majority in the House in 2010.
Later in the week, he told ABC News that those angry with his remarks need to “get a life.”
He added, “If you don’t want me in the job, fire me. But until then, shut up. Get with the program or get out of the way.”
To further fan the flames, he called out his Republican critics while being interviewed by a St. Louis radio station. ”I hope you play this tape over and over again because these folks are the problem, not the solution. Get with the program. I’m the chairman. Deal with it,” he said.
But Steele isn’t the only one in Washington getting into trouble over a book this weekend.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid issued an apology to President Barack Obama on Saturday after a new book on the 2008 presidential campaign revealed some private conversations including some racial remarks.
The book “Game Change” by reporters Mark Halperin and John Heileman said Reid described Obama as “light-skinned” and with “no Negro dialect.”
Reid issued a public statement and called the president to apologize. Obama accepted.