The Closet Moderate: The Man of Steele

Thursday, March 12, 2009

The Man of Steele

As a preamble, please read Michael Steele's interview with GQ's Lisa DePaulo.

According to the RNC chair:
  • Being homosexual is not a choice.

  • Abortion is a woman's choice.

  • Black people will riot if deprived of Starbucks.

  • He maybe-probably-sorta voted for Carter.

  • Obama doesn't show him any love because bipartisanship is bullshit.

  • Harry Truman is his favorite Democrat, because like Rodney Dangerfield, George W. Bush and Michael Steele, he couldn't get no respect.

  • Barack and Michelle probably could've dressed better for the inauguration.

Now, there are two ways to look at this hilarious-yet-humanizing trainwreck of an interview. Mr. Steele comes across as a wayward liberal who became disaffected during the 70s, moved to the GOP and ended up as the Lt. Gov. of Maryland. He seems like a social liberal and fiscal conservative. Unfortunately, now he's in charge of the Party of Rush and in the difficult position of reconciling his east coast GOP instincts with the crazy remnant of the party.

The other possibility, proposed by those libruls at TPM, is that Michael Steele is a chameleon who projects whatever he thinks his interlocutor wants to see/hear. When he sat down with the hippies at GQ he put his best liberal foot forward, and when he has to explain to the national GOP why he completely undermined almost all of their talking points he'll transform into a "I was tricking those stupid peace-love-and-dopers" conservative.

To be perfectly honest, I have no idea. It's one of the craziest interviews I've ever read, and I think it's clear that Michael Steele has the political instincts of someone with Tourette's Syndrome. It's also pretty clear that SNL nailed this skit.

1 comment:

Kate Horowitz said...

I've read the interview a few times now, but every single time I come away with one single word reverberating in my brain: "Valentino."

The man is DONE FOR.