Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Steele's Debate Gaffe

None of the local papers reported a revealing comment Michael Steele made at last night's debate.

During a response to an Iraq question, moderator Charles Robinson repeatedly interrupted the Republican candidate to ask if he thought things were going badly in Iraq.

Steele ignored the question a couple of times before replying:

"In what respect?"

Those whose jaws hadn't dropped responded with a mixture of worried laughter and booing.

In what respect? With all due respect to you, Lieutenant Governor, in all respects. And if you don't share that belief - widely held by most Marylanders - you really have no business representing our state in the US Senate.

Steele has a nasty little habit of making a gaffe whenever forced to actually talk about the issues. It's not just revealing a grossly incompetent understanding of the situation in Iraq. The candidate made headlines earlier in the year when, in response to a question on stem cells, he told a Jewish audience that the medical research was comparable to the Holocaust.

In his prepared remarks last night's debate in Baltimore's charming Seton Hill neighborhood, Steele shined while recounting an inspirational life story and the prospects of increasing equality for black Marylanders. But when it came time to actually expound on the issues he will be required to vote on as a Senator, he was unable to articulate positions that would best serve our state.

The first debate among the three major candidates was sponsored by the Greater Baltimore Urban League. All the contenders are suburbanites.

Cardin didn't match Steele's eloquence or smooth style on the stage, but at least he was able to state clear positions on education, the Iraq war, health care. Because, as a Senator, that's what it comes down to: casting the right votes.

from The League: Reassembled


Blogger Terry in Silver Spring said...

Steele is an empty suit. He was annointed for public office because he was a conveniently available African-American conservative. He memorizes lines and delivers them well, but can't talk "off script". Who will be writing his scripts for him if he's elected to the Senate?

10/05/2006 11:31:00 PM  
Blogger howie said...

If something stupid is said and no one reports it, is it really a gaffe?

10/06/2006 08:32:00 AM  
Blogger The League: Reassembled said...

A three-person press team. Of course.

10/06/2006 12:37:00 PM  
Blogger Terry in Silver Spring said...

the Post has an article about Steele's commercial linking Cardin to drug companies and saying that he wants to ban special interest money. Turns out, a drug company had a fundraiser for Steele at a "K St Steakhouse" the same week the ad began to run. Ooops.

10/06/2006 11:34:00 PM  
Blogger achamblee said...

here is a fabulous pic of the Real Steele and the company he keeps.

10/09/2006 11:36:00 AM  

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