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RNC Chair Michael Steele on Civil Unions: 'What, Are You Crazy?'

So much for RNC Chair Michael Steele's Fox News Sunday statement earlier this month that the GOP has an opportune moment to reach out to people who favor gay rights. In the wake of the Oscar wins for Milk, radio host Mike Gallagher asked Steele if the party should perhaps consider something like civil unions:

: Is this a time when Republicans ought to consider some sort of alternative to redefining marriage and maybe in the road, down the road to civil unions. Do you favor civil unions?

STEELE: No, no no. What would we do that for? What are you, crazy? No. Why would we backslide on a core, founding value of this country? I mean this isn’t something that you just kind of like, “Oh well, today I feel, you know, loosey-goosey on marriage.” […]

GALLAGHER: So no room even for a conversation about civil unions in your mind?

STEELE: What’s the difference?

Steele is one of the co-founders of  the Republican Leadership Council, a centrist organization which supports candidates who favor abortion rights and gay rights.

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  1. > Steele is one of the co-founders of the Republican Leadership Council, a centrist organization which supports candidates who favor abortion rights and gay rights.

    Except for the gay rights part

    Posted by: Patrick M | Feb 24, 2009 7:38:27 AM

  2. what a freakin' MORON!!!!!

    Posted by: David T | Feb 24, 2009 8:01:27 AM

  3. The epitome of stupidity. What else can we really expect from conservatism.

    Posted by: Eric | Feb 24, 2009 8:21:16 AM

  4. And who's surprised by this?

    Posted by: MAJeff | Feb 24, 2009 8:26:14 AM

  5. Steele really is one of the dumbest and least polished of all the Republican "leaders" and thats saying something. He blows with the wind and is about the biggest lackey in politics today.

    More than most politicians, you can't believe a word that passes his lips.

    The Republicans are so grasping at straws to have put him in place as the leader of the RNC and it shows every time this half-wit speaks. If he ever goes back on Bill Mahr's "Real Time" on HBO, you really must treat yourself and watch it. The clown never fails to say ignorant, jaw-dropping statements. Entertaining and informative.

    Posted by: Brianr54 | Feb 24, 2009 8:35:28 AM

  6. A core founding value of this country? What on Earth does that mean? This country was founded on marriage? Does he know anything about the foundng of this country? Apparently not.

    Posted by: sam | Feb 24, 2009 8:41:17 AM

  7. Michael Steele....the man who took the bar exams and failed. He never tried to take the bar exams again. The man who ran for office in 2006 as a democrat. Yes, he had put up signs that said "Steele a Democrat", an ingenious way of saying "steal a democrat". He is the token black of the republican party, and they made him as their leader. What a disaster.

    Posted by: Donsnyc | Feb 24, 2009 8:43:41 AM

  8. I so look forward to the point when we have moved beyond these issues and the major differences between these two parties (if you wish to call it such) is economic and politically based, not culturally.

    Posted by: lis | Feb 24, 2009 9:03:01 AM

  9. Michael Steele is the RNC's Uncle Tom... he's a black figure-head and that's all he is. He has no power, he never will, he's only there so the RNC can pretend that they are now inclusive... "See, black people love us! We even made one of them our 'leader'... now run along Michael and make me a cocktail."

    Posted by: Wayne | Feb 24, 2009 9:09:24 AM

  10. This nation was also built--both literally and figuratively--on the backs of enslaved blacks. Is that a value Steele wants to preserve?

    Posted by: Peter | Feb 24, 2009 9:14:41 AM

  11. take a lesson from Ben Stiller, Mr. Steele. he can show you how to be an award-winning blackfaced actor.

    Posted by: resurrect | Feb 24, 2009 9:21:29 AM

  12. I'm surprised he didn't say that was wiggity-whack. You know, still trying to put a hip-hop spin on the GOP.

    Posted by: Daniel | Feb 24, 2009 9:25:22 AM

  13. “Oh well, today I feel, you know, loosey-goosey on marriage.”

    WTF? What adult speaks like this? What a total douche bag.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Feb 24, 2009 9:27:55 AM

  14. Why, this doesn't seem right. I'm sure if we just bide our time a while longer, daisies will sprout from the air, candy will fall from the sky and they'll see we deserve equal rights and just willingly give it to us.

    *Crickets chirping*

    Posted by: Marc | Feb 24, 2009 9:32:09 AM

  15. And is anyone really surprised by this? The republican party will never support gay rights, simply because it knows it will lose its core "Christian" voters if it ever does.

    The party of Lincoln has fallen so far....

    Posted by: DC Guy | Feb 24, 2009 9:36:37 AM

  16. Whenever I've seen him on Bill Mahr he's also such a pompus self righteous prick.

    Hope Bill can get him again but I doubt Steele would be brave enough NOW

    Posted by: Jeff | Feb 24, 2009 9:46:53 AM

  17. I remember him saying a month or two ago that republicans need to woo more gays to their side. Then he says this. Ass twat extraordinaire this one.

    Posted by: RainbowPhoenix | Feb 24, 2009 10:19:00 AM

  18. "Steele is one of the co-founders of the Republican Leadership Council, a centrist organization" -- WTF?! -- You Americans really don't realize what the center is, do you?

    Your left = most of the first world's centre-right. Your right = fascism.

    Here in Canada NONE of our four national parties would overturn full gay marriage or universal health care... not even the Conservatives!

    Posted by: Strepsi | Feb 24, 2009 10:29:40 AM

  19. Hey Michael,

    Wasn't one of our "core, founding" practices in this country slavery?

    Posted by: LD | Feb 24, 2009 10:39:31 AM

  20. >"No, no no. What would we do that for? What are you, crazy? No. Why would we..."

    abandon a winning wedge issue. Listen I couldn't care less about the issue personally, but my voters HATE GAYS. They don't know any personally, which is what makes the gays the PERFECT boogieman for the party. Now I know it seems ironic for a Black man to not care about civil rights for a group of people - but I'm a representative of the right, a bullhorn if you will. I'm not going to get all loosy-goosey with my grip on that bullhorn - are you insane?

    Posted by: Quint King | Feb 24, 2009 10:39:41 AM

  21. Sarah Palin has met her equal, and he is Michael Steele!

    Why would anyone be surprised about a national Republican who is against civil unions?

    What no one is commenting on is that Steele is trying to reach out to Religious Right of all colors through their mutual anti-gay bigotry.

    Posted by: noah | Feb 24, 2009 10:43:25 AM

  22. Oh how the hatred flows from this man. Core values like voter intimidation (in Ohio), the Diebold voting machine issues, and proudly displays contempt for minorities, even his own.

    Posted by: Gary | Feb 24, 2009 10:46:41 AM

  23. Funny, I've never seen a good-looking, sexy, black Republican with some kind of personal style. They're all nerdy and kinda' goofy. Hell, I guess the white ones are too. I've got a distant cousin who's a Republican. He makes Erkel look like Tyson Beckford.

    And yes, the gubernator has style, but he is not a natural Republican. He's an ex-movie star.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Feb 24, 2009 11:03:46 AM

  24. CUs are CRAZY! Almost as crazy as that whole idea about allowing a black woman to marry a white man, or vice versa. Nuts!

    I'm sure the Log Cabin boys are standing behind their statement from a few weeks ago that this lunkhead is "the right man at the right time to lead the GOP."

    Posted by: Ernie | Feb 24, 2009 11:13:30 AM

  25. @Strepsi

    Yeah, but you live in Canada. Who in their right minds would want to live there?

    Posted by: butterpantz | Feb 24, 2009 11:26:38 AM

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