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Watch: Michael Steele Tells Rachel Maddow That Anti-Gay Initatives are 'Sexy, Juicy, Fun to Talk About'


Rachel Maddow corners former RNC Chair Michael Steele about the ongoing culture wars and anti-gay initiatives that are part of the GOP agenda as much as ever, such as the Republican drive in Congress to remove D.C.'s marriage equality law.

Maddow asks Steele why anti-gay measures are front page and not the economic initatives Republicans claim to have at the top of their agenda.

Says Steele: "It's front page because it's sexy, juicy, fun to talk about."


Also, I've posted a preview clip of Maddow's segment airing tonight about slain LGBT Ugandan activist David Kato.

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  1. Oh the modern day Corporate House Slave never fails to disgust.

    Posted by: willie t boned | Jan 28, 2011 8:31:58 AM

  2. On hearing this dolt talk about American politics, I have to wonder if maybe Alexander Hamilton had it right in worrying about turning the reins of government over to the masses. I don't know if there is a better alternative, but we are definitely suffering from the dire consequences of ignorance at the helm when this is representative of the leadership of the Rethug party.

    Posted by: candideinnc | Jan 28, 2011 9:03:06 AM

  3. Idiots like this never seem to go away. Not even sure why he is being interviewed.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jan 28, 2011 9:04:24 AM

  4. I wonder if he would have thought the same about equal rights for African Americans, you know? because slavery, discrimination, the KKK, and the killing of innocent people because of their skin color is oh so sexy, juicy, and above all things "fun"!

    Posted by: ventura | Jan 28, 2011 10:59:20 AM

  5. i've never seen rachel give such a giddy, soft-ball interview as this one last night. she was SOOOOO happy to have an actual republican on her show, other than meagan mccain, that she was awestruck and forgot to do her job.

    Posted by: psgoodguy | Jan 28, 2011 11:44:34 AM

  6. Republicans are the true champions of institutionalized uneducated banality, calling 'everyman' the hero... when 'everyman' is actually the epitome of Sarah Palin and her ilk. Where are the days when we yearned to be MORE than we are, not settle for being less than we are?

    Sure, Republicans like to talk about 'American exceptionalism', but true to form it's merely lip-service, because when it comes down to it, they really only end up sucking up to the dull-bland-insipid among us who will simply vote in numbers to keep their power-hungry, religio-fascist asses in office!

    The only ones intent on creating TRUE American Exceptionalism are the Democrats, who use self-criticism as a tool towards self-improvement. Tell a Republican that we are not all perfect as a nation and they will run crying to Mama and say the Devil is coming!

    Posted by: CKNJ | Jan 28, 2011 12:37:31 PM

  7. @CKNJ

    Amen, Brother. You summed it up beautifully.

    Posted by: Jonathan | Jan 28, 2011 12:47:16 PM

  8. @cknu, ok, except "everyman" IS the hero. and i think really MORE for a real democrat: But to democrat's "everyman" is equally the single mom, the factory worker, the young professional with fewer opportunities than ever before, and the kid growing up in the projects with few choices.

    To the Rethugs, "everyman" is limited reallistically to just the church-going white man and his diligently self-harmingly-supportive-Palin-style wife, particularly if the two of them shun their gay daughter, and pay their dues at the country club.

    Posted by: just a guy | Jan 28, 2011 1:41:54 PM

  9. wait, so I don't keep up on this: Was Steele the dude who came out? Or was that someone else? Sorry, I just don't keep up, I guess.

    Still love Maddow and liked her piece. She let Steele talk, but he didn't really say anything--and I think any sensible listener saw that.

    Posted by: just a guy | Jan 28, 2011 1:44:07 PM

  10. Comments like those by CKNJ and JUST A GUY are part of what make this blog great: insightful and somewhat in conflict so we can all see things more clearly.

    And no, Steele didn't just come out; he just lost his bid for a second term as RNC Chair to Reince Priebus, who is described on the RNC site as: "happily married to his wife, Sally. They have two young children, Jack and Grace."

    Posted by: David R. | Jan 28, 2011 2:27:46 PM

  11. Steele is no different than most Republicans and all anti-gays. We have no human value in his eyes. So statements like this are to be expected.

    Posted by: Francis | Jan 28, 2011 3:58:08 PM

  12. I will never, EVER respect a gay Republican. THIS was your spokesperson for a good chunk of time, and to support the beliefs of the republican party as a homosexual is to sell your soul to the devil and pretend it never existed. Good luck with that, as you eagerly walk back in the line convincing yourself you are not made to be -less than- by the very people you aligned yourself with.

    Posted by: Michael C. | Jan 28, 2011 8:38:19 PM

  13. He's just not very smart. He begins by insisting that Rachel's thesis is full of holes yet can't clearly articulate one. The small-government Republicans insist they want to stay out of people's lives and focus fiscally, only to prioritize things like NPR funding, abortion, and meddling in D.C.s marriage laws.

    And, no, Michael Steele is not out and not a gay Republican and certainly not our spokesperson. At his point he's not anyone's spokesperson. He's more or less irrelevant.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jan 28, 2011 11:42:04 PM

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