Graham Doesn’t Spare Steele
Will RNC Chairman Michael Steele survive his latest gaffe? Steele received a bipartisan tongue-lashing Sunday—but Republican Senator Lindsey Graham managed to stand out with some particularly acerbic criticism. When asked about Steele’s recent remarks regarding Afghanistan on Face the Nation, Graham was merciless. Someone break out the thesaurus—Graham seems dangerously close to running out of words that begin with ‘un’ or that imply complete lack of competency.
Michael Steele—Worst Part of Affirmative Action?
According to Cynthia Tucker on This Week, Michael Steele is not only “self-aggrandizing, gaffe-prone, incompetent” but also a case study of the GOP’s ironic use of affirmative action. In the tradition of recounting American history on July 4th, Tucker tells the tale of the Republican Party since November 2008 and explains why Steele was the fresh face the GOP needed. If Steele wasn’t black, he never would have lasted this long, but he also never would have been hired to begin with, Tucker claims. And that is how affirmative action blew up in the face of the GOP.
Defending Karzai from Corruption Charges
Appearing on CNN's State of the Union, Said Jawad, Afghanistan's ambassador to the United States, tried to downplay the bevy of corruption charges leveled at his government. The issue is being used as a reason to vote against the latest war-funding bill and the ambassador might be hoping his performance is able to convert a couple of skeptics into believers.
Is Steele a Democratic Mole?
Russian spies made headlines this week… and so did Michael Steele. Coincidence? Al Hunt analyzes Steele’s bountiful mistakes and comes up with the only logical conclusion—Steele is a Democratic mole. However, Hunt did give Steele some credit on This Week. It was just hard to recognize after he called Steele “not a very good or very articulate or very credible spokesman for much of anything.” But, because Steele did voice growing bipartisan concerns over Afghanistan, he may have gained one point in Hunt’s book.
Hunter: Proud of Iraq for Using Less Guns
On State of the Union, Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) said that he was very proud of all the progress that had been made in Iraq over the past few years . He said Iraqis have been using their words instead of their guns to solve issues. When Candy Crowley pointed out that Iraqis are indeed still shooting at each other, Hunter countered, “they’re not shooting at each other in their actual capital.” Does violence only count when it takes place in rural areas?
Howard Kurtz’s New Feud
Don’t make Howard Kurtz mad. If you do, he may embarrass you on national television on a holiday, as he did to Politico’s Patrick Gavin on Reliable Sources. Gavin previously asserted that Reliable Sources had a "clubby" atmosphere and repeatedly uses a select few Beltway guests. In return, Kurtz skewered Gavin by pointing out the show’s numerous other guests and where they are from. He then showed emails from Gavin asking to be on the show. Happy Independence Day to you, Patrick Gavin.
Kenneth Feinberg: I'm the People's Champ
On Fox News Sunday, Kenneth Feinberg, the official in charge of administering BP's $20 billion escrow account, made it clear where he stood in relation to the other parties involved. "I answer to neither BP nor the administration." Feinberg appears to want to avoid getting wrapped up in any of the politics and, considering the attention his position will draw, we don't blame him.