Douglas MacKinnon

The out of control disease that is flat-out endangering our nation and traditional values is created and spread by those in our political system who purposely and continuously place themselves above that which is in the best interest of the American people. On the Republican side, this reckless and self-indulgent behavior is on full display with the actions of Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele and Florida Governor Charlie Crist.

Like many in politics and most in Washington, Michael Steele and Charlie Crist are all about themselves. With his just released -- and secret from the party -- ego-centric book combined with his comment that those who dare to question his authority need to, “…shut up. Get with the program or get out of the way,” Steele has hopefully finally exposed himself to the GOP elite as someone who needs to be forced out or marginalized.

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If those two things are not enough to galvanize Republican leadership into action against Steele, then maybe they should take into account his talent for shamelessly pandering to any audience. Last May, when on the D.L. Hughley show on CNN with Hip Hop artist Chuck D, Steele tried to be embarrassingly “inner-city” at times while at other times, doing everything he could to ingratiate himself with the host and Hip Hop singer. Even if it meant referring to Rush Limbaugh and his material as “incendiary” and “ugly.”

The other day on the Christian Broadcasting Network, Steele officially scrapped the bottom of the pandering barrel by declaring that God wanted him to be chairman of the RNC. Said Steele, “A lot of people think that this is about me. It is not about me…God, I really believe, has placed me here for a reason, because who else and why else would you do this unless there’s something inside of you that says right now you need to be here to do this?"

Why? Well, maybe you would do it for the huge salary. Or the chance to use the chairmanship to elicit book contracts with large advances and high fees for speaking engagements. Or utilize the constant media exposure to best position yourself for your next political or business venture. I’m just saying.


Douglas MacKinnon

Douglas MacKinnon is former White House and Pentagon official who spent three years working in a Joint Command.

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