Larry Elder

"Do you feel that, as an African-American, you have a slimmer margin for error than another chairman would?"

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele was asked this question on ABC's "Good Morning America." The RNC reimbursed a staffer -- since fired -- $2,000 for a trip to a Hollywood club featuring topless dancers, simulated sex and S&M scenes. So the Democrats/lib-media broke out the good china.

Steele said: "The honest answer is 'yes.' It just is. Barack Obama has a slimmer margin. A lot of folks do. It's a different role for me to play and others to play, and that's just the reality of it."

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Good grief. So he and Obama, as fellow blacks, ride in the same boat on troubled racist waters? More people than not voted for Obama because of his race. And given the ever-concerned-about-being-perceived-as-racist GOP, Steele's race was also a plus -- enabling the party to say, "Hey, we're racially inclusive, too."

Steele could have said: "Yes, there is a slimmer margin of error -- but not because of racism. It comes from the double standard applied to Republicans. I'll give you just one example. Republican Mark Foley resigned from Congress because of sexually explicit Internet messages to an underage intern. It was such a big media-driven scandal that it helped Democrats regain control of Congress. His Democratic successor, a married man, put his mistress on his congressional payroll. When he fired her, she threatened to sue, and he paid her a six-figure settlement. Not big news."

He could have said: "According to a Web site by Republican David Frum, the DNC has spent lavishly on parties, travel, hotels and limos -- including $6,000 at a D.C. club with stripper poles and go-go dancers. But I guess Democrats and strippers don't make news like Republicans and strippers."

He could have said: "For crying out loud, it's 2010. This is America, where more than anywhere else -- regardless of race, ethnicity or gender -- you are rewarded or punished based on your performance. Losers whine and make excuses. Winners don't."


Larry Elder

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