Kristol: Steele Must Resign

July 2nd, 2010 at 2:07 pm | 4 Comments |

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Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol has called for Michael Steele’s resignation:

Dear Michael,

You are, I know, a patriot. So I ask you to consider, over this July 4 weekend, doing an act of service for the country you love: Resign as chairman of the Republican party.

Your tenure has of course been marked by gaffes and embarrassments, but I for one have never paid much attention to them, and have never thought they would matter much to the success of the causes and principles we share. But now you have said, about the war in Afghanistan, speaking as RNC chairman at an RNC event, “Keep in mind again, federal candidates, this was a war of Obama’s choosing. This was not something that the United States had actively prosecuted or wanted to engage in.” And, “if [Obama] is such a student of history, has he not understood that you know that’s the one thing you don’t do, is engage in a land war in Afghanistan?”

Needless to say, the war in Afghanistan was not “a war of Obama’s choosing.” It has been prosecuted by the United States under Presidents Bush and Obama. Republicans have consistently supported the effort. Indeed, as the DNC Communications Director (of all people) has said, your statement “puts [you] at odds with about 100 percent of the Republican Party.”

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  • easton

    Oh my God, this is twice in a few weeks I have completely agreed with Kristol. (actually, I agree with a fair amount of his principles, just not the people he wishes to bring them about)

  • busboy33

    Why is Kristol mad now? As he pointed out, saying or doing something mind-numbingly stupid and embarassing is par for the course for MC Mikey Stee.

    Hey Bill — here’s a tip: You don’t want Steele to resign. As long as he’s there, you don’t look nearly as idiotic as you do otherwise. I always say, you don’t have to be good . . . you just have to be better than the competition. Next to him, Bachman and Palin, you sound actually intelligent.

  • Stewardship

    Throw in John Boehner and let’s make it a twofer.

  • msmilack

    Kristol’s association with Liz Cheney and their attack on the Justice Department has written him (and her) off my list of people I would listen to even if I agreed with them; they are radical outliers who do not have any one’s best interest in mind except their own power which is diminished. I hate to agree with Coulter about anything but I wouldn’t mind never hearing from either of them again.