Mixed Messages

2 comments May 5th, 2009at 06:44am Posted by Eli

Michael Steele seems to have a bit of trouble making up his mind…

“All you moderates out there, y’all come. I mean, that’s the message,” Steele said at a news conference. “The message of this party is this is a big table for everyone to have a seat. I have a place setting with your name on the front.”

(…)

Steele said Specter’s departure was about political opportunism and not reflective of problems within the GOP. Specter was facing a tough primary election as a Republican, which Steele said he would have lost because of his vote for the economic stimulus bill.

“That vote on the stimulus bill was the effectiveness of a party call,” he said. “That was a stand-up moment for every Republican. . . . And so, you voted yourself out of the party. We didn’t kick you out.”

As Brad DeLong points out, this apparently means Snowe and Collins voted themselves out of the party as well.  I wonder if they know that.

I also wonder how much time elapsed between “We love moderates!  Come join our Big Republican Tent!” and “Vote wrong and you’re dead to us.”

(h/t Scarecrow)

Entry Filed under: Politics,Republicans,Specter

2 Comments

  • 1. ::matthew  |  May 5th, 2009 at 8:51 am

    usually takes about 13 femtoseconds to make the transition

  • 2. Cujo359  |  May 5th, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    There was another interesting quote in the space occupied by that ellipsis. Right after welcoming moderates to the party, Steele said that good guests don’t go telling you how to decorate your house, or something like that. I think that this would only serve to reinforce the notion that moderates are, indeed, allowed in the Republican Party, but only at the sufferance of the conservatives. Kinda stretches the meaning of “party”, don’t you think?


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