Steele’s bizarro world

STEELE’S BIZARRO WORLD…. Right about now, I suspect there are quite a few Democrats who are thrilled the Republican National Committee chose Michael Steele as its new chairman.

The Obama-backed stimulus, [Steele] said, “is just a wish list from a lot of people who have been on the sidelines for years.. to get a little bling, bling.” […]

Steele, before ducking into an elevator on on the second floor of the Capitol: “I thought it was very, very interesting. It looks like he’s trying to very hard to shore up support from Democrats” because “he’s upside-down” in the polls.

Now, the “bling, bling” line has gotten quite a bit of attention, and for good reason. It takes a very strange person to believe infrastructure, healthcare, education, and energy spending constitutes “bling.” (Democratic strategist Brad Woodhouse added, “Only someone who threw his campaign kitty around like a drunken sailor on make-work projects for his family while he was going down in flames at the polls would call assistance for the uninsured and food for the needy bling.”)

But the other part of the quote is just as odd. The president has to “shore up support from Democrats”? He’s “upside-down” in the polls? For one thing, both Democratic lawmakers and Democratic voters overwhelmingly support the administration’s stimulus plan. For another, Obama’s national poll numbers are very strong in our reality.

I haven’t the foggiest idea what Steele is talking about, and I’m afraid I’ve lost my GOP Nonsense Decoder Ring. Anyone care to give me a hand?

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.