Steele’s bad day

STEELE’S BAD DAY…. As expected, conservatives aren’t at all pleased with RNC Chairman Michael Steele’s comments about gay and abortion rights to GQ.

* Mike Huckabee: “For Chairman Steele to even infer that taking a life is totally left up to the individual is not only a reversal of Republican policy and principle, but it’s a violation of the most basic of human rights — the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. His statement today helps, but doesn’t explain why he would ever say what he did in the first place.”

* Former Ohio Secretary of State and former RNC rival Ken Blackwell: “Chairman Steele, as the leader of America’s Pro-Life conservative party, needs to re-read the Bible, the U.S. Constitution, and the 2008 GOP Platform. He then needs to get to work — or get out of the way.”

* Family Research Council: “I read the article last night so I am familiar not only with his comments about the life issue but also about the efforts to redefine marriage and ‘mucking’ up the constitution. I expressed my concerns to the chairman earlier this week about previous statements that were very similar in nature. He assured me as chairman his views did not matter and that he would be upholding and promoting the Party platform, which is very clear on these issues. It is very difficult to reconcile the GQ interview with the chairman’s pledge.”

GOP dirty trickster Roger Stone said the GQ interview was “one more nail in the coffin” for Steele. National Review‘s Kathryn Jean Lopez wonders whether Steele “might be in over his head.”

Given all of this, I found this parody video, sent in by reader K.M., to be hilarious:

I argued yesterday that Steele would probably be able to weather the storm, because the party wouldn’t want the embarrassment that would come with firing him. But that was before I saw the GQ interview and the reaction it generated. Now, I’d put his odds at 50-50.

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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.