MICHAEL STEELE’S MASTER PLAN…. Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele went into a temporary, self-imposed exile recently, after a series of humiliating mistakes that put his job in jeopardy. After insulting, annoying, and frustrating nearly every member of the party establishment, Steele cancelled media interview and decided to try running the RNC for a while.

Yesterday, Steele reemerged. He probably would have been better off hiding a little longer.

After talking a bit about his possible presidential plans — he said “it’ll be the plan” if God directs him to run — Steele told CNN yesterday that he’s made bizarre comments on purpose, as part of an elaborate strategy that only he understands.

Steele: I am very introspective about things. I don’t do — I am a cause and effect kind of guy. So if I do something, there’s a reason for it. Even, it may look like a mistake, a gaffe. There is a rationale, there’s a logic behind it.

Lemon: Even with the current events in news–

Steele: Yeah.

Lemon: There’s a rationale behind Rush, all that stuff?

Steele: Yup. Yup.

Lemon: You want to share it with us?

Steele: Sure, I want to see what the landscape looks like. I want to see who yells the loudest, I wanted to know who says they’re with me but really isn’t.

Lemon: How does that help you?

Steele: It helps me understand my position on the chess board. It helps me understand, you know, where the enemy camp is and where those who are inside the tent are.

Lemon: It’s all strategic?

Steele: It’s all strategic.

Does this make any sense at all? Steele embarrasses himself on purpose? His mistakes are part of some secret, deliberate scheme?

It’s like listening to a child.

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