We're all just part of Michael Steele's master plan

The RNC chair tells CNN his remarks about Rush Limbaugh were his way of seeing "who says they're with me but really isn't."

Published March 25, 2009 11:30PM (EDT)

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele is back to giving media interviews -- and reminding everyone of why he stopped doing them in the first place.

Talking with CNN's Don Lemon, Steele addressed some of the trouble he's had during his tenure at the RNC, saying, "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."

Naturally, this prompted Lemon to ask Steele about the most well-known example of one of Steele's gaffes, his criticism of Rush Limbaugh. That, too, was planned, according to the RNC chair, who responded, "I want to see what the landscape looks like, I want to see who yells the loudest, I want to know who says they're with me but really isn't." 

Video, via Ben Smith, is below.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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