Steele to critics: "I've had enough of it"

RNC chair lashes out at those who've been opposing them, telling them to "shut up"

By Alex Koppelman
Published January 7, 2010 5:08PM (EST)

Republican National Committee Chair Michael Steele has been under fire from other Republicans ever since he was elected to the post. And lately there's been a new wave of criticism. So, naturally, he's upset about it. But the way he's responding? Well, that's all Steele's unique style.

During an interview with ABC News Radio Thursday, Steele said of his critics, "I tell them to get a life. That’s old Washington, that’s old ways, and I don’t represent that, and that kills them.” He went on to say, "I’m telling them and I’m looking them in the eye and say I’ve had enough of it. If you don’t want me in the job, fire me. But until then, shut up. Get with the program or get out of the way.”

For some reason, I can't see this being an effective strategy. But then, Steele knows best, right? After all, in the same interview, he rated his performance as head of the RNC a "solid B."

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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