Former Chairman of the RNC, Michael Steele, Makes Amends on the Rachel Maddow Show
The former Chairman of the RNC, Michael Steele, appeared on the Rachel Maddow show, for an interview that could be among his best. During the two years of his tenure at the RNC, he often seemed defensive during interviews, sometimes frankly awkward, to the delight of liberal hosts and commentators. Last night, in contrast, he appeared relaxed, very articulate, with a sure grasp of the topics that were brought before him.
The interview was fun to watch. Rachel was as usual very funny, punchy, and surprisingly cordial to Mr. Steele who, almost jubilant, seemed to love it. He agreed to stay longer. Things got even tastier when successive clips were shown of Rachel renewing invitations to the Chairman of the RNC, “anytime, anywhere.”
When asked why it was so hard to get him to come to the show, he replied that he is a fan, always wanted to come to the Rachel Maddow Show, but the way the RNC is structured made it impossible. “The Chairman of the Party has a unique opportunity and responsibility to take the message where it has never been before” he declared with a deep sense of genuineness.
That assertion doesn’t just make sense. It points to a mistake that is constantly made by both Democrats and Republicans (truth be told, the latter more often than the former) by preaching more to the choir. Having watched and listened to him multiple times before he became Chairman of the RNC, I consider Michael Steele to be intrinsically knowledgeable and articulate. He performed poorly over the past two years because he was often too scripted and constantly went against his own self.
What would the Michael Steele chairmanship have been had he appeared equally or more on MSNBC than on Fox News; more on The Tom Hartman or Joe Madison Show than on Rush Limbaugh's or Mark Levin's Show? That was hard to imagine, and Mr. Steele, although he believed in the righteousness of such an approach, couldn’t defend and adopt it. He didn’t have the courage to face the ire that would have definitely come from the conservative media personalities today so influential in the Republican Party.