The more I listen to Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, the more I realized the man has an inflated opinion of his position on the national political stage. Perhaps no place was that more evident to me than in a recent Huffington Post article I read. In the Sam Stein article (discussing a CNN interview), Steele talks about how he is done reaching out to President Barack Obama.
STEELE: Look, I like the president personally, even though I think he has got a little thing about me, that I haven’t quite figured out what that is.
CNN: You haven’t spoken to him?
CNN: You’ve reach out?
STEELE: Several times, and I’m done.
CNN: So there is no bipartisanship going on there?
STEELE: Not, not that I know of.
CNN: Is there any professional jealousy?
STEELE: Not on my part. What would I be jealous of?
CNN: He’s the president of the United States.
STEELE: I’m chairman of the RNC, so, what’s your point? We both have leadership responsibilities and roles. I’m not equating the two. My point is: you are on your track. I’m on my track. You do your thing. I do my thing.
I suspect there is at least a bit of jealousy on the part of Michael Steele and a lot of Republicans out there who still can’t believe they were thumped so badly in the presidential election by Barack Obama. But, Steele’s last comment seems to indicate he has an inflated opinion of his importance and his role as RNC chair. He seems to be equating it to the role of the president … even though he insists he is not. Besides, why would President Obama want to reach out to Michael Steele? Steele is already helping the Democrats nearly every time he opens his mouth. Barack Obama does not need Michael Steele. Although, Michael Steele’s mouth has been doing plenty to help the president and the Democrats.