The man is a visionary, thinking way outside the box:
On Fox News, Republican National Committee chair Michael Steele said he was open to withholding RNC funds from the three GOP Senators who backed President Obama’s stimulus package…
Speaking of Senators Arlen Specter, Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe, Steele said that the Senators were likely to face primaries as a result of their vote for the stimulus bill.
Then Steele was asked by Fox’s Neil Cavuto: “Will you, as RNC head, recommend no RNC funds being provided to help them?”
Steele confirmed that he would “talk to the state parties about.” When pressed on whether he was open to it, Steele said: “Oh, yes, I’m always open to everything, baby, absolutely.”
Hopefully, Steele is thinking: “Turncoat senators today, traitorous Republican governors tomorrow!”
(For the record, that was just irrational exuberance when he went: “Oh, yes, I’m always open to everything, baby, absolutely.” He knows that some shit is just crazy.)
*** Update, 9:19 a.m. ***
There’s garden-variety turncoat-treachery. And then there’s this:
The Republican governor of Utah on Monday said his party is blighted by leaders in Congress whose lack of new ideas renders them so “inconsequential” that he doesn’t even bother to talk to them.
“I don’t even know the congressional leadership,” Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. told editors and reporters at The Washington Times, shrugging off questions about top congressional Republicans, including House Minority Leader John A. Boehner of Ohio and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. “I have not met them. I don’t listen or read whatever it is they say because it is inconsequential – completely.”
Clearly, fielding an opponent in the primary and cutting off RNC funds isn’t going to begin to suffice. They’ll have to come up with something really special for him.