The Roundtable: Should Steele Resign?

By Evan Harris

Jul 4, 2010 10:37am

In a fiery discussion on ABC’s This Week, a powerhouse panel debated the merits of RNC Chairman Michael Steele stepping down after making controversial remarks about the war in Afghanistan.

“It’s one thing for him personally to have that point of view, but for the chairman of the party…to advance that point of view, is indefensible,” Dan Senor, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and the former spokesman for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, said. “What’s striking about Steele is how fundamentally unserious” he is.

“This Week” anchor Jake Tapper asked Senor whether he thought Steele should step down.

“I don’t think the Republican Party can seriously engage in foreign policy with credibility if its chairman is engaging in this kind of rhetoric,” Senor said.

Al Hunt of  Bloomberg quipped, “First of all, I think Michael Steele, I wonder if he is a Democratic mole. If he had to resign every time he said something silly, he’d be gone about 15 times by now.”

“There’s a larger point here,” Hunt said, turning serious. “Many Democrats and more Republicans than you think – there is tremendous anxiety, nobody thinks this war is going well right now. No one sees the light…at the end of the tunnel.”

“Michael Steele is a self-aggrandizing, gaffe-prone incompetent who would have been fired a long time ago were he not black,” Cynthia Tucker of The Atlanta Journal Constitution said. “Of course the irony is he never would have been voted in as chairman of the Republican party were he not black.”

Watch the debate here:


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