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Another Reason I Could Never Belong to the Republican Party: Mitch McConnell

Yet Another Reason Why I Could Never Belong to the Republican Party...

The Chairman of the Republican Party, Michael Steele:

Rachel Slajda: Steele On Health Care: What's Individual Requirement?: Michael Steele, chairman of the RNC, doesn't seem to know the basic terminology of the health care debate. In a Q&A at the National Press Club just now, Steele was asked if Republicans support an individual requirement to get health care (also known as an individual mandate). "What do you mean by an individual requirement?" he asked the moderator. After she explained, he dodged the question. "Again, it's one of those areas where there are different opinions.... I don't do policy," he said. "My point in coming here was to set a tone, a theme if you will."

Steele was taking questions after giving a speech on health care reform, in which he characterized President Obama's plan as a "reckless experiment" that's "too much, too fast, too soon."

The last time when knowing something about an issue was an asset rather than a liability to one's standing in the Republican Party was the era of Gerald Ford. This is simply too humiliating for anybody with an ounce of self-respect to bear...