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Middle name

Does Steele have a middle name, or just an initial? I've tried to find it, but it doesn't seem to be on the web. --tomf688(talk) 22:59, May 23, 2005 (UTC)

Yeah, me too. Very annoying. john k 21:15, 5 Jun 2005 (UTC)
Yeah, that is a good question. I wonder if he's pulling a Harry Truman? Maybe we could just call his office... Jacob1207 14:24, 6 Jun 2005 (UTC)
I sent an email, but never received a reply. --tomf688(talk) 21:28, Jun 6, 2005 (UTC)
I go to school with his son, Michael Steele the 2nd, and they both share the middle name of Stephen. I don't know how to prove it other than scanning his driver's license, which I really don't think he'd let me do. Jig 18:39, 17 February 2007 (UTC)jigwashere

Credit report

Is this even worthy of mention? There are some news articles about it, but it seems to be more bark than bite IMHO. --tomf688{talk} 22:03, 22 September 2005 (UTC)

It clearly worthy since Steele has been the victim of an ongoing pattern and practice of illegal and racially motivated attacks from the left. If the US Constitution and Roe v Wade decision truly guarantee the right to privacy, as the left keeps telling us, they should not be hypocritically attaking individuals' private affairs in this manner. --RufusRoughcut 07:46, 5 November 2005 (UTC)
A right to privacy has been construed as constitutionally implied, yes, but a right to privacy from the intrusions of the government, not of individuals. I'm not sure these particular hackneyed allegations of hypocrisy really defend your argument--this isn't a Constitutional issue because the people who committed this act did so independently and were punished (see Weiner). It's a ridiculous and divisive fallacy to think that everything committed by a member of a faction is representative of the faction. People aren't bees, and parties aren't beehives. If the opposite were true, I'd have to hold every Republican accountable for silly comments uninformed people leave on internet wikis, and that wouldn't be right at all, would it? The same can be said for the "Oreo" nonsense. Fearwig 18:55, 3 May 2006 (UTC)
I think the credit report incident is worthy of mention because it was almost certainly illegal and Steele was singled out for action. That doesn't prove that it was racially motivated, but it does sound awfully suspicious. --Maximusveritas 03:19, 11 November 2005 (UTC)
Weiner plead guilty today. Added info. --Tbeatty 06:25, 25 March 2006 (UTC)

Washington Times article

This is not a credible source and it is certainly not a credible article. It tries to fool the careless reader into thinking certain incidents have happened recently in response to Steele entering the Senate race. Only a careful reading of the article reveals that these incidents, specifically the Oreo cookie incident that has been cited here, happened years ago, if they happened at all.

The article also presents quotations by black Democrats out of context, trying to fool the careless reader into believing that these quotes were directly referring to the specific attacks being alleged, rather than to the general idea of whether Steele's race is fair game.

Unfortunately a couple of those careless reader have attempted to insert their flawed version of events into this wiki article. I'm writing this in the hope that it won't happen again. --Maximusveritas 03:19, 11 November 2005 (UTC)

Why is it not a credible source? Also, it may not be appropriate for the 2006 elections section, but since it happened, it's pretty appropriate for this article.
I'm a bit in the grey area as to whether or not to call the Times uncredible. We should probably avoid using sources from them, especially considering they were founded by a cult leader... --tomf688{talk} 19:41, 14 November 2005 (UTC)
I wouldn't say that every Washington Times article is as bad as this one, but it's pretty close. Generally, if you can find another more reliable source, like the CBS/AP article in this case, it's better to go with that one. The Oreo incident could be mentioned outside of the 2006 Election section, but only as described in the AP article: " During Steele's 2002 campaign for lieutenant governor, Oreos were distributed at a debate." The "Uncle Tom" incident was also a pretty big deal, so you could mention that if you want. --Maximusveritas 20:05, 14 November 2005 (UTC)
Whoops. Unfortunate on my part. Sorry. I didn't realize the Washington Times had that sort of occultic underpinning.
The Washingtimes Times is a perfectly credible source. The same company that owns TWT owns UPI. I agree that unbylined AP is preferred for NPOV. But if the TWT states facts, it's the same standard as other news organizations. There are a lot worse sources throughout Wikipedia. --Tbeatty 06:32, 25 March 2006 (UTC)
Yes, but for political articles (especially controversial ones) the standard needs to be higher. The Times is about as neutral as Hannity, or Franken.
I also think it's important in the Oreo discussion to make clear who was and was not involved, though this is not in reference to that specific article so much as general press that surrounded the event. Once the race issue is released, you have to be cognizant of all its features. These were black students criticising a black candidate for misrepresenting his race--while that may be a highly questionable opinion, and certainly the Oreo distribution/possible flinging was an inappropriate, offensive method of commentary, this was a "racially motivated act", but not a demonstration of classical racism. That is exactly what the more conservatively biased papers wanted to construe it to be, if only by implication, and that's a conscious falsehood, indicative of incredibility as a source. Fearwig 19:12, 3 May 2006 (UTC)
There is no requirement that EVERY SOURCE be neutral. A balance of sources serves the reader. Dismissing the Washington Times as a "tabloid" hardly makes sense.
  • The phrase tabloid press is used to refer to newspapers focusing on less "serious" content, especially celebrities, sports, sensationalist crime stories and even hoaxes (copied from Tabloid article) --Uncle Ed 15:19, 31 May 2006 (UTC)
I think you're right in everything you wrote. The problem in my opinion is that adding the Washington Times piece disrupts the balance of sources. With it in there, there are 3 links that have a "Pro-Steele" POV and only 1 that has an "Anti-Steele" POV (Media Matters). Of the 3 "Pro-Steele" links, the Washington Times one has by far the least content and should be the one to go. Maximusveritas 18:37, 1 June 2006 (UTC)
I went ahead and removed it for the reason stated above. Not only did it have the least content, but it contained factually inaccurate information (for example, that Steele was "pelted" by cookies). Maximusveritas 14:09, 27 June 2006 (UTC)

no video

The Baltimore Sun reported November 13 that "[n]ewspaper articles and television news reports" from the night of the gubernatorial debate made no mention of the alleged Oreo cookie incident, and "representatives of the news departments at television stations WBAL, WJZ and WMAR and Maryland Public Television said they have no video of the incident." [1]

There isn't any mention of the Oreo incident in the body of the Michael Steele article itself, so what's the sense in putting a link to an article about it in the External Links section. That's not what the section is for. If you want, try to insert a sentence or two about it into the article itself, but just remember to keep it NPOV. The AP article I cited above would be a good source for this. - Maximusveritas 23:13, 10 February 2006 (UTC)
According to the New York Times about the Oreo allegation:
An Ehrlich aide claimed that the cookies were "thick in the air like locusts," almost certainly an exaggeration. News accounts told of the cookies being "hurled" and Steele being "pelted." . . . [Steele] said he did not see the Oreos in the air, but when he got up, noticed them at his feet when he stepped on one and heard a crunching sound. [2]
From the available information, this "incident" could well have consisted of just one or two audience members throwing a few Oreos. Those people were expressing their derogatory opinion in a nonverbal way, but there's no reason to think they were prominent spokespersons, so their negative POV about Steele isn't important enough to mention in the article. JamesMLane t c 16:56, 27 March 2006 (UTC)

Affirmative action

I don't think Steele has come out with a clear position on affirmative action. This Washington Times article says he supports it, but I don't know if we can trust them since they don't provide a direct quote. Meanwhile this USA Today editorial asks Steele to clarify his position on it, so I don't think it's clear that he sides one way or another. - Maximusveritas 23:30, 15 March 2006 (UTC)

I think we have to be very careful when determining where Steele stands, considering how unclear he has been about his views on many other issues: stem-cell research, the war on Iraq, etc. marbeh raglaim 09:10, 1 August 2006 (UTC)

Oreo Cookie

Alleged is weasel words. Independant is POV and is not the term used in the article.--Tbeatty 19:52, 29 March 2006 (UTC)

And perusing MM article [3] shows that there is only one eyewitness who disputed the claim and several that couldn't corroborate it. I will change that if no other evidence surfaces. --Tbeatty 23:42, 29 March 2006 (UTC)

It was Townsend Camaign. Paulson is spokesperson. --Tbeatty 00:33, 30 March 2006 (UTC)

I think the paragraph on this incident might be better off as a subsection under the "Controversies" section. It's getting too big and out-of-proportion to the rest of the stuff in the "Lieutenant Governor of Maryland" section. Also, it seems more appropriate there now that we've gone into the whole controversy over whether the incident happened or not. - Maximusveritas 05:02, 30 March 2006 (UTC)

Put aside the controversy for a moment and assume that the incident happened. Does it merit mention in the article? Was there a notable criticism of Steele for having allegedly abandoned the black community? We can't include every criticism that anyone makes of a public figure. This one seems to me to be pretty lacking in substance. Absent any information about who threw Oreos, we can't conclude that a significant number of people agreed, nor could we conclude that the incident is notable because of any role that his opponent might have played. Let's just delete it. JamesMLane t c 08:30, 30 March 2006 (UTC)
The non-incident is notable because Republicans have frequently used it as a supposed example of the intolerance of liberals, and it is probably one of the most prominent such examples. It was the only thing I knew about Steele before coming to this article and that's probably true of many other people as well. Gamaliel 08:58, 30 March 2006 (UTC)
If the Republicans have been trotting this out as yet another distraction from the country's real problems, we ought to be able to cite some prominent Republican spokesperson making some fatuous remark about the intolerance of liberals. I agree with you that a non-incident could become worth reporting if someone notable tried to make it into an incident, but can we add a citation to such an attempt? If so, I'd reconsider my objection. JamesMLane t c 10:03, 30 March 2006 (UTC)
The non-incident is notable because Liberals are often intolerant of conservative African-Americans (a la Clarence Thomas, Condi Rice and Michael Steele). Passing out Oreo cookies and throwing them at an African-American candidate for office is one of the most prominent examples. --Tbeatty 06:56, 31 March 2006 (UTC)
Steele himself has said that he didn't see any cookies in the air, but rather noticed them only later, when he stepped on one. That suggests that there was no large number. So, some unknown person or persons of unknown political orientation threw some unknown but probably small number of cookies, and this is the best that the right wing can come up with as "one of the most prominent examples" of alleged liberal intolerance? For all we know, it could've been done by a couple of racist conservative teenagers, who'd read somewhere that you mock blacks by throwing Oreos at them, and didn't even know why it was supposed to be Oreos. If this is a notable example of anything, it's a notable example of a political campaign trying to smear its opposition with unsupported charges of racism.
Incidentally, although it's not relevant to this particular article, I'll comment in passing that the broader thesis of intolerance is pretty blatant Republican spin. Liberals in the Senate have objected to Supreme Court nominees they considered too far to the right, including Robert Bork, Clarence Thomas, John Roberts and Samuel Alito. Liberals have criticized the Bush Administration appointees who've been involved in major policy disasters, including Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, Condoleezza Rice, and Michael Brown. The liberal ideology doesn't call for granting right-wingers a free pass based on their skin color. JamesMLane t c 09:36, 31 March 2006 (UTC)
Can you imagine a conservative trying to pass off handing out Oreo cookies at a political event the way you just dismissed this and essentially calling the victim of racial intolerance a liar? And if you think skin color has nothing to do with liberal politics, I think you need to reexamine liberal politics. While it's an admirable goal, Democrats are far from achieving it. --Tbeatty 16:12, 31 March 2006 (UTC)
You're leaping to the conclusion that the Townsend campaign had something to do with this. AFAIK, the "evidence" that someone was handing out Oreo cookies consists of the totally unsupported accusation by a Republican campaign staffer. Do you honestly believe that the Townsend campaign would have done such a thing? Consider the political dynamics. The Democrats had an all-white ticket; the Baltimore Sun criticized the Republicans' for running Steele for Lieutenant Governor, saying that he "brings little to the team but the color of his skin." Even if you believe that liberal Democrats would shamelessly exploit racism when it suited them, it would have been politically foolish for the Townsend campaign to attack Steele on racial grounds. That would only increase the danger that he'd sway some black voters to back the Republican ticket. I'd agree with you that for the campaign to have done what you say would be notable, but the campaign didn't do it (in my opinion). We can't report every politically motivated criticism that's lodged against a politician. The main justification for leaving this one in would be that the making of the unsupported charge shows the irresponsibility of the campaign that Steele was a part of. (I'm not calling Steele a liar. I'm calling Schurick a liar.)
As for liberal politics in general, I didn't claim Democrats to be perfect. Most of them aren't even liberals. I agree that Democrats (like Republicans) don't always live up to their stated ideologies. The specific examples of Thomas, Rice, and Steele, however, are people whom liberals would oppose regardless of skin color. JamesMLane t c 17:49, 31 March 2006 (UTC)
I don't know who handed out the cookies, but I believe they were handed out. Let's put it this way: If Barak Obama had claimed he heard a group of people shouting the N word at him at the presidential debate, even with no other witnesses, I don't think there would be so many groups saying he lied. I don't think there would be in-depth analsysis of whether it was shouted or whispered as if it were relevant. In fact, I would think that, regardless of the affiliation of the hecklers, the Republican campaign would apologize. That's the nature of today's atmosphere. --Tbeatty 18:34, 31 March 2006 (UTC)
If the story was only backed up by Obama and his campaign manager, and they changed the details of their story from account to account, and their story was flatly contradicted by all other witnesses, then yeah, I'd think Obama was lying. Gamaliel 18:43, 31 March 2006 (UTC)
And if the details were it was "whispered" vs "shouted"? And if the story wasn't contradicted, but simply couldn't be corroborated? It seems to me the Steele controversy was whether the cookies were rolled or thrown. And the only contradiction was someone who wasn't present saying he didn't find any cookies (and he was the manager, not the cleanup crew). --Tbeatty 20:08, 31 March 2006 (UTC)
Oh, please. Now they say there were so numerous in the air they were "like locusts" but at the time, not a peep about them being thrown. The moderator and the guy in charge of cleanup didn't see any evidence of a swarm of oreos. Does anyone besides Steele and his campaign operative back this account up? It's clearly all bullshit. Gamaliel 21:08, 31 March 2006 (UTC)
Tom Stuckey was at the debate. He claims oreo cookies were distributed. There are others who corroborate the presence of Oreo cookies. The debate seems to really be about whther they were thrown. Ehrlich said his father was hit by one. I think that's a silly distinction. Whether they were thrown, thrown at Steele, just present in the crowd or distributed by Democratic operatives is all abhorent. --Tbeatty 00:08, 1 April 2006 (UTC)
A few cookies independently brought by immature people vs. large numbers purposely distributed by party operatives. One or two tossed vs. the air thick with them "like locusts". These are not silly distinctions, it's the difference between a breeze and a hurricane. This is assuming that it happened at all. Gamaliel 01:12, 1 April 2006 (UTC)
Steele's comment is one or two at his feet. He agreed when Hannity asked if oreo cookies were thrown at him (without even referencing this particular incident, who knows how many times it has happened outside the debate that is listed). You are willing to entertain that immature people could have brought cookies and at the same time claim Steele is lying? That's a pretty big stretch.--Tbeatty 03:13, 1 April 2006 (UTC)
Why should I not be suspicious of their wildly inconsistent stories and the lack of cooberating evidence? Gamaliel 04:36, 1 April 2006 (UTC)
I agree. I don't think it happened according to any one persons statement. Certainly Steele wasn't 'pelted.' I suspect, given the moderators account, that there was a section in the audience that was throwing a lot of cookies but not at Steele. I suspect that some cookies were rolled or tossed Steele's way. I suspect that the account of the girl giving out 'Michael Steele' oreo cookies is true. But I wouldn't portray any of the stories 'wildly inconsistent.' I have seen consistency across a number of different perspectives. The spokesman had his version, the governor had his, Steele had his own. Reporters had their own. --Tbeatty 04:42, 1 April 2006 (UTC)
I'm afraid I don't see any consistency, other than they all claim they were Oreos and not some other brand. The people can't even keep their own stories consistent over the years, much less consistent with other people's stories. Gamaliel 05:49, 1 April 2006 (UTC)

Article for deletion

Lauren B. Weiner has been listed. Her only notability is with regard to this article. I think this is not how we ought to be conducting ourselves. Derex 04:16, 1 April 2006 (UTC)

Update and minor editing/NPOV

Well, this certainly couldn't have made him look any sweeter! I removed some of the gushing quotes, but there's still plenty for his mother to love here. Acham 21:54, 12 May 2006 (UTC)

I don't have a major problem with the edits you're doing, but you seem to be doing multiple major edits at a single time and summarizing them with a simple "NPOV", when more explanation is usually required. For example, you removed the sentence about the "Uncle Tom" incident. The sentence wasn't that great, but I think the incident still deserves mention. "NPOV" doesn't seem to be an adequate explanation for its removal. I would humbly suggest that you break up your edits, concentrating on one section at a time and providing a clear explanation for each one. Maximusveritas 21:40, 13 May 2006 (UTC)

Heavy criticism

Cut section from article:

Ehrlich fundraiser

In July of 2005, Maryland Governor Bob Ehrlich, a Republican, came under heavy criticism for hosting a $1,000-a-head golf outing at a white-only golf club. Many African-Americans were offended by their patronage. Lt. Governor Steele responded to the outcry by saying, "I don't know that much about the club, the membership, nor do I care, quite frankly, because I don't play golf." [4] [5] After two weeks, the controversy still persisted, leading Steele to say that his "initial reaction to this was a little more flippant than it should have been." [6]

Repair strategy

Criticism from whom? For what reason? Are readers supposed to read between the lines and go, "Of course it's wrong for a politician to say he doesn't care about his party raising money at a white-only event"?

An encylopedia article assumes nothing. We can never say that something is too obvious for words.

Please rewrite this section with the following format:

  • Spokesman A of Group B criticized the Republican Party in general, as well as Ehrlich specifically, for conducting the event because they feel the Republicans are being dishonest. "How can they say they care about blacks, when they raised money from whites who discriminate blacks?" argued Spokesman C of Group D.
  • When Steele said he didn't care, Group D responded by calling his remark (insert criticism here).
  • Two weeks later, Steeled apologized for his earlier remarks: "...more flippant ..."

The point is that if there is a controversy about something, we must say WHO the sides are and WHAT each side is saying about that thing. --Uncle Ed 16:08, 3 June 2006 (UTC)

I added some additional quotes. I'm not sure we really need to go into detail about the original Ehrlich controversy since the focus of this article is on Steele, but I'll go along with it. Also, could you please respond to what I wrote above regarding the Washington Times column? Maximusveritas 05:13, 4 June 2006 (UTC)

hip hop?

Didn't he make some Republican party needs a hip-hop/rap image comment? The Daily Show mentioned it. (talk) 00:06, 4 March 2009 (UTC)

use of slang and civil unions

it'd be nice to see the recent critcism he has received for his overly common use of hip hop slang in political discourse from the huffington post, new york times, etc, be included. saying the stimulus package was "bling, bling". that the gop is going to be "off the hook" and "beyond cutting edge". also it was reported a few days ago that he now opposes civil unions, something he claimed to support in maryland. perhaps a closer look at the rlc membership controversy may be warranted too. i.e. he claims to have left it in early 2008 over primary endorsements, while the rlc said he didn't leave until dec 2008 when he started running for GOP chair. (talk) 02:16, 4 March 2009 (UTC)

Not to mention the controversy over his "slum love" and "slumdog millionaire" remarks concerning Bobby Jindal. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:34, 4 March 2009 (UTC)

Or his "fried chicken and potato salad" comment. Haha. Or this? Rock8591 (talk) 03:15, 4 August 2009 (UTC)

Such comments are covered in the article's Early criticism section. —ADavidB 12:25, 4 August 2009 (UTC)

2006 campaign for U.S. Senate

I think this section is far too long. If you look at other people's election sections, they are about one or two paragraphs, with most of the information in the election article itself. Thoughts? - Rockyobody (talk) 17:04, 4 March 2009 (UTC)

I expect Steele's campaign may have had more media coverage than others who ran in 2006, and it's clear that he's under much more such scrutiny now. If you believe undue weight is given to a perspective, specific details can certainly be discussed here. Since another article is dedicated to Steele's senate campaign, I'm more inclined to support removal of some details from this article if they're covered (proportionately) in the Senate campaign article, particularly if they're no longer in the current spotlight. —ADavidB 11:35, 5 March 2009 (UTC)

I lived in Maryland during the 2006 elections, and I don’t believe his candidacy was ever covered much more significantly in the media. I think the section just includes too much information. I looked at least 100 articles with 2006 election sections, and I changed it to match the others. I know it looks like removal of too much information, but it keeps consistency with other articles. I also think when the misuse of campaign funds should be moved to the 2006 election article once it is no longer considered a current event. - Eaglesfan619 (talk) 21:44, 8 March 2009 (UTC)

I moved the 'alleged misuse of campaign funds' section to the 2006 election article as discussed above. —ADavidB 03:13, 7 May 2009 (UTC)
The campaign funds issue was never brought up during the 2006 election, since the story only broke this year. It is more of an issue about Steele, and there should still be a mention in his main article. TharsHammar Bits andPieces 03:16, 7 May 2009 (UTC)
Several months have gone by with no updates to the story (to my knowledge). The alleged misuse of the campaign funds was then, so belongs there, even though the story wasn't brought out until later. A sentence or two could be included in the campaign section here, though I question the need. The link to the campaign article remains.


The following discussion is an archived discussion of the proposal. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on the talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.

The result of the proposal was PAGE MOVED per discussion below. -GTBacchus(talk) 20:29, 11 March 2009 (UTC)

Yeah, I think that this should be the main one. Gary King (talk) 23:25, 5 March 2009 (UTC)
  • Support, this individual appears to be most commonly known as Michael Steele and to be "much more used than any other topic covered in Wikipedia to which the same word(s) may also refer". Michael Steele is therefore the subject's common name and the article is Wikipedia's primary topic for the title Michael Steele. The article should be moved to Michael Steele. --Rogerb67 (talk) 12:11, 9 March 2009 (UTC)
  • Support - easily primary usage. Other subjects have minor importance in comparison (with all respects to them). Magog the Ogre (talk) 04:51, 10 March 2009 (UTC)
  • Comment. Given this Michael Steele's stated desire to make over the GOP with some fresh urban suburban hiphop how can we distinguish between this Micahael Steele and Michael Steele (musician)[14] 4,579 just by the title musician? TharsHammar (talk) 14:29, 10 March 2009 (UTC)
    • I fail to understand your logic whatsoever. Magog the Ogre (talk) 20:27, 10 March 2009 (UTC)
Putting any intended ridicule or sarcasm aside, "hip hop" GOP characteristics are not the same as the musical style. Here's a direct definition.—ADavidB 04:55, 11 March 2009 (UTC)
The above discussion is preserved as an archive of the proposal. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on this talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.

POV and UNDUE edits by anon

  • Recent edits by one anon are UNDUE and are also predictions. I have removed these per Undue and predictions per BLP. Thanks. Ism schism (talk) 22:26, 12 March 2009 (UTC)

POV and wholesale deletions by user ism schism

  • This abortion controvery is significant and is being widely covered in the news media. Your removal constitutes POV. Perhaps instead of making blanket deletions you could spend more than thirty seconds on the article and explain what specific areas are POV and how this major news story is "undue". Your speedy reverting and one vague sentence explaining it without mentioning any specifics are most unhelpful. (talk) 22:40, 12 March 2009 (UTC)
    • This is a BLP, if you want to add informaton it needs to be directly relevant to the BLP with no predictions and day to day updates on possiblilities. BLPs have a high standard, any information added must meet this standard. Thanks. Ism schism (talk) 22:47, 12 March 2009 (UTC)
      • I have deleted the prediction. Why do you feel the abortion controversy itself should not be included? I have read BLP and see no objections (talk) 22:49, 12 March 2009 (UTC)
        • Removing predictions, and undue content is a good start. This is a BLP, and any day-to-day issue has to be seen as such until it can be put into a larger context. The story of the day is not always worthy of its own section - as is the case here. Thanks. Ism schism (talk) 22:55, 12 March 2009 (UTC)
Can we at least give it a!? Tom 23:12, 12 March 2009 (UTC)
That sounds very rational to me. I will not edit the article during this time. I appreciate your edits. Thanks. Ism schism (talk) 23:16, 12 March 2009 (UTC)
In defense of the anon the interview was done February 24th, that is a few weeks ago. And there are 476 hits in the last day for Steele+abortion on Google news. [15]. TharsHammar (talk) 23:23, 12 March 2009 (UTC)
I agree that this needs some time, this new subtopic might be very substantial, but it needs at least some period of time for review and addition of proper reliable sources - as this is a BLP. I am open to such additions per BLP. Thanks again. Ism schism (talk) 23:39, 12 March 2009 (UTC)
Article in NYT. Receptacle (talk) 00:28, 13 March 2009 (UTC)
Many commentators are writing that these comments might be the "last straw" that turn many Republicans against Steele. it would be absurd not to mention these comments here. Gamaliel (talk) 19:15, 13 March 2009 (UTC)

(outdent) Well hopefully the sun will come up tomorrow, but I guess we should wait to see. Anyways, --Tom 20:39, 13 March 2009 (UTC)

I've just reverted the removal of the section on his abortion remarks. The references have been tidied up, typos corrected, and a new reference for the initial quote added. It should now meet the WP criteria, and should not be deleted again. GetMKWearMKFly (talk) 20:51, 13 March 2009 (UTC)

Further discussion might be helpful. Thanks. Ism schism (talk) 20:56, 13 March 2009 (UTC)
(e/c)Why is so important that this "material" be inserted asap. This site is not TMZ. Why not wait a few days for others to comment and see if this truely is the end of the line and as "huge" as some have predicted. Does everyone here take their marching orders from the talking heads? --Tom 20:58, 13 March 2009 (UTC)
Why is it so important that this material be removed asap? Enough people have restored the material and think it's important enough to include, so I think we are past the stage where wait and see is a valid reason for constant removal, if it ever was. Gamaliel (talk) 23:36, 13 March 2009 (UTC)
Because this is a BLP, and BLPs require a higher standard than other articles. Thanks. Ism schism (talk) 00:56, 14 March 2009 (UTC)
Yes it is a BLP, like other BLPs. I will voice my opinion that the material inserted here should stay because it is well sourced, neutrally worded, and there is wide spread reporting in many RS publications. I think that if material meets that criteria it should be included, which is why I did not revert the material you placed in this BLP. TharsHammar (talk) 01:11, 14 March 2009 (UTC)
That is both fair and true. On second thought, I should of worked with the material on Michael Steele more, and protested less - that would of been more constructive. Thank you for your perspective. I will put more effort in trying to work towards consensus on these issues in the future. Thanks again. Ism schism (talk) 01:26, 14 March 2009 (UTC)

We seem to be edging closer to a consensus, but there still seem to be some doubts. Specifically, what are they? There has been progression in the story, with Steele having justified and clarified his comments, and favourable responses from several of the people who condemned him, so this will need to be represented as well. Is it worth opening to an RfC at this stage, or not? GetMKWearMKFly (talk) 16:40, 14 March 2009 (UTC)

An IP editor declared consensus and restored the discussed content. I expanded two of the source citations, though the Salon article links give me "not found" and I marked them with the 'deadlink' template. —ADavidB 12:36, 16 March 2009 (UTC)

I'll have a look and try and find permalinks for the articles later on.GetMKWearMKFly (talk) 16:10, 19 March 2009 (UTC)

As noted in an edit summary, one Salon article (whose link had been updated) didn't match the claim made in this article, so that sentence/citation was removed. —ADavidB 10:49, 20 March 2009 (UTC)

Call for resignation section

Can the links be put into references? I can do this I guess unless there is some reason not to? Tom 04:15, 15 March 2009 (UTC)

Thanks for expanding the ref citations. —ADavidB 11:11, 15 March 2009 (UTC)

Almost Expelled from Johns Hopkins?

The article does not say the reason(s) for his almost being expelled from Johns Hopkins. Was it his failing grades? If so then this should be added, with a source, since it is certainly relevant. And I am speaking as someone who still does not know the reason for him almost being expelled. (talk) 02:48, 30 March 2009 (UTC)

Do some research, find out why from a WP:RS and add it in! Suggested starting points for locating said sources: Google Lexis Nexis. TharsHammar (talk) 02:52, 30 March 2009 (UTC)

Stupid automated edit filter

I wanted to add some background on Michael Steele's own response to his critics, as the current criticism section seems to include quotes from everyone but the man himself.

However, when I tried to add this sourced quote to the article:

"I ask God, 'Hey, let me show just a little bit of love, so I absolutely don't go out and kick this person's ass,'" [1]

the stupid automated filter tells me I can't make the edit because it's supposedly "unconstructive". Jeez. Could someone who knows how to get around the filter please help me out here? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:49, 6 April 2009 (UTC)

Register. The Sartorialist (talk) 03:45, 14 April 2009 (UTC)
To be clear, you should become a registered user (editor) and then you can do more than you can as just an IP edit. The link above gives you the registering option. --DThomsen8 (talk) 18:13, 14 May 2009 (UTC)

Vandalism by IP editors

I just removed some vandalism by an IP editor, and I have seen removals by other editors, too. Can we semi-protect this page against such vandalism? --DThomsen8 (talk) 14:21, 20 May 2009 (UTC)

Major speech on GOP's future and "the kind of America Republicans envision"

"We are going to take the president head-on. The honeymoon is over. The two-party system is making a comeback, and that comeback starts today." I have added a link to the transcript of the speech GOP Chairman Michael Steele gave to the Republican National Committee State Chairmen on May 19, 2009, which is a major one: GOP's Steele Tells Party To Look Forward, Not Backward. Asteriks (talk) 13:10, 9 June 2009 (UTC)


Steele's contribution to commentary and race relations may be encyclopedicly discussed in context if and when it becomes notable (which it already may be, I haven't researched the matter). Such a section might include material such as this, but with context and presented as part of a balanced discussion showing the topic's notability from multiple reputable sources. --24dot (talk) 17:07, 11 November 2009 (UTC)

Criticism of Barack Obama

I've removed the entire section below (which was awkwardly titled "Criticism about Barack Obama"). I removed it because Steele has probably criticized Obama dozens of times, while RNC chair, and he'll continue to do so for the foreseeable future - because that's part of his job. Such criticism, if it is newsworthy, should be part of the Barack Obama article, not the article on Steele. It should not be part of Steele's article because (a) it violates WP:NPOV, as undue space and weight, and (b) per WP:NOT, Wikipedia isn't an indiscriminate collection of information. Compare, for example, Howard Dean#Tenure as DNC Chair, which contains not a single criticism of President George W. Bush, though I'm certain that Dean criticized Bush, publicly, dozens of times. In short: there are lots more important things that the biography - an overview, as are all Wikipedia articles - should cover, and lots of trivial things it should not (did Steele have a dog when he was growing up, and, if so, what was its name?). -- John Broughton (♫♫) 15:27, 22 December 2009 (UTC)

Removed text

Pressuring New York Governor David Patterson — In an interview with Bob Schieffer, Steele said he found it "to be stunning that the White House would send word to one of only two black governors in the country not to run for re-election." This was a response to a revelation that President Obama had quietly encouraged unpopular New York governor David Paterson, who is black, not to run again in 2010.[removed 1]

Travel to Copenhagen to pitch Olympics — On September 28, 2009, The New York Times noted, "Less than two weeks ago, President Obama lamented that he was too busy to go to Denmark to lobby for Chicago’s bid to host the Olympics. “I would make the case in Copenhagen personally,” he said, “if I weren’t so firmly committed to [other priorities”]. ...Mr. Obama changed his mind and decided to take a gamble no other American president has taken."[removed 2] At a September 29 press conference, Steele opined:

I think that this trip, while nice, is not necessary for the president. ...I think what the president is doing is not necessarily helpful and does not, in my view, instill the confidence in the American people that the focus is on jobs, wealth creation, and moving us beyond recession to prosperity.[removed 3]

Hours after Obama's personal pitch in Copenhagen, Chicago was eliminated in the first round of balloting.[removed 4] Steele responded, "While I am disappointed with the IOC's decision, I look forward to the president returning stateside... Our country needs the president’s undivided attention on the urgent issues facing American families today".[removed 5]

2009 Nobel Peace Prize — Barack Obama, a member of the Democratic Party, was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize only twelve days after becoming President of the United States, and was announced as its winner on October 9, 2009, less than nine months into his Presidency. The Associated Press reported that news of Obama's win drew immediate "ridicule from conservative bloggers, and even gripes from some liberals who think he hasn't done enough". Within hours of the announcement, RNC Chair Michael Steele was quoted as saying:

What has President Obama actually accomplished? It is unfortunate that the president's star power has outshined tireless advocates who have made real achievements working towards peace and human rights."[removed 6]

The Democratic National Committee communications director, Brad Woodhouse, responded, "The Republican Party has thrown in its lot with the terrorists – the Taliban and Hamas this morning – in criticizing the President for receiving the Nobel Peace prize".[removed 7] The Republican National Committee responded, "Like most Americans, the DNC can't think of one achievement that the president has accomplished, so they resort to their predictable response and standard playbook of demonizing those who disagree with them. ...Now, when challenged to answer the question of what the president has accomplished, Democrats are lashing out calling Republicans terrorists. That type of political rhetoric is shameful."[removed 8]

  1. ^ "GOP chief hints racism involved in Obama, Paterson controversy". Retrieved September 21, 2009. 
  2. ^ "In Pitch for Games, a Gamble for Obama" By Peter Baker and Juliet Macur, The New York Times, September 28, 2009
  3. ^ "GOP Calls Obama Olympics Lobbying Trip Unnecessary" by Paul Bedard, U. S. News and World Report, September 29, 2009
  4. ^ "2016 Olympics decision: Chicago out in first round" By David Heinzmann, Chicago Tribune, October 2, 2009
  5. ^ "Obama sacked; Steele piles on...carefully" by Paul West, The Baltimore Sun, October 2, 2009
  6. ^ "From right and left, questions about peace prize" by Charles Babington, The Associate Press, October 9, 2009
  7. ^ "OPED: Obama Should Decline the Nobel Peace Prize" by Doug Heye, US News and World Report, October 9, 2009
  8. ^ CNN PoliticalTicker, October 9, 2009

List of political positions

This list is not very encyclopedic, there can easily be a neutrality issue as it is possible to cherry pick his comments to portray him in whatever way you want, the list should be trimmed down to the notable comments and they should be placed in relevant locations throughout the article. Off2riorob (talk) 23:14, 11 January 2010 (UTC)

I agree the political positions should be placed in relevant locations, (if there are any) throughout the article. The rest should be removed. Mugginsx (talk) 11:42, 12 January 2010 (UTC)

Michael Steele Sends Back Soup Muppet

As Biden would say, this is a big ****ing deal. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 08:27, 4 May 2010 (UTC)

What the heck are you talking about? (talk) 16:37, 22 July 2010 (UTC)


This section really is trivia and nothing worthy of covering - especially in such bloated detail. Its of no educational value about this mans notable life issues at all, its pure tabloid reporting - so - an IP removed it and I accepted it. Off2riorob (talk) 16:01, 15 January 2011 (UTC)

RNC Chairperson term

Is there a fixed term for this position? GoodDay (talk) 19:44, 15 January 2011 (UTC)

I've been looking for Steele's term dates and I'm shocked how many reliable sources say Steele took over in "January 2008 as Barack Obama became president."
WTF!?! TETalk 19:49, 15 January 2011 (UTC)
2008? GoodDay (talk) 19:52, 15 January 2011 (UTC)
Crazy, right? Anyways, I'm seeing stories dated January 30, 2009, speaking of Steele being elected RNC Chair. If that was the date, effective immediately upon election, then I'd assume he no longer holds that position. Still not sure, though. TETalk 20:00, 15 January 2011 (UTC)
This uncertainty surrounds his predecessor's article too. GoodDay (talk) 20:08, 15 January 2011 (UTC)

tour bus

In the fall of 2010, Steele launched the "Fire Pelosi Bus Tour."[16] The tour began on September 15.[17] The 6 week tour covers 48 states in the Continental U.S., with stops in more than 100 cities,[18][19] and will "cover 14,000 miles."[20] The tours purpose is to "encourage votes for Republicans in districts across the nation."[21] When asked about the tour, Nancy Pelosi's responded "Who cares? I want to get a tow truck and tow it away, just as we had to get a tow truck to pull the economy of our country out of the ditch that the Republicans drove us into."[22] "Republicans hope to take control of the House and replace Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco."[23] CNN reported that, "The stops also give the chairman, known for his bomb-throwing speaking style, a chance to fire up GOP activists who are volunteering their time to dial voters from victory centers. Judging by videos of rowdy tour events posted on YouTube, and the scads of local media attention the bus has generated as it moves from town to town, Steele's trip has been a success on that front."[24] During the tour, "Steele urged party unity as the Republicans look to make big gains in the midterm season."[25]

I don't see the value of this at all, he has a tour bus, so? its completely normal to have a tour bus, and adding the oppositions comments about it is pure partisan attack imo. As in, The Democrats like this but the republicans say it is rubbish. it seems a bit POV and not noteworthy.. what is all the tabloid type comments and the attack type comments from Pelosi , a person in total opposition to the subject, it seems very poor to me, any one think its worthy of addition? The whole second half of it appears partisan and a bit attacking. And the templates, like it is breaking news of fantastic value, a tour bus? Off2riorob (talk) 16:17, 19 October 2010 (UTC)

My opinion, this isn't about Michael Steele. Although he was quoted this is about the Republican National Committee, not part of the Steele biography. Maybe in the RNC article or an article on the overall campaign, but I don't see it here.--Cube lurker (talk) 16:25, 19 October 2010 (UTC)
re: Agree with Off2riorob. The C-SPAN source: [26] about the GOP Campaig 2010 Bus Tour. --USAGOP (talk) 11:29, 11 February 2011 (UTC)