My apologies for using this image of Bobby Jindal Alfred E. Neuman…

RNC Chairman Michael Steele was on Bill Bennett’s radio show as a guest host last week and continued his conga line of gaffes and missteps:

GOP Chair Michael Steele guest-hosted Bill Bennett’s talk radio show. During the program, one caller said he could “debate” whether or not the U.S. is currently in the midst of an economic crisis. Steele laughed in agreement and claimed that “[t]he malls are just as packed on Saturday.”:

CALLER: I can really debate about how about that economic crises is because I look around and I don’t see people spending any less money than they have been.

STEELE: I’ve heard a number of people say that across the country. [LAUGHTER] The malls are just as packed on Saturday. [LAUGHTER]

More disconnect and GOP tap-dancing below…What’s ironic is that the day before, a job fair in New Hampshire created a huge gridlock problem, as far more people tried to attend than were previously anticipated.

MANCHESTER – A massive turnout at the Project Economy Job Fair sponsored by WMUR triggered gridlock around the Mall of New Hampshire and traffic tie-ups elsewhere yesterday.

About 10,000 people lobbied employers to obtain one of at least 1,500 available jobs.

Traffic backed up from the mall onto Interstate 293 for more than a mile in both directions. Others ignored advisories and drove to the university, clogging local roads.

The university had to limit entry into the fieldhouse because the crowd was nearing its 2,500-person capacity, said university spokesman Gregg Mazzola. The job fair was advertised to run until 3 p.m., but anyone not on campus or a shuttle bus by 12:40 p.m. was being turned away, he said.

The job fair’s organizing committee put out a statement “to apologize to any job seekers who were unable to gain entry to the event” due to the “unprecedented turnout of job seekers.”

McDevitt said another job fair is planned within the next couple months.

“Based on the massive turnout, we decided we should talk about another one because the need was clearly there,” McDevitt said.

Yeah, but it’s not like there’s video of the turnout or anything to prove this… oh wait.

Well, okay. But everyone who has seen this interactive unemployment rate chart KNOWS that New Hampshire has the highest unemployment rate of anywhere else in the entire nation.

Oh wait- that’s not right. Hmm.

Maybe there IS a recession after all, Mr. Steele.

But at least we have those 3 staunch and loyal GOP governors- Bobby Jindal, Sarah Palin and Mark Sanford- who are leading the way to financial independance in their states by rejecting the stimulus monies!

Oh, thank goodness for their firm leadership and unwavering values!

Uh… maybe not so much.

The list of governors threatening to decline federal stimulus money last month read like a list of Republicans considering running for president in 2012: Govs. Mark Sanford, Bobby Jindal and Sarah Palin led the anti-stimulus charge.

But what began with a bang is ending with something closer to a whimper. All three of those governors have been forced to scale back their expectations, to varying degrees, as the push of conservative philosophy gave way to the pull of political reality.

All three found that praise from the conservative movement in Washington meant nothing to furious state legislators of both parties. And in the end, along with other conservative Republican governors, the three submitted letters in recent days asking to be eligible for federal funds, a spokesman for the White House Office of Management and Budget confirmed.

“We’ve tried to compromise in a variety of different ways and now we’ve gotten to … a position well past the halfway mark,” Sanford told POLITICO in an interview, conceding that, “I got beaten up pretty bad on it.”

Jindal, meanwhile, toned down his firm opposition and turned his focus to a much narrower rejection of two pots of money; Palin, too, has narrowed her objections and promised to work with legislators who want the money.

At this point, it looks like everybody’s on board with the program,” said Tom Gavin, an OMB spokesman.

Democrats have relished the intra-party GOP warfare.

“What we saw was Gov. Sanford playing chicken, and he got run over,” said Hari Sevugan, a spokesman for the Democratic National Committee.

Day 37 of “Michael Steele Watch, folks…

FWIW, almost all of today’s “Meet The Press” has been devoted to the recession and economy. One wonders from what media sources Mr. Steele gets his information.

I’m guessing that as Sarah Palin so infamously told Katie Couric last fall, the answer is “all of them!!”  

With all of this sort of confusion of messages and rampant disconnect from reality, is there any wonder why the GOP appears to be on its last leg?  




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