The gaffe master, Steele of the RNC had the audacity to make this statement:
Republicans can reach a broader base by recasting gay marriage as an issue that could dent pocketbooks as small businesses spend more on health care and other benefits, GOP Chairman Michael Steele said Saturday.
Steele said that was just an example of how the party can retool its message to appeal to young voters and minorities without sacrificing core conservative principles. Steele said he used the argument weeks ago while chatting on a flight with a college student who described herself as fiscally conservative but socially liberal on issues like gay marriage.
"Now all of a sudden I've got someone who wasn't a spouse before, that I had no responsibility for, who is now getting claimed as a spouse that I now have financial responsibility for," Steele told Republicans at the state convention in traditionally conservative Georgia. "So how do I pay for that? Who pays for that? You just cost me money."
He is blaming gay marriage as a financial burder for taxpayers? WTF? And I hope Keith Olbermann is listening and reading this shit because it is truly a WTF in all realms of possiblity.
Of course, someone on Steele's staff, on his behalf will soon trot out and clarify his statements, but we all know what it is.
If the Republican Party wants to broaden its base, it needs to stop the hate rhetoric and be real on trying to reach all the folks they lost like the independents, the young voters, the new voters, the women, the gays, the hispanics, moderate republicans and what it had of the african-american vote. Statements like Steele's don't give the view of the Republic Party as a big tent but one that is a narrow and bigoted group.