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Uh oh: Certain people who care about such things have caught wind of Michael Steele’s semi-successful Michael Steele-impersonation grift! Charging speaking fees is not even “outside the game” or “what up,” but this did not stop a disgruntled couplet of former RNC chairmen from slagging off on Steele in the Washington Times today.

Some other human from the RNC explains to the Times that charging colleges $20,000 to listen to a 51 year-old man improvise David Simon-inspired koans is just gauche—and actually sort of brilliant—but not actually verboten. And yet:

  • “Holy mackerel, I never heard of a chairman of either party ever taking money for speeches,” said Frank J. Fahrenkopf Jr., RNC chairman under President Reagan and CEO of the American Gaming Association.
  • “It just doesn’t look right using RNC resources and trading on the title of chairman to make outside money,” said Rich Bond, another former Republican national chairman. “When I became chairman, I was surprised some organizations paid honoraria,” Mr. Bond said. “There were no written rules about taking money back then. Still, I decided accepting the money would get me in trouble.”

Ha! So, turns out Michael Steele did a savvy thing. We will add him to our “Speaker Basket” immediately.

[Washington Times via Ben Smith]

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  • ManchuCandidate

    What does he speak about? Incompetence as a Skill? Uncle Tomism as a career path? Failing upwards?

  • Mr Blifil

    Don’t they know the only way to silence him is to throw Oreo cookies at him. Provided that the air remain thick with them for a certain period of time, otherwise he’ll just laugh them off with his Wonder Woman wristlets.

  • thesheriffisnear

    Zig Ziglar, Terry Bradshaw, Michael Steele…GET MOTIVATED!!!

  • TGY

    Hey, it ain’t sweet without that added sumpin sumpin.

  • thesheriffisnear

    [re=483577]ManchuCandidate[/re]: Only in America, baby…

  • JMP

    Come on now, not taking advantage of one’s position to personally make money, whether legal or not, would be a huge violation of Republican party principles.

  • hoosiermama

    HAHA! Notorious R.N.C.

    Also, loved the Wonkette shout-out on The Rachel Maddow Show the other night RE: :)

  • Larry McAwful

    Once again, we’re disparaging Michael Steele for his leading by example, and we should be ashamed. If all the poor people would follow his example and get $20,000 speaking fees regularly, then no one would fret about how to pay for health care anymore.

    Follow Michael Steele’s lead. There is a solution.

  • freakishlystrong

    Steele will flip these naysayers the bird. Baby.

  • Keram2

    Ex-RNC Chairmen slagging off other republicans? Sounds like Casino Night on the Weekly Standard’s annual cruise.

  • chaste everywhere

    The Washington Times, Michael Steele, Ben Smith (“a running-bowels conversation about politics”), the RNC, and the expression “Holy mackerel” still exist? (Doesn’t he know it’s “Holy Mudhead, Mackerel!”?)

  • Monsieur Grumpe

    Well, in his defense, he does need to maintain that swanky image he’s worked so hard to cultivate.

    Yeah, I said swanky.

  • the problem child

    “Holy mackerel, I never heard of a chairman of either party ever taking money for speeches,” said Frank J. Fahrenkopf Jr., RNC chairman under President Reagan and CEO of the American Gaming Association. “I never realized how much money I missed out on and want a do-over.”

  • memzilla

    Really should not use the phrase “up-and-comer” in conjunction with any reThuglican personality.

    Publicist FAIL.

  • mookworthjwilson

    I’m pretty sure Michael Steel got his relatives to post most of the comments on that article…

  • WarAndG

    Why would these few bitches inside America’s party of cronyism, double dipping, unfettered corporate capitalism, and shameless opportunism even give a shit? Socialists RINOS.

  • Advocatus_Diaboli

    If you’re setting up an event, wouldn’t it be cheaper to just play MC Steele’s greatest hits via Youtube?

  • norbizness

    Lookin’ down the barrel of a gun, son of a gun, son of a bitch, gettin’ paid, gettin’ rich. (Mississippi Queen guitar riff sample)

  • JMP

    [re=483601]the problem child[/re]: And I’m sure that Mr. Frankenstein; er, Fahrenheit; er, Mr. Former RNC Chair got to be CEO of the American “Gaming” Association all through his own merit.

    (As an aside, the use of “gaming” as a euphemism for gambling always annoys me, since gaming already has a meaning, and it’s playing video games, not throwing money away at the casino).

  • Death Impaneled

    It’s strange that if you start looking up other people I’ve heard of (Woodward for example) say “Please Inquire” as opposed to list a dollar amount for their fee, whereas the Man of Steele just lays it out there. $10,0000-$20,0000 any coast any time.

  • gjdodger

    [re=483580]thesheriffisnear[/re]: Zig Ziglar, Terry Bradshaw, Michael Steele…GET MOTIVATED!!!
    You left out Dubya.
    [re=483593]chaste everywhere[/re]: (Doesn’t he know it’s “Holy Mudhead, Mackerel!”?)
    He’s People’s Commissioner Steele now. And nobody’s sweetheart!

  • hockeymom

    You know, when I need a dose of money morality, I look to the CEO of the American Gaming Association.

  • joezoo

    If Rich Bond was such a great RNC chairman, how come we don’t have any animated GIFs of *him* HMMMM?

  • JadedDIssonance

    Why can’t I remember the names of any former GOP Chairmen?

  • Aflac Shrugged

    “Still, I decided accepting the money would get me in trouble.”

    And you call yourself a Republican.

  • This Cat

    With apologies to the Marx Brothers, how much does it cost to get Mr. Steele NOT to speak?

  • chaste everywhere

    He isn’t YOUR son, Fred.
    Stop torturing me, Ethel!

  • tripsydaily

    [re=483618]Death Impaneled[/re]: It’s just plain TACKY.

  • problemwithcaring

    [re=483614]JMP[/re]: Exactly. And when I worked there, Frank was a cool guy but was gone golfing most of the time.

  • depraved indifference engine

    [re=483587]hoosiermama[/re]: And this, from the Wired/Huffpo article:

    “Almost immediately after it launched yesterday, pranksters began using the service to link to controversial or ironically-intended websites such as the official site of the American Communist Party , a bondage website and a webpage advertising a sex toy in the likeness of Barack Obama.”

  • Mr Blifil

    [re=483603]mookworthjwilson[/re]: Fuck you for that. You made me accidentally watch the “Two Guys in a Newsroom” segment and now I’m retarded.

  • El Pinche

    [re=483613]norbizness[/re]: Thanks, there’s nothing like a Paul Boutique lyric to start the morning.

    So Mikey’s completely bypassing Reagan by being a “Lincoln Republican, ey?” Where’ my Lincoln owned Slaves in the USA t-shirt when I need it?

  • El Pinche

    Besides..those giant oversized armored suits aren’t going to pay for themselves.

  • cheaphits

    Do we know who actually PAYS him speaking fees? Perhaps the American “Gaming” Association?

  • McDuff

    “A self-described Lincoln Republican …”

    Does Mikey mean the kind of Republican who believes in the supremacy of the Federal government, the kind who oppose a war of choice but who would tax the shit out of stuff and the rich to pay for a war of necessity, the kind who built infrastructure because it was good for the Nation as a whole, the kind who passed programs to buildup the middle class, and the kind who set aside public land for parks?

    (Lincoln — oppossed the Mexican War as a Congressman, but as President fought the Civil War to preserve the Union and signed bills taxing all sorts of goods (beer, playing cards, etc.) and the first Federal income tax to pay for it, supported public subsidies for railroad and canal building, signed the Homestead Act and the Land Grant Colleges Act, and gave the Yosemite Valley to California for a park. Then there was that whole inviting Frederick Douglass to dinner at the WHITE House thing, something I think Mikey can pretty much forget about.)

  • memzilla

    [re=483630]chaste everywhere[/re]: Offer not good after curfew in Sector R or M.

    They never come up into the hills!

  • GeneralLerong

    He’s just jealous of $arah Palin and wants some of the same action.

    Minus having to live in a barn alongside honking ducks in a strip mall masquerading as a town, of course.

  • snideinplainsight

    Imma let you finish…

  • Big Liver

    I wish I had a nice warm groat cluster to go with this discussion.

  • Johnny Zhivago

    The big question is: if I order TODAY can I get him delivered by Christmas???

  • OReillysVibrator

    OK that last quote is fabricated Rich Bond is such a naturally made-up name for a GOP chairman. That Fahrenkopf one sounds foreign and dictatorial, so he’s legit.

  • Gorillionaire

    This speaking fee racket is amazing. Last year a friend of mine told me about how his company had hired an obscure SNL cast member from maybe 20 years ago to come speak (not stand-up) at their exec convention and they paid the guy 15 grand. This is a guy who probably couldn’t get five seconds on the E! channel.

  • thesheriffisnear

    [re=483750]Gorillionaire[/re]: Charles Rocket gotta eat too!!!

  • Decker

    He’s just following Palin’s lead, baby.

  • finallyhappy

    [re=483750]Gorillionaire[/re]: My daughter is part of the student committee that does booking for her school. She told me how much SNL people go for- the ones they could afford- they didn’t want- and it costs more for comedy versus Q&A- really who the hell wants to hear a Q&A with an SNL cast member. They wouldn’t have Steele on their campus if he paid them(ok, maybe if he paid them)

  • bricks

    Well hell, getting money is how I roll, ya dig? Five-button pinstriped pimp suits and bling don’t grow on trees, baby. Don’t hate the player, etc, etc.

    Dictated, but not read,

    M. Steele

  • Extemporanus

    [re=483728]OReillysVibrator[/re]: For realz.

    “Rich Bond” isn’t a name, it’s a synonym for “money”. And I’m pretty sure “Fahrenkopf” means “hot head” in German, so yeah, totally legit.

  • McDuff

    [re=483754]thesheriffisnear[/re]: Sorry, man, but the Rocket is worm food:

  • Extemporanus

    [re=483587]hoosiermama[/re]: I don’t know what they want from him.

    It’s like the mo’ money he come across, the mo’ problems he see.

  • Guppy06

    He’s just showing the American entrepreneurial spirit! Why do Republicans hate making money? Let Michael be Michael!

  • Joey Ratz

    …some other human from the RNC…

    RNC humans? Surely you meant “lizard people”?

  • Gumboz1953

    Republicans are gamers? Don’t tell me — let me guess. World of Warcraft.

    They don’t play it. They LIVE it, also.

  • thesheriffisnear

    [re=483794]McDuff[/re]: Well at least Abe Vigoda is still alive; and Gilbert Gottfried, also.

  • Oh hell to the no

    The disturbing thing about Charles Rocket, according to that site, is that he committed suicide by cutting his throat. Yikes!

  • Mr Blifil

    [re=483792]Extemporanus[/re]: Was für ein Fehler. “Fahrenkopf” bedeutet “travel head” oder “driving head.” “Heisskopf,” dass die richtige Übersetzung für “hot head.” Und verstehen Sie mich nicht startete am “Sheissekopf”