Plain and simple.

They should have beat his ass on GP at Howard for having the nerve to utter such bullshyt.

From The HuffingtonPost:

Dave Zirin
Posted: September 2, 2009 12:01 AM
Michael Steele: Meet Amanda Duzak

Tuesday night at Howard University, RNC chair Michael Steele did an impression of the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz: he was absolutely heartless. Not everyday do we see the head of a major political party insult a 23 year old whose mother just died of cancer.

But first let’s set the scene:

Steele spoke at Howard in front of roughly 150 students as part of his outreach program to Historically Black Colleges and Universities. His effort to connect with young black students got off to a rather cringe-worthy start when right before the billed “student dialogue” two dozen white members of area young Republican groups arrived to sit in the reserved first two rows of the packed room. One wondered, as students grumbled, if Steele hired John Ashcroft to be his event manager.

But the discomfort turned to boredom as Steele’s “dialogue” turned quickly into a monologue. The RNC chair went on a long rambling speech about pulling yourself up by your bootstraps, while the texting audience strained to stay awake. There was no impassioned argument or defense of the Republican Party and any questions in the “dialogue” had to be submitted in writing while Steele spoke. The only thing that caused even a raised eyebrow was Steele’s occasional effort at slang. When a student told Steele she was going into business law he said, “Business law! Mo money!”

But when challenged, Steele exposed himself, and it was awful to see the Tin Man’s tin ear. When the RNC chair took a written question on health care, he blasted the public option, saying that “every time the government gets involved in something it doesn’t work.”

Then came Amanda Duzak, and Steele’s evening just got a whole lot worse.

Duzak, a 23 year old Towson University grad, stood up, against the rules and out of turn.

“My mother died of cancer 6 months ago because she could only afford three of her six prescription chemotherapy medications,” she projected. “There are 50 million people in this country who could end up like my mom, suffering or dying because they do not have adequate health care. Everyone in this room and everyone in this country should have access to good health care.”

The room woke up and other than those glaring from the front, the applause was wall to wall. But it’s Steele’s response that makes this moment both newsworthy and a terrible comment on his character. After saying that he believed in a mature, honest discussion and not in shouting, Steele said, “People are coming to these town meetings and they’re like [he then shakes].” He then looked and gestured right at Ms. Duzak and said, “It makes for great TV. You’ll probably make it tonight, enjoy it.” He then turned his back to her, as the crowd clapped.


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