RNC Chairman Michael Steele has been sending mixed messages on Sarah Palin in recent days. On Tuesday, he said that he believed 2012 was “off the table” for Palin. He then backtracked and said he meant that talking about 2012 was off the table, adding that he welcomed Palin’s presence. But yesterday at a state GOP event in Indiana, Steele summarily dismissed not only Palin, but also Gov. Mark Sanford (R-SC) and Sen. John Ensign (R-NV):
Steele on Wednesday brushed off the recent incidents as “old news, old school.”
“That’s not the generation of candidates I’m trying to groom, he said.
Steele said the party needs to get back to its small-government roots. Daniels and fellow governors Haley Barbour of Mississippi, Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota and Bobby Jindal of Louisiana are great examples, he said.
“These guys are the laboratories for the ideas we believe in,” Steele said.
David Keene, chairman of the American Conservative Union, told Newsmax that Palin has to stop complaining. “You’ve got to recognize that there are people who want you to fail,” he said. “And if you spend your time worrying about them, or whining about what they say, at the very least it’ll get you off your game.”
Greg Sargent reports that the Indianapolis Star has edited its article to reflect that Steele was not talking about Palin.