Perhaps that is a saying that should be echoed through the offices of the RNC and the Republican leadership. From the latest example of this practice, let’s look at the ongoing battle Michael Steele is waging with his own members in Senate:
Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME), a pro-stimulus Republican who will be up for re-election in 2012, told Roll Call that she approached Steele about his comments and asked him bluntly: “You didn’t really mean that, did you?” She said that Steele has agreed to set up a meeting with the three pro-stimulus GOPers to discuss this.
Snowe pointed out that the loss of GOP moderates, and the view that they don’t belong in the party, has contributed to the party’s overall decrease. “When we were in the majority, there were more of us. Now that we’re in the minority, there are less of us,” Snowe explained, also adding: “If that’s what they want to be, well that’s their choice.”
Snowe is referring to Steele’s threat of not giving RNC money for the re-election of the Senators who voted for the stimulus. This is the practice of “accept our entire agenda or get out” that has helped push the Republicans into their current dilemma. Sadly the RNC is also rich when it comes to egos, so they don’t see any wrong in this.