Monday, Prez 44 was greeting WNBA champions while flexing his ball handling skills. Today, he is going to have to add some fancy footwork, fast-talking and chin checks to get this healthcare thing done. Here's the email he sent supporters today:
If you’re like most Americans, there’s nothing more important to you about health care than peace of mind. Given the status quo, that’s understandable. The current system often denies insurance due to pre-existing conditions, charges steep out-of-pocket fees – and sometimes isn’t there at all if you become seriously ill. It’s time to fix our unsustainable insurance system and create a new foundation for health care security. That means guaranteeing your health care security and stability with eight basic consumer protections:
- No discrimination for pre-existing conditions
- No exorbitant out-of-pocket expenses, deductibles or co-pays
- No cost-sharing for preventive care
- No dropping of coverage if you become seriously ill
- No gender discrimination
- No annual or lifetime caps on coverage
- Extended coverage for young adults
- Guaranteed insurance renewal so long as premiums are paid
Yeah, I'm talking to you Michael Stephen Steele. You ain't right. You have been cut out of this episode of the Bouge and the Beautiful. You have been voted OFF the BougieLand Island. There are a lot of Steel(e)(s) I like; Remington Steele, Stainless Steel, hammered steel makes beautiful jewelry, steel-toed boots from my flirtation with punk-rock in the early 80s. But you, M.S.Steele, you are ruining the word association for us all. As a matter of fact, you are jacking up the positive image of bougie (The Bougie Positivity of Visibility scale) for all of us. On a scale of one to ten, where one is Diddy (wannabe) and ten is Barack Obama (arrived) you are at -2.
We have given you every opportunity to shape up. We don't care about the Republican of it all; align yourself as you see fit to make your paper, player. We of the bougie set admire the game: Bouge Rule #10. In fact, here are some things we actually admire about you. From USA Today:
He grew up in a family of Democrats. Steele credits his mother, Maebell, and Ronald Reagan with turning him toward the Republican Party. Reagan's pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps message recalled a trait Steele's mother exhibited after her first husband, Steele's father, died in 1962 of alcoholism-related liver disease. She refused to go on welfare. Instead, she went to work as a laundress earning minimum wage to support Michael and his sister.
- The fakeness: You want to apply party principles (which are what exactly?) to "urban-suburban hip-hop settings?" You have an "off-the-hook" plan? For real though? What might that be, homey? We are so pleased you speak with ebonic correctness. How's that working for you?
- The flippity-floppity ass kissing: Please remove your lips from Rush Limbaugh's hindparts. We know Rush is Beelzebub's minion but you cannot seem to make up your mind. "He's just an entertainer" or he's someone you have "immense respect" for? Pick a side.... stick to it.
- The for-no-real-reason ass kissing: And now kindly back your lips away from Sarah Palin's rear end. Most of us cannot keep up with her motives and intentions (or press appearances) from day to day but we recognize the suspect and shady when we see it. But not you SuperMike; you are "very excited about the opportunity to have Sarah Palin freed up now to engage across the country to help, you know, reorient the party and grow it." Seriously, you feel like she's going to reach those urban hip hop folks you spoke of? I keep seeing references to Palin/Steele 2012… pardon me, I have to go breathe into a paper bag for a minute.
- The Puppet Prince of it all: You are the "de facto head of the RNC" but you have a spending limit and an oversight committee and consultants to "assist" you with your "messaging"? Um, that would be an authority fail. I would have far more respect if you just stepped up to the mic and said, "I'm the HNIC round these parts, ya voted me up in here and now you're stuck with me." Won't hold my breath waiting for that to happen.
- The really (I mean really) bad sound bites: Too many to mention Mike, let me just embed a little sumthin' sumthin' below:
Uh yeah, he said it. He can’t think of any examples of Republican inclusiveness since the Emancipation Proclamation? He’s bringing the fried chicken and the potato salad? For that alone, you are irrevocably drop-kicked from the Waitlist for BougieLand. You can knock but you can’t come in. You know what, don’t even knock. I am so through with you. Please pack up your raggedy rhetoric, your attention-seeking party members and kick rocks. If you haven’t peeped your Urban Dictionary lately, that means get to steppin’. Alrighty then, ‘nuff said.
So what are your thoughts on Michael Steele? Is he smarter than he's coming across? Does he really believe his own hype? Anyone else need to be kicked out of BougieLand?