[Cross-posted at Crooks and Liars.]
Michael Steele went on MSNBC this morning before the health-care summit and began attacking President Obama for a "dog and pony show" -- and claimed that the president should have held this summit a year ago, when things were just getting started.
The problem with this: Obama did. On March 5 of last year. Fully televised. All that.
Republicans were so busy back then concocting plans to scuttle ANY health-care reform, though, that it kinda slipped their minds.
Kudos to Chuck Todd and Savannah Guthrie for calling him out for it:
STEELE: This whole dog and pony show that we're about to witness today is something that should have taken place a year ago, when the administration first came in last February and laid out its agenda for health care. This is how you should have started it - bipartisan, public forum, CSPAN, your cameras rolling to capture this and to capture, most importantly, what the American people want. And right now, they want us to start over, and I think we should.You know, you really can't blame Republicans for wanting to fire Steele as the RNC chair, when the level of incompetence is this deep.
TODD: Chairman Steele, in fairness to them, I mean, it was a year ago that they actually had a summit.
GUTHRIE: On March 5th.
TODD: And it wasn't just the legislative leaders. They brought in folks from the industry as well. And that one was televised. So...does that one not count? I'm just curious.
STEELE: Well, apparently it didn't. Because we don't have health care.
But we progressives hope he sticks around, just for the comic relief.