RNC Chairman Michael Steele was better off taking on and then backing off Rush Limbaugh. This interview is going to land him in some serious right-wing hot water. Never mind how strange it is for this guy to be talking about Chuck D., and liking P. Diddy (oh, and, um, dude? It’s just Diddy now, I think). The interview later turns to matters of actual substance, like abortion. Steele goes on to say that he thinks women have the right to choose to have an abortion. Who knows, maybe Michael isn’t such a bad guy after all… Maybe he’s just working for the wrong party.
How much of your pro-life stance, for you, is informed not just by your Catholic faith but by the fact that you were adopted?
Oh, a lot. Absolutely. I see the power of life in that—I mean, and the power of choice! The thing to keep in mind about it… Uh, you know, I think as a country we get off on these misguided conversations that throw around terms that really misrepresent truth.
The choice issue cuts two ways. You can choose life, or you can choose abortion. You know, my mother chose life. So, you know, I think the power of the argument of choice boils down to stating a case for one or the other.
Are you saying you think women have the right to choose abortion?
Yeah. I mean, again, I think that’s an individual choice.
Are you saying you don’t want to overturn Roe v. Wade?
I think Roe v. Wade—as a legal matter, Roe v. Wade was a wrongly decided matter.
Okay, but if you overturn Roe v. Wade, how do women have the choice you just said they should have?
The states should make that choice. That’s what the choice is. The individual choice rests in the states. Let them decide.
Do pro-choicers have a place in the Republican Party?
Don’t be surprised if Michael Steele tenders his resignation to spend more time with his family.