Michael Steele: the GOP's Urkel?
As Maryland's Michael Steele gets slammed for his GQ interview marks that seemed to indicate he supports a woman's right to chose and abortion (he later clarified them), some are coming to his defense.
Slate blogger Meloynce McAfee says she finds Steele's fumbling attempts to make Republicans hip and cool to be endearing.
"We can’t all be as cool as 44; Steele knows he’s the Steve Urkel to Obama’s Stephan Urquelle," McAfee writes. "And is that so bad? Politicians like Steele and Obama are constantly having to straddle the line between the black community and the mainstream. Calling Steele out for being out of touch with hip-hop culture smacks of the 'not black enough' heat both he and Obama have faced—an experience many a bookish black kid can explain in detail."
Urkel? Not bad! We can help make McAfee's case stronger: wonder if she knew that when not performing in plays, Steele's high school extracurricular activities included fencing.