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Flash: GOP Chairman Michael Steele Says Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins No Longer Members of the Republican Party

How did I miss this? The Obama fiscal boost vote, Republican Party Chair Michael Steele says, was "a party call... a stand-up moment for every Republican.... [Y]ou voted yourself out of the party..."


Context from the Republican Party state convention in LaCrosse, Wisconsin:

GOP chairman Steele to moderates La Crosse convention: All you moderates out there, y'all come. I mean, that's the message. The message of this party is this is a big table for everyone to have a seat. I have a place setting with your name on the front. Understand that when you come into someone's house, you're not looking to change it. You come in because that's the place you want to be....

That vote on the stimulus bill was the effectiveness of a party call. That was a stand-up moment for every Republican.... And so, you voted yourself out of the party. We didn't kick you out...