Timebomb, Postdated Three Weeks?

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March 12, 2009 3:18 a.m.

Ever since I read Michael Steele’s trainwreck interview with GQ that came out yesterday, I’ve been wondering, he thought this was a good moment to give a let it

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all hang out interview?

Remember, this is the one where he appeared to forget in real time what his position on abortion was, took dangerously sane positions on homosexuality and told interviewer Lisa DePaulo that he was a fan of Frank Sinatra and the ‘Pack Rats’. Steele appears to say that he thinks abortion should be the choice of the woman, notwithstanding always saying before — and even in the same interview — that he’s pro-life.

So what was he thinking?

Well, I’ve talked to the folks at GQ. And they confirmed to me that the portion of the interview about abortion was conducted on February 24th. So a bit more than three weeks ago and just a few days before his ill-fated media critique of Rush Limbaugh on February 28th.

So basically, during his last two weeks of self-inflicted destruction this latest doozy has been sitting on Lisa DePaulo’s tape recorder or on some GQ editor’s desk waiting to, perhaps, inflict the final blow.

Special Bonus Snark: As Eric Kleefeld wrote about Steele’s discussion of rap music, Frank and the ‘pack rats’: “So Steele doesn’t just sound like a middle-aged man trying to talk to his kids and failing to sound cool. He’s also trying to talk to his parents and failing to sound cool.”

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