Carl Levin: Steele Serves an 'Important Purpose' at RNC

The Democratic senator says he's glad Steele is in charge of the GOP.

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Michigan Democratic Sen. Carl Levin says he’s happy to have the gaffe-prone Michael Steele at the helm of the GOP. Just back from a trip to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Levin this week disagreed with Steele, who in an unguarded moment at a Connecticut fundraiser recently said that the war in Afghanistan was one of “Obama’s choosing” and suggested that the conflict was unwinnable. “The one thing you don’t do is engage in a land war in Afghanistan, all right, because everyone who’s tried over a thousand years of history has failed,” Steele said

That prompted Bill Kristol from the Weekly Standard and Liz Cheney, among others, to call for his resignation. Levin, who heads the Senate Armed Services Committee, says that a successful outcome in Afghanistan is possible, even if the road there is difficult. “It is not President Obama’s war,” Levin said. “It is our war. It is a mission which needs to succeed and can succeed.” Levin grinned widely when asked by reporters to comment on the Republican National Committee chairman. “I am glad Michael Steele is there. I wouldn’t want to say anything which in any way could be taken or used as a reason to remove him. I wouldn’t want Republicans to be quoting me as saying ‘look at the problems you are creating, Mr. Steele,’ ” Levin said. “I’m glad he’s there; he serves an important purpose.”

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