And he's the party chairman.
Republican congressional leaders say they did not know that their party chairman, Michael S. Steele, was publishing a book until it was released this week, and they had no input in drafting what Steele is promoting as the blueprint Republicans should follow to win back power.
The release of Steele's book, "Right Now: A 12-Step Program for Defeating the Obama Agenda," surprised Republican congressional leaders, some of whom first learned of the book by watching Steele's television appearances this week, three top GOP congressional aides said Friday. [...]
Steele's book, which has been in the works for about a year, is separate from his role as party chairman, an RNC spokesman said. Steele has hired an outside public relations firm to help him schedule his media interviews and promotional tour.
The chairman has been under fire for a series of controversial statements he has made on his book tour. Republican congressional leaders were so angered by Steele's statements - including telling Fox News Channel on Monday that he did not think the GOP could win back their congressional majorities in 2010 - that their top aides pleaded with Steele's handlers to "get him to stop."
Oh, look. It appears that teabaggers inside the GOP have received their talking points - and marching orders. More, much more here.