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Bill Kristol to Michael Steele: Resign, Already!

William Kristol, the founder and editor of The Weekly Standard, has suggested a lofty Fourth of July weekend proposal: for Michael Steele to resign as chairman of the Republican National Committee. Why? Because of a tenure full of “gaffes and embarrassments”—most recently remarks about the war in Afghanistan. Speaking at a fundraiser in Connecticut, Steele said, “This was a war of Obama's choosing. This is not something the United States had actively prosecuted or wanted to engage in.” It’s not so much that Steele’s opinions are wrong as that they’re at odds with the party he’s supposed to represent. “Your comment is more than an embarrassment,” writes Kristol. “It’s an affront, both to the honor of the Republican Party and to the commitment of the soldiers fighting to accomplish the mission they’ve been asked to take on by our elected leaders.” Kristol called resignation “an act of service for the country you love.”