It seems like there has never been a time when Michael Steele, Chairman of the Republican Party, wasn't at the core of some scandal or being asked to step down by his own party members, yet he hangs on with a vengeance.
The latest row between Steele and the GOP came when Steele claimed that President Obama owned Afghanistan and the United States should not be fighting a war there. Obviously, Steele didn't get the memo that Republicans back all the reasons Obama and his predecessor, George W. Bush, have given for being in Afghanistan. Steele has backed down, but even amidst calls for his resignation, he can't and more importantly won't budge him from his perch.
Why does he stay? Why does he say the things he says without obviously thinking? Will he ever get the taste of stinky foot out of his mouth? Steele does it because that is what all good hecklers do. They infiltrate a party, or in the case of the Spoof, they infiltrate a site, with the sole purpose of imposing their standards and ideals on a party or group of people who have gotten too comfortable in their position, hoping to stir up the pot and egging them on to step up their game. While their intentions are honorable-well, maybe in the case of Spoof hecklers, not necessarily in the case of Steele-the way they go about it can sometimes ruffle feathers.
The problem with this approach is that most times the group likes the way they are going along and even though they may even agree with the fact that a new vegetable being added to the pot may just help to enhance the overall quality of the stew being served up, they are oftentimes comfortable with the carrots being just the right texture, the essence of the meat fully coming to the point of complimenting but not overpowering the other ingredients, and the potatoes breaking into bite-sized pieces to make swallowing them just a bit easier. Throw some cabbage in there and you may get a more interesting taste, but you may also cause a bit of a stink.
So there you have it. Michael Steele isn't going anywhere because he cares too damn much about his party and he's willing go to any length, including sitting through a boring S&M show in some high-class voyeur bar if it means getting the Republican Party to recognize what they have yet to accomplish.
Same for the hecklers. They know they are going to have to sift through countless vagina and penis stories on the Spoof to make their case for more quality writing, but in the end (no pun intended) aren't they really doing it for the good of the entire site?
Ed. Note: Apologies for the half-assed attempt at analogous writing with referring to the stew in the pot being stirred.