By Mark Memmott
A Republican National Committee PowerPoint presentation that uses the infamous image of President Barack Obama as "the Joker" to make the case that there's a reason to fear his administration has been quickly repudiated by GOP Chairman Michael Steele.
Politico broke the news about the fund-raising pitch this morning. Before the story even hit the Web, it reports, "the RNC reacted with alarm to a question about it ... e-mailing major donors to warn them of a reporter's question, and distancing Steele from its contents."
In that e-mail, party spokesman Doug Heye told GOP supporters that:
"Obviously, the chairman disagrees with the language and finds the use of such imagery to be unacceptable. It will not be used by the Republican National Committee -- in any capacity -- in the future."
According to Politico, "the presentation was delivered by RNC Finance Director Rob Bickhart to top donors and fundraisers at a party retreat in Boca Grande, Florida on February 18." Along with "the Joker" image of Obama, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is portrayed as "Cruella DeVille" and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is seen as "Scooby Doo."
Earlier today on MSNBC's Morning Joe, host Joe Scarborough, a Republican and former member of Congress, said "you'd have to search long and hard for any DNC presentations that depicted president George W. Bush the way this does ... It's childish. ... Whoever put this together should be fired":