06/11/2009 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Michael Steele: "I'm The Gift That Keeps On Giving"

Michael Steele's gaffes have been a boon for political journalists -- and the Republican National Committee chair knows it. He told Mother Jones' David Corn this weekend that he's "the gift that keeps on giving."

"Well, I have to say, thank you," I said. "You've been good for business." I was, of course, referring to all the not-so-smart things he has said or done that have become fodder for political journalists and cable news pundits.

He leaned back, pulling himself to his full height, and, laughing, proclaimed, "I'm the gift that keeps on giving." Almost as if he were proud of that. Certainly, he was was just engaging in that self-deprecating humor that pols are taught to deploy. But it struck me as odd that he would beam so much as he said that. I wondered about the guy.

To that end, Steele told Politico that his rap battle with Stephen Colbert is still on. Watch: