Friday, January 30, 2009

Michael Steele Elected RNC Chairman

Follow-up - Michael Steele a Black Radical? (The Republican Base Responds, lol).


Political Realm said...

I think Steele was probably the best choice, but the GOP has some tough choices to make if they want to retake Congress at some point in the next decade.

redante said...

Wow! This is huge news! I do not like Republicans and am not a big fan of their ideology but I can't help but see this development as anything but a positive. The highest echelons of the Republican Party is now integrated and is not an exclusively white male territory anymore. This indicates (at least to me) that the Republican Party *may be* headed towards a more diverse and racially tolerant direction. Michael Steele is from around my area (Maryland which is a stone's throw from Washington DC). His campaign commercials when he was running for Senate in 2006 strangely enough, did not explicitly mention his Republican creds and he strove to present a bipartisan, non-ideological, problem-solving image. So he caught my eye back then. Let's see what he does at the helm.

Brian said...

The Republican Party in Blackface.

They will have to do more than that. They have tried this tact before to a lesser degree.... it didn't work.

This move may end up weakening the Party even further. Because you are talking about a Party, especially in the South, that is full of racists. Where is that constituency going to go now? Will they split off? (i'm talking about those hardcore Sarah Palin ....John McCain Republicans from rural America). This is the funny part to me.... lol... The racists have no party now... unless they see the bigger picture and accept Steele as the ultimate Trojan Horse who will further their interests.

But it's a great move for the more moderate wing of the Party.

How well Steele does ultimately depends on how well the media apparatus of the Party embraces him... how Michael Savage, Rush Limbaugh, Neal Boortz, Laura Ingraham, Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly, Matt Drudge, etc.. accept him (most are racists to the core). I predict that they will put on an act... put on a smiling face and embrace Steele at least early on. They don't have much of a choice. But then they will eventually get pressure from their racist listeners/viewers and their radio station not accept him.

It will be interesting. This is all part of that internal war and internal reshaping of the Rethugliklan Party that we knew was coming. Just like the reshuffling in any other organized crime group when they suddenly find themselves with no leadership. It will be fun watching them eat themselves up.