Michael Steele for GOP Chair

by Sal on November 12, 2008

in Politics

With Newt taking himself out of the running for the position of RNC chair, Michael Steele becomes the obvious choice.  I have been a fan of Michael Steele since his run for Senate two years ago, and had hoped he’d be appointed to this position back in 2006.  I sincerely hope that the RNC has enough wisdom to elect him to the chairmanship of the RNC.  Steele as the face of the Republican Party would give a younger, fresher look to the party.  His conservative credentials are strong, and if he worked in conjunction with Newt behind the scenes (as is being rumored), a great strategist.

There is much discussion that he will not be chosen, however, because of his lack of party credentials.  The RNC seems to be looking for one of the state chairs to take the role, or possibly Fred Thompson splitting the role with one of the state chair people.  I think in this climate the RNC chair has to be a good, powerful spokesman of Conservatism for the party.  Behind the scenes organization is also critical, which is why splitting the role may make sense.

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Mike November 12, 2008 at 5:10 pm

Lack of party credentials? He was state chair in Maryland.

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Ryan November 12, 2008 at 5:53 pm

I agree. I think he is completely credentialed and a great fit for the party.

That being said, I can hear the criticisms from some of my Leftist friends. They may take the cynical stance that Republicans need more people of color in positions of power after Obama’s election, but we don’t think like Libs do — we want credentials and accomplishments, not a black man leading the RNC solely because he’s black. Michael Steele is a conservative who happens to be black.

Another criticism might be that he’s just the next in line, and since Newt wants to focus on American Solutions, Steele’s next up. His name was considered a few years ago and the Republican Party is notorious for selecting people for positions of power because it is their “turn” (Bob Dole and John McCain being two examples who did their time and were rewarded the nomination).

Personally, I think Steele should have replaced Mehlman back in the day and deserves his shot this time. Demographically, the Republicans cannot ignore that their base needs to expand (or show up) and Steele is in a good position to help do that because I believe he’ll preach conservative values to constituents recently turned onto politics and may have an open mind after Obama’s inevitable miscues.

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Chris November 12, 2008 at 7:21 pm

The Republican Party would be crazy not to put Michael Steele in there. I have tons of respect for him and think he would be a great voice to advance the Conservative agenda. Newt is great, but Steele as Chairman puts a younger face on the party.

Ryan, you mentioned the “their turn” philosphy… I agree, the Republican Party definitely needs to get away from this. What they do need to do is promote the politician that will readily and loyally support the Conservative Values the Republican Party so needs to embrace. I’ve had enough of the Moderate wing…as well as the “Big Tent Theory.” The NJGOP pushed the “big tent,” during the Whitman Adminstration and a once strong Republican Party in this state is now a fractured, rudderless mess. NJ is now a sea of blue with only 5 out of 21 counties left that are majority Republican.

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Jeb November 13, 2008 at 3:14 am

lol younger face on the party he is 50.

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Sal November 13, 2008 at 6:32 am

Originally Posted By Jeb
lol younger face on the party he is 50.

In politics, 50 is fairly young. For example, it is more than 40 years younger than Sen. Robert Byrd.

Additionally, Steele is only “older” than our new President, Barack Obama, by three years. Obama has been talked about as a “young” candidate. It’s all a matter of perspective.

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