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February 5, 2009

Is Michael Steele The Republican Superman?

michael_steele The Republican Party’s selection of former Maryland Lieutenant Governor Michael Steele as party chief is almost as historic as the Democrats’ nomination of Barack Obama as the party’s presidential candidate. President Obama attracted many independents and even a smidgen of Republicans into the Democratic Party and widened the Democrats’ membership and popularity – can Steele do the same for the GOP?

Can the man of steel pick up the demolished pieces of the Republican Party and put them together again like humpty dumpty to form a winning party?  

Steele is articulate – he’s a great orator, but can he pontificate the Republican doctrines in a populous way that will attract people other than white southern conservatives?  And being black, can he keep southern white conservatives in the party?

I have watched Steele on various television broadcasts over the years and he can be quite impressive.  He knows his facts, he is assertive and when attacked he counter-attacks with a punch.

And since he’s black, when he criticizes President Obama and his administration he can’t be called a racist.  He can be called other things but not a bigot.

There are a few ethereal similarities between Steele and Obama — they are attractive, charismatic, powerful, telegenic speakers. But unlike Mr. Obama, Steele is a divider and fighter; President Obama is a uniter and a peacemaker.

Since being elected party Chief Mr. Steele has reconfirmed his commitment to issues important to religious and social conservatives.  He has mentioned his support to make abortions illegal and has implied that he doesn’t believe in certain gay rights while declaring his support of guns and infusing our government with faith-based policies. But those are not new ideas; those are just the things that will continue to regionalize the Republican Party even further.

These are the concerns of the Bible belt, not the young, urbane professional or the multicultural blend that has become the new America. These ideas are like analog technology versus today’s digital.  These ideas are like using yesterday’s Betamax recorders versus today’s Blu-ray.

It seems to me that even though Steele ‘looks’ like a new fresh face that should have new ideas for the Republican Party he seems to be more of the same.  The same old Republican with the same old broken down outdated ideas that belong in yesteryear.


  1. I like Steele. I don’t like that the GOP are using him as their token black leader. But like you say, he is and always will be someone who divides the nation. He isn’t even in the same league as Obama.

    Comment by futiledemocracy — February 5, 2009 @ 12:30 pm | Reply

    • Futiledemocracy – I like Steele as well but just don’t believe what he believes. He would have been a great democrat.

      Comment by Paulette — February 5, 2009 @ 1:07 pm | Reply

  2. These people (GOP) seem extremely shallow with their efforts to regain the power they so badly abused. First its Sarah Palin as the “woman” candidate, and now we have Michael Steele as the African american. It is not the color, nor is it the gender, that got Barack Obama and/or Hilary into the positions they now hold. The GOP seem to think the aspartame and fluoride in our drinking water have already kicked in and that we are all a bunch of bumbling fools. NOT!

    Comment by David Thorpe — February 5, 2009 @ 4:52 pm | Reply

    • David, I love your point of view and I agree. LOL!

      Comment by Paulette — February 5, 2009 @ 4:59 pm | Reply

  3. Interestingly, wasn’t Steele the most moderate of the candidates?

    Seems to me the GOP is a several factions that seem to drive people away. 1) The staunch conservatives who only see their way, thus uncompromising. 2) the Religious Right (the group embracing history’s greatest liberal), 3) … (and definitely the minority) the core/moderate Republicans.

    The first 2 are the most vocal and the most devicive (sp?) … so the question remains how can the GOP attract moderates? After all, they held their nose with Sen McCain. Only hope of that may be relying on Dems’ failure.

    Comment by afrankangle — February 5, 2009 @ 8:23 pm | Reply

    • afrankangle – LOL! Yes Steele was the most moderate of the candidates. One of the other candidates just recently cancelled their membership to a white only country club when he decided to run to be RNC chair. It’s almost laughable.

      Most of the Republicans holding prominent positions in the party are super, super conservative – so is Steele.

      Comment by Paulette — February 6, 2009 @ 12:08 pm | Reply

  4. The Republicans changed the color of the RNC chair’s skin but they still have no ideas and no solutions. It’s the same old wine in a brand new bottle and it still tastes sour and spoiled.

    Comment by Cats r Flyfishn — February 6, 2009 @ 9:04 am | Reply

    • I like that Cats – same old stinking, sour wine in a new bottle. And nothing is worst than sour wine – yuk!

      Comment by Paulette — February 6, 2009 @ 12:09 pm | Reply

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