Thursday, November 13, 2008

Run Michael Run

This is good news:

Former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele has decided to run for the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee, a move sure to shake up the evolving race for control of a party demoralized by broad losses at the ballot box earlier this month.

Steele confirmed his candidacy in an interview today with The Fix and announced it formally during an interview on Fox News Channel's "Hannity & Colmes" show this evening.

"After two devastating election cycles, the party has reached a crossroads," said Steele comparing the Republican party to someone who has "hunkered down" in a corner with no idea what to do next. "I think I may have some keys to open the door, some juice to turn on the lights," Steele explained.

This is, of course, fantastic news. And not just because it would be great to have the next RNC Chairman be a fellow Marylander. Michael Steele has two important qualities: being a conservative who can successfully articulate the conservative message, and having been somebody who has previously been a Party Chairman at the County and State levels. He understands the need for grassroots development and in connecting the party leadership with both our base and with the undecideds who determine elections. It's exactly the kind of leadership that we need right now, and I wholeheartedly support his candidacy.



Daniel said...

As do I.

Meredith said...


Mike Steele got robbed in the last senatorial election (instead we MD-morons elected a party-hack non-entity in the last stages of senescent decay). Well, at least our state is now tied with CA for the ugliest senatorial delegation.

I've only met him once myself, but he is quite impressive. He will be the great new face of the conservative movement -- it'll give us a loud and clear voice upon the national stage.

Of course, as many of my DEM friends and colleagues have told me, "He's not really black." LOL

wind river said...

Go Mr. Steele GO. You will be a good choice for the NEW GOP.

The Waterman said...

I like Steele, and I think he'd do a great job on the spokesman front, articulating the conservative message in a fresh and innovative way.

I am concerned with the other job of RNC chair though, his role as fundraiser. From what I've heard Steele's time as chair of GOPAC has middling in that regard. At a time when the GOP desperately needs to be rebuilding and expanding its resources, will Steele be up to the challenge?

I also have no idea where he is on taking the party into the Web 2.0 age. The Left has clobbered us in the past two elections. Part of this was an unpopular president and an unpopular war. But a large part was also a vibrant and flourishing left-wing netroots - something we didn't and still don't have on the right.

Does anyone know how Steele would feel about proposals to help with this, for example the one up at Rebuild the Party?