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Steele Elected RNC Chair

The Republican National Committee elected Michael Steele as its first African American chairman today in Washington, a decision that came after an excruciating series of ballots that displayed a level of drama rarely seen in national politics.


Michael Steele speaks at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn. last September. (AP)

On the sixth and final ballot Steele bested South Carolina Republican party Chairman Katon Dawson 91 to 77.

"It's time for something completely different and we are going to bring it to them," Steele said after his victory. "This is our opportunity. I cannot do this by myself." (Watch the full speech.)

Steele acknowledged that the GOP has an "image problem" but cast his election as a "new moment" for the Republican Party.

Asked about the controversy surrounding Rush Limbaugh and his back and forth with President Barack Obama, Steele was careful not to wholly embrace the controversial conservative talk radio host. "Rush will says what Rush has to say, we will do what we have to do as a party," said Steele

In picking Steele, who had previously served as the chairman of the Maryland Republican Party, the state's lieutenant governor, and the GOP nominee in the Maryland Senate race in 2006, the party regulars seem to be acknowledging the need for new -- and different -- faces at the top of its food chain.

"The winds of change are blowing at the RNC," said current chair Mike Duncan who stepped aside after losing votes on each of the first three ballots.

After five ballots, the race came down to Steele and Dawson. Republican party strategists in attendance at the meeting openly fretted about the possibility of electing Dawson, who had acknowledged his membership in a whites-only club, and the signal it would send to a country that had just elected Obama as the nation's first black president.

Of Obama, Steele offered the president congratulations for his victory but also sought to send a message to the Democratic chief executive; "How do you like me now," Steele asked.

It was -- interestingly -- former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell who ultimately swung the race to Steele when he dropped out before the fifth ballot and endorsed the former lieutenant governor. The move was somewhat unexpected as Blackwell had staked out the turf as the most socially conservative candidate in the field while Steele had had to beat back rumors that he was not sufficiently conservative.

Steele faces a massive challenge to rebuild a party that faces significant organizational, financial and messaging hurdles.

The Democratic National Committee is up and running and will have the benefit of the 13 million person strong email list that Obama built during the primary. Democrats also have the luxury of controlling the White House and both chambers of Congress.

Steele will provide a charismatic face at the top of the GOP but will be tested to show an ability to raise the money necessary to compete with the DNC in 2009 races (governors contests in Virginia and New Jersey) as well as the critical 2010 midterm elections.

If you missed our live Twitter coverage of the RNC proceedings -- and they were FAR more dramatic than you might think -- you can catch up on it all on TheHyperFix feed.

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 30, 2009; 4:04 PM ET
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Chris is a typical Liar, wants a big story, but fails to give you the real story! here is the video of what Steel actually said to the reporter Chris references!
http://tiny.cc/zFdE7

Posted by: MNcountryGirl | February 2, 2009 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Seems to me that the republicans are confused. First steel was going to chance the party, now he claims the party is fine just the way it is. He said bipartinsenship is over rated, yet republicans are yelling this stimulus package is not bipartinson enough! First one senator gets enough guts to tell RUSH he was out of line when he said he hopes the Prez fail, and a couple days later the same senator was begging RUSH's forgiveness. They say they want tax breaks in the stimulus package, and stop funding for parent hood! They got both, and not one darn senator vote's for the stimulus! Now we all know they choose steele not to lead them, but to put a black face on their party. That is so sad! I've read on steele and he is not a leader, but a follower, and his mind change set already has proven me out right on this one. It's sad when they use him or anyone for their color only.

Posted by: abbytreadway | February 2, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

JRM2 –
Speaking of transparent. The whole “hateful shouts” things has been debunked. Plenty of kill W rants are out there though. Even if the hateful shouts were true, are you such a nitwit as to declare a whole group of people, such as Reps, as hateful because of the actions of a couple people out of thousands? Do I call BHO corrupt because a lot of his appointees are?

Posted by: leapin | February 2, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

President Obama may be riding high in Washington, but OBAMA 1260 is not.
The area’s only progressive talk station is changing formats, dropping such syndicated liberal hosts as Ed Schultz, Stephanie Miller and Bill Press in favor of financial news, starting next week.
The move by Redskins owner Dan Snyder, who purchased the station, WWRC, and others in Washington last summer, leaves the city without a liberal radio outlet. Program Director Greg Tantum says he thought the station could work because of enthusiasm over Obama, but that ratings collapsed to a level that could not be measured after the election.
But ratings nearly doubled, he says, at Snyder’s conservative station, WTNT, which features Laura Ingraham and Bill Bennett.
The very name “Obama 1260″ should have embarrassed the syndicated hosts who appeared on it. It paints them as nothing more than apologists for a man who hadn’t yet worked a single day in executive office. The name strongly suggests an overt campaign on behalf of Obama, and after the election, an effort to propagandize on his behalf. Would a station branding itself on Obamamania dare to criticize the One and ruin its own brand?
Fortunately, we’ll never have to find out.

Posted by: leapin | February 2, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

"ArlingtonHokie cried: "Seriously though, the left is so deranged and so filled with hatred that nothing can convince them that their halfwit thoughts and regressive ideas are anything but the truth.""
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Yeah, that's why during the Presidential election the crowds in the Republican rallies were yelling "He's a Terrorist!" AND "LET'S KILL HIM!" while being egged-on by the cheerleader in chief Sarah "the nit-wit" Palin.

We heard nothing but lies and hatred all up and down the Republican party, what makes you think they've changed just because they elect a guy clearly because of his race.

It's not the fact that he is black that bothers Democrats, it's the motive behind electing him by the Repubs that is so transparent.

Posted by: JRM2 | February 2, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

No one is more racist than the Demoncraps who run and have kept blacks enslaved in the central cities thru welfare since the 1960's.

Posted by: leapin | February 2, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

I hope Steele can silence the ultra-conservative wackos in the party and move towards something more reasonable.

The Republicans have lost all but their nutcases and need some new leadership.

Posted by: RedBird27 | February 1, 2009 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Republicans building bridges to the 19th century again. Keep it up GOP.

Posted by: hayden1 | February 1, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Banks collecting billions of dollars in federal bailout money sought government permission to bring thousands of foreign workers to the U.S. for high-paying jobs, according to an Associated Press review of visa applications.

The dozen banks receiving the biggest rescue packages, totaling more than $150 billion, requested visas for more than 21,800 foreign workers over the past six years for positions that included senior vice presidents, corporate lawyers, junior investment analysts and human resources specialists. The average annual salary for those jobs was $90,721, nearly twice the median income for all American households.

The figures are significant because they show that the bailed-out banks, being kept afloat with U.S. taxpayer money, actively sought to hire foreign workers instead of American workers. As the economic collapse worsened last year — with huge numbers of bank employees laid off — the numbers of visas sought by the dozen banks in AP's analysis increased by nearly one-third, from 3,258 in fiscal 2007 to 4,163 in fiscal 2008.

The AP reviewed visa applications the banks filed with the Labor Department under the H-1B visa program, which allows temporary employment of foreign workers in specialized-skill and advanced-degree positions.

It is unclear how many foreign workers the banks actually hired; the government does not release those details. The actual number is likely a fraction of the 21,800 foreign workers the banks sought to hire because the government limits the number of visas it grants to 85,000 each year among all U.S. employers.

During the last three months of 2008, the largest banks that received taxpayer loans announced more than 100,000 layoffs. The number of foreign workers included among those laid off is unknown.

Foreigners are attractive hires because companies have found ways to pay them less than American workers.

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Posted by: lucygirl1 | February 1, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Banks collecting billions of dollars in federal bailout money sought government permission to bring thousands of foreign workers to the U.S. for high-paying jobs, according to an Associated Press review of visa applications.

The dozen banks receiving the biggest rescue packages, totaling more than $150 billion, requested visas for more than 21,800 foreign workers over the past six years for positions that included senior vice presidents, corporate lawyers, junior investment analysts and human resources specialists. The average annual salary for those jobs was $90,721, nearly twice the median income for all American households.

The figures are significant because they show that the bailed-out banks, being kept afloat with U.S. taxpayer money, actively sought to hire foreign workers instead of American workers. As the economic collapse worsened last year — with huge numbers of bank employees laid off — the numbers of visas sought by the dozen banks in AP's analysis increased by nearly one-third, from 3,258 in fiscal 2007 to 4,163 in fiscal 2008.

The AP reviewed visa applications the banks filed with the Labor Department under the H-1B visa program, which allows temporary employment of foreign workers in specialized-skill and advanced-degree positions.

It is unclear how many foreign workers the banks actually hired; the government does not release those details. The actual number is likely a fraction of the 21,800 foreign workers the banks sought to hire because the government limits the number of visas it grants to 85,000 each year among all U.S. employers.

During the last three months of 2008, the largest banks that received taxpayer loans announced more than 100,000 layoffs. The number of foreign workers included among those laid off is unknown.

Foreigners are attractive hires because companies have found ways to pay them less than American workers.

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Posted by: lucygirl1 | February 1, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

For the few of you with thoughtful comments, for or against Steele and the GOP, thank you.

For the many of you who are wickedly vicious in your comments, and staggeringly uninformed, well, you do represent the new majority in this country.

Posted by: ppierce1 | February 1, 2009 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Dear fellow bloggers,

1. The GOP is the party of Lincoln and now has a black political leaders...make sense to me.

2. Lots and lots of 'group think' and mob mentality in the comments. What, a black man can't step off the Democrat plantation and chose his own way? ALL blacks have to think EXACTLY alike? That is stereotyping, bias, and bigotry. I find it absolutely remarkable to see the harsh policing of the 'acceptable' behavior of blacks by other blacks..."Stop that black man! Get him back in Massa Obama's party! Who he think he is?" Unreal.

3. You would think that with February being Black History month the 'black community' would be happy for Michael Steele and his accomplishments. Or is that only for 'approved blacks' that fall in line and stay on the Democrat plantation? Let me ask you this: How would you react if he jumped parties and became was the chairman of the Democrat party? All okay then?

Geez, try a little bit of independent thinking...

Posted by: ppierce1 | February 1, 2009 8:57 AM | Report abuse

"What does Joe the Plumber think?"

"Uh yeah...its great.. uh...I got lots of black friends....Um there's that guy. Oh scratch that...that doesn't really count...um....um....."

"OK, Scoop Jones from the trenches folks, back to you Jim."

Posted by: StoptheSpin | January 31, 2009 11:57 PM | Report abuse

"What I find sad in this pick is the republicans did not pick him for his intelligence or because he can do the job! They picked him because he is black, and he will not really be a chairperson or even listend to!"

Dude, shut up.

Posted by: DDAWD | January 31, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Did Rush give his permission for this pick? O maybe this crazy idea and action was his! Sound like him1 This man says Bush is his home boy--------He don't realize he's just a "BOY" to this republican party to kick around an use to attract the black vote!

Posted by: abbytreadway | January 31, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

What I find sad in this pick is the republicans did not pick him for his intelligence or because he can do the job! They picked him because he is black, and he will not really be a chairperson or even listend to! He's window dressing for the republican party. It's a sad day when they stoop to useing people this way, and it's sad steele isn't Bright enough and intelligent enough to understand that he is being used to steal back the black vote from the demacratic party. How sick, and sad when the day comes that this grand old party stoops to such a distastful act simply to win over another party. sad day for America, indeed. The thing is the republican party really believes we Americans are stupid enough not to see through this.

Posted by: abbytreadway | January 31, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

As the average everyday black man,,

Hahahahahaha…my my my, how quick we change our spots! Republicans just realized that the sheets don’t work no more! Now they tryin black face. Hahahahaha, too little, too late..

Instead of 2% 0f the black vote you get 2.25%!
How patronizing!Unzip Steele and you got a man with a chain on his neck.Hahahahaha

Posted by: AndWhat | January 31, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

HOW DARE THE REPUBLICANS DO THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: mattadamsdietmanager1014 | January 31, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

This is a BIG problem for President OBAMA.

Posted by: mattadamsdietmanager1014 | January 31, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Steele is a great choice ,however he is riding on OBAMAS coattails. If Obama had not won the GOP wouLd not have picked him. Its like the only reason Clarence Thomas was picked. But i am afraid at how this will play out come election time for Democrats with the African American vote. Steele is also well liked among African Americans. The Republicans were steaky to do this to our President OBAMA.

Posted by: mattadamsdietmanager1014 | January 31, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

"Can't wait for Steele and Palin to work in tandem. Best comedy team since....?

Posted by: Spectator | January 30, 2009 9:17 PM "
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Interesting. But it won't work because-- Well, ask AA trombonist Gregory Charles Royal...or journalist Charley James...

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 31, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

"Condi would have made Obama look silly.
And she is qualified. On her own merit."

That's ridiculous. Considering how much Obama hammered Clinton and McCain for their involvement on Iraq, their involvement wasn't even close to Condi's.

Even if she did run for office, I wonder how successful she would be. She seems to be high on intellect and low on warmth. Not exactly a formula for Republican success. Theyall don't care much for the intellectual.

Posted by: DDAWD | January 31, 2009 9:29 AM | Report abuse

"Accomplished in what realm? Personal accomplishments? Political accomplishments? You're being rather vague here."

I'm looking for political, but if you can't find any, I'll settle for personal, I guess.

The Palin comment was unfair now that I think about it. She is far more experienced than Steele is.

Posted by: DDAWD | January 31, 2009 8:59 AM | Report abuse

rexreddy:

Your lame psy ops merely works to confirm my account.

Don't you get that?

Or do we overestimate the cleverness of monsters?

The good people on the inside are onto your dangerous games.

The fact this story was published at this time is a portent of some seismic changes to come at the "Multi-Agency Action Center."

And that's the word, regardless of whether my tin foil hat works or not.

One final point: the good people on the inside also have some computer savvy. Maybe they're even tracing YOUR connection.

Chew on that bit of neurolinguistic truth.

Posted by: scrivener50 | January 31, 2009 1:48 AM | Report abuse

Yes Limbaugh was an Albatross around our neck this time out.

He dosn't know when to shut his Pie-hole.

McCain Palin? Where the h#11 did that idea come from?

Condi would have made Obama look silly.
And she is qualified. On her own merit.

Posted by: rexreddy | January 31, 2009 1:31 AM | Report abuse

Condi /Steele 2012

Posted by: rexreddy | January 31, 2009 1:22 AM | Report abuse

The African American community isn't fooled by the Limbaugh Party. They don't vote for someone because they are black. They vote for someone based on ideas and leadership. The Limbaugh Party is void of leadership and they have no ideas of any value. They are a party losing ground everyday.

Posted by: tuttlegroup | January 31, 2009 1:16 AM | Report abuse

Hey bscrivener50
Don't wory about those Microwave weapons, your tin foil hat will save you.
Now off you go to the nurses station to get your pill. Thats it don't worry nobodys going to hurt you, your safe here.
it's ok this is just a clean white rubber jacket to keep you warm and safe. there all better.

I see the left is rattled because Steele is real. No Sugar, No Cream!

Not like Nancy Pelosi's boy.
Word!

Posted by: rexreddy | January 31, 2009 12:58 AM | Report abuse

"still waiting to see what Steele has accomplished."

Accomplished in what realm? Personal accomplishments? Political accomplishments? You're being rather vague here.

Posted by: gamz247 | January 31, 2009 12:17 AM | Report abuse

"I'm truly offended as an Africqan American. Steele represents none of our view or our values."

You should be offended at yourself for believing that all African Americans should think alike.

Posted by: gamz247 | January 31, 2009 12:13 AM | Report abuse

need4trth wrote, "I'm truly offended as an Africqan American. Steele represents none of our view or our values."

I daresay that that's a racist comment. Are there views and values that are "Africqan"? What would you say if a white person suggested that that was the case?

Posted by: officermancuso | January 31, 2009 12:12 AM | Report abuse

I can't say how insulting it is that the RNC would pick michael 'step n' fetch it' Steele as their leader. I'm truly offended as an Africqan American. Steele represents none of our view or our values. He is nothing more than a 'whitewashed wall". The RNC think thyey can put a paint job on what really needs a rennovation....Insulting

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdEhGzetgco this is his view of our President.
http://www.need4trth.blogspot.com

Posted by: need4trth | January 31, 2009 12:05 AM | Report abuse

MR. STEELE: NOW PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS.

REPUDIATE THE BUSH-CHENEY EXTRAJUDICIAL VIGILANTE NETWORK THAT CONTINUES TO TERRORIZE AMERICANS.

Team Obama must immediately join with GOP defenders of the Constitution to dismantle the nationwide extrajudicial punishment network -- authoritarian bureaucrats and security/intel officers and their nationwide network of citizen vigilantes fronted by federally-funded volunteer programs.

This nationwide, Gestapo-like operation has made a mockery of the judicial system for the past eight years and has claimed many victims from all strata of society.

Crimes against humanity are being committed across the nation via the use of so-called "directed energy (radiation) weapons" which the Bush D.O.J. recently confirmed are being widely deployed to police forces nationwide.

These RADIATION weapons emit silent, pulsed bursts of various forms of radiation -- and are degrading and damaging the health of those on the receiving end as well as their operators.

This weaponry has NO PLACE in civilized society -- much less in the hands of security personnel who interact with the public.

The widespread deployment of this weaponry virtually assures its misuse. Imagine if rogue actors tried to use its silent, deadly force to induce illness or to disable our political leaders.

Perhaps they already have.

Victims of this extrajudicial punishment network also see their finances and livelihoods expropriated and destroyed by coordinated "multi-agency action" "programs of personal destruction" that deny them due process of law while degrading their lives and destroying their families.

The IRS, under Bush-Cheney, has been transmogrified into an ideological weapon of social control and recrimination by these covert multi-agency actions.

Obama administration officials must address these abuses IMMEDIATELY, before these affronts to the Constitution destroy more American families -- and subvert the Obama presidency.

The bureaucrats and officers behind these "programs of personal destruction" remain entrenched. They cannot be co-opted or reformed. They must be removed from power and brought to justice.

http://my.nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-targets-terrorizes-u-s-citizens

http://my.nowpublic.com/world/domestic-torture-radiation-weaponry-americas-horrific-shame

Posted by: scrivener50 | January 31, 2009 12:02 AM | Report abuse

still waiting to see what Steele has accomplished.

It's like Palin all over again except that no foreign countries are visible from Maryland.

Posted by: DDAWD | January 31, 2009 12:01 AM | Report abuse

operation-nation wrote, ""Blacks" who are Republicans are members of a party who want them either dead or re-enslaved."

Scare quotes now? Around "black"?

You're worse than JakeD.

Posted by: officermancuso | January 31, 2009 12:01 AM | Report abuse

kwbinMD, nice post (at 10:18 PM)

Posted by: officermancuso | January 30, 2009 11:57 PM | Report abuse

"But I still say that if you have only noticed racism on the part of Democrats, you have to be deaf and blind."

That's not what KAustin1 wrote at all. The observation was that the disparaging comments made about Steele and his race were made by democrats.

Posted by: gamz247 | January 30, 2009 11:48 PM | Report abuse

KAustin1, what a predictable conservative statement. But I still say that if you have only noticed racism on the part of Democrats, you have to be deaf and blind. Or at least remarkably selective in your hearing and seeing.

Posted by: nodebris | January 30, 2009 11:35 PM | Report abuse

"It is the republicans who are mostly responsible for the shocking fact that one of nine Black persons is involved with the criminal justice system"

I would imagine that the fault of so many black people being in jail would be black people.

Oh, I forgot. This is America, where everything people do is blamed on something else. Silly me.

Posted by: gamz247 | January 30, 2009 11:28 PM | Report abuse

Steele serves a single function: as a lightning rod against accusations that the GOP is racist. They will point to Steele as proof of the contrary, but he is just a token, a Black talisman to ward off the knowing eye that knows their racism and brutality.

It is the republicans who are mostly responsible for the shocking fact that one of nine Black persons is involved with the criminal justice system, and that the war on drugs has been used to mass-incarcerate Black people. In fact, there are communities where so many Black people are disenfranchised because of a criminal record that it affects the vote and determines elections. The prisons are bulging at the seams with Black drug prisoners, and this intolerable fact is caused by evil and unjust laws such as the mandatory minimum sentence differences between possession of cocaine vs. crack. Black people certainly have nothing to thank the republicans for, because the GOP's members have made a concerted effort to suppress Blacks at every turn, such as voter intimidation, disenfranchisement, and ballot "miscounts."

Any Black person who is a member of the republican party deserves to be looked at closer. Someone who repudiates the history of his own family and joins the oppressor, there is a fellow who bears watching.

Posted by: hfisher1 | January 30, 2009 11:07 PM | Report abuse

This is what Michael Steele had to say about Democrats:

Steele told NewsMax that Republicans face a shrewd foe. In effect, he said, Democrats have wheeled themselves out as Trojan horses, ingratiating themselves with voters by pretending to adopt Republican values but then voting as traditional Democrats.

You telling me that this man is not the perfect candidate to get Republicans exited about our true core values while invigoration moderates and healing our relationship with "Reagan Democrats".

It worked well in MD when he invigorated "Ehrlich Democrats". Ehrlich lost re-election because of Bush, not because of anything their administration had done (or not done), then watched the Democrats put forward the same slots bill that the vehemently opposed during Ehrlich/Steele's administration.

Posted by: ProfessorWrightBSU | January 30, 2009 10:54 PM | Report abuse

The difference between Michael Steele and Hussein Obama is that Steele actually had a job and Hussein Obama for three years voted " Present ", prior to that had the classic title of Community Activist.. translation = CLUELESS

Posted by: Theo7 | January 30, 2009 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Chauncey Gardner lives.

And you thought Being There was fiction.

Posted by: tslats | January 30, 2009 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Miss Big (Shoeshine's) ol lady worries Shine about her feeling like a man trapped in a 70 year old woman's body -

Shine now arriving (11:30) at boo boo
central -

consoles her on his new 4000 dollar celly - walks thru window ruining 3000 dollar suit.


Posted by: webber7 | January 30, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

"'Blacks' who are Republicans are members of a party who want them either dead or re-enslaved."

Yes, obviously this is the main tenet of the Republican Party.

"Ever read the Confederate Constitution?"

The confederacy hasn't existed for over 140 years. Get with the times.

"And now many southern states have a saltire shape for their flags?"

3. The saltire is used in a number of different flags around the world, in fact.

Posted by: gamz247 | January 30, 2009 10:18 PM | Report abuse

This should be interesting to say the least. Steele is a bit of a Republican throwback, with a small twist. He represents less government, more small business, and anti-abortion. Everything the Republicans used to be about. Now add to that anti-death penalty. That's right, Steele is against the death penalty unlike most of his Republican counterparts. He's actually the first truly Pro-Life politician I can think of.

It will truly be fun to watch to see if he can whip the idealogues into shape and get them to understand that in the 21st century it IS NOT ok for your party, which you'd like to represent the country, to be a sea of white faces. Your party should be reflective of the entire country. Steele seems to be the only one who actually gets that, while the rest of the republicans seem stuck in the mid 20th century.

Posted by: kwbinMD | January 30, 2009 10:18 PM | Report abuse

The RNC provided Rist Limpblah with a stogy to smoke.

Posted by: whocares666 | January 30, 2009 10:11 PM | Report abuse

What a Super Bowl of a lineup on the GOP front line:
Limbaugh / Palin / Steele

Earns tens of millions of $ Telling others what to think / Still thinking? / Drawing a blank on this one so far

Posted by: tigman_2 | January 30, 2009 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Michael Steele is a good man. Shame folks are disparaging him that don't know him. I hope he takes the party in a different direction.

Posted by: alstongrp | January 30, 2009 10:10 PM | Report abuse

WOW..the Neocons will have to stop using the N-word..that will be interesting.

Wonder what non-gender pronoun they will be referring to Mr. Steal now??....

Issa

Posted by: Issa1 | January 30, 2009 10:10 PM | Report abuse

sagedutch said:
Blacks who are repubs are called tokens by liberals and often referred to in very derogatory fashions. It is a shame that the very people who CLAIM to be tolerant can't be tolerant of people of color who have conservative ideals and allow for some diversity of opinion in the ranks.
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I'm about as moderate as someone can be. "Blacks" who are Republicans are members of a party who want them either dead or re-enslaved. Ever read the Confederate Constitution? And now many southern states have a saltire shape for their flags? However, I do think after Obama's 8 years in office, more "blacks" and other Americans could BECOME Republicans, as Obama's policy will allow them to make more money, be more educated, and have a chance to succeed in this global economic world. People will want to keep more of the money they made in Obama's 8 years. But again, Republicans and their out-of-touch, ol'-boy base will find a way to sink their party further.

http://www.operation-nation.com

Posted by: operation-nation | January 30, 2009 10:08 PM | Report abuse

My, my, my i never thought to see it in the RNC .. a black man elected to clean up the white guys mess .. and white guys left a horrendously garbage strewn trail.

This is Steele's second time to be elected to a hugely important post. I don't think the RNC quite knows what it is in for. As Doonesbury sez: "Obama-World's SUCH an interesting place, isn't it?". If Steele turns out to be a puppet, I think the populace and most politicians will dismiss him as a player. And on the other hand, if he turns out to be the player he appears to be, we can be certain the RNC will go in whole new directions. And I think it is about time.

And it is Democrats, not Republicans, who have been looking for change for the last 8 years. Hopefully the rank and file Republicans will choose not to be led easily, AND will take a good 8 years to quit arguing and start agreeing. Wow! That was a very radical move the RNC made. Thanks, guys.

Posted by: thetravelingmasseur | January 30, 2009 10:08 PM | Report abuse

"They 'elected' a Blackman with sub-par and mediocre background."

Yes, receiving a doctorate from Georgetown and being a partner in a law firm is certainly "sub-par" and "mediocre".

"A party with less than 2% blacks, < 10 Hispanics, simply picked Kryptonite to counter-attack 'Superman' President Obama!"

Again, why is it a bad thing that a party that is presumably 95% white elected a black man to head it?

Posted by: gamz247 | January 30, 2009 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Miss Big (Candy Man's ol lady) still doing push-ups etc to lose more fat ...

names the dog Fidel.

Students in her new block warden school practice various round up methods. Hanoi Jane guest instructor.

Posted by: webber7 | January 30, 2009 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Like him or hate him. THere really isn't much to Steele. He's an empty suit. If I am wrong about this, I'll be reading any GOP replies to this. Please respond with substance.

Posted by: free-donny
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They only empty suit in DC lives in the White House.

Posted by: cschotta1 | January 30, 2009 9:56 PM | Report abuse

GOP is uncreative and reactionary bunch. They “elected” a Blackman with sub-par and mediocre background. A party with less than 2% blacks, < 10 Hispanics, simply picked Kryptonite to counter-attack “Superman” President Obama!

His pick is as bad as John McCain’s pick, Sarah Palin!

He has no credibility and/or statue to alter GOP’s image issue nor can he transform their inferior ideas. In short, there’s no upside to his pick.


Posted by: JJames081
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The GOP, like Mr. Steele, doesn't believe in "entitlements", which is why so many blacks and illegals are attracted to the DNC. The less entitlements, the less power the DNC has. It's not rocket science James, except maybe for your dumbas*!

Posted by: cschotta1 | January 30, 2009 9:53 PM | Report abuse

GOP is uncreative and reactionary bunch. They “elected” a Blackman with sub-par and mediocre background. A party with less than 2% blacks, < 10 Hispanics, simply picked Kryptonite to counter-attack “Superman” President Obama!

His pick is as bad as John McCain’s pick, Sarah Palin!

He has no credibility and/or statue to alter GOP’s image issue nor can he transform their inferior ideas. In short, there’s no upside to his pick.

Posted by: JJames081 | January 30, 2009 9:47 PM | Report abuse

The author controlled himself admirably.

There was only one snarky paragraph intended to rain on Michale Steele's parade by bringing up the entirely unrelated subject of Rush Limbaugh.

Bravo Mr. Steele and congratulations.

Posted by: msmithnv | January 30, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Yawn.

Posted by: free-donny | January 30, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse


Candy Man (Shoeshine) in deep concentration evaluates the situation after arriving at the office sometime around 11:00 in his dashiki ---

notes the ol lady having read up on sumo wrestling squats, stomps and slaps her knees itching to take on hippo hips (slick's ol lady) -

Chrissy Mathews and Oberdork to officiate. Various Gitmo detainees will judge and money extracted to go for sunglasses & special training.


Posted by: webber7 | January 30, 2009 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Can't wait to hear Rush Limpballs' reaction to the new RNC Chairman...

"We are being told that we have to hope he succeeds, that we have to bend over, grab the ankles... because his father was black, because this is the first black chairman, we've got to accept this."

Posted by: pali2500 | January 30, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse

When Obama stood a good chance of winning Senate seat, put Alan Keyes, with few, if any, ties to Illinois to run against him.

Now that the highest office in the land is held by an African –American, elect Michael Steele, a political lightweight (see speeches, etc. from his run for Maryland office), as the first African-American to head the Republican Party. That he did not find the “Obama the Magic Negro” cd problematic, when most others in the party had the sense to distance themselves from such nonsense says enough about the man.

Posted by: abramas2

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Another poster making the point -- race is everything to liberals. Steele is not a lightweight and did not get this gig b/c of Obama. How absorb and color-centric!

Get you facts straight on Keys for IL Senate race. The national GOP did not support him -- just take a look at the prime indicators like RNC funds, dominant GOP leaders, ... He did not get support.

As for "magic negro" CD, have you actually listened to the damn context? Of course not! Like most, it is a knee jerk reaction. However, when the reporter (I believe for the LA Times) initiated the same phrase about then candidate Obama, nothing from the left or from the "main stream media". As you would know, the parody is not even about Obama but the article from the paper (and similar utterances from libs around the country who focus on skin color).

Good for Steele for downplaying this made up controversy!

Posted by: sagedutch | January 30, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Responding to BigRuss on Steele's shady organizing past, in which he and Ehrlich bussed homeless people from Philadelphia into Maryland to pass out false sample ballots:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/11/07/AR2006110700740.html

Posted by: bibliophile1 | January 30, 2009 9:31 PM | Report abuse

An incredibly bad, and sad, pick for a rightwing southern male party that is headed NOWHERE

Posted by: dudh | January 30, 2009 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Ha! Now we all know why it was illegal for blacks to read and write.

A mere 54 years after Brown vs. Board of Education and there's a black President and a black head of the REPUBLICAN Nat'l Cmte.

That is really a few years for blacks to outstep centuries of "inequalities."

Whoops, sorry Jim Crow, eat your heart out...want some kosha salt?
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Posted by: Evenfoolsarerightsometimes | January 30, 2009 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Token.

Posted by: kurthunt | January 30, 2009 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Funny. Steele rides on on Obama's coattails.
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almost as funny as obama riding on bush's coatails.

even obama said himself in one interview that "the idea of me running for president before i have even served a full term in the senate doesnt make much sense"

indeed...indeed

Posted by: dummypants | January 30, 2009 9:28 PM | Report abuse

We dont have to criticise the RNC, or try to beat ou down in anyway.You're all doing such a fine job of buffoning yourselves, we dont have to waste all that negative energy.
Besides, how often did you hear fron Either the DNC chair or the RNC chair during this past, or any, Election Cycle???Maybe at the commitee meetings and such, but both will be embroiled in the operations so deep, how is Comparing Steele to Obama as a competitor in 12 even possible.I think Steele will, or should be , busy getting his party back on the same page, working for the same goals.
Of course, since getting Republicans off their individual high horses is a task a Moron like Bush was able to do,perhaps their might be a real challenge in 4 years.
And please, stop kidding yourselves about the "What If's" from this previous election.The GOP didnt even hold their party line votes with McCant and Pukin at the helm,any mix of a dozen possibilities would have resulted in the same.
OBAMA WON
GET OVER IT

Posted by: mullett | January 30, 2009 9:27 PM | Report abuse

The single preeminent reason why democracy has been so stable in the USA has been the existence here of a large class of people of modest means who have reason to hope that by diligent work they may better their lot.

If you ask, "Why did this happen in the USA and not in, say, France or England", the answer is probably the free soil that was available to those willing to farm the frontier.

And what has this to do with Michael Steele, you ask?

The US center is no longer racist. However, the partisan poles continue to race-bait at every opportunity. Fortunately, the US center is a very large group of people whose opinions and values come from long experience, not fevered ideology.

Posted by: officermancuso | January 30, 2009 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Like him or hate him. THere really isn't much to Steele. He's an empty suit. If I am wrong about this, I'll be reading any GOP replies to this. Please respond with substance.

Don't get me wrong, he may be the best of all those who wanted the job, but I'm not impressed. I'm a Dem, but I do not want to see the GOP die of stagnation. What great transformation does Steele represent?

Posted by: free-donny | January 30, 2009 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Come on, Steele is pretty hot.

On the other hand, he IS the guy who brought us "Drill, baby drill".

It boils down to whether Americans will go insane like they did in 2004 "re-electing" Bush (although I think Diebold 2004 assumed the role of SCOTUS 2000). My money is on newly smart rather than the stupid of the last 8 years.

Posted by: kathleen_oconnor | January 30, 2009 9:23 PM | Report abuse

GOP is uncreative and reactionary bunch. They “elected” a Blackman with sub-par and mediocre background. A party with less than 2% blacks, < 10 Hispanics, simply picked Kryptonite to counter-attack “Superman” President Obama!

His pick is as bad as John McCain’s pick, Sarah Palin!

He has no credibility and/or statue to alter GOP’s image issue nor can he transform their inferior ideas. In short, there’s no upside to his pick.

Posted by: JJames081 | January 30, 2009 9:23 PM | Report abuse

How utterly cynical.

To wit…

When Obama stood a good chance of winning Senate seat, put Alan Keyes, with few, if any, ties to Illinois to run against him.

When many clamored for a woman running for our highest offices after Hillary Clinton lost the Democratic nomination for President, put Sarah Palin (see Katie Couric interview) on the ticket.

Now that the highest office in the land is held by an African –American, elect Michael Steele, a political lightweight (see speeches, etc. from his run for Maryland office), as the first African-American to head the Republican Party. That he did not find the “Obama the Magic Negro” cd problematic, when most others in the party had the sense to distance themselves from such nonsense says enough about the man.

It is ironic that those like Mr. Steele in the Republican Party that talk about meritocracy are where they are because of the what they look like.

Luckily, he is not a buffoon. Lightweight that he is, he may actually do something if he takes the time to ponder his own election as head of the RNC.

Posted by: abramas2 | January 30, 2009 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: operation-nation
Michael Steele is the new Sarah Palin for the GOP. The Republican Party has played the only card they have left to mask the fact their party is, by their own doing, a segregated Euro-American male party; of course with the exception of a few tokens.
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Michael Steele did not win this post because he is black. The only people who care about his skin color are liberals. You can see that throughout the comments on this article. It is a shame that minorities in this country have had the wool pulled over their eyes. Somehow to be a true black (for example), you have to be a dem. Blacks who are repubs are called tokens by liberals and often referred to in very derogatory fashions. It is a shame that the very people who CLAIM to be tolerant can't be tolerant of people of color who have conservative ideals and allow for some diversity of opinion in the ranks. Some day, society will wake up to the double standard and flat wrong media driven perceptions!

Posted by: sagedutch | January 30, 2009 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Come on, Steele is pretty hot.

On the other hand, he IS the guy who brought us "Drill, baby drill".

It boils down to whether Americans will go insane like they did in 2004 "re-electing" Bush (although I think Diebold 2004 assumed the role of SCOTUS 2000). My money is on newly smart rather than the stupid of the last 6 years.

Posted by: kathleen_oconnor | January 30, 2009 9:22 PM | Report abuse

How utterly cynical.

To wit…

When Obama stood a good chance of winning Senate seat, put Alan Keyes, with few, if any, ties to Illinois to run against him.

When many clamored for a woman running for our highest offices after Hillary Clinton lost the Democratic nomination for President, put Sarah Palin (see Katie Couric interview) on the ticket.

Now that the highest office in the land is held by an African –American, elect Michael Steele, a political lightweight (see speeches, etc. from his run for Maryland office), as the first African-American to head the Republican Party. That he did not find the “Obama the Magic Negro” cd problematic, when most others in the party had the sense to distance themselves from such nonsense says enough about the man.

It is ironic that those like Mr. Steele in the Republican Party that talk about meritocracy are where they are because of the what they look like.

Luckily, he is not a buffoon. Lightweight that he is, he may actually do something if he takes the time to ponder his own election as head of the RNC.

Posted by: abramas2 | January 30, 2009 9:21 PM | Report abuse

How phony......

Posted by: aeaustin | January 30, 2009 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Can't wait for Steele and Palin to work in tandem. Best comedy team since....?

Posted by: Spectator | January 30, 2009 9:17 PM | Report abuse

I didn't know there werw any black republicons left. thought clarence tom as$ was the last one alive. Aren't republicons oh so progressive now that they elected their only black guy instead of the bigot who was using Barak The Magic Negro for his theme? I'm convinced that republicons are no longer racists and they will certainly support policies to advance people of color. You betcha.

Posted by: John1263 | January 30, 2009 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Alangreenberg54 - thanks for posting this link. Amazing to read.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/11/12/AR2006111201084_pf.html

Posted by: jerzygrl | January 30, 2009 9:12 PM | Report abuse

"Barack Obama, the poor man's Michael Steele."

This is fun. Keep 'em comin'!

Posted by: gamz247 | January 30, 2009 9:11 PM | Report abuse

"Hey, JOE the PLUMBER, What do you think?

" What.... ahhhh Shhi%$#@! , well at least we still got hockey."

"That's all folks."

Posted by: StoptheSpin | January 30, 2009 9:10 PM | Report abuse

It's back to school for you, Operation-Nation. For the price of one semester in one class at Community College, I'll give you three reasons why, but I require payment up front - like some hospitals.

Posted by: officermancuso | January 30, 2009 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Michael Steele, the rich man's Barack Obama.

Posted by: scotrell | January 30, 2009 9:06 PM | Report abuse

The GOP National Redemption Plan:

"Look! We've got one, too!"

Posted by: pali2500 | January 30, 2009 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Some 93% of delegates to the Republican National Convention were white. Putting a token black man at the top of the GOP doesn't make it any less a party run by and for white supremacists.

Posted by: jjedif | January 30, 2009 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Michael Steele is the new Sarah Palin for the GOP. The Republican Party has played the only card they have left to mask the fact their party is, by their own doing, a segregated Euro-American male party; of course with the exception of a few tokens. I wish Mr. Steele nothing but the best, but this man is about to enter the world of being a puppet. There are, however, a few issues "blacks" and Republicans actually have in common which could be built upon. "Blacks" overwhelmingly voted for all the gay marriage amendments in 2008; young "black" men value their gun rights; and the number of "blacks" making $250,000-plus per year is growing every year; aided mostly by professional athletics. And Republicans can still use the "Abraham Lincoln was a Republican" card with less-educated "blacks." These are issues Steele could articulate to the GOP in his tenure and maybe by 2012, they could "steele" 15-20 percent of the "black" vote, which could be enough to put them over the top. But the party as a whole is too arrogant and this ploy will fail.

http://www.operation-nation.com

Posted by: operation-nation | January 30, 2009 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Put Crack in our streets (Steele) and destroy our neighborhoods again before we can rebuild. That is what steele is! (CRACK) The GOP is putting him in our neighborhoods. WAKE UP PEOPLE!

Posted by: mmitchell1 | January 30, 2009 8:59 PM | Report abuse

He looks like a caramel coated bald headed, bushy mustache white man. Oh well.

Like posted he got the job only because OBAMA is our president. If McCain had won no way.

and the dye is cast. About 94% of African Americans who do vote are democrats. OBAMA has sealed that vote and more for all eternity when it comes to politics.

Right wingers and bigots all its to late. Putting a sell put like Steele in this position is so damn sad. But hilarious.

Keep it up. I love it.

Posted by: llewis40 | January 30, 2009 8:57 PM | Report abuse

BigRuss

Steele doesn't deny the story. In fact, he defended it.

Each worker received $100 and 3 meals.

"Republican leaders have defended the Election Day episode as an accepted element of bare-knuckle politics. But for many voters, it shattered in one day the nice-guy images Ehrlich and Steele had cultivated for years."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/11/12/AR2006111201084_pf.html


How much did he pay them? Where you there to hear what was said, or are you operating off of double-hearsay? Which black leaders? You are either a liar or purporting to be black. Sounds like both.

Posted by: BigRuss | January 30, 2009 8:05 PM |

Posted by: AlanGoldberg54 | January 30, 2009 8:55 PM | Report abuse

"Had Obama lost the election, would the nazis have elected Oreo Steele?"

Watch out, analyst72. Your racism is showing.

Posted by: gamz247 | January 30, 2009 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Finally, the Republicans do something smart. If, McCain had picked him as his running mate, he probably would have won.
Steele/Jindal 2012....

Posted by: philmphile | January 30, 2009 8:49 PM | Report abuse

The Candy Man (Shoeshine) in deep concentration evaluates the situation after arriving at the office sometime after 11:00 in his dashiki ---

notes the ol lady having read up on sumo wrestling itches to take on hippo hips (slick's ol lady) -

Chrissy Mathews and Oberdork to officiate. Various Gitmo detainees will judge and money extracted to go for sunglasses & special training.


Posted by: webber7 | January 30, 2009 8:48 PM | Report abuse

"It's time for something completely different and we are going to bring it to them," Steele said after his victory. "This is our opportunity. I cannot do this by myself."

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Wow! These words sure sound familiar. Say ... maybe ... the man we now call President Obama.

Posted by: luvmynaturalhair | January 30, 2009 8:47 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA IS PUTTING THE EMPLOYMENT OF ILLEGALS AHEAD OF 12 MILLION UNEMPLOYED AMERICANS!!!

MANDATORY USE OF E-VERIFY, BY FEDERAL CONTRACTORS, WHICH WAS SUPPOSED TO GO INTO EFFECT JAN. 15, THEN FEB. 20, HAS NOW BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL MAY 21, 2009.

THIS MEANS THAT ILLEGALS CAN TAKE THE JOBS GENERATED BY THE STIMULUS PACKAGE!!!

JOBS THAT LEGALLY, AND RIGHTFULLY, BELONG TO AMERICANS!!!

FIGHT BACK AMERICANS!!!

SHAME ON OBAMA!!!

SHAME ON HIM!!!

Posted by: buzzm1 | January 30, 2009 8:45 PM | Report abuse

I have a question:
Had Obama lost the election, would the nazis have elected Oreo Steele?

Posted by: analyst72 | January 30, 2009 8:45 PM | Report abuse

First was Aunt Jemima, now is Uncle Tom. Boy, were they trained well by their masters.
You don't think these two actually held or hold any real power, do you?

Posted by: analyst72 | January 30, 2009 8:41 PM | Report abuse

I'm very disappointed. Steele was the best of the bunch in my opinion, much smoother and more articulate than the rest. I wanted the GOP to go with one of the total whack-jobs from the South.

Oh well. Fortunately the Congress Critters, Palin, Limbaugh, Hannity, and Coulter are going to be much more visible as the "face" of the Republican party.

Posted by: IceNine | January 30, 2009 8:31 PM | Report abuse

"Let's get it straight; the democrats did not elect a black man as their President;

They elected Barack Obama."

Two can play that game, noaxe397.

Posted by: gamz247 | January 30, 2009 8:31 PM | Report abuse

This is pretty funny.

Posted by: marSF | January 30, 2009 8:27 PM | Report abuse

...but look at the bright side. Mr. Steele's head is shiny, and brings lots of luck when rubbed.

Posted by: BigRuss | January 30, 2009 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Uh oh. Lookout! The Republicans have a black guy. Give me a break. This isn't about black, white and/or other any longer. This is about the people who 'have' and the people who 'have not'. It's split along the financial line (not the racial line).

Welcome to the party, late again, Republicans.

Posted by: ssanford00 | January 30, 2009 8:24 PM | Report abuse

This dummy! Yeah we got balls to criticize the RNC! To bad we can't say the same about you.

Posted by: mmitchell1 | January 30, 2009 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Isn't this guy on the wrong side of the Railroad Track? WTF could he be thinking supporting those brainless deadbeats in the GOP?

Is this some kind of "maverick" joke? Do the swine truly believe this will help their standing in the eyes of Americans?

I smell French cheese - and it isn't pleasant.

Posted by: NMremote | January 30, 2009 8:23 PM | Report abuse

91-77 ON THE SIXTH BALLOT!!!! NOT EXACTLY A LANDSLIDE THERE, MIKE! THAT MEANS THERE ARE A WHOLE LOT OF GOP-ers THAT DON'T SUPPORT MIKEY...

Posted by: demtse | January 30, 2009 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Now as for 2012, wouldn't President Michael Steele sound a little bit more Presidential than, say, President Barack Obama? Besides, Michael Steele was born in Maryland and has truly genuine African-American "roots" as compared to Obama's mixed Anglo-African roots. So with Obama, you're still only "half" there, but with Steele you get the Full Monty.

Posted by: jadepc | January 30, 2009 8:23 PM | Report abuse

As long as Steele knows who's the real bosses and fits in like Condi, Powell and Alberto did.

Posted by: sperrico | January 30, 2009 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Candy Man's ol lady still getting bigger and bigger even after Barney Sweetthang showed her how he does it -

buys a sweat box -

feels trapped in a porker's body. Buys set of weights and jump rope. muuuuahahahaha

Candy Man trips out.

Posted by: webber7 | January 30, 2009 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Oh! It's an 'image' problem. Nothing to do with substance......Keep talking, GOP. Do you really think fixing your 'image' will repair our : 1) economy; 2) foreign affairs disaster; 3)health care fiasco; and 4)anihilation of the middle class?
It will take more than your 'image' to garner the trust of Americans. Wake up.

Posted by: rulane | January 30, 2009 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Here we go again black people just another wedge to divide us. You think the GOP gives a S### about color people. Steele is what he is, and Uncle TOM and don't never forget that. He will be in the aliens party if he knew it could get him somewhere. The GOP know that is the best way to get at Obama, is to let another NEGRO criticize him. Let Steele do the dirty work for them. Steele is a SELLOUT and he know it.

Posted by: mmitchell1 | January 30, 2009 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: asoders22

Haha - there are still whites-only clubs in America? I guess male-only and no-Jews as well? You have clubs that the president of your country can't enter! Great.
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Not half as many as there are black only clubs. Unless entered by the P O L I C E to bust the crack rings!

Posted by: BigRuss | January 30, 2009 8:11 PM | Report abuse

IF STEELE FINANCES PALINS RUN IN 2012, THE GOP CAN FORGET THE PRESIDENCY FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE!!!

Posted by: demtse | January 30, 2009 8:08 PM | Report abuse

It is easier to criticize President Obama with a black face without being called a racist party.

Posted by: FutureJumps | January 30, 2009 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Lets see. Daschle,Geithner,Blago, Rangel,Dodd,Richardson,Frank,the new AG,Clinton and her problems with foreign contribuitions,Biden and his lobbying son and all of the people from Obama's Chicago neighborhood. All crooks, all Dems, all Barry buddies. And you people have the balls to criticise the RNC?

Posted by: MRGB | January 30, 2009 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: AlanGoldberg54

Actually Steele has been a street organizer. A few years ago he bussed in some black people from Philadelphia and paid them to go around black neighborhoods in Maryland to say black leaders were backing him, when they weren't.
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How much did he pay them? Where you there to hear what was said, or are you operating off of double-hearsay? Which black leaders? You are either a liar or purporting to be black. Sounds like both.

Posted by: BigRuss | January 30, 2009 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Well, maybe the "Southern Strategy" is finally really dead. Maybe. What will the "Reagan Democrats" have to say about that?

And where's his birth certificate?

Posted by: thrh | January 30, 2009 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Hey, look, everybody! We got one, too!

Posted by: thrh | January 30, 2009 8:02 PM | Report abuse

"Steele ran GOPAC and Republicans have never had such a large representation in a very liberal state. He has also attracted Prince Georges County's affluent African-Americans and Latinos into the party while maintaining the GOP's stance amongst the well-to-do Caucasian-Americans in Howard and Montgomery Counties."


This has no basis in fact.

Posted by: edlharris | January 30, 2009 8:00 PM | Report abuse


Candy Man annoyed by the tax cheats in his administration as well as all the boo boo screw up's

and his ol lady getting bigger and bigger, contacts Fidel ---

for advice. Fidel from one of his castles in Havana reiterates the need for block wardens. Princess Pelosi agrees.

Posted by: webber7 | January 30, 2009 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Haha - there are still whites-only clubs in America? I guess male-only and no-Jews as well? You have clubs that the president of your country can't enter! Great.

Posted by: asoders22 | January 30, 2009 7:57 PM | Report abuse

McCain picked Palin because of Hilary Clinton.

The RNC picked Steele because of Obama.

This ain't a coincidence. At least Palin went out and said so at the beginning thanking Hilary Clinton for her campaign.

One party is playing catch-up here but looking truly silly, because it's their policies that turn people off.

Posted by: AlanGoldberg54 | January 30, 2009 7:57 PM | Report abuse

dorklord wrote: "...Such childish morons. They tried to follow the Dems who ran Mondale/Ferraro in 84'. Sorry GOPS but you tried to catch that coat tail 14 years later with McSame/Paylin. Now you desperately cling to your pathetic games again with this one. Of course Steele won. You bone heads have no choice. Come on catch up....you are now in the 21st century. Ping!"

The GOP ran McCain and Palin in 1998? I bet President Clinton was mighty ticked off at that...

To all Democrats, Republicans, and Independents: 1984 + 14 years = 1998
1984 + 24 years = 2008

If you're going to insult the Republicans for only "now [being] in the 21st century", it'd be nice if you could whip out the old pocket calculator before venting.

Posted by: BurgundyAndGold
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Is that your best shot football fan? Gee, I must have pushed a button. A 1 instead of a 2. Ewwww, more Nee-ner Nee-ner baby talk. Failed retort, due to lack of substance. So, I misplaced a digit through a typo. My bad. Your whole party is mathematically challenged.
2000 + 8 yrs = 2008 + billions in the hole and thousands dead.
You want to revisit that calculator jab?

Posted by: dorklord | January 30, 2009 7:55 PM | Report abuse

To assert that Steele is to blacks what Palin was to wimmings reflects a lack of political acuming.

Posted by: officermancuso | January 30, 2009 7:54 PM | Report abuse

IS MIKE "TYSON" STEELE SUPPOSE TO DELIVER THE BLACK VOTE FOR THE GOP????? MIKE STEELE COULDN'T DELIVER A PIZZA TO BLACK PEOPLE, LET ALONE THEIR VOTE!!!! THIS IS A DEPSERATE TRANSPARENT JOKE ON THE GOP!

Posted by: demtse | January 30, 2009 7:52 PM | Report abuse

I ask myself, why do I even care what these cockroaches do? But joining in the frivolities provided by these amusing clowns one has to wonder at the effort these knuckle-draggers expended in mustering this mastermind of a decision. First, it was the Winking Wonder Woman from Wasilla, because she shared the same gender as Hillary Clinton, now we have this werewolf paraded in the supposition that he shares an abundance of malanine with Barack Obama. When will these idiots look into the mirror and take their cue from the lemmings?

Posted by: sicnarfe | January 30, 2009 7:52 PM | Report abuse

It could be the Republican Party for the first time is seeing America as a country of many different skin colors, not just made up of old white men.

But its real clear to me, after losing so many seats in both houses in this past election, and no candinate has ever in this country's history have ever recieved until President Obama over 90% of one constiuant votes. Its very, very clear the GOP only voted Michael Steel as RNC Chairman is only about DIVIDE AND CONQUER OF ONE RACE OF PEOPLE.
SAD TO SAY BLACKS AREN'T BUYING!!!

Posted by: gwendolynwhite8 | January 30, 2009 7:51 PM | Report abuse

1st there was Palin to capture the disgruntled women voters that backed Hillary. now guess what America, the republicans have a black guy too.

It's just a shame American politics is reduced to no ideas and corny illogical copy cat antics! Obama did not win because he was Black, he had ideas. Steele was a joke of the Senate candidate, was a hip puppet as LT. governor of MD. he and Armstrong Williams need to be call to the carpet for their willingness to serve as the token boys!

Posted by: oknow1 | January 30, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Actually Steele has been a street organizer. A few years ago he bussed in some black people from Philadelphia and paid them to go around black neighborhoods in Maryland to say black leaders were backing him, when they weren't.

Posted by: AlanGoldberg54 | January 30, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Brilliant move by the GOP! Michael Steele exemplifies someone who has worked hard, studied hard, practices his faith, and leads by example. He is an excellent choice to lead the GOP out of the wilderness. Now if they can recruit some fresh, smart idea people who don't say "you betcha, by golly", etc. they can rebuild the party more like Lincoln had in mind. Maybe they can come up with another "Contract with America" approach which helped them back in the day. Bravo Mr. Steele!

Posted by: bfjam | January 30, 2009 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Steele is from my county, Prince George's Maryland, and I have watched his career for years.
He offered little of substance in his position as Lt. Governor, and the people soundly rejected him and his mate, R. Ehrlich. Within this county, overwhelmingly democratic and 70% black, Steele did ally himself with a number of closeted black Republicans (Wayne Curry, Sam Dean, etc.) in essentially a pro-business cabal. When Steel ran for US Senator against Ben Cardin, black Prince Georgians voted resoundingly for Ben Cardin. This is because the black voter here is a true Democrat and sees the value system of the man more than the color.

Mr. Steele's claims that he will bring a new day to Republican Party is a sham. Mr. Steele is essentially an elitist politician, interested in big business and the upper class. Who exactly does he think he will convince to support him within the party? Or to switch over? Again, he brings no ideas, only a nice suit, clean look, and "old boys club" connections.

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Posted by: Towards_Light | January 30, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse

JohnAdams1

What, he is not black enough for you?

Posted by: FraudObama | January 30, 2009 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Wow, these comments below are from crazytown! Michael Steele is a smart, shrewd guy and an outstanding choice for them. As a Dem, I am bummed that they picked him. I think he is the right person to lead them out of the wilderness. I had hoped they would stay there a long time with Rush and Sarah Palin. But if they listen to him, they could mount a challenge much sooner than anyone thought.

Posted by: strong7 | January 30, 2009 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Remember who Steele is: UNCLE TO MIKE TYSON'S KIDS! FORMER BROTHER IN LAW OF MIKE TYSON-TYSON WAS MARRIED TO STEELE'S SISTER FOR SEVERAL YEARS!

Posted by: arrabbiato | January 30, 2009 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Steele is one evil guy. All the repubicans did was to find an evil black guy instead of an evil white guy.

His choice is very unfortunate because the country needs two healthy parties willing to represent all party members. Steele will not be representative.

Posted by: JohnAdams1 | January 30, 2009 7:42 PM | Report abuse

At least the GOP is consistent. It took Mike Steele 5 tries to pass the MD bar exam, just like it took Sarah Palin 10 years to get a college degree, after attending 5 different colleges..LOL!!!!

Posted by: demtse | January 30, 2009 7:41 PM | Report abuse

"Hey broadwayjoe - Don't waste your time arguing with racists, trolls and conspiracy theorists.

Let them rant. They have a long four years ahead of them.

Posted by: dldbug | January 30, 2009 7:31 PM"
__________
You're right. Message received. Good night.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 30, 2009 7:39 PM | Report abuse


Apparently Steele is not "black enough" for the liberals. He has not been a Street Organizer or hung out with South Chicago Political Thugs or spent 20 yrs in a racist church. He just does not have the street creed one can only achieve by being coked, stoned and drunk for most of his teenage years while being mentored by Communists and Radicals. He has not perfected his deceitful head fake skills one can only do while slimming your way in local elected posts. Nope Steele just is not black enough for the Socialist Party. What a shame. He has higher, much higher standards than the fraud they call Obama.

Posted by: FraudObama | January 30, 2009 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: broadwayjoesephine

Russ, with this racist post, you are, as Rev. Wright might say, nullified.
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You seem to know allot about Wright, are you his Islamic bodyguard? Always pulling the race card "you people" do. Some day being calling called a racist will be considered an exalted badge of honor because of "people" like you.

Posted by: BigRuss | January 30, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

AlanGoldberg54 wrote, "Now we need a black guy to take over the Rush Limbaugh show."

That would be Alan Keyes. Yuk.

Posted by: officermancuso | January 30, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

"we are guessing this is the kind of conversation the Rush/Hannity crowd are having over beers tonight about Steele.
Posted by: broadwayjoe"

Broadway Joe Namath? Wondered what happened to you. Nice game there in Super Bowl III. We all knew you could do it.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 30, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

OOOOooooo LORD HAM-MERCY!!!! The republicans are DESPERATE!!! After the Sarah Palin debacle, the RNC is GOING BLACK!!! This is hte funniest thing I've seen all day!!! LOL!!! ROTFL!!!! REPUBICANS IN BLACK-FACE!!! You're killing me...

Posted by: demtse | January 30, 2009 7:37 PM | Report abuse

This dude is name Richard Steele not Micheal Steele...check his birth certificate. I don't even think Richard is a U.S. citizen. Why are you telling people you name is Micheal, Richard? Richard's momma was a jackal and his poppa was a rolling stone.

Posted by: opp88 | January 30, 2009 7:36 PM | Report abuse

"Now we need a black guy to take over the Rush Limbaugh show."

Rush is white? Now you tell me.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 30, 2009 7:35 PM | Report abuse

"I'm sure old 'Double Stuf' will be a lot better as a Party hack than he was a Loot Goob or a Senate candidate. He's that sort of guy.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 30, 2009 7:19 PM"
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Yes, Samson151 is a fool but we are guessing this is the kind of conversation the Rush/Hannity crowd are having over beers tonight about Steele.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 30, 2009 7:35 PM | Report abuse

mystikmouse44: "my goodness, samson, could you be a BIGGER racist????"

The man is a noted cookie lover, cookie. They'll be serving Lorna Doone and Nilla Wafers at those RNC fundraisers. You watch: Blago will convert.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 30, 2009 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Now we need a black guy to take over the Rush Limbaugh show.

Posted by: AlanGoldberg54 | January 30, 2009 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: mikel7

If any military officer refused a direct order from the Commander-in-Chief, he is eligible to be court martialed and arrested on the spot.
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So tell us, who will arrest a General in the Hollister case? Perhaps Ayres, or Tony Rezco pizza brain:-) If the courts' continue to refuse find verification, these problems will be way more tangible than you think. Yet, you don't think much, do you?

Posted by: BigRuss | January 30, 2009 7:32 PM | Report abuse

ROTFL!!!!LMAO!!!!! Mike Steele RNC Chairman... LOL!!! Nothing but window dressing... BLACK IS IN, IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY!!! LOL!!! Too funny!!!!

Posted by: demtse | January 30, 2009 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Hey broadwayjoe - Don't waste your time arguing with racists, trolls and conspiracy theorists.

Let them rant. They have a long four years ahead of them.

Posted by: dldbug | January 30, 2009 7:31 PM | Report abuse

"The Millions of dollars in costs of cleaning up garbage at the Washington Mall. Remember?--that overpriced party while the country is in trouble! Based off the fact that most of the people who attended (color omitted) sleep in their own garbage and urine.

Posted by: BigRuss | January 30, 2009 7:23 PM"
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Russ, with this racist post, you are, as Rev. Wright might say, nullified.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 30, 2009 7:29 PM | Report abuse

And why did blacks vote for Obama? He is black. What a well thought out decision. He is black. How well informed. He is black. That's all. Brilliant.

Posted by: FraudObama | January 30, 2009 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Well,it appears that there are bigger racists than samson. For instance, opp88!!!

Posted by: MYSTICMOUSE44 | January 30, 2009 7:26 PM | Report abuse

"Steele, unlike Obama has been verified and qualified to hold office. Soon nobody in office will follow Obama's orders. The new case is Hollister vs. Barry Soetoro a/k/a Obama filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Docket # 08-02254 (JR). Hollister is a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel that can be recalled at any time by the President. His dilemma – is Obama a “qualified” President that he must take orders from or is he “not qualified” and therefore, he is required to legally DISOBEY Obama’s orders. Unless a court takes jurisdiction over this issue, Military Commanders and Govt. Officials will fall into lockstep, and disregard everything Obama says or does!

Posted by: BigRuss | January 30, 2009 7:09 PM"
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Hope Hollister (if this "story" is true) enjoys his five years in the brig for dereliction of duty. Under the U.S. Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), dereliction of duty is addressed within the regulations governing the failure to obey an order or regulation. What a clown!

Hollister, BTW, if the soap falls, let it stay there. Russ, not that you are listening to reason, but every court, including the Supreme Court, that has been forced to receive these idiotic cases has dismissed them as frivolous without even getting to their "merits." Hey, Russ, lockdown is at 8:00pm.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 30, 2009 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: DDAWD

"47% of the country is strongly against the slumdogs who ignorantly went goofy over a brutha. "

Based off what?
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The Millions of dollars in costs of cleaning up garbage at the Washington Mall. Remember?--that overpriced party while the country is in trouble! Based off the fact that most of the people who attended (color omitted) sleep in their own garbage and urine.

Posted by: BigRuss | January 30, 2009 7:23 PM | Report abuse

my goodness, samson, could you be a BIGGER racist????

Posted by: MYSTICMOUSE44 | January 30, 2009 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Richard Steele asks President Elect Barack Obama..."How you like me now?"

Well, Richard Steele "Kool Mo Dee" never intended for that phrase to be used at a grand pooba meeting.

That's a rap phrase, uncle tom.

Steele say's "get ready to get knocked over" typical reebot rhetoric, always a bully.

Kinda like pal'n around with terrorist.

Now, Sarah "hop scotch mom" Palin wants to pal around with Obama.

POOR TOM THE TURKEY!

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA LOSERSSSSSS!

Posted by: opp88 | January 30, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

bigruss, you are a fool. Don't use that "not qualified" garbage because the least qualified president just left town. If any military officer refused a direct order from the Commander-in-Chief, he is eligible to be court martialed and arrested on the spot. This is the USA, not some third-world country where some general feels he can take over the government as he feels like it. Get over it, your side lost to an extremely intelligent candidate, who continues to have high ratings while the repub congress shoots themselves in the foot again.

Posted by: mikel7 | January 30, 2009 7:21 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure old 'Double Stuf' will be a lot better as a Party hack than he was a Loot Goob or a Senate candidate. He's that sort of guy.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 30, 2009 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Republicans made a wise choice in Steele. I'm glad to see him back in a position he'll find challenging and I wish him well.

The times really *are* changing with regard to race in the USA, and it's a wonderful thing to see, something bright and shining in an otherwise foreboding time.

I don't in the least mean to suggest that Steele is an "affirmative action" choice, he is a very capable up and coming politician from my current home state, though I'd be a fool not to see his selection as to some extent a tactical Republican response to Obama's election.

I'm glad to see it.

Posted by: officermancuso | January 30, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Just because Steele is black will not help RNC just like Palin didn't move women to McCain. Blacks and women are not stupid and we don't fall for looks (woman and black) we want substance and Steele doesn't have any as evidenced by his comment to President Obama "How do you like me now," Steele asked. That's stupid and says he knows he was only chosen because of his color. Boy they're in deep and know it.

Posted by: rlj1 | January 30, 2009 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Steele did NOT ride on Obama's coattails. Steele made it possible for MD to have its first Republican Governor in 36 years.

Steele ran GOPAC and Republicans have never had such a large representation in a very liberal state. He has also attracted Prince Georges County's affluent African-Americans and Latinos into the party while maintaining the GOP's stance amongst the well-to-do Caucasian-Americans in Howard and Montgomery Counties.

I'm so sick and tired of my fellow Republicans crying foul every time a black man earns a position of power. I agree with the Republican parties fiscal conservatism, but I am so weary of you racist Dixiecrats that see affirmative action in everything.

We (as a party) can't win without black, latino, women, gay votes. PERIOD! Change or die.

Posted by: ProfessorWrightBSU | January 30, 2009 7:14 PM | Report abuse

I am very very pleased to see Mr steele as the RNCC. I beleave he can and will do great things for the party..There is alot of work to be done,And he is the man for the job.. For my part it has inspierd me to get behind and support the republican party more then ever..Think I'll do some fund raising

Posted by: ONE4DOC2 | January 30, 2009 7:14 PM | Report abuse

"47% of the country is strongly against the slumdogs who ignorantly went goofy over a brutha. "

Based off what? Obama has a really high approval rating. Perhaps a few months ago some people would have preferred McCain over Obama, but people love Obama now.

Posted by: DDAWD | January 30, 2009 7:02 PM | Report abuse

And people wonder where all the tin foil wearing libs are!!!!

Posted by: dkidwell61 | January 30, 2009 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Sad Republican politics once again. Mike Steele will be the Sarah Palin of the RNC only much smarter. This is an obvious play of "look,we elevate Black people too". But it's going to take more than a minority face to appeal to the other than white male voters. Start with a little genuineness and you may get a look

Posted by: sjones2121 | January 30, 2009 7:12 PM | Report abuse

"47% of the country is strongly against the slumdogs who ignorantly went goofy over a brutha. "

Based off what? Obama has a really high approval rating. Perhaps a few months ago some people would have preferred McCain over Obama, but people love Obama now.

Posted by: DDAWD | January 30, 2009 7:02 PM | Report abuse

People won't be so "in love" with Obama when they see what the details of his SPENDING BILL AGAINST AMERICA entails!!! He's only been in office a few days and his approval has gone down, not up!! Give him a few more days and it will tumble more!!

Posted by: dkidwell61 | January 30, 2009 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Out of the 2400 delegates at the last RNC convention, thirty-six were people of color (36/2400) or 1.5%. One of the 1.5% was Michael Steele. This looks bad on so many levels . . . I don't have time to count the ways!

Posted by: meldupree | January 30, 2009 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Steele, unlike Obama has been verified and qualified to hold office. Soon nobody in office will follow Obama's orders. The new case is Hollister vs. Barry Soetoro a/k/a Obama filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Docket # 08-02254 (JR). Hollister is a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel that can be recalled at any time by the President. His dilemma – is Obama a “qualified” President that he must take orders from or is he “not qualified” and therefore, he is required to legally DISOBEY Obama’s orders. Unless a court takes jurisdiction over this issue, Military Commanders and Govt. Officials will fall into lockstep, and disregard everything Obama says or does!

Posted by: BigRuss | January 30, 2009 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Some of you on this board may not like this but this is the truth:

This is BS! They chose a black man only because Barack Obama won the presidency. Hopefully Michael Steele can really steer the party in the right direction and not just be used as a puppet (black man) to criticize the 1st black president.

It is amazing how the GOP really underestimates the electorate with these cheap stunts - 1st Sarah Palin (to woo Hillary voters) now this? I have nothing against Michael Steele but I think the trickery from the GOP is transparent and pathetic.

Posted by: jaggah | January 30, 2009 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Three observations:

1. Until the final vote, Steele was NOT a member of RNC. They had to go outside the dismal leadership to find him, and he would NOT have been elected without the endorsement of the Ohio electoral fraud-enabler.

2. Even now Steele couldn't be elected for ANY position in the NAACP, because his basic philosopy is so ANTI-people of color. He could only be elected by the RNC, which is dominated by the segregationist Democrats-turned-Repulicans in the South.

3. Steele was elected using paper ballots because the RNC knew they could not trust GOP-designed Diebold voting machines.

Posted by: hterrya | January 30, 2009 7:06 PM | Report abuse

That Mr Steele was elected to head the RNC is a sign of progress for the Republicans. But it is their ideas that really need to change. I vividly remember those campaign rallies,Lynch him,Socialist,Comminist,Kill him, I heard them say, in reference to Obama! The fundamentals of the economy are strong they said, in reference to the economic crisis. Least we forget , the republicans have been running this government for 20 of the last 28 years; will they own up to these failures, or do what the congressional republicans are doing now, OBSTRUCT, OBSTRUCT OBSTRUCT! Their way, right or wrong, or no way! I can't wait until the 2010 and 2012 elections to get rid of more of them!!!

Posted by: idallasj11 | January 30, 2009 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Where do you get your lack of facts!!!??? What is this 20 out of the last 28 years stuff!!?? I know you are not talking about congress!! Oh, but that is the Inconvenient Truth that Libs don't want to talk about!!!
Obstruct!! I hope so!!! I hope that the Senate Republicans and Conservative Dems will stop this joke of a SPENDING BILL dead in its tracks!!! Stimulus my Butt!!

Posted by: dkidwell61 | January 30, 2009 7:06 PM | Report abuse

hey gamz247

Let's get it straight; the Republicans did not elect a black man as their party chairman;

They elected Michael Steele.

There, feel better. Are you from Arizona? I get a lot of comments like yours out here.

Posted by: noaxe397 | January 30, 2009 7:05 PM | Report abuse

gamz247 "Yes, because increasing taxes on people who don't have jobs is really a good idea, too."
......................................................................................
Don't you think that that is a mute point...

Posted by: sabrina2 | January 30, 2009 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Who wins, Steppin Fetchit or Amos and Andy? They should have ran a woman. They had Rudy. Why didn't he put on his red lipstick , high heels and that new strapless dress and knock them out of their chairs?

Posted by: majorteddy | January 30, 2009 7:03 PM | Report abuse

"47% of the country is strongly against the slumdogs who ignorantly went goofy over a brutha. "

Based off what? Obama has a really high approval rating. Perhaps a few months ago some people would have preferred McCain over Obama, but people love Obama now.

Posted by: DDAWD | January 30, 2009 7:02 PM | Report abuse

It's funny because I remember people voting for McCain saying they were afraid the blacks would be "taking over."

Now they have a black chairman "taking over" their party.

Posted by: AlanGoldberg54 | January 30, 2009 7:02 PM | Report abuse

I just wish the Republicans would expel all the RINOs (Republicans In Name Only) and become an exclusively 'conservative' group... then we could all forget them as they disappear into obscurity... I sure hope no moderates join this gang of losers and resurrect the corpse just as it's on the verge of being buried....

Posted by: tbrucia | January 30, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Fix,

Excellent coverage today. Regarding your seeming incredulity that you had that many hits on the blog during the proceedings...red state folks (believe it or not) do frequent WaPo and your blog.

Keep up the good work.

RedStaterJr

Posted by: RedStaterJr | January 30, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: sequoiaqueneaux (queer sounding, isn't it?)

It's why you f*cktards LOST in a landslide in November.
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Hardly a "landslide," 47% of the country is strongly against the slumdogs who ignorantly went goofy over a brutha. And to think, it's that half of the country that may protect you, but not from my foxhole Mr. moooslim-Kenyan. Not until you show us the vaulted birth certificate.

Posted by: BigRuss | January 30, 2009 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Republicans were talking about this move long ago, right after Steele ran that failed style-over-substance "look at this cute puppy instead of talking issues" campaign.

That said, I hope it does represent change for the GOP. If anybody needs to change, it's the GOP.

Posted by: sarahabc | January 30, 2009 6:53 PM | Report abuse

It really doesn't matter to me what race Mr Steele is, what matters is that he is a Republican whom I have no use for. But the gentlemen that I am, mm mm, I will wish him good luck, he is going to need it.

Posted by: shipfreakbo214 | January 30, 2009 6:53 PM | Report abuse

I hope this works out as well as when the GOP thought they could run a woman (any woman!) as VP and be percieved as the more "progressive" party, because, you know, that's all women would be able to comprehend. In their election of Steele, they're forgetting that their core base (the 30%) is made up of proudly ignorant, selfish white people with a hardon for Jesus and a fear of minorities.

While the GOP's ability to underestimate the American public never ceases to amaze me, I must admit, it scares the bejeezus out of me whenever they're right.

Posted by: Terrorfied | January 30, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

If the RNC thinks that window-dressing will solve their systemic problems, they have more bad news coming. I don't envy Steele's task to move a culturally moribund political party to relevance in short order. I mean, Dawson was still a member of an all-white country club in the twenty-first century!! And then there's Chip "Barack the Magic Negro" Saltsman in the number. And there is good ole Rush "OxyContin" Limpbaugh (did you get your little blue pill today?).

I won't be voting for the GOP next time, either!!

Posted by: meldupree | January 30, 2009 6:51 PM | Report abuse

"Steele has experience"

I've seen this a lot on this thread.

No examples, though.

I think Obama's tenure as President alone probably gives him more experience than Steele.

Posted by: DDAWD | January 30, 2009 6:50 PM | Report abuse

"Let's get it straight: the Republicans did not elect an African-American as their party chairman;
They elected Michael Steele."

I like how you infer "African-American" as being something more than being an American citizen with ancestors from Africa. Pray tell, what are these extra criteria that have to be met before being bestowed with this prestigious title?

Posted by: gamz247 | January 30, 2009 6:49 PM | Report abuse

That Mr Steele was elected to head the RNC is a sign of progress for the Republicans. But it is their ideas that really need to change. I vividly remember those campaign rallies,Lynch him,Socialist,Comminist,Kill him, I heard them say, in reference to Obama! The fundamentals of the economy are strong they said, in reference to the economic crisis. Least we forget , the republicans have been running this government for 20 of the last 28 years; will they own up to these failures, or do what the congressional republicans are doing now, OBSTRUCT, OBSTRUCT OBSTRUCT! Their way, right or wrong, or no way! I can't wait until the 2010 and 2012 elections to get rid of more of them!!!

Posted by: idallasj11 | January 30, 2009 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Does this mean he's giving up his gig as fill in for Sean Hannity in Hannity & Colmes?

I mean, a more partisan figure could not be found by the Repuglicans...it should serve them well in 2010 when they lose even MORE seats in the House and Senate.

Posted by: 2greekdc | January 30, 2009 6:48 PM | Report abuse

"Congressional Republicans voted for the 1964 Civil Rights Act in higher proportion than Democrats.

You can look it up...(oh no! Facts!)"

It's funny how Republicans bring this up given the fact that their consolidation in the south came primarily as a result of backlash over the bill. If this type of intellectually dishonest is the best Republican response to claims of being a racist party, that probably goes farther to bolster the claims of the skeptics than the party itself.

Posted by: DDAWD | January 30, 2009 6:48 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans are so far down the rabbit hole it's tempting to feel sorry for them. Calling Democrats racist is going to work just as well as calling them sexist worked for them in the election with Palin. These idiots seriously thought that Clinton supporters would gravitate to Palin, and they think that black people will vote Republican because of Steele. They seriously believe that simply buffing their image around the periphery will change things. It's all about marketing to them.

Posted by: PutDownTheKoolaid | January 30, 2009 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: BradLibbobob
________________

That's PRESIDENT HUSSEIN to you. Back at ya ignorant dolt, Ha Ha.

Boybama's 41% Arab on his grandfather's side --show us the "vaulted" birth certificate!

Posted by: BigRuss | January 30, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse


Whatever BigPuss:

Nobody is intersted in your ignorant, hillbilly, xenophobic rantings of idiocy. You don't even know where Kenya is.

It's why you f*cktards LOST in a landslide in November. Just keep escaping into your lunatic fringe, conspiracy-driven fantasy world while we fix what you conservaratds broke.

You lost! America rejected your stupid, paranoid worldview in a landslide and dumped it into the dustbin of history.

HA HA!

Posted by: sequoiaqueneaux | January 30, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Again, look up the FACTS you brainwashed libs! It was the Democrats starting with Carter that put this country in it's current financial crisis. The Republicans tried to fix it, but Democrats fought our every attempt. Now we're "paying" the price with spending even more money! What don't you understand?

Steele has experience and no radical, racist connections.
Obama has no experience and radical, racist connections.

Obama wouldn't have made it if he were a Republican since he would have been voted out by both Republicans and Democrats. Isn't it interesting that he made it as a Democrat?

In a legit survey, most criminals are registered as Democrats - wonder why? Just look up the FACTS!

Posted by: ViktorHans | January 30, 2009 6:46 PM | Report abuse

"...tax breaks..that's all they know while the country is going to hell and people are losing their jobs everyday..."

Yes, because increasing taxes on people who don't have jobs is really a good idea, too.

Posted by: gamz247 | January 30, 2009 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Now lets watch the Republican Party claim it is the party of diversity. Believe me, the national Democrats are so unable to to compete in the perception game against Republicans that by next week the Rs will have America convinced the Ds are the party of the klan (hey, Robert Byrd, after all.)
Remember when JC Watts was the ONLY black Republican in Congress? Every talk show, every discussion panel, there he was representing the face of Republican diversity.
How many black Republicans are in Congress today? Zero. For that matter, does anyone know how many Republican Latino congressman there are? Three, and they are all Cubans from districts in Florida.

Let's get it straight: the Republicans did not elect an African-American as their party chairman;
They elected Michael Steele.

BTW, when will He have to apologize to Rush Limbaugh for the things he said today?

Posted by: noaxe397 | January 30, 2009 6:44 PM | Report abuse

http://www.usnews.com/articles/news/campaign-2008/2008/04/07/10-things-you-didnt-know-about-michael-steele.html
^good reading^
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And by the way, Kenya and much of the Arab world are in Africa. Durrrrrrrr.

Posted by: sequoiaqueneaux | January 30, 2009 6:32 PM | Report abuse
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You are an idiot, sequoiaquenueiox
Go read a book. Kenyans are not Arabs hahahahhahahahahahahaaaa

Posted by: rdb2 | January 30, 2009 6:44 PM | Report abuse

"You're right! You didn't vote for a "Negro," you voted for a moooslim. So you don't get the prize, just bad surprises!"

Shut up and get out of my party.

Posted by: gamz247 | January 30, 2009 6:43 PM | Report abuse

This whole thing is fishy! They have put a black face on a party that does not represent Black, and it was done purposely. I just hope he (Steele) realizes that to them, he is pawn in the game. If you don't believe it, look back at the tapes of the DNC festivities and then at the RNC festivities...there's a HUGE difference. At the DNC every color and creed was represented, whereas the RNC convention had FEW people of ANY color in attendance. Look closely at the panned shots...and see what I'm talking about. At what point have Repubs sought out the "other" vote? This is really sad. No one is really falling for this oke doke (except maybe Steele)... but that seems to be a trend in the Repub party...cause some how Sarah Palin really thought she was picked because she was so ready and such a maverick. In essence, she was picked in RESPONSE to Obama's failure to be suckered into picking Hillary, and it backfired with women voters. The biggest problem with the RNC is that they are REACTIVE and not PRO-ACTIVE...and this is a prime example. I really feel sorry for Steele, because I believe he is a capable dude, but he wasn't chosen because of it, and it's really sad.

Posted by: msblue18 | January 30, 2009 6:43 PM | Report abuse

It was inconcievable that after the racist campaign McCain/Palin ran that ANY black would vote Republican let alone become a part of the organization.
Either he is extremly dumb or the price was right.

Posted by: jsori | January 30, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse

So...does anyone think we'll hear Limbaugh going on about "Steele the Magic Negro?"

What a coincidence that ten days after the first Black President takes office the first black RNC chairman is elected.

It's very funny, but in fact he owes his election to Obama.

Posted by: AlanGoldberg54 | January 30, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse

I don't think that Republicans understand the significance of an Obama win for the country. Do you really think that all those people who showed up for the inauguration were not supporters of the President and guess what he will win by an even bigger margin in four years because of the lack of support that he is getting from the dead Party (the Republicans) tax breaks..tax breaks..that's all they know while the country is going to hell and people are losing their jobs everyday..tax breaks do not work.. Jobs are not created ..with tax breaks.. if they were all these people would not be out of work.. You can put who you want as head of the RNC it makes no difference..

Posted by: sabrina2 | January 30, 2009 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: sequoiaqueneaux --

I didn't vote for a Negro when I voted for President last November.
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You're right! You didn't vote for a "Negro," you voted for a moooslim. So you don't get the prize, just bad surprises!

Posted by: BigRuss | January 30, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

This is the same guy who only two weeks ago was defending the republican party emailing the "Obama the Magic Negro" song. This guy represents racial inclusiveness the same way Sara Palin represents advancing women's causes. Its like buying a Volkswagen with a 454 cubic inch engine and calling it green.

Posted by: fishingriver | January 30, 2009 6:38 PM | Report abuse

So.. much... Irony! Hurting... brain..

Posted by: Terrorfied | January 30, 2009 6:38 PM | Report abuse

"That's still in place, now suplemented with a Negro head-of-the-party to fool blacks into voting Republican because all colored people will see a colored person supposedly in charge and think the Republican party is for them."

Obviously your regard of colored people isn't very high if you think they can be fooled into switching parties based on who's at the head of it.

Posted by: gamz247 | January 30, 2009 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Confidential memo to M. Steele:

Next time Palin runs for national office, do not attend any of her hate rallies, er, "campaign events." You may be mistaken for the poor AA stage helper who always gets the snot beaten of him by her "supporters." And if Phalin slips and calls you S--bo, she's just joking, kinda like Lisa Lapanelli at Madison Square Garden. Nothing personal.

Seriously, it's too bad we don't have a legitimate MSM in the US who could report on the private conversations that extremist GOPers are having about the surprise Steele election. Let's hope non-MSMer Charley James is covering this some get some real information. You know the phone lines of GOP hardliners are literally melting, but the MSM's not going to report it.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 30, 2009 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations Mr. Steele. I live in Va and have met Mr. Steele many years ago. He is a wonderful honest guy with the greatest integrity.
Democrats are sooo racist... always playing the race card. I never heard Steele saying stuff like, "he doesn't look like the other guys".

The democrat party is the one that started the KKK do your homework people.
btw, I am black "African american" and I did not vote for BHO. MANY black people do not vote democrat. Do your homework folks.
visit www.NBRA
get a life libbies.

Posted by: rdb2 | January 30, 2009 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Did this pass the WWLD (What Would Limbaugh Do?) bracelet test?

Posted by: Patriot3 | January 30, 2009 6:35 PM | Report abuse

"Palin/Steele 2012" - goodwin4u
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HAHAHAHA HAAAAA HAHAHAHA HAHA!

PLEASE pick that dingbat wingnut Sarah Palin! PLEASE!!!


Posted by: sequoiaqueneaux | January 30, 2009 6:34 PM | Report abuse

I didn't vote for a Negro when I voted for President last November. I voted for somebody who was more inclined to be a Good Government type than the guy and gal Republicans put up for election. Obviously, the GOP still doesn't get it. They think they can manipulate voters into voting against their own interests by luring them in with stories about stem cell research, homosexuality, evolution, non-church goers, flag burners, and wasted tax dollars supporting Welfare Queens. That's still in place, now suplemented with a Negro head-of-the-party to fool blacks into voting Republican because all colored people will see a colored person supposedly in charge and think the Republican party is for them. This is a racial insult masquerading as a marketing plan. If you want to see Republicans in action, talk to the hundreds of thousands of newly unemployed workers and the millions of potential retirees who have seen their life savings destroyed.

Posted by: BlueTwo1 | January 30, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Yep, a lot of blatant racism coming from the libs. But, then it's their double standard at play. Based on how they're attacking Steele, I guess Rush can take a break.

Posted by: ViktorHans | January 30, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse

The guilt by association here is comical.

You find one or two racist comments by dumb conservatives over the past few decades, and then bash 50 million conservatives?

You know what?

Senator Robert Byrd was in the KKK...and he's a DEMOCRAT

I guess that means I can call all Democrats racists too!

Posted by: BradLibertarian | January 30, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse

BigPuss cried: "Michael Steele is the first real American-African chairman, unlike Barack HUSSEIN Obama as the first Arab-Kenyan President who happens to "look African."
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That's PRESIDENT Barack HUSSEIN Obama to you. Ha Ha.

And by the way, Kenya and much of the Arab world are in Africa. Durrrrrrrr.

Posted by: sequoiaqueneaux | January 30, 2009 6:32 PM | Report abuse

"Now that is out of touch with reality and very delusional... so sad for you."

Well, obviously, sabrina2, the only people on this board who have even brought him up are democrats. I only speak to what I see.

Posted by: gamz247 | January 30, 2009 6:30 PM | Report abuse

While you are all calling the GOP racist...

Congressional Republicans voted for the 1964 Civil Rights Act in higher proportion than Democrats.

You can look it up...(oh no! Facts!)

Calling everyone you disagree with a "racist" without basis says a lot about you.

It says you can't actually debate issues.

Yawn.

Posted by: BradLibertarian | January 30, 2009 6:29 PM | Report abuse

"91 to 77" my oh my what a landslide victory.

Posted by: sabrina2 | January 30, 2009 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Michael Steele is the first real American-African chairman, unlike Barack HUSSEIN Obama as the first Arab-Kenyan President who happens to "look African." Now my black friends, you're gonna see a real b!tch (Boybama) splappin!

Posted by: BigRuss | January 30, 2009 6:28 PM | Report abuse

"But at least, at least the dems put up some semblance of civility."

Civility, citronlourdes? Haven't seen much of it from the democrats in these comments, have you?

Posted by: gamz247 | January 30, 2009 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Palin/Steele 2012

Posted by: goodwin4u | January 30, 2009 6:27 PM | Report abuse

As an African-American, I'm being told on this board that I should be proud of the fact that Michael Steele has been elevated to the leadership role of a failing regional political party.

To Mr. Steele, who refused to denounce former opponent Chip Saltsman "Barack the Magic Negro" racist assualt (not "parody" or "satire" - please look up the definition), are you know to be known as "The Republican's Magic Negro?"

Hmmmmmmm...

Posted by: dparkdon07 | January 30, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

gamz247 wrote: "The only people listening to Rush Limbaugh are democrats"
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Now that is out of touch with reality and very delusional... so sad for you..

Posted by: sabrina2 | January 30, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

"Omsbudsman1..just so you can make the distinction..Obama was elected... Steele was appointed...OK"

I seem to recall the article mentioning 6 separate ballots, integral to the voting process, and winning by a tally of 91 *votes* to 77. Exactly how was he appointed, then?

Posted by: gamz247 | January 30, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

If McCain had picked Steele instead of that quackadoodle from Alaska, he would be sitting in the White House now! Steele is smart, savvy, and a no-nonsense pragmatist ... YES, HE CAN!!

Posted by: paris1969 | January 30, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Ombudsman1 cried "Just so I understand... when Obama gets elected, it's a triumph of ideas. When Steele is put in charge of the RNC in MD, he's a token?

I just want to keep all the racist rants straight around here."
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Just so I understand...when Obama was elected, he was a token and only elected because he was black. (Have you already forgotten the ranting and ravings of conservatards?)

When Steele is named RNC chairman, it's a triumph of ideas?

Pu-lease. You aren't fooling anybody. I haven't heard any "Steele the Magic Negro" songs, or seen any DNC candidates dropping out of all white country clubs. Have you?

Posted by: sequoiaqueneaux | January 30, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Just so I understand... when Obama gets elected, it's a triumph of ideas. When Steele is put in charge of the RNC in MD, he's a token?

I just want to keep all the racist rants straight around here.

Posted by: Ombudsman1


Do you seriously think Steele would have gotten the job if he'd been white?

Posted by: Attucks | January 30, 2009 6:25 PM | Report abuse

For those lost souls that don't understand why this is an aberration, let me clarify it for you:


THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS THE PARTY OF THE RACISTS. PERIOD. THAT'S WHY THIS GUY IS A TOKEN. ANY PERSON WITH THE EYE SIGHT OF A BLIND CAN SEE IT.

Sure, there are racists in the other party. But at least, at least the dems put up some semblance of civility.

Of course, there are some non-racists in the reps. But those are a minority.

How long before all the roaches come out from this guys holes?

Posted by: cintronlourdes | January 30, 2009 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Ombudsman1 wrote: Just so I understand... when Obama gets elected, it's a triumph of ideas. When Steele is put in charge of the RNC in MD, he's a token?

I just want to keep all the racist rants straight around here.
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Omsbudsman1..just so you can make the distinction..Obama was elected... Steele was appointed...OK

Posted by: sabrina2 | January 30, 2009 6:23 PM | Report abuse

"We have an authentic black President."

I didn't realize black people came with certificates of authenticity, pbarnett52. This is truly enlightening.

Posted by: gamz247 | January 30, 2009 6:23 PM | Report abuse

You can hear the sheets being slipped on by those good ol boys down south.

The behaviour of the Republican Party is a farce and the should be hanging their heads in shame and disgrace.

Good Luck Mr Steele, in getting anything from the South States.

Posted by: justjunkemail | January 30, 2009 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Boy, the white boys are going to go Kooko.
I dont know this is going to work.

Posted by: lhao333 | January 30, 2009 6:22 PM | Report abuse

I'm going to report the abuse of intelligence seen here. Most of you idiots need to take History 101 at your local CC before sending in your lame comments. We're no where near a color blind culture.

Posted by: mikie44 | January 30, 2009 6:22 PM | Report abuse

"Could somebody remind of the names of those Democrats that blocked he schoolhouse doors in the 60's?"

You are absolutely correct. And those racists voted Republican starting in 1968 and they've been in the GOP ever since.

Posted by: neon_bunny | January 30, 2009 5:07 PM

Neon_bunny is absolutely correct. Our history books refer to them as Dixiecrats, more commonly known as the new face of the republican party!
Posted by: Hydrangea1 | January 30, 2009 5:42 PM
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Thanks for noting this. Popular culture, and most Republicans, too often overlooks the fact that the racist, bigoted Democrats ("Dixiecrats") ultimately left the Democratic party. In 1968, most joined with the American Independent Party, which was led by George Wallace, the racist governor of Alabama who worked to promote segregation. Then in 1972, Nixon, a Republican, employed the infamous "Southern strategy," which used coded terms like "states' rights," which among other things, implied that government would not take an active role in pursuing civil rights; if states opted to subjugate blacks, segregate, whatever, the federal government would not stand in their way. Reagan also famously employed the Southern strategy when he stood in Philadelphia, Mississippi, where young civil rights advocates had recently been slain, and declared his strong belief in "states' rights." Thus, the Republican party cemented itself as the party of Southern whites, particularly ones with animosity towards blacks.

It's nice to see the party make a step in the right direction, and acknowledge that it can no longer sustain itself as a Southern, white party. But, the election of Steele is no panacea for the party's ills. The ideology of the party is anathema to most "people of color." So, the party must figure out creative, new ways to sell a disdained ideology to people who are already suspicious of the party and its motives. The combination of the Republican party's sordid racial history and its disrespected ideology, it's gonna have a tough sell if it wants to bring in people of color. Just like women didn't flock to Palin, because they didn't agree with her views (or her general lack of competence), blacks, Latinos, Asians, Native Americans, are not gonna automatically flock to the Republican Party because you have a black RNC chair. It's much more than that. And, until the party realizes that, it will remain "in the wilderness" regardless of who leads it.

Posted by: associate20 | January 30, 2009 6:22 PM | Report abuse

"I surmise that he was in effect making small of the small minded Limbaugh and urging the Republicans to think beyond the biased and evil spirited junkie."

The only people listening to Rush Limbaugh are democrats.

Posted by: gamz247 | January 30, 2009 6:21 PM | Report abuse

An aberration.

Posted by: cintronlourdes | January 30, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse

The Republican think that having a black RNC will allow to regain some black voter support. Not this time. We have an authentic black President. Steele is nothing more than window dressing.
The Republicans don't understand race dynamics except to use race bias in order to stimulate anti-black sentiments amongst certain groups of white folks, i.e. Nixon's Southern Strategy which every Republican President or candidate has used since Nixon invoked it.

I feel sorry for Mr. Steele who has sold his soul for power and greed.

Posted by: pbarnett52 | January 30, 2009 6:19 PM | Report abuse

I didn't have much of a reaction to this article until I read this sentence:

"Steele offered the president congratulations for his victory but also sought to send a message to the Democratic chief executive; "How do you like me now," Steele asked.

It's disturbing and smacks of more than a little bravado.

Posted by: silentnomore | January 30, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse

The election of blabber mouth Michael Steele will be viewed just as it is a joke... this man has no clout in any community of voters... his tough talk is alienating and he may come on like gang busters but he will go out with his head between his legs... and for those of you who think that President Obama somehow elevated Mr. Oxycontin to the status of head of the Republican Party by mentioning his name..I surmise that he was in effect making small of the small minded Limbaugh and urging the Republicans to think beyond the biased and evil spirited junkie.

Posted by: sabrina2 | January 30, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Okay, this is to bad for the republicans, but great for the democrats. First and foremost this is a poor attempt to color the republicans to compete against Obama and the Democrats. "The Spook Who Sat By The Door", is what this is, it was used during the late sixties when administrations of all the fed agencies needed a dark person after the civil rights movement. I did not realize that this party was in that much trouble, but after this move it is quite obvious. You chose an idiot, who when he campaign for the LT Gov. (and loss) job said, "It was the republicans who freed the slaves". Did he not check with his staff to see if this was accurate. Because, my recollection is that it was republicans but they are now the democrat party. See "Reconstruction". To think I went to the same prep school as this person. He had to be in section 4-D. Well at least he get a chance to be with Sarah Palin.

Here is my advice to the GOP, first acknowledge and understand that Americans are fed up with this BS illusion regarding the moral majority when there are over 6 million Americans out of work. SO THAT RICH PEOPLE WON'T LOSE ANY MONEY. Second realize and concede that the middle class is prettymuch history. Therefore, you have no more buffer (How can any America call himself a true republican, who's household annual income is less than $120,000, annually) for you . You have to look outside of the Bible belt and start recruiting people of all colors, ethnic background and as well sexual preference with sincerity. Third, stop hating groups of people and playing games with their lives like this is a frat house at Yale or Harvard. ie The Gulf wars.. Finally, and most important this is not a country for just whites and everyone else to assume their just inferior. It is weakening our country. GROW UP!

Posted by: knjon353 | January 30, 2009 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Just so I understand... when Obama gets elected, it's a triumph of ideas. When Steele is put in charge of the RNC in MD, he's a token?

I just want to keep all the racist rants straight around here.

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | January 30, 2009 6:14 PM | Report abuse

You have got to be kidding me....
What has Steele done for Maryland??

Now, he is chairman of the RNC. Republicans must really be desperate. Then, Steele comments that he is ready to spar with Obama....cmon....Obama is so much better than Steele....

I hope....I really hope that Republicans did not vote for him because of his race

hhmmmm....

Posted by: jshm | January 30, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

"You might want to check your facts. I believe Hannity is a strong Steele supporter and has been for a long time."

That's disappointing. I actually liked the Lt. gov.

Posted by: DDAWD | January 30, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse


Same ol' fascist, oppressive, elitist, extremist, ignorant, racist, homophobic, destructive, warmongering, xenophobic party.

New face!

Posted by: sequoiaqueneaux | January 30, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

"Sarah will really get scared now as her Leader is Black and we know she hates black people. A better choice for the RNC would have been Rush who is right now leading the march to destroy Obama/Biden."
Posted by: qqbDEyZW | January 30, 2009 6:00 PM
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Naaah. Phalin's unfortunate social encounter with noted AA trombonist Gregory Charles Royal some years ago (as reported by journalist Charley James) was just a, uh, misunderstanding. Yeah, that's it. A misunderstanding.

Question: At the Alfalfa Club event she and O will attend this weekend, will Phalin repeat to O what she said to Mr. Royal.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 30, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Let me get this straight..

The Liberals on this blog

1) Are calling all Republicans "fascist," "racist" "Nazi" "sexist" and "evil"

and also

2) Saying Republicans' problem is that they engage in divisive, intolerant politics rather than reasonably debate issues.

HA! Pot, Meet kettle.

Posted by: BradLibertarian | January 30, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

With President Obama as the de facto leader of the Democratic party and now Chairman Steele the leader of the Republicans, at last
maybe African American politicians can be judged on the merits of their leadership and ideas. At least one can hope so. I wish Mr. Steele well---but not too well.
From an Obama supporter.

Posted by: martymar123 | January 30, 2009 6:09 PM | Report abuse

I cannot comprehend the thought process of this nation...for centuries, it trashed blacks solely because of the color of their skin...no other reason. Now, black is to be put on a pedestal no matter where it is found. The second one is as wrong as the first one...and two wronds do not make it right.

Posted by: wyne | January 30, 2009 6:09 PM | Report abuse

The Audacity of Hope versus the sheer audacity.

Once again the Republican party uses a token to do it's dirty work. Steele has definitely earned his keep in the Republican party.

Posted by: oknow1 | January 30, 2009 6:08 PM | Report abuse

FraudObama cried: "Liberals are such a freakish immature angry bunch. Simply a gaggle of mindless loons. Seriously. Stunning the immaturity."
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Oh, really? Is it STUNNING?

So says the loser who thinks lib'ral bashin' and trolling internet forums all day, OBSESSING about Obama and spewing off childish, ignorant, radical, extremist nonsense is the height of intellect and sophistication!

You just have soooooo much to teach us!

Posted by: sequoiaqueneaux | January 30, 2009 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Some of you people are so clueless. Michael Steel was being talked about as the next RNC chair long before Obama was elected.

Posted by: old_and_wise | January 30, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

hamishdad

If anybody is racist it is certainly the Socialist Dem party that has manged to enslave blacks with their big government entitlement programs

Posted by: FraudObama | January 30, 2009 6:05 PM | Report abuse

It's great that the Republicans were finally able to find an African-American to promote their fat racist white-wing agenda.

Posted by: hamishdad | January 30, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

To broadwayjoe:
You might want to check your facts. I believe Hannity is a strong Steele supporter and has been for a long time.

Posted by: old_and_wise | January 30, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Steele is a great choice. His ideas and philosophies will resonate with minorities. He will inspire rather than like his Socialist Lib Dem counterpart that enslaves and panders.

Posted by: ChangeWhat | January 30, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse

So long as they keep hating America and our core values of Truth (you can thrive by printing trillion$$$) Justice (redistribution of wealth), and the American Middle Class way of life (pay more taxes and shut up), it's forty years in the wilderness for those losers in the RNC.

Posted by: leapin | January 30, 2009 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Now is this another one of those jokes the RNC likes to play? Michael Steele aka Alderman Fred Davis of the TV show Good Times. Yes bring those minorities in the fold to get a Corrupt Republican President back in office and watch Steele get kicked out as they all laugh. Obama really scares the GOP so much they put a token in the top job. I can't stop laughing it's so funny. The GOP Houseboy in charge who would of thought? Don't think the KKK or Racist are very happy to have to answer to a Black Man. Sarah will really get scared now as her Leader is Black and we know she hates black people. A better choice for the RNC would have been Rush who is right now leading the march to destroy Obama/Biden. Just think Rush a drug addicted and a man is attacks little girls is the Leader of the Christian Value/Morals Republican Party.

Posted by: qqbDEyZW | January 30, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Liberals are such a freakish immature angry bunch. Simply a gaggle of mindless loons. Seriously. Stunning the immaturity.

Posted by: FraudObama | January 30, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

My prayers have been answered.

Good luck Mike, I will support you all the way.

We will take it "ALL" back, starting with the house of representatives.

One Branch at a time!!!!!!

Posted by: dashriprock | January 30, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

"How do you like me now?"

Uh, I don't know ...who are you? The leader of a dead party? Yawn.

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | January 30, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

OK. The GOP has now filled it's affirmative action quota. Steele is the only on stupid enough to think he'll be doing any thinking. He'll do just what he's told by the party leaders or he'll find himself outside looking in. This is the GOP's idea of racial balance - one high-profile african american for every 100,000 white men.

Posted by: xconservative | January 30, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

"Grow Up! Mr. Steele is an accomplished person who was elected on his merits."

What were these accomplishments? And I'm not talking about being elected to various positions within the Republican party.

Posted by: DDAWD | January 30, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

I am happy to see the GOP moving towards the 20th century but sorry to see them still playing the 'I.m more conservative than you' game.

They can either remain captive to Rush and the bible thumpers (great group - you ought to hear them rant) or return to that earlier time, long long ago, when I was still a republican. Back then, they offered competence. They didn't damn government, they wanted to make it better. They offered more practical solutions based upon business common sense not business special interests.

We will spot a change if they shut up about fiscal responsibility already. That's like a partner who gave you the clap lecturing you on personal hygiene and safe sex.

Posted by: twstroud | January 30, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse


Actually, I think it's pretty clear that the face of the Republican party is...(drumroll)...

...the fat red face of right-wing extremist and anti-American traitor Rush Limbaugh.

Sad. Sad but true.

Posted by: sequoiaqueneaux | January 30, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

In other news: Rush Limbaugh skipped the Oxycontin and went straight for the weed. And the ice rink in Hades is open now.

Posted by: bhinmd | January 30, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

AndyfromVA

Thanks to Obama?...what an idiotic comment. Typical freakish liberal blather. I suppose Condi Rice, Colin Powell and Clarence Thomas were a result of the Fraud Obama, as well as other minorities appointed by Bush....get a life.

Posted by: FraudObama | January 30, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

The only qualification for Steele to become GOP chairman is: (roll the drums)...His skin color!
The dude is loser demagogue, who has made a career out of the “one of the few” black republican. The Republicans “elected” him so he can give them a cover to criticize the President. You know, designating him the attack dog status. He’s a shame. Mr. Steele, for once in your life, go get a real job with honest earnings. Sheesh.

Posted by: JHigginss | January 30, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

I like how democrats can take something positive like the first African-American RNC Chairman and turn it into a negative. Apparently diversity is only good if it happens to the right people.

Posted by: gamz247 | January 30, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

With all due respect to Mr. Steele, this vote is just the GOP's trying to "mimic" the popularity of this country's 1st African-American president by electing an African-American for their party leader. Just like the GOP is trying to put another brown face out front in their support of Bobby Jindal of Louisiana. This is sadly just tokenism -- you don't think the timing is suspicious? In any event, having a black party leader will NOT bring minorities streaming toward the GOP -- their ideology is still too conservative and close-minded for most minorities. Don't be too impressed with this vote.

Posted by: FairfaxDem | January 30, 2009 5:56 PM | Report abuse

I will just say this about Michael Steele, he really needs to stop going at President Obama. I say that because the ONLY reason the GOP voted for him is that the alternatives were TOO white.

However, the newest TOKEN is going to ride this until the wheels fall off. He cannot actually think that he was picked for this job because he is what the RNC needs - PLEASE - give me a break! Between him and Clarence Thomas I do not know how aggravates me the most.

As a Black Woman, I am appalled at how disrespectful he is to the accomplishments of the American people and how far we have come. Is racism over, HELL NO, but in playing the "game" no one has EVER done it better than our new President and Mr. Steele needs to sit down and stop tap dancing before Boss Man gets da cutting his ears off for talking TOO much! Some Negros can get TOO happy!!

“How you like me now” ?? Seriously??? You are hand picked to bring a Party back to is former SUPREME glory and you’re quoting Kool Moe Dee (that’s a rapper for those who may not know) Yeah, the RNC Loves that!!! What a moron!

Posted by: rstevenson1059 | January 30, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Is this the same position the party so cleverly (sarcasm on high) bestowed on that pro-Amnesty Martinez guy??? LOL! The party leadership is so clueless and props up these people based on race alone - even when they are completely against our values. I guess they went down the list "Let's pick a Mexican, then a Black, etc...." It is just pandering.

Posted by: SamLowrey | January 30, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Get that man Secret Service protection!
He's going to have to contend with David Duke, Eric Prince and a bunch of White Citizens' Councilmembers from the South and white supremacists from out West.

Posted by: Judy-in-TX | January 30, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Nice pandering.

Posted by: NovaMike | January 30, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse

The GOP now has their own African American leader - thanks to President Obama. Steele wouldn't have had a chance if not for Obama. The question now is what kind of leader will he be - a down the line Limbaugh dittohead, a person with ideas like Newt Gingrich? This should be interesting.

Posted by: AndyfromVA | January 30, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Whatever.

So long as they keep hating America and our core values of Truth, Justice, and the American Middle Class way of life, it's forty years in the wilderness for those losers in the RNC.

Get used to it.

And wake me when you quit your temper tantrums ...

Posted by: WillSeattle | January 30, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

To all those posters calling this popcorn, lipstck of a pig, shallow optics and such: Grow Up! Mr. Steele is an accomplished person who was elected on his merits.

Ah, I get it. It's the "merits" part you have a problem grasping! You know, being so used to the Dems using race and gender as props and all that.

Posted by: argie | January 30, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Sadly, it took the first serious female contender for the presidency on the part of the Democratic Party to spur the Republicans to finally nominate a woman (although a fatally flawed one) for a major office, and it took the Democrates getting the first person of color elected to the Presidency to spur the Republicans to recognize that their party has people of color in it.

Always a day late...

Posted by: agolembe | January 30, 2009 5:51 PM | Report abuse


...ahhh, so this is the face of the NEW Republican Party...

...excellent! cause I was getting tired of having to adjust the white balance on my monitors everytime that pasty-faced Newt Gingrich or Dick Cheney appeared on the screen...

...ahhh, so this is the face of the NEW Republican Party...

...fascinating...

Posted by: moon-base-alpha | January 30, 2009 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Vegasgirl1,
Rice has worked hard and has respect for it. She followed the President's policy , but is savy enough to have a policy of her own. She would be wise with the pen and less insulting than Obama has been. Besides Obama dis ed her.

Palin is just the good humor that a ticket needs. She laughs at people and herself, like Pa Pa Biden. She would make ABC a moot news agency and SNL a joy to watch again.

Whatever the pick is, Steele is the asset giving business in America hope.
Wall Street will react to his ideas.....and that is more than Obama is able to accomplish.
Besides Obama dis-ed her.

Posted by: dottydo | January 30, 2009 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Just got finished reading the HuffPo comments on the Steele election. Super-negative. Ugly stuff. Just post after post of namecalling. I don't think Mike knew what he was getting into.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 30, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Hearing how progressive the lib people are on this blog, and apparently how tolerant and integrated their lives are, it is a wonder that our inner cities are populated with so many black people. You would think that the inner cities of liberal cities would be totally integrated.

Posted by: leapin | January 30, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Yes! This is change we can believe in.

Posted by: drumsalot | January 30, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

"Moderates belong elsewhere."

"And I hate to break this to you, but it is *because* of the hard-core conservatives running roughshod over all others that you now have a Demo."

No, it was because a nominal "moderate" (what the media calls Marxists these days) called McCain that the GOP lost.

Could have had a conservative, but the War-for-Israel cabal wouldn't allow anyone not in favor of sacrificing the US for Israel's wars.

Posted by: SamLowrey | January 30, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

The GOP might of once been the party of MLK but actions speak louder than words.
They are not that party any more and just because Michael Steele is at the helm doesn't mean it once will again.
Hell will freeze over first because there is too may good ole boys in the party that grew up in the Jim Crow days in the party that long to return to the way things were in those days.
Maybe if those folks leave the GOP you may have a chance of returning to the party that once was the party of MLK and the party that started the NAACP.

Posted by: bjlopez1130 | January 30, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse

"Could somebody remind of the names of those Democrats that blocked he schoolhouse doors in the 60's?"

You are absolutely correct. And those racists voted Republican starting in 1968 and they've been in the GOP ever since.

Posted by: neon_bunny | January 30, 2009 5:07 PM

Neon_bunny is absolutely correct. Our history books refer to them as Dixiecrats, more commonly known as the new face of the republican party!

Posted by: Hydrangea1 | January 30, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

I for one am very excited about Michael Steele heading this party.

Posted by: Polish1der918aolcom | January 30, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

You betcha.
Steele doesn't see America the way soccer moms and hockey dads see it.

Posted by: mshalt | January 30, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

If this party can no longer field candidates like Ron Paul, just pack it in. We aren't going for cartoonish media-favorites like Palin, Huckabee, Giuliani, MCCAIN, Thompson, etc.... These are all empty suits. This has become a party of no-meaning and no-values.

Posted by: SamLowrey | January 30, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Michael Steele will find that this party has long awaited someone that will lead from the conservative edge. Americans have waited on someone to take charge of the GOP and rid it of the RINO's. Hopefully, Mr. Steele will be able to ignite that flame that once took hold of this party- the party of MLK Jr., the party that started the NAACP, the party that freed African Americans and allowed them to vote post-civil war until the Dems moved south, the party that fought for the Civil Rights Act and forced its signing, the party that passed-funded and signed legislation for the Black History Museum that Bill Clinton would not sign into existence-
Give'em Hell Mr. Steele-there's a war going on and the GOP hasn't shown up in 14 years.

Posted by: srt298 | January 30, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

CHI-TOWN flint

meets

D C class.

Posted by: dottydo | January 30, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Wow. I realized today that Rush is right -- the ultra lib white dems ARE THE RACISTS, NOT HIM or most of the GOP. You lib freaks are soooooooooo RACIST! Obama or NOT, Michael Steele has been a rising superstar in the GOP for the better part of a decade. Anyone watch the news the past, umm, 4 or 5 years? He's great.

And, oh, again, um, he's also black! Will you guys join us now? LOL

Posted by: sovrenti | January 30, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

There are some really hilarious post here. Especially about Rush. Loved the one about him having to go home and take some oxycontin.
Him and his good ole boy network must be fit to be tied. They have an African American in the White House now they have one leading the GOP!
Oh My God!

I see Michael Steele as what he has already been an African American man being used. He was being used when he was Erlich( aka Illich)'s Lt. Govenor. I lived in MD back then and I couldn't stand either one of them. They couldn't get anything done because the Democrats had majorities in Maryland House and Senate. I left before I could have the opportunity to vote things out.
This is a man thought President Bush in his first term did so much for Americans especially with home ownership.
Well we see where what road that led us down.

GOP don't think just because you have an African American man at the head of your party you are going to bring in African Americans and minorities. Your walk has to match your talk. Right now it is now where near that. Hopefully Americans won't fall for it like some of the people in Maryland fell for it by putting him and Illich in office.

All Michael Steele is a new face that will say yes to the same old agenda.

You should of put Sarah Palin in. At least she is used to being used and would gladly do it again for her political fame and gain. And the good ole boy network would of been estatic!

Posted by: bjlopez1130 | January 30, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

What experience does he have? Selling this country and the conservative base down the river? We had enough with that and that is why McCain lost. Never again. If this party rejects conservatives this way, they can wither and die.

Posted by: SamLowrey | January 30, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

"I would vote a Condi Rice / Palin ticket."

Posted by: dottydo

Glad you would, poster. The rest of us wouldn't. Palin is simply too divisive, and Rice -- for all her intelligence and skill -- is too tainted by the Iraq debacle.
Sorry, but the GOP will have to do better than Palin (or Romney or Jeb Bush, for that matter.) Catering to a narrow base of voters (by either major party) just won't cut it anymore.

Posted by: vegasgirl1 | January 30, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

The next Onion headline: Black Man Given Nation's Second-Worst Job

Posted by: philgross30

Was the 1st worst job being Vera Baker?

Posted by: dottydo | January 30, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

"No, Allan Keyes is an idiot. Truely... I shouldn't use that word, but that was a silly pick to go against Obama."

Has Keyes ever won an election in his life? Not according to wikipedia.

Posted by: DDAWD | January 30, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse

I find it fascinating that a DEMOCRAT from VIRGINIA will be heading up the DNC and a REPUBLICAN from MARYLAND will be heading up the RNC. Times certainly are a-changin'!

Posted by: JLF03 | January 30, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

The shallow Republicans have once again chosen optics over substance. "Let's see, the president is black; hence, we should choose one of the forty-nine African American Republicans in the United States as our chairman."

Duh. Good luck with that, peabrains.

Posted by: Brittman1 | January 30, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

The Stupid Party rears its head again. Bound and determined to lose no matter what - snatching victory from the jaws of defeat. Determined to run liberals and lose. I had hopes for 2010 but not after this. Pity.

Posted by: SamLowrey | January 30, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

This is an African American with experience versus radical connections! Hopefully American will understand the difference!

Posted by: ViktorHans | January 30, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

"Moderates belong elsewhere."
Posted by: gopdude


OK, poster: So I guess that by your philosophy, the party doesn't quite have the big tent, does it? Moderates have every right to be in the GOP, just as much as conservatives do.
And I hate to break this to you, but it is *because* of the hard-core conservatives running roughshod over all others that you now have a Demo. president and Congress
Think about it, poster.

Posted by: vegasgirl1 | January 30, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

I would vote a Condi Rice / Palin ticket.

Posted by: dottydo | January 30, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Also, its not like the Republicans just rushed to Steele. It took like six ballots to get him elected.

Posted by: DDAWD | January 30, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

For the good of the country, let's just hope that he has the financial skills necessary to manage the size of inauguration budgets of Democratic candidates.

Posted by: leapin | January 30, 2009 5:29 PM | Report abuse

It is nice to see that the party that initiated the civil rights movement has finally caught up with itself and put a "person of color" in charge. Now if they would just stop talking about Rush Limbaugh as if he is the source and foundation of all current GOP/conservative policy-making, we can devote that time to real issues. The more credibility that is given to the notion of Rush as ex-officio or defacto GOP spokesman and policy wonk, the more danger there is of walking into the liberal trap of muzzling the opposition, e.g., re-institution of the Fairness Doctrine in broadcasting. I spent 25 years in radio-TV news, programming, and management, and the Fairness Doctrine was the exact opposite of what it purported to be. It didn't work then, and it won't work now - except to the advantage of the Democrat/liberal propaganda machine. Case in point, Democrat legislators are circulating a petition against Rush Limbaugh. The economy is collapsing, and they're wasting time worrying about what people listen to on the radio. When the President tells GOP lawmakers "I won...you need to stop listening to Rush Limbaugh....," it is obvious that their plan is to crack down on free speech.

Posted by: hoosierphil | January 30, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Micheal Steele is well qualified. For those that think he was only picked because he happened to be a well qualified BLACK man are nothing but bigots.

Posted by: hehbmr | January 30, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

I hope Steele brings back that cute little puppy! This seals it, the GOP is utterly out of ideas!

Posted by: whirlwind81 | January 30, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

mom_in_metro, sounds like you're from chicago... No, Allan Keyes is an idiot. Truely... I shouldn't use that word, but that was a silly pick to go against Obama. It's no wonder why Obama won that the time... Chicago politics at it's best again.

Posted by: KAustin1 | January 30, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

This part of associate20's post bear's repeating:

2. Steele bused in homeless African Americans from Philadelphia to distribute literature in inner-city Baltimore that featured a "Sample Democratic Ballot" with votes for Steele and former Gov. Bob Ehrlich, along with photos of prominent black Democrats.

So he fits right in with Republicans when it comes to campaign tactics: Get elected however you can.

Posted by: dtrapp | January 30, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

"the FIRST thing YOU see when you look at Michael Steele is his race, not his ideas."

Given the ideas and racial makeup of the Republican party, I'd probably consider this a good thing, no?

Posted by: DDAWD | January 30, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

For the good of the country, let's just hope that he has the financial skills necessary to manage designer clothes' budgets for Republican candidates.

Posted by: Patriot3 | January 30, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Don't know how valid the analysis is, but posts on other political blogs are suggesting Steele's election may split the GOP right down the middle (ala the Dixiecrats of 50s and 60s).

Notwithstanding the MSM's dishonest bloviating to the contrary, it is clear the RNC insiders never, ever thought Mike would win (on the 6th ballot). The MSM will never report it, but this will be a MAJOR problem in hardcore GOP circles.

Their thinking is the Rush/Hannity/Saltsman crowd will not accept an AA as RNC head under ANY circumstances.

And it could get reaaaal awkward: Mike won't be able to visit them in their restricted neighborhoods or have a coffee in their whites-only country clubs. No more guffawing over racist CDs and the latest Imus jokes. Mike's election, like O's election, was not supposed to happen in Rush's lifetime.

Mike is a good guy and probably just didn't think this through.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 30, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

By reading many of these comments it is obvious that we still have MUCH work do on race and perceptions in this country.

Apparently, white man IS white man's burden. In comes Steele: who may be able to mask the party of the self-righteous. So when he lashes out against taxes, social programs, "entitlement", immigrants and basically continue The Republican party's work of vilifying the poorest of the country (majority of whom also happen to be people of color) ..they can at least do it without seeming too racist.

What else makes him the "right man for the job"? You'll know when the black on black crime spills out over split screen on FOX news?

The only thing that is more insulting is Dems accusing Reps of pandering. Now, that is the pot....well, you know the rest.

Congratulations Mr. Steele...do the right thing! and shame on us all.

Posted by: StoptheSpin | January 30, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

nodebris, what a predictable liberal statement. but that's fine, like I've said: As a minority conservative woman... I would benefit from either party. But I still stand on how clueless the "racist" democrats are.

Posted by: KAustin1 | January 30, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Mwahaha, the republican cretins really don't get it, do they? They are such bone racist that they believe that all they need to regain power is to put in a black guy at the top. To the repukes it's logical: the Dems ran a black guy and won, so if the repukes run a black guy, they'll win. Any black guy will do; after all, "they" all look the same, no? What a bunch of morons, these republican arseh0les, it cracks me up. Better if they had installed a black female. Then they could go around singing, "I got a Black Magic Woman, I got a Black Magic Woman ..." Mwahahahaha ...

Posted by: hfisher1 | January 30, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Many blacks will be attending Super Bowl parties thrown by eastern elitist progressive types, some patrons of this blog, this weekend. Unfortunately those types, in my experience, get pretty upset when they are not being served on time or get the wrong drink from the poor black service person.

Posted by: leapin | January 30, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Apparently the Republicans are hoping they've found their very own "magic Negro."

Posted by: jayelle5 | January 30, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Well, another brilliant ALAN KEYES moment from GOP... OBAMA sure brings out the dazed and confused in republicans :-)

Posted by: mom_in_metro | January 30, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

KAustin1 wrote "Perhaps I am naive"

Sounds like it. That, or deaf and blind.

Posted by: nodebris | January 30, 2009 5:20 PM | Report abuse

As an independent and marylander, I think it's great. Republicans need to attract moderates if they ever hope to gain power again.

Posted by: mikem1 | January 30, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

LOL. the republicans just love to elect a-holes to this job.

Posted by: adrienne_najjar | January 30, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Steele is a dim bulb ("Steele Democrat" anyone?), but he's the best the GOP had to choose from.

Posted by: hoos3014 | January 30, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

The next Onion headline: Black Man Given Nation's Second-Worst Job

Posted by: philgross30 | January 30, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Well, the first glimmer of reality from within the RNC. They acknowledge they could not choose Dawson and therefore must do what politics require, a sign of maturity. Steele's win was similar to Obama's close primary win; a party's upper crust will shed loyalty and ideology when the political requirements are clear. I also don't think Steele will have any trouble raising funds, at least to the extent anyone will be able to raise funds in the economy we'll be in in 2010; the issue will be whether he can use the influence of the RNC to stamp out extremist candidates and throttle entrenched idiots in party leaderships in Dixie who can't figure out why you can't do race-baiting any more...

Posted by: razzl | January 30, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

1. Steele compared stem cell research to Nazi experiments during the Holocaust.

2. Steele bused in homeless African Americans from Philadelphia to distribute literature in inner-city Baltimore that featured a "Sample Democratic Ballot" with votes for Steele and former Gov. Bob Ehrlich, along with photos of prominent black Democrats.

3. Steele once described that "R" next to his name as a "scarlet letter," complaining that being a Republican was hurting his electoral chances.

4. Steele was endorsed by Mike Tyson during his run for Senate. When Tyson, who used to be married to Steele's half sister, pleaded no contest to assault in Montgomery County in 1998, Steele was on hand to support him.

5. Steele defended former Gov. Bob Ehrlich's decision to hold a $100,000 fundraiser at a country club that did not allow non-white members, saying that the club's membership's policies were "not an issue" because "I don't play golf."

Posted by: associate20 | January 30, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps I am naive... but it seems to me, it's always been the Democrats who talks about race. Apparent in the race between Obama and Hillary. Even NOW, it's the Democrats who are thinking race AGAIN? Little do they know, that it's their party who are racist. Blacks against White, Whites against Whites. Good thing I am a minority conservative, watching everyone attacking the white educated working race.

Posted by: KAustin1 | January 30, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: sequoiaqueneaux
"Ha Ha. You got creamed in November.

Apparently, people didn't buy your goofy Obama is an elitist Communist Muslim Socialist terrorist celebrity ant-Christ.

Time for a new routine, loser! Enjoy your 8 years in America's right-wing lunatic fringe!"..............................

The Republican voter did not want to vote for Mc Cain because he was not born in the USA, thereby not meeting Constitutional criteria. That refusal saved him from treason charges.


I don't think that Mickey Mouse and all of Obama's other Acorn votes counted to make a slim majority will save him next round....especially now that Dems breeched law to fund the Acorn voter fraud machine using taxpayer money. Judges may put the perps in their places for it.

If the honest and real American vote had been counted, I don't think your "landslide" ideal holds up.


Posted by: dottydo | January 30, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

To all the Dems on this board laughing: What's laughable is the claim that the Republican party is racist when the FIRST thing YOU see when you look at Michael Steele is his race, not his ideas. You are the ones claiming that Mr. Steele could only have been voted in because he's black - the underlying assumption is that there's NO WAY he was the most qualified, the one with the leadership ability or know-how necessary to lead the party. For people who claim to be part of the 'enlightened' party, you're pretty blinded to your own bigotry. Why is he any different from Howard Dean? - Steele has the most name recognition of any of the candidates. BTW... he has been gunning for the chairmanship long before Pres. Obama was elected and has been long admired by Republicans for his ability to articulate conservative ideas.

Posted by: GodFamilyNation | January 30, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

leapin wrote: "Could somebody remind of the names of those Democrats that blocked he schoolhouse doors in the 60's?"

Democrats have sort of lost touch with them, but you'll find them in the Republican rosters ever since about 1980, if you want to look them up. In fact, they're about the only ones left in the Republican roster any more, so they should be a snap to find. What, you don't remember? You traded the Northeast and California to get them. I remember you thought it seemed like a great deal at the time.

Posted by: nodebris | January 30, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Michael Steele was hand-picked as a poster boy for Republican diversity by Karl Rove and Dick Cheney. Rather than admit what were his principles to voters, he lied to Maryland voters when he ran for Senate in 2006.

WaPo: A fuller picture has emerged about how the plan to capture blacks' votes unfolded -- details that suggest the fliers, and the people paid to distribute them, were not part of a hurry-up effort but a calculated strategy."

Now Steele is head of the Republican National Committee. Is a liar and crook the best they could do?

Posted by: achamblee | January 30, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Geeeez Richard Steele... I guess you don't mind being the first true Republican Uncle Tom? Just to let you know rebot! Barack Obama is way ahead of you. Newly Elected President Barack Obama will never be out shined by Republicans. And without a doubt, by a uncle Tom Republican. Steel, your affiliation to the Republican party say's to me...that you were not raised right. Every black relative you have who has passed away... are spinning in their graves right now. First Blago now this! GOD help America!

Posted by: opp88 | January 30, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

"Clearly Rice, Powell, and Thomas had a big impact on the country and on the DP."

Agree with the first two, but not the third. I think the name you're looking for there is "Marshall."

Posted by: neon_bunny | January 30, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse

"Clearly Rice, Powell, and Thomas had a big impact on the country and on the DP.
Obama would not be in his position if they hadn’t blazed the trail."


--------------------------------
You are nuts!

Rice was ineffective at NSA - allowing 9-11 to happen and completely su@ked at state. She accomplished less than nothing!

Powell has NEVER authored a meaningful opinion as a judge and is considered the monkey attached to Scalia's organ grinder.

Powell, though great, has completely disavowed the republotard party by his resignation and complete withdrawal from politics - except for his MAJOR ENDORSEMENT OF OBAMA BEFORE THE ELECTION.

Posted by: Heerman532 | January 30, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Do GOP really think that people are that dumb!

Posted by: ualec1 | January 30, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Wow - great news! Michael Steele is a charismatic, funny, and loyal guy. All traits that will serve him well in his new position. Awesome job Michael!!! Congrats to you!

Posted by: playfair109 | January 30, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

"Could somebody remind of the names of those Democrats that blocked he schoolhouse doors in the 60's?"

You are absolutely correct. And those racists voted Republican starting in 1968 and they've been in the GOP ever since.

Posted by: neon_bunny | January 30, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

A case of monkey see, monkey do.

Posted by: LoonyLeft | January 30, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

This is the first thing the GOP has gotten right in a while and hopefully it signals the beginning of a return to true conservative values. The GOP must be the home of Conservatism. Moderates belong elsewhere.

Go Michael, go!

Let's take back the party together. We've been here silently waiting for you.

Posted by: gopdude | January 30, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Clearly Rice, Powell, and Thomas had a big impact on the country and on the DP.
Obama would not be in his position if they hadn’t blazed the trail.

Posted by: leapin | January 30, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

So they split 91 - 77 between practical religious wingnut, homophobic, tax cut zealots and impractical religious wingnut, homophobic, tax cut zealots.

A week from now, not one single person will remember this guys name.

The real leader of the GOP is Rush Limbaugh and EVERYBODY knows it!

What Obama did calling Rush out was brilliant. I hope Rupert Murdoch features Rush front and center every chance he gets!


Posted by: Heerman532 | January 30, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

So that's the color of change in the weepublican party. You don't have to be white to be dumb is all it proves.

Posted by: rpmcestmoicoxnet | January 30, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Excellent choice. Solid. Intelligent. Personable. Grounded.

You can already see the racially tinted negative comments of liberals on Democrat forums such as this one.

Posted by: Sigmonde | January 30, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse


Geeezusss--

I'm sure Mr. Steele is a nice guy, but this is the ultimate in PANDERING, and reeks of last minute desperado tactics...

I can just hear that meeting now--"Well, the whole Sarah Palin, I'm a moose-shootin' middle America hayseed thang didnt work, so let's follow their lead and elect a black guy--What the heck!

They don't have a CLUE!!!!!!

Posted by: misssymoto | January 30, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Michael Steele may be popular with the national and Maryland GOP but his name is now synonymous with sleaze among most voters in the state, esp. PG County.

His tireless self-promoting quest to become RNC Chair will not benefit the moribund Republican Party. As an often independent who voted many times for Mac Matthias, Larry Hogan and who would have voted for Helen Bentley had the MD Republican party been intelligent enough to nominate her instead of Ellen Sauerbrey—I think I have a good idea what the Republican party needs. We need real problem solvers like Tim Pawlenty or Bobby Jindal, Republicans of untarnished character, who have worked bi-partisanly on many issues. Mr. Steele never accomplished the only real project given to him by Bob Ehrlich--reporting on death sentencing rates by race--and merely served as Ehrlich's hatchet man.

This past election proved Barbara Mikulski's famous quote after defeating Linda Chavez--"in Maryland, dirty politics is losing politics." Steele's participation in Ehrlich's slimey actics in PG County, where homeless Philly men distributed fraudulent 2006 election flyers left his state's citizens with a bad taste in their mouth. Please don't think Steele will save the Republican Party--far from it. He and Palin will bury it.

Posted by: commonsense101 | January 30, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Steele shows they picked being sensible over utter insanity.

But will they pick being sensible over lesser forms of insanity in the future?

Posted by: theamazingjex | January 30, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Could somebody remind of the names of those Democrats that blocked he schoolhouse doors in the 60's?

Posted by: leapin | January 30, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

These repugs are moving from funny to just plain sad now. Just flailing wildly about. If I was a repub, I'd be drinking heavily right about now. Oh the hopelessness of it all.

Posted by: repubsux | January 30, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Very hopeful for the Republican party.
The experience of Mr. Steele is a credible and viewable credential, (unlike Obama).

Now that Obama has shown us what he is, and the public is feeling the pains of his promises, the CEO contributors he stabbed in the back will now turn their monetary attention to the Republicans.
Never say never in the USA.

Posted by: dottydo | January 30, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Dukestir1:

Thanks for the link. :)

Posted by: neon_bunny | January 30, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

They select the guy who was too embarassed/scared to call himself a Republican a couple of years ago?

Posted by: kreuz_missile | January 30, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

MONKEY SEE, MONKEY DO. FIRST HILLARY AND PALIN, NOW OBAMA AND STEELE. HERE'S BETTING IF THE DEMOCRATS ELECTED AN ALIEN FROM SPACE FOR ONE OF THERE POSITIONS, IT WOULDN'T BE LONG UNTIL THE REPUBLICANS DO ALSO.

Posted by: kubrickstan | January 30, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Clearly Obama had a big impact on the country and GOP.

Steele would not be in this position if Obama did not win.

Posted by: DrCha | January 30, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse


birvin9999 cried: "Steele is a sharp cookie, unlike the Hugo Chavez we have as prez."
_____________________

Ha Ha. You got creamed in November.

Apparently, people didn't buy your goofy Obama is an elitist Communist Muslim Socialist terrorist celebrity ant-Christ.

Time for a new routine, loser! Enjoy your 8 years in America's right-wing lunatic fringe!


Posted by: sequoiaqueneaux | January 30, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Michael Steele...Oh yeah, that's the jackass who was trailing in the polls, so he distributed election signs that said he was a Democrat to try to fool the voters. Should fit right in with the rest of the scumbag crooks in the GOP.

See the signs here:

http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/

Posted by: TheDukeStir1 | January 30, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

This is how Republicans can win again:

Stop lying.
Stop obstructing.
Stop pandering to the extreme religious right.
Stop using wedge issues that have no relevance to anyone in order to win elections.

Basically, stop being Republicans.

Posted by: neon_bunny | January 30, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations to Mike.

We hear he's a good guy, well-respected in the DC area across all demographics. Has a reputation for congenality and moderation.

Mike is not, at least not so far, in the Ward Connerly/Michelle Maglagang mold--as far as we know, he's never made any idiotic self-hating extremist statements.

We can't believe that the Rush, Maglagang, Hannity, Hal Turner crowd is too happy about Steele's election; they had to be rooting for the candidate who mailed the racist CDs to elicit support--or the guy in the whites-only country club. (Is Rush's crowd still insisting the Civil War was about "states' rights"?)

Mike probably believes in about .5% of the Rush/Hannity agenda of intolerance and hate. We hope Mike has a strong stomach. As RNC chief, he's going to have to be the front man for some far-out positions ("I hope Obama fails"; "He's a socialist"; "BHO is Magic N--ro"; "We're not voting for any of BHO's bills regardless of their merit"; "the Wall Street crisis was caused by banks giving AAs loans" (TV's Cavuto, paraphrased)).

How does Mike explain the 0 GOP votes in the House for BHO's jobs bill?

Mike is a good man in a very bad place. This won't last.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 30, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

In the cloakroom of DNC headquarters the following conversation took place:

Here's our talking points if a white guy wins:

GOP proves once again that when it comes to political power in this country, they prefer things just as they are. Once again, they have insulted America.

Here's our talking points if a black guy wins:

GOP's desperate attempt to convince voters they are a diverse and inclusive party reeks of pandering and is an insult to all Americans.

Posted by: networth | January 30, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Wow, I didn't think there was an African-American in the GOP. Who knew? Rush will continue to direct the party, though, and he can't abide a black leader.

Posted by: jchaney | January 30, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Does this mean the republican party likes puppies now?

Puppies, tax cuts for the rich, guns, and evangelical christianity....

sounds like a winning formula...

Posted by: cmc3 | January 30, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

"10 days into the new administration and we have our pick.. pretty good boys…
FBO"

What does "FBO" mean?

Posted by: Kili | January 30, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

This makes no sense. What elected office has Steele won as a lead candidate? He lost big in MD and is now rewarded as the RNC Chair?

Pretty transparent what the motovations were.

Politics before reason, that's the GOP for ya!

Posted by: impeachemall | January 30, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

"It appears Republicans may have learned from their mistakes (a bit) and didn't choose the most batsh*t crazy conservatard possible."

:D

Posted by: neon_bunny | January 30, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Our Country has come a long way since the days of reconstruction. Good luck to Mr. Steele, but i don't think the divide and conquer theory will work

Posted by: Attylaw | January 30, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse


Bitter_Bill cried: "Watch the Obama Kool-Aid drinkers blah, blah, blah."
____________________

You just keep insulting the majority of American voters if it makes you feel better about your lunatic fringe status in America.

How'd that work out fer ya in November? Obama won because he was the better candidate. Accept it and maybe you'll be able to compete again. Until then, keep living in your fantasy world and pretening it's WE who are crazy. And keep losing.

Posted by: sequoiaqueneaux | January 30, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

I fail to see the tokenism or racism in this choice - Steele is a great fundraiser and excellent with the media. Unlike Liberals, we see his race as a nonfactor. He also happens to have more executive experience than our current Commander in Chief. But of course we all know Obama was elected on his sterling legislative record and new ideas - right?

Posted by: tylerlang | January 30, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Steele did chair the Maryland Republican Party at a time that the state elected their first G.O.P. governor in 40 years. And, in 2007 he did chair GOPAC...

Yes, it should be interesting to watch.

Posted by: Kili | January 30, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Finally we are on our way to defeating the dems next year and beyond… Only 10 days into the new administration and we have our pick.. pretty good boys…
FBO

Posted by: rsltracey | January 30, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Would this be a “tactic” or “strategy” by the Republicans? Michael Steele lost the Senate race in MD for a reason…THE REPUBLICANS ARE NOT LIKED – No matter the color, or gender, of the package.

Posted by: BasicInstinct | January 30, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: birvin9999:
Steele is a sharp cookie, unlike the Hugo Chavez we have as prez.

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Really birv? Sharp "cookie"? You mean... as in... OREO???

Posted by: repubsux | January 30, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Black Republicans -- just like the chickens voting for Colonel Sanders.

Posted by: newbeeboy | January 30, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

WOW, I'm just surprised that the RNC didn't look for the Ward Connerly's, Alan Keyes and Armstrong William's of the world. Lets hope the RNC remembers that having a Black man as RNC leader doesn't mean Black people will race to vote for the Republican or Black Republican that appears as a choice in the ballot box.

At the end of the day, RNC leaders need to remember that most people (Especially Black people) are MIDDLE OF THE ROAD and the RNC needs to respect that! If Michael Steele or candidates he selects show up to states like California, New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Washington or a host other big electorial vote states preaching things like anti-choice, school prayer, vouchers and anti immigration; Republicans will be on the losing end. Not because voters don't care about "Values Issues". Rather people are concerned about money and survival.

Posted by: dbruce1973 | January 30, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

He should ask Colin Powell and Clarence Thomas what it's like to be embraced by the Republican Party. I know the entire Hispanic population was thrilled by how well Gonzales did.

Posted by: thebobbob | January 30, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

good to know that liberals are still the biggest racists out there. God forbid a black man think on his own. a bunch of hypocrites.

Posted by: mdmike1 | January 30, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Congrats to Steele. Yet ANOTHER position with the word Republican in its title. Seems like he can't get elected to much else. That being said, it would probably be good to have a black moderate like Steele in a leadership position. It's not perfect, but you would have to believe that someone like Steele would at least sort of veer away from the racist tactics that have come to define the Republican party. That's a good thing no matter what your political leanings are.

Posted by: DDAWD | January 30, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

RNC needs to pick an authentic black. Someone 1/2 white and raised by whites.
Then pretend he is totally balck and has ghetto cred. Then nickname him "The Only One" and "The Funky messiah".

Posted by: leapin | January 30, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Isn't Steele the guy that had bumper stickers that claimed he was a democrat. Damn those repukes are flexible. Disgusting but flexible.

Posted by: qcdude3 | January 30, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Ignorant Democrats will scoff.

Michael Steele was an excellent choice. Only Democrats would mention that he's African American, as that is the type of thing they worry about, instead of substance.

Someone wrote: "6.) Last but not least - Don't bash the opposistion unless you have a better idea." Well the Republicans did have a better idea on the Stimulus package and none of their ideas were used. So much for workng out the best solution. Instead we have one sided partisanship from the Extremist Liberal Leadership. At least 10 or 11 Democrats in Congress had the guts and intelligence to vote against the abomination that was called "Stimulus" and "Recovery".

They should have just called it the Government Expansion Bill, or the Citizen Taxation and Debt Bill.

Mr. Steele Congratulations, and stand resolute for true fiscal conservatism, and help squash the Republocrats and Demublicans.

Posted by: ignoranceisbliss | January 30, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

A pig with lipstick is still a pig ....

Posted by: DragonRoll | January 30, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

2012 GOP Ticket: Sarah Palin and FLAVA FLAV! See cuz now we just luv us some niggrahs!

Posted by: repubsux | January 30, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

ArlingtonHokie cried: "Seriously though, the left is so deranged and so filled with hatred that nothing can convince them that their halfwit thoughts and regressive ideas are anything but the truth."
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Oh, boo-freaking-hoo.

I guess you just completely ignore all the insane, vile, extremist, radical, hateful rantings from conservatives on these pages, huh? Anything to mold reality into your specific worldview, huh?

At least we have the fact that your conservative philosophy is responsible for the terrible state of the country at the moment. What so you have? Mindless lib'ral bashing and a backwards fantasy world.

How's that working out in elections?

Posted by: sequoiaqueneaux | January 30, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Watch the Obama Kool-Aid drinkers start throwing Oreo cookies at him as they did during his campaign for governor.

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | January 30, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Looks like the GOP just ensured a second term for Obama. Steele simply does not have the leadership skills needed at this critical time, plus coming from a state with a Democratic governor and two rather liberal Democratic senators.

Truly, the GOP is a fractured party headed downhill even faster than a runaway train with a tailwind.

Posted by: adjjones | January 30, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

dorklord wrote: "...Such childish morons. They tried to follow the Dems who ran Mondale/Ferraro in 84'. Sorry GOPS but you tried to catch that coat tail 14 years later with McSame/Paylin. Now you desperately cling to your pathetic games again with this one. Of course Steele won. You bone heads have no choice. Come on catch up....you are now in the 21st century. Ping!"

The GOP ran McCain and Palin in 1998? I bet President Clinton was mighty ticked off at that...

To all Democrats, Republicans, and Independents: 1984 + 14 years = 1998
1984 + 24 years = 2008

If you're going to insult the Republicans for only "now [being] in the 21st century", it'd be nice if you could whip out the old pocket calculator before venting.

Posted by: BurgundyAndGold | January 30, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Michael is a great choice, and my pick for many months now. He will do whats right and rebuild our party!

Posted by: jjcrocket | January 30, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Michael Steele is just the kind of Uncle Tom that the Republicans need to camouflage their true beliefs. This won't change anything.

Posted by: acboatman | January 30, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans really should have tried harder to elect a Hispanic person. Given the changing demographics of this country, that's where the power is going to be.

Posted by: wolfcastle | January 30, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Should of picked Caroline Kennedy. She needs a job since being abandoned by libs.

Posted by: leapin | January 30, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Steele is a sharp cookie, unlike the Hugo Chavez we have as prez.

Posted by: birvin9999 | January 30, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Steele is the right choice and the best choice for the future of the Republican Party. It's a great move.

Posted by: VirginiaVoter2 | January 30, 2009 4:40 PM | Report abuse

AlexP posted:

The RNC is a joke and will soon be in a wagontrain off to Canada within 2 years..

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Nah,

Canadians are way too smart to accept them.

Posted by: DrWho2 | January 30, 2009 4:40 PM | Report abuse

called it. seriously. and not b/c he's black. b/c he walks the personal responsibilty, fiscal conservative walk... all the others attacked that path while spewing hypocritical rhetoric.

he has zippy charisma however.

Posted by: millionea7 | January 30, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Steele, did you say? That's what he's going to need nerves of, because the Repubs are dead for at least a generation.

Posted by: Tess6 | January 30, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

How funny. The repugs are all rallying to say, "We didn't choose him because of his race".

You people are really idiots! You turn EVERYTHING around, and you make it something it is NOT.

A racist party elects a black man to head the RNC and it has NOTHING to do with race. Yeah RIGHT.

The first thing you crazy repugs need to do is to understand a situation, and then quit trying to make things that are, something that they aren't.

A repug could NOT tell the truth if their very lives depended on it!

Posted by: dematheart | January 30, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Steele - I have seen him on Bill Maher. He was a useless commentator who made terrible arguments. And charismatic - Pres Obama has more charism in his pinkie than Steele has in his ginormous body.

Talk about a desperate move.

Posted by: Pillai | January 30, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Oh this is rich! Too too funneeee. Larry, Darryl and his other brother Darryl had to go out and git themselves a colludd boy! Yassuh boss! Yassuh! We done got ahselves ah oon genuwine STEPPIN' FETCHIT!

Posted by: repubsux | January 30, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

"This guy ran for Governor of MD, and his stands are no different than the guy from Louisiana or the woman from Alaska"

Actually he ran for Senator. And he tried hard to obscure his mostly conventional party line views, but it didn't work.

I found it amusing that he had trouble corralling support for a while because many GOPers thought him too moderate, while he was too far right to win office in MD. Maybe if he moved he'd have a good chance to win an actual governing office. (MD Lt. Gov. doesn't count, as that's not independently elected and he didn't do much there except promote himself to the national party.)

Posted by: mkarns | January 30, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

This is fantastic and rids us of several myths like:
*All Blacks are Democrats. Not true.
*Republicans are not diverse. Obviously not true though they are not deeply diverse.
*Republicans never watch poll numbers. Uh, yes, in fact they do.
*Rush Limbaugh is an idiot. Sorry, but this is still true. Nothing has changed on this score.

Posted by: medogsbstfrnd | January 30, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Seriously though, the left is so deranged and so filled with hatred that nothing can convince them that their halfwit thoughts and regressive ideas are anything but the truth.

Posted by: ArlingtonHokie | January 30, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse


I have to say, I'm a little disappointed.

It appears Republicans may have learned from their mistakes (a bit) and didn't choose the most batsh*t crazy conservatard possible.

Damn it! Steele still sucks, but he seems relatively moderate.

Posted by: sequoiaqueneaux | January 30, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

This is another Sarah Palin move from the RNC. Hillary was a woman and they thought they would get female votes if they went with Palin.
Barack is a black male... Is that all they see? Is it really possible to be that shallow?


Steele is a lightweight. He's barely coherent, and he's definitely in the 'Republican bubble' where people fail to acknowlegde outside realities. His chairmanship will be a disaster.


Symbolism over substance. Its the Republican way.

Posted by: DrainYou | January 30, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

More proof that the GOP just doesn't GET IT

(IT = anything/everything)

Posted by: glt1979 | January 30, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah - he is black ! Big deal. Should have picked a left-wing bigot in the classic sense of most progressives. Should be offering entitlements to bring blacks to the R party.

Posted by: leapin | January 30, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

WOW! Finally maybe America's party will heed the voices of the true power in this country. Not the whites or the southerners but the first and second generation immigrants, and the minorities that actually do the work of the majority. A great day for Maryland and a great day to be Republican

Posted by: mkbf26 | January 30, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

GOP: "If you can so can I...nee-ner, nee-ner."
Such childish morons. They tried to follow the Dems who ran Mondale/Ferraro in 84'. Sorry GOPS but you tried to catch that coat tail 14 years later with McSame/Paylin. Now you desperately cling to your pathetic games again with this one. Of course Steele won. You bone heads have no choice. Come on catch up....you are now in the 21st century. Ping!

Posted by: dorklord | January 30, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Yawn. The RNC chair is pretty irrelevant. If the first couple of weeks of the Obama administration are any indication, you could dress up a mannequin as RNC chair and the Republicans's chances in 2012 would be vastly improved. This White House is shaping up to be Jimmy Carter 2.0! These guys are so out of their depth...

Posted by: Ryknow | January 30, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Bring it on, GOP, your disastrous record will have Americans marking the 'D' column on ballots for generations to come.

Posted by: hairguy01 | January 30, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

On the surface, it seems to be more than just a little coincedental that they "just happened" to come up with an African-American for the this post. Regardless of who's in charge, this is what must happen if the party is going to progress:

1.) A true fiscal conservative will always find a following. 2.)However, it is extremely important for the party to distance themselves from religious zealots. 3.)Remember that Rush Limbaugh is just a guy with a radio show, nothing more, nothing less. 4.) Start searching now for a canidate with some youthful charisma. 5.) Sarah Palin was an experiment that didn't work. Forget her. 6.) Last but not least - Don't bash the opposistion unless you have a better idea.

Posted by: tifoso1 | January 30, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

He's not a true black. Wait a minute...neither is Obama

Posted by: leapin | January 30, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

PLEASE ! !

This guy ran for Governor of MD, and his stands are no different than the guy from Louisiana or the woman from Alaska.

Oh yeah - he is black ! Big deal. He is still a right-wing bigot in the classic sense of most Republicans. He will bring VERY FEW blacks to the R party.

Cynical, and won't help.

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Posted by: swanieaz | January 30, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

I can't help but wonder if this really does have the potential to splinter the GOP. How are the far, far right southern extremists going to react to this? I might have to breakdown and read redstate.com. I actually didn't think he'd pull it off.

I was hoping an ultra conservative white guy would get it to further alienate moderates and Independents but if this splinters the base that's just as good.

Posted by: ArlingtonGay | January 30, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

wow, the blatant racism is stunning

Posted by: mmjersey | January 30, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Wait! I thought limbaugh would be chosen. Look. All the white racists GOP'rs are rolling over in their polyester suits about right now, combovers are getting caught on the wrinkles around their hypocritical mouths.

It is going to take one hel* of alot more than conveniently picking a black person to head the RNC for change to happen within that tired obstructionist party of dittohead sheep.

I can't wish them good luck as long as the biggest moron of them all, palin, is still in the top pick for 2012--which they are giving top consideration to, OVER the needs of our nation.

Yeah. Good luck with that, "See! We have a black person too" message.

Posted by: dematheart | January 30, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Fabulous. Now the G.O.P. has a Magic Negro!! I am sure Rush is going to go home tonight and pop about 10 Oxycontins to soothe the pain from witnessing his glorious party being taken over by a darkie.

Posted by: VeloStrummer | January 30, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if people making negative remarks about Michael Steele know anything about the man's background. I doubt it. Otherwise, you would realize what a great selection this is be for the RNC and it has nothing to do with his race.

Posted by: curious3 | January 30, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

if you've ever seen his appearances on Real Time with Bill Maher, you already know that Michael Steele can be just as much of arrogant, dumb and bullheaded ideologue as former RNC Chair Haley Barbour.

I can't wait until Steele goes on a talking heads show against Tim Kaine.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | January 30, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Darn it! I was pulling for Lush Limbaugh!

Posted by: tmaffolter | January 30, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

This is great.
Look at the condition of the Republican Party in Prince George's County.

Look at the condition of the Republican Party in Maryland.

Will Steele allow the likes of Hannity to repeat the oreo cookie myth?

Will Steele print more of the "We R NOT SLAVES TO THE DEMOCRATS" signs he and Ehrlich had put up in the poorer sections of PG County 2 years ago?

Posted by: edlharris | January 30, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Great news for the GOP! Steele will re-establish its dominance nationally just as he led it to dominate Maryland--oh, wait...

All this hype is a bit misplaced, as most people dont' vote on the basis of party functionaries. But if the Republicans really think Steele's chairmanship is going to attract African Americans and moderates/liberals to the party in large numbers, the evidence in MD suggests that they will be very disappointed.

Posted by: mkarns | January 30, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

We now have a sterling contrast of someone chosen for the content of his character and an affirmative action hire.

Posted by: WiltonManorsSteve | January 30, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

PUUUULLLEASE!!!! What the Republicans are doing is sooooo obvious! We just had the first African-American President sworn in; and now the Republicans are trying to compete by swearing in the first African-American RNC Chairman?! Instating an Uncle Tom is not going to change our minds about what the Republican Party has become…Rush has already confirmed.

Posted by: BasicInstinct | January 30, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

My Big response as a African-American "yawn yawn, BORING" I as PROBABLY many other walked away or change from the news. Though, I would like to know what those "Ethnocentric Republicans" are thinking.

What a naive bunch - they really think that because they picked a Black Man to head the RNC Party people are going to start saying "Oh, maybe I will give this party a second chance they are looking beyond race"

Yeah well Bush picked Condi and Colin see where that went.

Putting a Black Face on the Republican Party does not equal for new and improved!

Posted by: danson1 | January 30, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans are desperate. But Michael Steele is not their 'savior'. He's just another huckster and charlatan - interested only in self-promotion. He was soundly rejected by the voters in Marlyland when running for the U.S. Senate. He further stained his reputation by serving as Robert "Bobby Haircut" Ehrlich's Lt. Governor, the worst governor of Maryland since Spiro Agnew. Steele brings nothing and offers nothing except the same old Republican snake oil and 'free market' nostrums which have bankrupted this country and left it in such disastrous condition

Posted by: tancred | January 30, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

charismatic?

Surely you jest.

Posted by: umprof | January 30, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

For the last two years I haven't given a dime to the RNC and its Washington cronies. It's a new day, and I'm back in the fold (for now). The check is being written now.

Posted by: DCdoozy | January 30, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Is there an original idea in the GOP's head? Or, perhaps, do they just follow the Dem's lead?

Posted by: ccs4756 | January 30, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

They just don't get it do they? First Palin and now Steele. They listen but they hear nothing.

Posted by: Pumpkin31 | January 30, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Steele Is First African American Republican...

It's about time!

Posted by: boda_deez | January 30, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

The two last standing for the RNC chairmanship was a Black guy and a member of an all White club. So the change is, the Black won the chair and the White guy got to keep his membership. Phony as a two dollar bill.

Posted by: AverageJane | January 30, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Pray tell, what are all of those white republicans who said that they could not support an African-American? Will they leave the RNC and form the Pro-White Only National Commitee (PWONC) party? Just curious.

Posted by: johndoe2001 | January 30, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Let's see: They signed up a guy who ran ads in MD's last Senate race not mentioning party affiliation at all (because Repubs can't get elected here), and handed out flyers and signs to voters implying he was a Democrat,reading "Steele Democrat."

So, the strategy, if I'm to understand, is "hire the black guy so we don't look so out of touch," but stick with someone whose election motives, at best, were meant to confuse the electorate and thus, tow the party philosophy of doing anything to get elected.

Got it.

Posted by: nagatuki | January 30, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

What...this blathering idiot had his head handed to him by Jeaneane Garafalo on Bill Maher last year....


The RNC is a joke and will soon be in a wagontrain off to Canada within 2 years....enjoy being voted out of office and make 75 Dems in the senate....for 2010

Posted by: AlexP1 | January 30, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

At least they are consistently hypocritical!

Posted by: everystep8 | January 30, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Well well well

It looks like the GOP has splintered even MORE - if that were even possible - into the hard-right-southern-racist-strategy schism, let's call them the 'southern babtists' and the black-led-moderates.

So they split 91 - 77 between practical religious wingnut, homophobic, tax cut zealots and impractical religious wingnut, homophobic, tax cut zealots.

But the face of their party is really ole' larda55 limbaugh!

Posted by: Heerman532 | January 30, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Someone throw water on Blimpbaugh - he just fainted...

Posted by: LABC | January 30, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Public Enemy has a song "Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos."

That title seems apropos for the GOP now.

Posted by: aaronsinger | January 30, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Wait a minute! Wasn't Michael Steele a guitarist for The Bangles?

Posted by: PolishBear1 | January 30, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

So, now he has a paying job! When he was running for Lt. Gov. he didn't. I wonder what he's been doing since his defeat in 2006, other than making (paid) TV appearances.

I voted for him and Ehrlich twice but their campaign tactics in 2006 soured me on both of them

Posted by: GWGOLDB | January 30, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

The GOP is so VERY transparent.

Had Barrack Obama not won the Presidency of the United States Michael Steele would have stood a snowballs chance in hell in getting this seat.

What a pitiful, PITIFUL, party.

This has to tick Bubba off more than the Obama win.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | January 30, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

So I can only presume that Saltus will be coming out with a new song, "Michael Steele, the Magic Negro".

Posted by: Roofelstoon | January 30, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

I guess I'm the only one who sees this as predictable. Republicans just don't get it. It's just laughable really.

Posted by: DinahS | January 30, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Wow! I didn't see that coming. I am thrilled. Really thrilled. I will get behind Steele as I would not have got behind most of the other candidates. Expect a surge in support and contributions. There's hope after all.

Posted by: Clio1 | January 30, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

HA HA

Posted by: scorbett1976@hotmail.com | January 30, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Funny. Steele rides on on Obama's coattails.

Posted by: jonstephens | January 30, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Popcorn, anyone? This should be interesting on many levels......

.......munch, munch........

Posted by: MajorConfusion | January 30, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

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