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Praise for Steele in Virginia

Anita Kumar

Virginia Republicans heaped praise on former Maryland lieutenant governor Michael S. Steele after he was elected chairman of the Republican National Committee.

Steele, who is African-American, delivered the headline speech at the Republican Party of Virginia's annual gathering of activists last month.

"Chairman Steele is an among the most articulate spokesman our party has to offer,'' said Del. Jeffrey M. Frederick, chairman of the Virginia GOP. "And while we are in desperate need of an outstanding communicator -- which Michael will surely be -- we are in even greater need of a leader who can reach out and bring new people into the Party of Lincoln."

Frederick, along with National Committeeman Morton Blackwell and National Committeewoman Kathy Hayden Terry, voted in the chairman election at the RNC winter meeting.

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine, the newly elected chairman of the Democratic party, also offered his congratulations, saying "together, we have the honor of leading our respective parties during one of the most important periods in our country's history."

"I look forward to working with Chairman Steele as we set out to put partisanship and the politics of the past aside to get our economy working again,'' Kaine said. "The American people have sent a clear message that the challenges we face are too great for us to get bogged down by outmoded ideological divides. They have challenged us to work together to find practical solutions that will put this country back on the right track."

By Anita Kumar  |  January 31, 2009; 10:29 AM ET
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Yawn. I am just surprised that anyone wanted the job! LoL

Congrats anyway, I guess.

Posted by: free-donny | January 31, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

One positive thing is he seems to be distancing himself from Rush Limbaugh and his band of Klan, Hicks and Nazis.

Posted by: Hoffmann1 | January 31, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

You just never know what you'll find when you lift the sheets.
Good luck -- be home before dark, OK?

Posted by: bgreen2224 | January 31, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

You democrats suck. Party of compassion, my a$$!

Posted by: bryan2369 | January 31, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

No wonder Del. Jeffrey M. Frederick says "we are in desperate need of an outstanding communicator."

He was the doofus who said in October that Obama and bin Laden "both have friends that bombed the Pentagon" thus forcing GOP presidential candidate John McCain to publicly rebuke the head of his party in a crucial battleground state.

Posted by: HughBriss | January 31, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse too, we too-- see, we can do it too, and we have black people in the Republican Party too !

...what a failed ideology-- its hard for me to understand how independent thinking adults can embrace-- oh, wait ... I forgot there's the whole religiosity/ self righteous thing, and the 'my god's bigger than your god' ... then the 'hate' and propaganda spokes people (Limbaugh, Hanity, Coulter) ... and 'war for profit' ... and let unregulated markets (irrational exuberance) self correct ... and let people fend for themselves after a natural disaster (Katrina) ... and 'saber rattling' diplomacy (Iran) without dialog ... and fear based ideology (be afraid of everything, but our plan will keep you safe) vs. trust and the bill of rights ... and cronyism (heck of a job Brownie) vs. articulate competent leadership ... and torture/ secrecy (Cheney) vs. transparency and Republicanism (governed by law). In short the last eight years ... now why would any of that hold Republicans back ?

Posted by: myimzadinetscapecom | January 31, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

J.C. Watts, yes, Michael Steele, no. Michael Steele finally won an election. This guy has more bullcrap with him than the Maryland State Fair. From the fake "Oreos we're flying like locusts incident,"
to the trucking in the homeless to PG County on election day he's a real piece of work. I don't think he ever passed the bar exam and his bio. deserves to be put under some scrutiny but for an increasingly marginalized Republican Party Mike has all the right moves. As far as the party is concerned the stock market before Bush had performed better under Democrats and if you compare the corruption between the two parties the Republicans win hands down. Something like 29 people were indicted during Reagan's administration.. Give these people two terms and they run amok.

One thing he was supposed to finish during his term as Ehrlich's Lt. Gov. was a study on the Death Penalty. My guess is that you now have the staff. Let's get that done. Convince us how the people are better off under Republican leadership. The floor is yours.

Posted by: BeltwayGreg1 | January 31, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

I'm a Democrat who is thrilled by the selection of Michael Steele. He is smart, savvy and articulate. We need a resurgent GOP to keep Obama/Reid/Pelosi honest by asking them pointed questions and by offering alternative policies.

Posted by: rwe123 | January 31, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

So when does he meet with Rush Limbaugh to get his marching orders?

Posted by: MarcMyWords | January 31, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

If he's a capitalist skumbag, what difference is it what color he is?

Posted by: VMR1 | January 31, 2009 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Steel is just another piece of crap like the rest of the Repigs.

That Uncle Tom bastard is as whacked as Sara Palin and he'll end up being about as effective an attempt to pander as she was.

Posted by: captainkona | January 31, 2009 10:03 PM | Report abuse

I will take more than this to make me trust the republican party. Adam Smith was wrong. There is no "enlightened self interest," only pathological greed. Our "barons of business" have trashed our economy, and it appears that only bigger government will be able to fix it.

Posted by: Thinker1 | January 31, 2009 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Could someone please tell me what exactly Michael Steele has accomplished as GOPAC chair or as the Lt. Gov. of Md? And of course, he promises to do something different but what did I hear him talking about tonight? The "redistribution of wealth." The more things change the more they stay the same. Mike, get a pencil handy and get ready to take notes. We're in a Keynsian depression. And, we've redistributed our wealth already. China holds most of it because we're broke after cutting taxes and fighting a war that we didn't need to fight. Yes, approx. 1% of our citizens pay 40% of our taxes but how much of the capital/wealth do they control and how much has that richest 1%
benefited? If you keep harping on the same failed policies and pushing the same ignorant solutions (let's cut capital gains taxes...fabulous, how are we going to pay for that?) you won't find yourself sparring with the president you'll find yourself sparring with the president of your kids PTA because no one in Washington, be they Republican or Democrat, will invite to speak to anyone or thing if you keep pushing the same impotent dogma. Next up? The Laffer Curve? Yeah, that's the ticket. BTW, just to remind you, Clinton ran a surplus my friend after raising taxes.

Beltway Greg

Posted by: BeltwayGreg1 | February 1, 2009 12:06 AM | Report abuse

Michael Steele pals aroung with rapist. You know Mike Tyson is is brother-in-law. He was also a regular guest on on the Bill O' show on fix news.

Posted by: cheyenescott | February 1, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Sure is great to see you Democrat racists show us who you are. Racism is a alive and well in America - in the Democrat Party.

Posted by: RJ99 | February 1, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Y'know, Steele is going to have the same problem Palin, Huckabee, Pawlenty, Jyndal and any other politician who spent too much time on Fox during the election is going to have in future elections: Having their words come back to haunt them. I think they all underestimate how long the digital media's memory is. They think "people" will have forgotten their unpleasant innuendos, extreme positions and obfuscation instead of honesty in handling exaggerated issues from the far right. The people won't forget because the media is going to have a field day (many of them!) drudging up evidence of the contradictions in their future statements.

Posted by: pasc1 | February 1, 2009 1:00 PM | Report abuse

New Label. Same can of junk food.

Posted by: lingo009 | February 1, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse


Richmond -- The Republican National Party has issued a statement regarding the chaotic events that seemed to coincide with its adjournment. The statement reads:

As our gathering came to a close and the good ol' boys were hurrying to find a sports bar, someone said Hey, Lunch, Steele, but a natural mistake was made and this shout was apparently confused with a favorite Republican verb, and regrettably. Michael Steel was NOT taken to LUNCH.

A spokesperson said, "While we can all agree that a terrible error took place, we very much object to the atmosphere that exists around our gathering. The liberal media has once again chosen to report only the negative aspects of this story while completely ignoring the fact that delegates were still close by and moved swiftly to elect another suitable candidate."

Posted by: bgreen2224 | February 1, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

I realize this is probably a typographical error at the Post, and not what the guy actually said, but it was funny. Sure sounds like an articulate spokesman would be welcome, from the way this came out!

"Chairman Steele is an among the most articulate spokesman our party has to offer,'' said Del. Jeffrey M. Frederick, chairman of the Virginia GOP."

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | February 2, 2009 10:03 PM | Report abuse

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