Michael Steele Wins RNC Chairmanship

Just in case anyone thought that Republicans were racist and wouldn’t elect an African-American, think again.

We’ve never had a problem with electing conservative black leaders in the Republican Party.  Given the fact that Republicans are the Party of Lincoln; given the fact the Republican Party formed as a reaction against slavery while Democrats were pro-slavery; and given the fact that the Ku Klux Klan came into being as a Democrat organization to stop both blacks AND whites from voting for Republicans, it is stunning how little credit Republicans get.

And I’ll add to that the fact that I would have voted for Colin Powell in 1988, and I was hoping that Steele would win.

And the fact of the matter is, it is DEMOCRATS who are all to willing to blatantly use racism to advance themselves.  Think of Bobby Rush’s racist diatribe against Democrats over the tainted appointment of Roland Burris by Blagojevich.  We had to support Burris for no other reason than because he was black, and we were racists if we didn’t.  Think of John Lewis’ incredible racist charges against John McCain, comparing him to George Wallace and charging him with “sowing the seeds of hatred and division” when HE was the one sowing those seeds.  Think of Bill Clinton’s outrage when he said, “They played the race card on me.”

Republicans aren’t the ones with the problem of racism.

Michael Steele is a nice man, a gracious man, a pleasant man.  And he has a fairly moderate reputation.

My hope is that he continues being nice, gracious, and pleasant – even as he truly stands up for conservative principles.

It is a great day when men and women whose ancestors used to toil under the bondage of slavery are now representing this nation as leaders.  But leadership is not about “race,” but experience, character, values, and competence.  If the best candidates – regardless of the color of their skins or their genders – don’t win office, the country will suffer.

I’ve always liked Michael Steele and admired him for his intelligence and pleasant manner.  I just hope he signed up to be ready to take the gloves off and brawl with the Democrats and their agenda.

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11 Responses to “Michael Steele Wins RNC Chairmanship”

  1. Arkady Says:

    Damn straight, how the right gets the label of racist is beyond me. Because the social conservatives don’t like homosexuals? Is that it? Or because they were against MLK who was actually a socialist? I just dont get this stigma, unjustified to say the least.

  2. rochester_veteran Says:

    From: RochesterConservative.com – Michael Eden on Start Thinking Right had this to say: Just in case anyone thought that Republicans were racist and wouldn’t elect an African-American, think again.

  3. taffy Says:

    Well, I’m happy. I have seen Michael Steele do commentary on Fox news, and I also heard him discuss his ideas for the RNC. He sounds like a guy who might actually do something forward thinking and constructive. I wish him much success and I hope the GOP supports him to the fullest!

  4. Michael Eden Says:

    And the thing is that while I like the fact that Steele is black, that is just icing. The man is smart. He is a good speaker who knows how to represent a position. And from what I’ve seen of him, he holds conservative views.

    The BIGGEST reason that Republicans are portrayed as “racists” is because of Nixon’s “southern strategy” in which he wooed southern Democrats who were disaffected by the Civil Rights Act. It was an act of naked politics to win votes.

    It was NIXON’S strategy, not the official platform of the GOP. But the media – which has always been and still IS fine with Democrat Ku Klux Klan members (e.g. Robert Byrd, former top dog Klansman). It had been Eisenhower only a relatively few years before who sent the National Guard to stop the naked racism of a Democrat governor (Faubus) in Little Rock, Arkansas only 10 years earlier.

    And, of course, most of the towns that MLK marched in – and got attacked in – were governed and led by Democrats.

  5. Michael Eden Says:

    Taffy,
    He’s a genuinely nice guy, and I believe he’s also got genuine conservative principles.

    What we have to hope for is that he doesn’t surrender the ladder to be more of the former.

  6. Old-Timer Says:

    I don’t know the guy and can’t comment but that is why I do, if that makes sense to you.

    My comment is that I like and agree with the other comments. That is what is needed, and the spirit displayed in these comments makes me hope that there is hope for the world. If more approach things in this manner there will be.

    I like what I have read here. That’s how things should be done.

  7. Michael Eden Says:

    I’m not positive HOW Steele will lead in the future. But from my understanding based on the past, Steele is an intelligent and articulate expositor of conservative principles presented in a polite and friendly manner.

    He ran in a liberal state and nearly won. And I never got the sense that he backed away from conservative principles.

    Assuming that this analysis of him is true, I hope he continues. What I don’t want him to do is trade “more conservative” for “more nice.”

  8. Greg Says:

    What, now we go and find our own “magic Negro”?

    This is a very, very sad day for America. The election of Steele proves that the Republican party will not go in the direction they need to for the sake of our country. They can expect to be in the minority for quite some time to come.

    Are you a true conservative or just a kool aid drinker? If you are a true conservative then you would listen to what this other true conservative has to say about him.

    http://preview.tinyurl.com/deacesteelernc

    Steve Deace is so right about him.

    He’s a RINO. On that we can be clear. This proves that the Republican Party’s move to the Left might be a permanent legacy of the Bush years.

  9. Greg Says:

    What, now we go and find our own “magic Negro”?

    This is a very, very sad day for America. The election of Steele proves that the Republican party will not go in the direction they need to for the sake of our country. They can expect to be in the minority for quite some time to come.

    Steve Deace is so right about him.

    He’s a RINO. On that we can be clear. This proves that the Republican Party’s move to the Left might be a permanent legacy of the Bush years.

  10. Michael Eden Says:

    Greg,
    You may know stuff about Steele that I don’t. But I checked briefly on Deace and basically found out that he’s pretty much to the right of Attila the Hun. I’m not saying that you’re wrong about Steele, but you need to give me a lot more than, “Deuce says so.”

    Steele is the man who coined the phrase, “Drill, baby, drill.” So he’s clearly NOT a RINO the way my own lousy governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is.

    I can’t deny that I worry about the possibility that Steele is just too nice of a guy to really hammer Republicans. But I’ve heard Steele enough to believe conservatives should have good reason to really give him a chance.

  11. Michael Eden Says:

    I don’t know, Greg. The Daily Beast recently referred to me as “one particularly unhinged culture warrior.”

    But apparently I’m not “unhinged” enough for you.

    I don’t do or say things so that I’ll qualify for a label such as “true conservative” in everyone else’s mind. Rather, I act – and write – out of my value system and worldview.

    On the major issues, I’m fiercely pro-life, pro-guns, pro-marriage (marriage = union of one man + one woman), pro-strict constructionalist (and ANTI-judicial activist), pro-limited government, and pro-market economy.

    If I’m not a “true conservative,” I’m afraid it’s news to me.

    If Steele truly is a RINO, it would be far better for you to describe his RINO stances rather than tear other conservatives down.

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