Friday, January 30, 2009

Catholic Michael Steele New GOP Chairman

The Washington Post reports:
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.

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.

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.


Previous Pro Ecclesia posts on this subject:
Deal Hudson: Give Michael Steele the Benefit of the Doubt

CBN Reporter David Brody Attempts to Rehabilitate Michael Steele's Pro-Life Credentials

Creative Minority Report Asks: "Is Michael Steele Pro-Life?"

Racial Politics: Obama vs. Steele

Is Michael Steele on McCain's "Short List" for VP?

The Story Behind Steele: No One Offered RNC Chair to Marylander

Incredibly Stupid Move

Michael Steele to Head GOP?

Steele Gaining

Black Democrats Pledge Backing to GOP's Steele

One of the Best Preemptive Political Ads That I've Ever Seen

Maryland Lt. Gov. (and U.S. Senate Candidate) Michael Steele Reaffirms Catholic Values



At 1/30/2009 5:11 PM, Blogger Carlos Echevarria said...

I am so happy for a number of reasons...Thank God.

We need to get the Catholic vote back in order to re-elect pro culture of life men and women to office.

Plus, he can take the GOP to areas and regions where they have been absent for years, as well as counter acting Obama.

At 2/01/2009 5:11 AM, Anonymous Greg said...

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.

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.

At 2/01/2009 2:21 PM, Blogger Jay Anderson said...

"Are you a true conservative or just a kool aid drinker?"

Not being privy to the special knowledge that allows one to discern what makes one a "true conservative" or a "kool aid drinker", I'll forego answering the question and settle for noting that first, last, and foremost, I'm a Catholic.

I make no judgment on whether this is a positive move or negative move for the GOP. In the past, I've written glowingly about Lt. Gov. Steele; more recently, I've written more critically about him.

In the end, I'm not a Republican, so it's not really my business who they choose to lead them.


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