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Can Michael Steele Mend Party, Show Leadership?

March 4, 2009

I have not commented on the Michael Steele leadership fiasco at the Republican National Committee, nor have I weighed in on the antics of Rush Limbaugh.  I did not post my views, after seeing the portions of the CPAC affair, about Limbaugh’s weight problem.   The internal fight among the GOP is loud, and not unusual given a political party out of power, and suffering after two major losses. 

But there are GOP voices that are being raised that are not in one camp or the other, (Steele or Rush) that are starting to notice that leadership of the party is being placed well below the seemingly need to huff and puff among the blowhards.

It is that point in the story where I think it is now time to start posting in this matter.

There are always fissures and disputes among the party faithful, regardless of the party.  But this continuous firing and ranting is childlike, given the fear and pain that many citizens are experiencing with the economy.  When the slurs are made, and the anger increased for things that most voters see as pure politics, at the expense of elected Republicans putting their nose to the grindstone and finding a way to help in Washington, then there is a hole being dug that may not get filled for them by the mid-terms.

A political sea change is happening in the electorate, and the GOP is nervous and unsure how to proceed.  The Old Guard has a message that no longer sells, but the future ‘big-tent’ messengers who understand the changing demographics of the country are either not strong enough or numerous enough in the GOP to make the sale to the internal party functionaries, or the ‘ditto-heads’  across the country that seem to dominate the party.

So the fighting will continue.  And the worries from those who truly care about the Republican Party will increase.  We are witnessing a party in decline.

A month after Michael Steele became the first African-American chairman of the Republican National Committee, key party leaders are worried that the GOP has made a costly mistake — one that will make it even harder for them to take back power from the dominant Democratic Party.

Steadily becoming a dependable punch line, Steele has brushed back Rush Limbaugh, threatened moderate Republican senators, offered the “friggin’ awesome” Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal some “slum love,” called civil unions “crazy” and promised more outreach to “urban-suburban hip-hop settings” via an “off the hook” public relations campaign.

He even threw a shout-out to “one-armed midgets.”

That’s in just 30 days on the job — and that’s just the PR part.

On the organizational side, Steele does not have a chief of staff, a political director, a finance director or a communications director. Last week, one of the two men sharing the job of interim finance director was forced to resign.

For now, “the fourth floor,” as the RNC’s executive suite is known, is being run by a pair of consultants.

“There’s frustration that there’s no discipline, no planning,” said a well-known Republican consultant. “He’s risking being overexposed by accepting every interview, which makes gaffes more likely.” 

One Comment
  1. pete permalink
    March 4, 2009 10:45 PM

    similar to posthat i’ve just ,made in another blog… here, i also want to say that…Mr. Steel is definitely a very confusing character to me.. juzz wanna whether anyone else keeps the same concept abt him!!!

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