I was really surprized that the RNC chose Michael Steele as their chairman. Here was a guy that not only did not look like a typical Republican, but he was also saying exactly what the Republicans needed to hear after having their party message completely destroyed by the Bush Administration and Republican majorities in Congress dominated by a need to accumulate power.
The guy practically sounded like Howard Dean. He promised that they would compete and win in the Northeast again. He promised that they would broaden their appeal.
...and what is the first significant move me makes as NRC chair? He threatened primary challenges to Senators Specter, Snowe, and Collins.
How much of an idiot can you be? Those are the only Republicans that could win in their respective states. If there was one great lesson to take away from Howard Dean's tenure at the DNC, it is that party leaders in the different states, with different voting populations, know best how to build a party.
What Steele is doing is continuing the Republican, one-size-fits-all approach to party building where a bunch of ideologues in Washington dictate to every congressional district what the priorities are and who runs in primaries.
In the meantime, the Democrats are just going to play them for chumps. They have a dynamic enough cast of characters in their party that it makes message discipline impossible, but they can also shift the ground under the Republicans' feet all day long.
Steele is just another idiot Republican, more impressed with media exposure than real party building.
Are you suggesting that all Republicans are idiots?
If you can provide an example of a big smart thing that Steele has done, I'll apologize to him for calling him an idiot Republican. RIght now though, all he is doing is keeping his party just as uncompetitive in states that they need badly if they are going to compete.
The biggest problem with Steele is that he is so openly running out in front of cameras. Remember what Dr. Dean did the moment that he started work as the DNC chair, he did a few wonk-ish interviews about strategy and then got the hell away from the cameras.
If Steele was going to make an argument about Rush Limbaugh, or any other part of the echo chamber, he should have done it discretely and forcefully. If he was unhappy with the cohesion of the GOP side of the Senate, he should have done it in private.
Instead, he showed everyone just how needy he was for media exposure and how clueless he is on the states he wants Republicans to win in.
Mary Bono is my idiot Republican congresswoman, elected into office on the sympathy vote for Sonny. She became a congresswoman with only the qualifications of being Bono's recent wife ... which was all that was needed for the Republican leadership to immediately appoint her to the Judicial Committee to impeach President Clinton. She's been re-elected several times because her district includes some of the wealthiest and most republican communities in the state. The beat goes on.
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