Saturday, January 31, 2009

Michael Steele

Good for him.

Pardon me for being a little cynical - actually, a lot cynical - about the Republican's new choice for national chairman.

The problem isn't their futile outreach to black and other ethnic minorities, or the relative lack thereof. The problem is their politics. Putting on a blackface, so to speak, isn't going to change that.

Michael Tomasky, whom I especially like because he must explain the vagaries of American politics to an English audience, gets to the heart of things:

I find this pathetic and hilarious: "Golly, America has elected this black president. Well, we have, like, maybe 10 black Republicans across the entire country, so let's choose one as our figurehead." I exaggerate a little, but in essence, the GOP headed titularly by a black man is the rough equivalent of China being run by a Yugur.

... Aside from which, the assumption that a black Republican candidate will know "their interests and needs" is entertaining. I seem to remember a lot of Republicans complaining last year that the idea that black people would vote for a black presidential candidate was not evidence of a similar assumption but of the "fact" that black people were reverse-racists.

In many ways, I feel sorry for Steele. He's being set up to fail, given the changing tide in America politics (not to mention, demographics) and the general repudiation of GOP principles in the last election.

The GOP chairman doesn't articulate a platform, as much as he raises money. We'll see how Steele plays to the party's rock-ribbed neocon wing in the South, the Joe Six-Packs and Joe the Plumbers who we all know love black people so much.

And if all else fails, Steele at least has some ideas on how to roundup the Democratic vote. So it's a win-win no matter what.


Jack T. said...

I think you hit the nail on the head. This is putting lipstick on a pig (uh-oh, I went there). The problem isn't the person running the party, it's the party. I'm waiting for the Joe Six Pack who finally says that "they" are taking over everything.

John Lofton, Recovering Republican said...

FYI, might want to listen to my exclusive interview with Michael Steele and comment. Thanks. JL.

And forget, please, "conservatism," please. It will not “save” us because it has been, operationally, de facto, Godless and therefore irrelevant. Secular conservatism will not defeat secular liberalism because to God both are two atheistic peas-in-a-pod and thus predestined to failure. As Stonewall Jackson's Chief of Staff R.L. Dabney said of such a humanistic belief more than 100 years ago:

"[Secular conservatism] is a party which never conserves anything. Its history has been that it demurs to each aggression of the progressive party, and aims to save its credit by a respectable amount of growling, but always acquiesces at last in the innovation. What was the resisted novelty of yesterday is today .one of the accepted principles of conservatism; it is now conservative only in affecting to resist the next innovation, which will tomorrow be forced upon its timidity and will be succeeded by some third revolution; to be denounced and then adopted in its turn. American conservatism is merely the shadow that follows Radicalism as it moves forward towards perdition. It remains behind it, but never retards it, and always advances near its leader. This pretended salt bath utterly lost its savor: wherewith shall it be salted? Its impotency is not hard, indeed, to explain. It is worthless because it is the conservatism of expediency only, and not of sturdy principle. It intends to risk nothing serious for the sake of the truth."

Our country is collapsing because we have turned our back on God (Psalm 9:17) and refused to kiss His Son (Psalm 2).

John Lofton, Editor,
Recovering Republican

Jack T. said...

I just had a second thought about this. Comedians can now make Obama funny by pitting him against Steele and the Republicans who think they can win the black community. The comic implications are endless.

gregory ambrose pittman said...

Pity that Mike was elected to be Rush's lawn jockey.

blackink said...

@Jack T: Lol. Agreed. I think Steele has a bit more gravitas than Sarah Palin, so he won't generate the comedy all on his lonesome. But the GOP, themselves, hoping that people can't see through this ploy will certainly provide plenty of fodder for late-night shows and comedians.

I'd like to see them dust off George Allen to do some more minority outreach while they're at it.

@JL: Will do. I'mn always glad to take in more voices. And thanks for stopping by.

@GAP: Lol. See, I wasn't going there ....

k1 said...

It's mystifying how they can throw up Palin or Steele and think somehow they can replicate Obama's appeal.

Neither of those guys has it. I'm sure there's an R out there somewhere, but he's not on any radar for 2012. And no it's not Jindal. Being smart and going to Harvard are just pieces of the equation.


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