Reelect Michael Steele for RNC Chair
by Eric Golub on December 19, 2010 at 11:22 AM
Ronald Reagan’s 11th Commandment is “Thou shalt not criticize any other Republican.”
I obey this dictum as settled Republican law, and normally never get involved in internal GOP fights.
Circumstances regarding the race to be the Chairman of the Republican National Committee requires that I intervene.
In plain English, current RNC Chair Michael Steele is under assault, and this must stop right now.
At the top of my lungs, I am screaming for the Republican Party deciders to reelect Chairman Steele to another two year term.
The left is licking their chops at the thought that Chairman Steele could be forced out. Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews already have experts lined up to explain why all Republicans are racists.
A vile and bigoted political cartoon circulating implies that Republicans led by Haley Barbour are all racists and that treatment of Michael Steele is proof of this.
The left’s ideological bigotry guns are loaded, and we are providing them the silver bullets on a platinum platter.
Those in the GOP wanting to fire Chairman Steele are not racists. They are just falling into a trap set by the left that they must avoid at all costs.
Chairman Steele does not want to be judged on his race. It should not be a plus or a minus. The Republican Party is a meritocracy, and the only criteria that matters is results.
Let’s look at the results.
Since Chairman Steele took over, the Republican Party has done nothing but win.
His outreach has been phenomenal. I have personally watched him speak to groups as diverse as a white Christian group in Idaho, a Nevada gathering with many Hispanics, and a Republican Jewish gathering in South Florida.
In every case he has shown how the Republican message applies to their daily lives. He has done so with intelligence, humor, and class.
Those who criticize that fundraising is down should be honest and take note that both liberals and conservatives are giving more to individual candidates and less to political parties.
Yet how do people know about these candidates? The party has to recruit them.
People across America fell in love with Colonel Allen West in Florida. Can we have the decency to admit that Chairman Steele helped pave the way for Colonel West and many other fine Republican candidates across America?
Can we admit that the world is upside down when Nancy Pelosi gets to keep her job and Michael Steele may lose his? Did I miss the bus and fail to see that the Pelosiraptor won the election for the left?
Speaking of buses, while Barack Obama was using racially charged rhetoric to tell Republicans to “sit in the back of the bus,” Michael Steele was energizing Republicans around the country with the “Fire Pelosi Bus Tour.” The fact that moderate Democrats went kicking and screaming against her to political defeat shows how effective this strategy was.
For those who complain that Chairman Steele misspeaks on occasion, I challenge every backbencher to have cameras recording your every word every second of your existence.
I would take Michael Steele in a speaking contest any day of the week over Joe Biden.
I would take Michael Steele’s optimism over Harry Reid’s pessimism every time.
Michael Steele did not say that we needed to pass a bill to know what was in it. That was Nancy Pelosi.
Like President George W. Bush, Michael Steele gets pilloried for an occasional verbal mistake.
Like President George W. Bush, I look at Michael Steele’s deeds and like what I see.
Every time Republicans are on the cusp of victory, we surrender and eat our own. Bill Clinton lied under oath, and yet somehow Newt Gingrich lost his job.
The left makes excuses for their worst elements while we subject our best to the circular firing squad.
We never learn. The left wants to destroy conservatives, especially minority conservatives. Look at Sarah Palin. Look at Michael Steele. Be prepared to see rocket fire turned on Eric Cantor.
The New York Times is begging conservatives to shove Michael Steele under the bus.
The left despises minority conservatives. They loathe effective conservatives.
Michael Steele is both.
His being a minority conservative is threatening to the left but irrelevant to us.
His being an effective conservative is threatening to the left and must be the only relevant factor for us.
He energizes crowds, recruits phenomenal candidates, broadens the party, and helps spread a vital conservative message of lower taxes, more freedom and tougher foreign policy stances.
He also is the epitome of inclusiveness. Whether one is black or white, Christian, Jewish, or another religion, gay or straight, moderate Republican or right-wing, Michael Steele has helped maintain and expand a giant tent for every single elephant.
Liberals are terrified by the color of his skin. I have gotten to know him and am elated by the content of his character.
He is the right man at the right time to lead the right party in the greatest nation on Earth.
He must be reelected.
I enthusiastically back Michael Steele for reelection as RNC Chair.
So for Republicans eager to fire somebody, start with Barack Obama.
Michael Steele is already working on that, and we should too.