Steele: “This is awesome”

posted at 5:15 pm on January 30, 2009 by Allahpundit

A message from the new leader of the party — or rather, the other new leader. It wasn’t easy getting here:

Steele won after a highly coordinated yet under-the-radar campaign in which his whip team sought to convince members that the RNC needed to reach out to centrist voters with a new voice.

He hop-scotched the country for months, meeting with members in their home states. At a candidates’ forum Thursday night, Steele said he had raised about $250,000, making the race for RNC chairman likely the most expensive per capita in history.

Quote: “To my friends in the northeast: Get ready, baby, it’s time to turn it on.”


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Excellent! We have a Chairman!

Rosmerta on January 30, 2009 at 5:16 PM

My Chairman is Black!!

Sorry… had to go there.

Sir Corky on January 30, 2009 at 5:17 PM

It will be interesting to watch and see how the media ignores this.

Zetterson on January 30, 2009 at 5:18 PM

This is awesome.

Chudi on January 30, 2009 at 5:18 PM

“To my friends in the northeast: Get ready, baby, it’s time to turn it on.”

Good for him he wants to take back some blue and turn it red.

mred on January 30, 2009 at 5:18 PM

Congratulations and Good Luck, Mr. Steele.

unclesmrgol on January 30, 2009 at 5:18 PM

Fantastic choice!

Verbal Abuse on January 30, 2009 at 5:20 PM

Cheers Mike!

Now go kick some ass!

ornery_independent on January 30, 2009 at 5:20 PM

I could not be happier.

Let’s roll!

JetBoy on January 30, 2009 at 5:21 PM

You have to head straight to the front. There is a major battle brewing in the Senate. We need everyone, 100% against the stimulus. This is a great time to revigorate the RNC for the good fight.

Mr. Joe on January 30, 2009 at 5:22 PM

Good choice, though there will be talk of the RNC choosing him in response to Obama’s election.

MadisonConservative on January 30, 2009 at 5:22 PM

Steele is awesome!

carbon_footprint on January 30, 2009 at 5:22 PM

JetBoy on January 30, 2009 at 5:21 PM

He’s opposite for yours (and my) position on gay marriage. Doesn’t it bug you that the party cannot get past this simple little hump?

lorien1973 on January 30, 2009 at 5:23 PM

Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeetttt!

29Victor on January 30, 2009 at 5:23 PM

Congratulations, Mr. Steele. Looking forward to seeing the plan.

sherry on January 30, 2009 at 5:23 PM

Steele is awesome!

carbon_footprint on January 30, 2009 at 5:22 PM

We will see.

christene on January 30, 2009 at 5:23 PM

I Like Mike.

Christien on January 30, 2009 at 5:23 PM

And he has a resume! Wow, what a concept.

Fred 2 on January 30, 2009 at 5:24 PM

I feel a tingle.

infidel on January 30, 2009 at 5:24 PM

AP – is that link good? TheHill.com cannot reach to read

I think Steele is a great choice. And we’re on parity with the dems being that they cannot use race as a counter punch

Kini on January 30, 2009 at 5:24 PM

MadisonConservative on January 30, 2009 at 5:22 PM

it’s inevitable, but i am hopeful that his competence, eloquence, and intelligence will silence the skeptics.

homesickamerican on January 30, 2009 at 5:25 PM

My Chairman is Black CONSERVATIVE !!

Sorry… had to go there.

Sir Corky on January 30, 2009 at 5:17 PM

Fixed it for you!

grapeknutz on January 30, 2009 at 5:25 PM

Meh. He’s too McCain-y for me.

How long before he starts continues to get racial epithets and other derogatory comments hurled his way by the ever so tolerant Left?

VolMagic on January 30, 2009 at 5:26 PM

Good address, too. Very inspiring. And now, which liberal(s) will be first to say he was only chosen because he’s -

Talented? Qualified? A tried-and-true spokesman? Nah….

Rosmerta on January 30, 2009 at 5:26 PM

Okay… good.

NOW ATTACK!!!!

Skywise on January 30, 2009 at 5:26 PM

He’s opposite for yours (and my) position on gay marriage. Doesn’t it bug you that the party cannot get past this simple little hump?

lorien1973 on January 30, 2009 at 5:23 PM

Well, I was never expecting a miracle…

Sure, Steele has some views I don’t agree with, but a lot that I do. All in all, I never support any candidate for anything based solely on one issue.

Steele is just moderate enough for me. And he’s the best man to attempt the daunting task of party unity, in a party that sorely needs it.

JetBoy on January 30, 2009 at 5:27 PM

By liberal standards, isn’t Steele more authentically black than Obama? I assume Steele is actually the ancestor of slaves and isn’t only half black. Obama is really more of an oreo than Steele.

Mark1971 on January 30, 2009 at 5:28 PM

Look out, Tim Kaine!

Christien on January 30, 2009 at 5:28 PM

Remember the GOP is not in power right now. Steele’s job is to rebuild the party but also just as important to KEEP THE GOP IN THE NEWS, A talk show host and a governor can’t do it alone. Now we have a third voice–a national voice based in Washington. Awesome!

technopeasant on January 30, 2009 at 5:29 PM

I think Steele is a great choice. And we’re on parity with the dems being that they cannot use race as a counter punch

Kini on January 30, 2009 at 5:24 PM

Exactly! Let’s take that card out of the deck. About damn time. It’s one less for the libs to play.

Cody1991 on January 30, 2009 at 5:30 PM

JetBoy on January 30, 2009 at 5:27 PM

He’s moderate on all the wrong issues for me. *shrug*

lorien1973 on January 30, 2009 at 5:30 PM

My Chairman is Black!!

Sorry… had to go there.

Sir Corky on January 30, 2009 at 5:17 PM
——-

My Senator is Black.

How many Hot Air-heads can say that?

Mew

acat on January 30, 2009 at 5:31 PM

The inmates at DU are already starting with the racist slurs of the cookie-origin.

And Republicans are suppose to be the racist party? Oy.

Enoxo on January 30, 2009 at 5:31 PM

Congratulations to Mike. This week is a new chapter in the republican party of sticking to principles!

jencab on January 30, 2009 at 5:31 PM

IMO, he’s currently the only man that has a shot at making blue states look purple. And Steele standing on a stage with Palin (& maybe Jindall) truly puts a new, fresh face on the Grand Old Party! And they have already weathered the crap storm thrown at them by the Dems and the MSM, and are still standing. I smell a good fight brewing.

A Palin/Steele ticket in 2012 sure could be interesting, but I’m getting ahead of myself.

I’m liking what I see though, maybe even enough to change my L into an R.

ornery_independent on January 30, 2009 at 5:31 PM

DRILL BABY DRILL!

Enoxo on January 30, 2009 at 5:32 PM

Steele does not have as clear a speaking voice as Obama. Not his fault, of course. But I have seen Steele get rattled too often on the cable shows, and he simply doesn’t have the nasty bite I would like to see used against the Dems. That said, he’s still better than the other candidates. However, it is lamentable that the Democratic Party has been so successful at targeting and neutralizing all the GOP’s talented young guns in recent years.

jay12 on January 30, 2009 at 5:33 PM

Congratulations, Chairman Steele. Godspeed.

Loxodonta on January 30, 2009 at 5:33 PM

Exactly! Let’s take that card out of the deck. About damn time. It’s one less for the libs to play.

Cody1991 on January 30, 2009 at 5:30 PM

Your kidding , right.Wait till you here what the dems say about him. Just like the things they said about Condoleeza, and Powell when he was a republican.

MDWNJ on January 30, 2009 at 5:33 PM

Hope and Change
Hard work and Rewards…

right2bright on January 30, 2009 at 5:33 PM

GOP SHOOTS AND SCORES!

Good Lt on January 30, 2009 at 5:34 PM

Good choice, though there will be talk of the RNC choosing him in response to Obama’s election.
MadisonConservative on January 30, 2009 at 5:22 PM

Of course.

Be prepared for sly accusations of “house negro” to start popping up, that the GOP racists only chose Steele to counter Ogabe, otherwise he never would have made it.

Bishop on January 30, 2009 at 5:34 PM

He’s opposite for yours (and my) position on gay marriage. Doesn’t it bug you that the party cannot get past this simple little hump?

lorien1973 on January 30, 2009 at 5:23 PM

hump?

right2bright on January 30, 2009 at 5:35 PM

Is this racist?

Steele picked to lead GOP; first black in job

MSNBC headline

j/k

KingGold on January 30, 2009 at 5:35 PM

Stoked if he can turn New York red. NYC is already red– the wrong shade IYKWIMAITYD.

J.J. Sefton on January 30, 2009 at 5:35 PM

He’s moderate on all the wrong issues for me. *shrug*

lorien1973 on January 30, 2009 at 5:30 PM

Glad I’m not the only one bothered by that.

MadisonConservative on January 30, 2009 at 5:35 PM

Who’s the asshat commentating?

I turned off the clip before Steele started talking because I couldn’t get past his obsession with race. It sounded like some liberal projecting. I’ll give it another shot when I calm down.

Honestly, Steele is awesome and I really don’t give a damn what race he is.

29Victor on January 30, 2009 at 5:36 PM

I believe the biggest difference (among many) in Steele and Obama is that Steele has actually worked…

right2bright on January 30, 2009 at 5:37 PM

right2bright on January 30, 2009 at 5:35 PM

Yeah, you went there.

29Victor on January 30, 2009 at 5:37 PM

Good luck, Mr. Steele. You have my prayers and support. Your task is daunting, and it’s going to take quite a bit of savvy. I just hope you’re able to marry ideas/ideology with practical political maneuvers better than the last Chairmen. For some reason, our generation seems to think that ideology and action are on opposite sides pulling against each other. It doesn’t have to be that way, although it is much easier to do it that way. Good luck, Mr. Chairman, good luck.

Weight of Glory on January 30, 2009 at 5:37 PM

I think Steele is a bad pick.

Steele believes the party’s problem is message. I believe the party’s problem is its lack of organization.

The GOP wont win by sounding more like the democrats. We wont win by being more like Obama.

There is no way the GOP can ever outbid the Dems when it comes to buying the public’s affection with tax dollars. They will also be willing to go much further than we will.

The GOP has to convince the public that government IS the problem not the solution. Sounding like the democrats isnt an answer.

The GOP has no solid base to garner votes. It has to rebuild the party to be competive while keeping the same message.

William Amos on January 30, 2009 at 5:37 PM

Remember people:

If you aren’t 100 percent conservative on anything, HotAir readers will question your patriotism and your conservative credentials.

;)

Jk? Maybe, maybe not!

blatantblue on January 30, 2009 at 5:38 PM

I just faxed Steele and the R Senate Leadership asking them to organize a filibuster of the stim travesty.
 

I think the ‘base’ would come back if we stand up for what’s right and not make the only question among the parties the question of ‘do I get a check?’ which the Dems will always win if the Rs are not standing on principle.

ElRonaldo on January 30, 2009 at 5:39 PM

I understand the idea of making the tent bigger…and Mike Steele has repeatedly state his intent to make more people feel at home being a Republican, but as a Libertarian finds himself voting Republican often times, I have to ask, is the Republican Party going to find more voters by expanding the tent to the right fiscally, or to the left? Steele’s nomination seems to say they’re aiming toward the left.

Spc Steve on January 30, 2009 at 5:39 PM

I just hope that Mr. Steele does not turn left.

Johan Klaus on January 30, 2009 at 5:40 PM

Finally.
A black leader we can believe in!

ToddonCapeCod on January 30, 2009 at 5:40 PM

Steele! I’ll raise a glass to him. Congratulations, sir!

meltenn on January 30, 2009 at 5:40 PM

Time to fight hard Mike. Don’t let us down.
Of course, get ready for the media double standard
that we saw with Palin.
We have to defend this man when the deluge begins.
We know how nasty the moronic drones in the media can be.

RobCon on January 30, 2009 at 5:40 PM

He’s moderate on all the wrong issues for me. *shrug*

lorien1973 on January 30, 2009 at 5:30 PM

Give Steele a chance. Heck, if I like him…and as y’all know I’ve gone my own way on a lot of things the past year…but on Steele I’m with the majority on HotAir. For once heh…

Honestly, can the GOP get any worse right now?

JetBoy on January 30, 2009 at 5:40 PM

All i ask for is strong military, limited government,lower taxes, and personal responsibility. If he is for that, i am ok with him.

Oh and if he could make midget tossing , an Olympic sport.

MDWNJ on January 30, 2009 at 5:40 PM

Yay! I gave him money for his failed MD run back in the day. I don’t know where this “liberal” or “moderate” hoo-ha comes from. He doesn’t seem more “moderate” than Palin to me.

Anyway, I’m very hopeful. The party =just=may= get money from me now. We’ll see.

meep on January 30, 2009 at 5:40 PM

It will be interesting to watch and see how the media ignores this.

Zetterson on January 30, 2009 at 5:18 PM

Nah, they will not ignore him. They’ll slobber all over the first black RNC chairman in history. They’ll love him the same, if not more than the big O, who can’t speak as well without a prompter, can think better on his feet, has a disarming smile, twinkle in those dark exotic eyes, and is good looking. Can’t wait to see all this realized.

Schadenfreude on January 30, 2009 at 5:40 PM

Finally.
A black leader we can believe in!

ToddonCapeCod on January 30, 2009 at 5:40 PM

I thought we just wanted a leader. Hmmm.

MadisonConservative on January 30, 2009 at 5:41 PM

Notice the confusion by the journalist wannbe at the end.

Priceless stupidity

Kini on January 30, 2009 at 5:41 PM

For the first time in my adult life, I”m proud of my Country Party.

Good Lt on January 30, 2009 at 5:41 PM

JetBoy on January 30, 2009 at 5:27 PM

You are awesome.

Cindy Munford on January 30, 2009 at 5:41 PM

Exactly! Let’s take that card out of the deck. About damn time. It’s one less for the libs to play.

Cody1991 on January 30, 2009 at 5:30 PM

You underestimate the Democrats. They will openly and with impunity refer to Steele as a “Token” and an “Uncle Tom”.

jay12 on January 30, 2009 at 5:41 PM

Congratulations, Mr. Chairman!

Michael Steele — Sunny Reaganesque personality and media savvy

Ken Blackwell — Solid conservative values

Newt Gingrich — Brilliant strategerist and big picture thinker

I wish you could combine all three in one person. I hope they work together and persuade Steele to incorporate their vision to move the party forward and to the right.

I would prefer to see Steele run for higher office in a blue or purple eastern state where his center-right ideology would still be a big improvement. But we could have done worse.

Terrie on January 30, 2009 at 5:42 PM

Good Lt on January 30, 2009 at 5:41 PM

LOL!!

blatantblue on January 30, 2009 at 5:42 PM

Nice pick in Steele!!!!

joey24007 on January 30, 2009 at 5:42 PM

No matter who was picked, someone was going to whine about it…how about whining about it after he has done something to whine about.
He has never held this position, and more often then not the position changes the person.
Right now you can just say I don’t like him when he was leading xyz.
Soon you will be able to critique him on something that actually has meaning.
Right now, you are whining…

right2bright on January 30, 2009 at 5:43 PM

That’s two days in a row that I was really excited about the direction of my party. Here we go boys and girls…The Republicans are on the way back…

RedSoxNation on January 30, 2009 at 5:43 PM

Honestly, can the GOP get any worse right now?

JetBoy on January 30, 2009 at 5:40 PM

HA! Well, when you put it like that, no. No it can’t.

Weight of Glory on January 30, 2009 at 5:43 PM

Be prepared for sly accusations of “house negro” to start popping up, that the GOP racists only chose Steele to counter Ogabe, otherwise he never would have made it.

Bishop on January 30, 2009 at 5:34 PM

And don’t forget Uncle Tom.

Johan Klaus on January 30, 2009 at 5:43 PM

Does this mean we’re all Steele r fans this weekend?

jay12 on January 30, 2009 at 5:43 PM

Be prepared for sly accusations of “house negro” to start popping up, that the GOP racists only chose Steele to counter Ogabe, otherwise he never would have made it.

Bishop on January 30, 2009 at 5:34 PM

They already had a press release ready before his selection, I’m sure.

blatantblue on January 30, 2009 at 5:44 PM

Your kidding , right.Wait till you here what the dems say about him. Just like the things they said about Condoleeza, and Powell when he was a republican.

MDWNJ on January 30, 2009 at 5:33 PM

We had this discussion on the other thread. I’m well aware of what libs do. They don’t care about race. Race is a ‘tool.’ It’s ideological for them.

So let them show their asses. People will eventually see why Steele is despised and BO is worshiped.

Cody1991 on January 30, 2009 at 5:44 PM

I’m proud of him. I think he has the right idea about what’s wrong with the party. I don’t agree with him 100% on everything, but I felt the same way about all of the other candidates.

William Amos on January 30, 2009 at 5:37 PM

RRRRRRAAAAAACCCCCCIIIIIISSSSST!
lol j/k
Seriously, he seemed to address a lot of that in his speech. At least that’s how it sounded to me. But let’s be honest, ANYONE (outside of the seemingly good guys, but total liberal media low hanging fruit, that Dawson and Saltsman are) would be better than Duncan. This last cycle was, quite possibly, the absolute WORST campaign any major party has ever run.

Sir Corky on January 30, 2009 at 5:17 PM

I am so sick of that GD song! But, for good measure, “my Lambo’s blue”.

malan89 on January 30, 2009 at 5:44 PM

My chairman is an American Conservative and I couldn’t be happier!!!!

HarryStar on January 30, 2009 at 5:44 PM

MadisonConservative on January 30, 2009 at 5:35 PM
lorien1973 on January 30, 2009 at 5:30 PM
JetBoy on January 30, 2009 at 5:27 PM

Time is on your side.

Cindy Munford on January 30, 2009 at 5:45 PM

If you aren’t 100 percent conservative on anything, HotAir readers will question your patriotism and your conservative credentials.

;)

Jk? Maybe, maybe not!

blatantblue on January 30, 2009 at 5:38 PM

Say you disagree with torture of AQ terrorists in this forum, and see what happens. I dare you.

Spc Steve on January 30, 2009 at 5:45 PM

Steele gives me a good vibe. No tingles up the leg, but a vibe he is a strong, smart and decent man.

gmoonster on January 30, 2009 at 5:46 PM

JetBoy on January 30, 2009 at 5:40 PM

Considering the way he’s handing the shit sandwich (with that trademark BO arrogance and smugness), it’s looking like Barry O might be the biggest Republican campaign asset come 2010.

malan89 on January 30, 2009 at 5:46 PM

WHITES ONLY

Heh.

Good Lt on January 30, 2009 at 5:46 PM

I thought we just wanted a leader. Hmmm.

MadisonConservative on January 30, 2009 at 5:41 PM

Nothing wrong with being black…how often has a leader been picked because he can “carry the North, or the south”. Visual is important, one of McCains drawbacks is that he is not an impressive figure, unfortunately, looks mean something in the political scheme of things.
Being black is an advantage, just like if he had gone to seminary (oh, he did), or he actually worked (oh, he did)…he is a package, and the package includes his skin.

right2bright on January 30, 2009 at 5:46 PM

Spc Steve on January 30, 2009 at 5:45 PM

You know what I’ve found with a lot of posters lately?

If you just err from the orthodoxy just one degree, people are here ready to hamstring you.

We all have to stick together and fight big government.

blatantblue on January 30, 2009 at 5:47 PM

Nothing wrong with being black…

right2bright on January 30, 2009 at 5:46 PM

I didn’t say there was. However, instead of referenced as “a leader”, he was referenced as “a black leader”.

That implies something that makes me very disappointed.

MadisonConservative on January 30, 2009 at 5:49 PM

The racists and bigots in the dimocratic party are going to be insane. Since they represent a very large percentage in their party, this will really get ugly. Steele will expose the dims for what they really are. Mile, you have my respect for standing up to the dimocratic racist trash.

volsense on January 30, 2009 at 5:49 PM

Quote: “To my friends in the northeast: Get ready, baby, it’s time to turn it on.”

“Hey you GUUUUYS!”

We’re gonna’ turn it on
We’re gonna’ bring you the power
We’re gonna light up the dark of night like the brightest day in a whole new way

We’re gonna turn it on
we’re gonna bring you the power
It’s coming down the lines, strong as they can be
Through the courtesy of The Electric Company
The Electric Company. The Electric Company!

Does that jog anyone’s memory?

InCali on January 30, 2009 at 5:49 PM

Seriously, he seemed to address a lot of that in his speech. At least that’s how it sounded to me. But let’s be honest, ANYONE (outside of the seemingly good guys, but total liberal media low hanging fruit, that Dawson and Saltsman are) would be better than Duncan. This last cycle was, quite possibly, the absolute WORST campaign any major party has ever run.

Maybe Im just too pesssimistic. It seems like I have been urging for years for the GOP t build a counter to ACORN and organized labor and the NAACP. The dems use their subgroups to get out the vote and the GOP blows its money on huge wastefull media buys or email campaigns.

The best suggestion I can give Mr Steele is to listen to the Base. We were the ones alienated in the last election and seeing someone like Sarah Palin trashed while our party “leaders” did nothing to counter it was disgusting. The best advice for the GOP will come from outside the beltway and not inside. I hope Mr Steele realizes that.

William Amos on January 30, 2009 at 5:50 PM

I think Steele is going to do a great job. So long as he doesn’t throw us to the dillweeds of the party.

Wait…that’s..
most of them!

blatantblue on January 30, 2009 at 5:50 PM

blatantblue on January 30, 2009 at 5:47 PM

I agree, but where did big government get its start? Most people would say with FDR’s New Deal. I contend it begins in 1913, when the XVI Amendment was passed.

Fact is, once the Fed got to your paycheck before you did, it’s been all downhill.

The first step to fixing the economy might as well be the most important one. Demand from your congressman that they repeal the XVIth Amendment and institute a tax based on consumption. It’s win-win. Either spend and pay taxes, providing for both the government and business, or save, and bolster your bank’s capacity to invest. And see your whole pay check on the 1st and 15th, instead of waiting until April 14th to see what Uncle Sam deigns to return to you.

Spc Steve on January 30, 2009 at 5:51 PM

I think Steele is a bad pick.

Steele believes the party’s problem is message. I believe the party’s problem is its lack of organization.

The GOP wont win by sounding more like the democrats. We wont win by being more like Obama.

There is no way the GOP can ever outbid the Dems when it comes to buying the public’s affection with tax dollars. They will also be willing to go much further than we will.

The GOP has to convince the public that government IS the problem not the solution. Sounding like the democrats isnt an answer.

The GOP has no solid base to garner votes. It has to rebuild the party to be competive while keeping the same message.

William Amos on January 30, 2009 at 5:37 PM

Steele doesn’t sound like a dem. He also doesn’t seem to spout religious inspired BS. Good.

toliver on January 30, 2009 at 5:53 PM

VERY NECESSARY!

thank goodness……………….

Drunk Report on January 30, 2009 at 5:54 PM

Awesome. He said the “c” word: “conservative”.

Let’s roll, Mike.

Pasalubong on January 30, 2009 at 5:54 PM

I’m ready to give Steele a chance to show what he’s made of, hopefully the rest of the party will do so too.

Bishop on January 30, 2009 at 5:55 PM

Spc Steve on January 30, 2009 at 5:45 PM

blatantblue is right, don’t search for places to disagree, they will always be there. Let’s unite. Just because I may disagree with you on one point or another doesn’t mean I don’t respect you, wish you well and need you to help save the country.

Cindy Munford on January 30, 2009 at 5:56 PM

McCain was a self-proclaimed RINO; Steele is a self-proclaimed Reagan consevative and proud of it. Let’s take both of the men at their word.

technopeasant on January 30, 2009 at 5:56 PM

I think Steele is a bad pick.
William Amos

Incorrect. The GOP’s problem is the message, in so much as it is muddled and in the wrong language.

If it wasn’t for talk radio, we’d have no idea what we are about. Steele talks like Rush, Levin, etc. If you saw him at the Black forum (talk about in the lion’s den), you’d have seen an example of how the simple message of the GOP can be delivered.

Agrippa2k on January 30, 2009 at 5:58 PM

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