Conservative Leadership…? (UPDATED)

Former MD Lieutenant Governor and failed Senate candidate Michael Steele has officially begun campaigning to become the next Chairman of the Republican National Committee.

Hey, Republicans–is this the kind of guy you want running your party:

At Steele Rally, All Is Not Quite What It Appears

Sunday, September 24, 2006

U.S. Senate candidate Michael S. Steele got an endorsement last week from a guy named Mfume . It came at a rally of Democrats for Steele in Baltimore, where Steele supporters waved signs and grabbed bumper stickers that said “Steele Democrat.”

No Democrats who are elected officials in Maryland showed up, and afterward they said the entire event was meant to confuse voters.

The Mfume endorsement? It came not from the former Democratic candidate for the seat Kweisi Mfume but from his son Michael. And those signs? Well, Steele is no Democrat.

He’s the Republican candidate and has served as chairman of the Maryland Republican Party, a member of the Republican National Committee and a booster for President Bush . He even spoke at the Republican National Convention in 2004. In prime time.

So what gives?

[…]

“We expect Michael Steele to pretend to be a Democrat, but let’s get real,” said Oren Shur , Cardin’s spokesman. “Marylanders won’t be fooled by flashy ads and misleading campaign signs.”

State Democratic Party Chairman Terry Lierman chimed in with his own statement: “Steele’s new logo is the biggest election fraud perpetrated on the voters of Maryland in this campaign to date — and proves that Steele thinks his only chance is political identity theft.”

Also:

The Michael Steele who hangs out in Capitol Hill steakhouses is apparently a near Democrat who wants Marylanders to see him as the one candidate for Senate who will stand up to party leadership and connect with the pains and dreams of ordinary people. This Steele sounds so much like his opponents that I began to wonder — job-sharing, anyone?

But the Steele who retreats to the comfort of WBAL wraps himself in a good old Republican cloth coat. “I’ve been quoted as calling [President Bush] my homeboy,” Steele said on the radio yesterday, “and that’s how I feel.”

So much for independence.

[Emphasis mine]

So you guys want Michael Steele–failed Senate candidate, two-faced pretend Democrat, backstabbing Republican, who brings absolutely no new ideas to the table–to be your party’s Chairman?

I mean, I know I said you needed new leadership, but some good ideas and some pride in your party would be helpful.

UPDATE: Psst…this guy is making some sense:

“We cannot be a majority governing party when we essentially cannot compete in the Northeast, we are losing our ability to compete in Great Lakes States, we cannot compete on the West Coast, we are increasingly in danger of competing in the Mid-Atlantic States, and the Democrats are now winning some of the Western States,” [Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty] said. “That is not a formula for being a majority governing party in this nation.”

“And similarly we cannot compete, and prevail, as a majority governing party if we have a significant deficit, as we do, with women, where we have a large deficit with Hispanics, where we have a large deficit with African-American voters, where we have a large deficit with people of modest incomes and modest financial circumstances…[t]hose are not factors that make up a formula for success going forward.”

[…]

“There will be calls, and voices across the country for Republicans to return to traditional conservative approaches in almost all respects,” he said, adding that there would also be calls to modernize the party.

“The good news is both are true, and both can be harmonized in my view…[w]e can be both conservative and we can be modern at the same time.”

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