Skip to comments.GOP Chief: Republicans 'Screwed Up' After Reagan
Posted on 01/05/2010 6:00:06 AM PST by rabscuttle385
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele offers a simple explanation for why the GOP all too often lost touch with typical Americans since the Ronald Reagan era: "We screwed up," he claims in a new book offering a blueprint for the party's resurgence.
That "we" includes the last two Republican presidents and the most recent Republican candidate for president.
In "Right Now: A 12-Step Program for Defeating the Obama Agenda," released Monday by Regnery Publishing, Steele says the GOP should acknowledge where "we most glaringly compromised our principles" in the past decade and hold its elected officials accountable.
"We must support Republican officials who assert these principles," he writes. "When elected Republicans vote against Republican principles, the voters must withhold their support -- withhold it vigorously and consistently."
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Is Michael Steele finally getting some religion?
Well, he is half right about total screwup, Newt and the Fellas were good up until maybe 1999 or so, but they did pass the tax relief measures.
GWB did fight the WoT with vigor, the problem was instead of attracting people with consistency, they drove the base away via inconsistency and the bones they tossed to moderates were not enough to make them Republicans, add in demographic killing Globalism and the R’s alienated pretty much everyone.
He is not incorrect.
Bush 41 screwed up by raising taxes, playing the “get along” game with Dems. His son, sadly, did not learn from that experience.
Bush 41 and Bush 43 were both correct in foreign policy—pushing away foreign menaces.
Bush 43 was right on the tax issue and his SCOTUS appointments, something Bush 41 was only partially successful (Souter was bad, Thomas was good).
What REALLY REALLY REALLY screwed the conservative movement was the forgetfulness of the class of 1994...they were elected in a response to the abuses of a generation of Democrat rule—and quickly thought they would be there for a generation, too.
The next time Rs get a chance to govern, they’d best do it right.
Hardly. He told Hannity that he didn’t think Republicans could take the house in the fall. Maybe they can’t. But that’s not what your head cheerleader should be saying.
DUUH! I think we need to send the RNC out for remedial education!
We’ve had nothing but a choice of lesser evils since Reagan.
Trust but verify.
I wish we had Ken Blackwell doing this job. Blackwell may lack Steele’s speaking ability, but it would be easier to send Blackwell to Toastmasters for training than to teach Steele Ken Blackwell’s character.
Nothing in Michael Steele’s policy statements nor the selection of candidates to support indicates to me that his actions support the basis of this book.....
Love him or hate him, Steele is a bright guy and I think he is largely on-target here. GHWB and his consummate elitist insiders game really set them off the rails.
Add the nominations of Bob Dole and John McCain to the list of screw ups. They don’t represent the views of most Reps.
Bush 41 was a DISASTER, from day one he was at work undoing the Reagan Revolution (with his DemWit buddies)!!! 43 wasn’t much better!
Reagan was a TRUE bipartisan, he told the DemWits “go along with my plan, and share credit for the success!” Of course the DemWit left amd media HATED him!!! But it didn’t matter, the people loved him! Winning 49 states is the very definition of “bipartisan” (Note: ole Mondull won Minnesota by less than 4,000 votes). Instead of compromising your core beliefs, you convince the folks your way is better! But the recent GOP’s “core beliefs” have just been “LibLight”.
Brings back the great question of our times... What in DC (water, air, money?) robs DemWits of their minds... and Repubs of their spines??? God help us!!!
What makes him a bright guy?
The ability to state the obvious?
I have yet to hear him saying anything unique, impressive or insightful.
You are so right.
He did have good SCOTUS appointments, especially if you throw out the Harriet Miers fiasco. But on taxes, he ended being very bad, favoring demand side tax rebates, which are highly ineffective, thus giving tax cuts a bad reputation.
Michael Steele is merely the “leader” of the already-defeated and ready-to-be-defeated-again RINO wing of the Republican Party, and a very large wing it is ,indeed.
He is less concerned with winning, than with “competing”, and he’s said so in those very words. Right now he and the RNC are stuck on the horns of a dilemma: they know they can’t win ANY ELECTION without the grassroots Tea Party conservatives (who in many ways are Independents also), so he must court them and come up with his own vetting process for candidates, namely, this “FIRST PRINCIPLES” statement, and assure this group that he’s got their interests at heart, and will do all the careful and proper screening and make all the right decisions: he won’t and can’t. He represents the Establishment RINOs. THey NEVER take a chance. The last time one of them (amazingly) took a chance it was to pick Sarah Palin as his running mate, and from that moment forward their biggest task was to neutralize her. By herself, she grew into something naturally and spontaneously that far overshadowed anything they could artificially contrive for themselves.
It is WE who instead should be vetting the candidates Steele wants to vet, and WE who should be making it clear we have our own “first principles” that we expect OUR candidates to respect-—he’s already getting too much play in the Media, and I know why-—he’s the new RINO of the moment, one the MSM can count on to be ever-so-grateful to be given a moment in the sun.
Reagan gave the needle to the Democrats in almost every speech he made. Something you would never see a Bush do. Reagan also frequently appealed to the people to contact their representatives in order to get his agenda passed.
Good luck with that.
Politicians like the Bushes, Doles, and McCain represent what Republicans were before Reagan came along. Reagan was the aberration.
Along with Goldwater. The conservative movement did not start with Reagan.
21 year duhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh......
You are so right, I keep thinking of this year and the great opportunity we have, and then I picture the R’s screwing up again. Keeps me awake at night.
Sooooooo, the RNC is gittin religion, is it? BS! I don’t care what they SAY, only what they have done, are CURRENTLY doing, and based upon this, what they are likely to do. So far I give
the GOP an F. What has the GOP done to reign in Graham and McCain?
The GOP is still promoting RINO candidates.
The GOP has refused to fund Scott Brown, the man who has a real shot at replacing Ted Kennedy in the Senate. They had plenty of money for Romney though.
GOP you PROVE it, and they will come.
What a liar! He supported the rino Wayne Gilcrest for congress in Maryland when every other major republican (including Steeles old partner former Governor Bob Ehrlich) abandoned this incumbent and supported the conservative challenger Andy Harris. Gilcrest lost in the the primary and then pulled a "Scuzzyfava" and supported the dem in the general. Steele is a liar and a hypocrite. He feels the wind blowing and instead of leading he writes a book to cash in on the "conservative" sentiment. I guess the speaking fees he's been charging are not enough to satisfy him.
You are correct. The RNC is in it for itself which is made up of RINOs. Steele sees the outrage by the public manifested by the Tea Party groups, and is adjusting his message accordingly. He is still a RINO representing RINOs.
STARVE THE BEAST
Don’t let the door hit you on the way out, Michael.
One thing I've long believed is that the GOP found it much harder to govern in power than it was to serve as the opposition on the sidelines. I despised Bill Clinton as much as anyone, but I have to admit that the period between the 1992 election and the 1994 GOP sweep of Congress made for some of the most entertaining media stories of my life. The whole U.S. government was basically a farce, and life was a lot of fun when I didn't feel any obligation to take it seriously.
The Bushes screwed up by trying to be Dems on odd numbered days and Repubs on even numbered days.
Dem voters still voted Dem, but Repub voters (and campaign contributors) stopped giving enthusiastic support.
Look at Calif’s Republican Governor, Arnold Wimponator. He recently announced he gave Dear Leader’s performance as Prez thus far an “A”.
With Repubs like that, who needs enemies?
Of course, Steele’s past statements were less than “Reagan-ish”. Some more like “Rino-ish”, so did Steele write that book or was it ghost written? And did he mean those words and is he a true conservative? Or just an “election year conservative”?
Nice that he’s finding religion, but it’s too late for that. We don’t have time to find out if he really means it or if he’s still trying to bail out the sinking lifeboat.
Dump Steele — who supports only RINOs and wants to play the losing “big tent” game with Dems — and put a REAL conservative at the helm of the GOP. Is this a war of ideas or a just a parsing of minor differences between two similar parties? Time to draw a line in the sand.
One week of statements from a real conservative GOP boss and we’ll know if the GOP can be saved or if a third party is required. And if a third party is needed to say what we want said, then forget about 2012. And 2016, too.
Put up or shut up, Mr. Steele.
I guess he got the memo that WE AREN’T DONATING TO THE NATIONAL GOP UNTIL THEY START FOLLOWING OUR PRINCIPLES AGAIN.
The PARTY doesn’t run things, WE DO.
They serve us and represent OUR wishes, and when they stray from that, BLAMO, no funding for you. It’s just that simple.
The last time the National party contacted me, I told them the same. I get the feeling that the poor guy had heard it a lot, because he hung up with out saying goodbye even. Golly, isn’t THAT a great way to help bring the party faithful back into the fold... not.
Has he finally seen the handwriting on the wall?
The Repubs that love Reagan saw it all squandered by the like of Newt,McCain etc etc.
When the people gave them the power, they used it to their own greater desire to become members of the Washington Club.
Is the republican party’s affirmative action appointee just figuring this out??!!
Which is why I voted for Duncan Hunter in the primary, who didn’t need any conversions throughout his career.
Verify before trusting is what I say.
Not one wasteful social program was eliminated. Half the country is still feeding off the public teat. Schools are still indoctrination centers, and today they're worse than ever.
If the Republican party goes back to it's conservative roots and regains power, it has a LOT of cleaning up to do. Will they have the guts to do the right thing this time?
and Michael Steele is a prime example of that screw-up....
Look at Califs Republican Governor, Arnold Wimponator. He recently announced he gave Dear Leaders performance as Prez thus far an A.
With Repubs like that, who needs enemies?
Saw it this morning on loca news - The state of California is getting 50 Billion stimulus dollars sooooo..
The bigger problem tho is the gUb has been furloughing folks that process requests for stimulus funding.. so the money may languish around and not get spread around anytime soon.
and now, he faces actually having to layoff and reduce pay for workers. good luck, Ca GoP.
Proof’s in the pudding. We’ll have to see what the GOP does in this election cycle, and what candidates they choose to support.