Skip to comments.GOP needs new chief: Steele's not getting job done
Posted on 04/03/2010 3:23:00 AM PDT by Scanian
GOP Chairman Michael Steele is a talented guy: smart, affable, telegenic, with a gift for gab. He ran a great race for US Senate from one of the toughest states for a Republican to win, Maryland.
I should know, I lost my own Senate race there in 1986 and no Republican has won the seat in 30 years. But the best thing Steele could do now for the GOP is to step aside as chairman of the Republican National Committee.
Steele has gotten a lot of bad press this week for gross (in every sense of the word) misspending of donors' money. First, the story broke that RNC money paid for a night out for a group of young donors and staff at a bondage-theme nightclub in West Hollywood, Calif., aptly named Voyeur.
Steele didn't attend the party, and the RNC staffer who approved the reimbursement of the expenses has been fired. Nonetheless, other stories have leaked out suggesting Steele has his own problems, namely very expensive tastes. During his tenure, he's spent RNC money on private jets, limousines and four-star hotels on his frequent travels -- nearly $9,000 at the Beverly Hills Hotel on one stop.
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“Steele’s not getting the job done”
Aw, ya think?
Now, Michael Steele is a fine person, in many ways, but this is a job unsuited to his capabilities. He is by nature a self-promoter, used to marshalling the agreements necessary to get himself moved into positions of relative strength, but not so much as a cheerleader and getting the troops on the ground to fan out through the neighborhoods, building a base for committed candidates.
The national Republican Party fell for the “affirmative action” politically correct thinking, when they needed somebody like Karl Rove to fill the seat, an organizer who had the firm objective of putting suitable candidates into suitable races, those which were winnable, and who would represent the Republican message, so we would not have a repeat of the Arlen Specter fiasco.
And Lord knows, we cannot stand many more such “victories” just to put somebody in office who is only keeping an “R” beside his (or her) name as a convenience. To themselves.
I agree. Steele is wasting the most valuable opportunity the GOP has had in practically 20 years to drive us forward in a strong, popular and conservative direction. By being conservatives, we would easily become the political choice of a majority of Americans.
Yet another reason why true conservatives are leaving the Republican open borders anti-capitalist government bailout party for the Tea Party.
Cause steele is not a conservative.
He is one of those inclusive types who wish to grow the party by being dem lite.
Like our marxist p.o.s. president, were they not black neither would have their current jobs.
He needs to go now. The opportunity of a lifetime is at hand come November.
Don’t donate money to the RNC. Find candidates you like and donate to them directly.
I disagree. Steele is doing a fine job for the Democrats. He fosters contempt, ovesees fraud, wase and abuse of money, resources and good will. Best friend the Rats ever had.
Who should replace him?
I pegged this fraud 13 months ago when he first took office:
I still stand by what I said.
Will someone educate me please.
How does one become leader of the RNC? If they are elected, who elects them and how?
I have been wondering the same thing- we participate at the local level and see how the good old boys want to keep doing things the same way they have done them for years, even thought its not working.. We have not supported the RNC for quite some time, but rather support individual candidates. I know this is not an efficient answer, nor the way to win national elections but we are not willing to continue to support RINO’s because the are the lesser of the evils.
I think if we want to sweep the Nov elections the obvious choice for party leadership would be Sarah Palin. She’d bring back the conservatives without being the polarizing force she’d be as a candidate. If she proved herself in this position she’d have a great chance to head the ticket in ‘12 if that’s what she want’s to do.
Conservatives certainly didnt have a say in steele getting the chairmanship.Rinos all the way.
I don’t donate to the RNC either. But that is because of McCane, Steel, Romney etc. Who is leading this party? Did McCane appoint Steel? This process needs a good look and airing out. Some of this mess the country is in can be laid at the feet of RINOS. I just cannot support a moderate, with cash or votes.
They should have taken Ken Blackwell for the job. He was the perfect conservative for the position. But alas, the same “establishment” boneheads who told it us it was Bob Dole’s “turn” and John McCain’s “turn” and, soon enough, Mitt Romney’s “turn” fear true conservatives. So, Steele got tabbed.
In this reply I tried to define the job at a time when the Republican Party was absolutely broken and dispirited. Fate dealt us a card as Obama overplayed his hand and the country has become increasingly appalled at the naked thrust to govern against the people. Nevertheless, the Republican Party is still leaderless and that gap has opened the way for a potential third party movement which would be fatal to any chance unhorse Obama and the Democrats' supermajority.
In the seven months remaining until that midterm election, it is the task of the Republican Party to become the natural home of the conservative movement and the tea party and to give voice to the grassroots' visceral reaction to the excesses of the Obama administration. The job is to nationalize the election and make it in a referendum on Obama. We have no spokesman to do this and we have no man in charge of the Republican National Committee in whom the grassroots of America can park there confidence for the season. No man to organize, no man to provide a theme, no man to inspire new candidates, no man to raise money. A great opportunity to save the Republic can be forfeit.
At a time when the Democrats are cynically trying to portray any opposition as hate filled and racist, our black chairman has not even adequately stepped up to the plate and put pay to this calumny.
Here is the reply from a year ago:
I think the position today is unique in its historical context. The chairman will become the default spokesman of the party. I suspect he is also going to be the leading policymaker-if he has the stuff for it. He must carry his policy with his rhetoric and he must contrive a policy which will justify the rhetoric. I see no one else on the horizon at this time who can step up to that role. By virtue of their offices the minority leader of the Senate and the minority leader in the House might offer themselves. Mitt Romney might evolve to a party spokesman but that will be awkward for an undeclared candidate. By default, Michael Steele will be the face of the party and probably its brain.
As you point out, his responsibilities include the nuts and bolts of running the party and that means herding cats but also a host of other duties: although he inherits $20 million, he must raise tens of millions more; the entire IT footprint of the party must be adapted to the Blitzkrieg introduced by the Democrats in the last two elections; candidates must be found who can wage credible campaigns at least in a few areas where we might regain some ground; a strategy must be developed to penetrate the red states and that implies selling something that the voters want to buy; legislative strategy must be coordinated with our minorities in the House and Senate so that the party speaks with one voice; discipline must be established and ruthlessly maintained; and finally, a sense of urgency and destiny must be imparted so that the whole country knows what is at stake and what must be done, they must believe it can be done, they must believe that it will be done. They must believe that only the Republicans can do it.
In sum, he must define conservatism and throw down the gauntlet to the creeping statism represented by Obama and his ilk. He must define the limits; this far and no further!
These responsibilities call for a Winston Churchill or a Newt Gingrich. They beg for charisma. The Republican Party might have only one more chance for survival. We need a wartime leader not a conciliator. The best analogy I can think of is that of England in 1930s reluctantly shaking off Neville Chamberlain, its exponent of appeasement, for Winston Churchill whose warnings had been so terribly vindicated that no one now could gainsay him. He told him what his policy was: to wage war. to wage war on land, sea and air. He told them what his aim was: victory. Victory at all costs, victory whenever the price, victory no matter how long or hard the road.
Since the Republican Party is that it position analogous to Great Britain after the fall of France, anything short of this level of commitment dooms the party which in turn shelters and nurtures conservatism and that ultimately dooms the Republic.
This is no time for business as usual. Can Michael Steele grasp the nettle?
Thank you for your replies.
It sounds to me like a behind the doors, with backroom crooked deals made lead by RINOS; but I wish I knew for sure as well as certainly yourselves.
I do think we are on the right track because something has always smelled/stunk about this.
STEELE OUT NOW! We can find someone else who can do this job? Even Huckabee could do a better Job or Mitt Romney. Ideal person would be Jon Vought. Someone who can speak without putting his foot in his mouth.
But the problem is: How does one become chairman to the RNC? Is he elected? Do a bunch of RINOS get together and decide who their next puppet chairman will be?
My recollection is that Dede Scozzafava was the brainchild of Pete Sessions and the NRCC (National Republican Congressional Committee), not Michael Steele.
GOP state committee men & women from each state get together and decide the RNC chairmanship through a ballot process.
While it's true that there is a good contingent of conservatives among this group, it's an insiders' game all the way. They would never elect a true outside like Sarah Palin to this position assuming she would even want it, which I hope she wouldn't.
Does it ever dawn on you that there is actually very little difference in the parties? Sure there are a few good repubs out there but most big govt hacks no different than the rats.
Been looking for the RNC rules. Can’t find them. I understand each state has 3 members and it takes a 2/3rds vote to replace a chairman. That would explain why the conservative and Republican base is always upset with the RNC.
Rhode Island and Vermont have as much representation on the RNC as Georgia and Texas.
The candidate for Senate in my state on the 'Pub side is certainly a better choice than the 'Rat candidate. Not perfect,of course, but a better choice than the alternative.
Thank you for your research. I too tried to find something on it, but I couldn’t either so I called for help.
Also, thank you about the 3 members and 2/3 vote information. I didn’t know that.
This brings up another question for the future: Who decides on those 3 members?
The whole thing sounds too “cluby” to me.
Thank you again.
Hopefully the party is not deaf to this. Its symptomatic of how far Republicans still need to go.
I’m a strong advocate of a purification of the Republican party.
But I think this “there is no difference between the parties” argument is simply not factual.
There is a difference. The problem is, we are not applying enough scrutiny to those that represent themselves as on the “right.” If we were truly holding the Republican party accountable to its core values, then that would solve the problem.
We have to demand that not only there be a difference, but that there be a stark difference, and that Republicans stop apologizing and handwringing about the ridiculous “big tent” garbage. We need Republicans who are unashamed and uncompromising with our core principals. But there are some people in the party who don’t get what it means to be unashamed and unabashed about core values, and that manifests itself in the leaders we choose. The Republican Party gets the leadership it deserves, in the sense that it reflects what we are willing to go out and explain as our core principals. If we are fearful and apologetic about conservatism and free market solutions, then our leadership will be also.
She tells us of the drop in contributions to the RNC, but doesn't ascribe the REAL reason for the drop....we small contributors now diverting our donations directly to conservative candidates.
She doesn't get into the RINO isssue with any perspicacity. Yes, Steele is a poor chairman and leader, but the ultimate reason for the decline of the RNC is that it's run by, of and for RINOs......together with long-time, entrenched Beltway insiders, lobbyists and monied elites, in other words, by Republicans like Linda Chavez herself.
“The party could look to its own elected leaders. There are lots of good people to pick from: Sen. John Thune, Rep. Paul Ryan, Gov. Bobby Jindal, and Gov. Mitch Daniels — to name just a few.”
These guys would all be duds. How can you fire someone with no one in mind to replace him?
>> it’s an insiders’ game all the way
That could change, but would require a nationwide effort.
Why the heck does a mere RNC Chairman need a private jet to travel anywhere in America? Who the heck does he think he is? Nancy “ I need special military jets to travel round the country because my time is too precious” Pelosi?
Pual Ryan, the sharpest financial wizard in the GOP would be a “dud”?
On what planet is that?
“How can you fire someone with no one in mind to replace him?
Michael Steele is the only human who can do the job of RNC Chairman?
Isn’t it odd how difficult it is to uncover the RNC rules? They are spelled out somewhere. Do precinct members vote for RNC members? I can’t find out. I suspect they do. That would explain even more the problem. Only recently have precinct slots begun to fill. LA Times had an article about Tea party people in CA and AZ discovering that between 30% and 70% of the slots were empty. Add that lack of interest to the RINOs in New England and its no surprise the RNC is detached from the grass roots. But its not the RNC’s problem really. It reflects those who are active within the establishment. More conservative Republicans have to get into the woodwork in order to prevent another Steele (or get rid of this one).
“We need a wartime leader not a conciliator”
You got that right and Steele cannot grasp the nettles. IMO he’s a DEMONCRAT plant. He’s on the sidelines watching the communists score one after another with nary a word of protest.
I agree with you we need loud, clear voices like Newt or Churchill explaining how America is in imminent danger of falling into a hard tyranny. We’re almost at the point of no return.
Steele needs to go. Statesmen need to rise to the occasion or this country is going to see a lot pain and suffering.
Paul Ryan is a Policy Wonk. A very good Policy Wonk.
But I don’t think he is really good charismatic speaker or makes a great appearance on television.
Maybe Andrea Tanteros instead? Who else did you have in mind?
The difference has been socialism lite or marxism.
Until the gop starts talking about ending agencies, real cutd in spending, real cuts in taxes, and ending entitlement programs than the rest is all bs.
And Micheal Steele is? Gimme break! Steele has about as much charisma as a loaf of bread from last week. He's a turd.
Paul Ryan is a much better, far more effective speaker than Michael Steele will be if he lived to be a 1000 years. There really is simply nothing than is great about Micheal Steele. He is a terrible administrator, he is a bad policy maker, he is terrible at keeping costs down, whenever he opens his mouth he talks nonsense, he is wrong on the issues like immigration, he is confused, he is a bloody disaster!
If Paul Ryan is running the RNC’s finances, it'd be infinitely better than it is now.
Not to mention the RNC Chairs is not hired for making campaign speeches. That's what Sarah Palin is there for.
Only thing is, Pual Ryan would be wasting his talents as RNC Chairman. We need his superior financial intellect in the House, for when we take over in November.
Paul Ryan would never be interested in being RNC Chairman. The suggestion is silly.
You need an extroverted, glad-hander who can raise the big bucks. Think Terry McCalleagh for the Democrats. We need a GOP version of him.
Job One is raise lots of money. Job Two is be a very good media communicator.
I see you never read my post. I will just quote from what I said:
“Only thing is, Paul Ryan would be wasting his talents as RNC Chairman. We need his superior financial intellect in the House, for when we take over in November”
Having said that, he'd be a heck of a lot better than Michael Steele if he wanted the post.
However there are thousands of excellent Republicans in this country who can do the job much better than Steele is doing. Steele was lucky because he got in while the GOP was demoralized and none of the A list potential candidates wanted the job. Right now, great candidates are falling over themselves everywhere to run for the GOP all across the country because the GOP has the momentum. Come January, Steele is history.
I am very sorry for my later reply to you. I had to do super. My cats were running low on their favorite foods. They eat better than I do. I have an Obama situation in my house. I am the cook, waitress, housecleaner, and chauffer when they are not feeling well and need to go to the vets. When they dont like all these freebees, I am expected to return their food to the kitchen and get them something else. No tips. No pay. No nothing. Everything is free (at my expense) to include their medical care.
Now, where were we.
Isnt it odd how difficult it is to uncover the RNC rules?
That is what is so disquieting. No transparency here, which means something crooked is going on.
But its not the RNCs problem really. It reflects those who are active within the establishment. More conservative Republicans have to get into the woodwork in order to prevent another Steele (or get rid of this one).
Yes. Somebody who is close to the inner workings of this, needs to inform us so we can take what ever action needs to be taken to rectify the situation.
Something is very wrong.
Thank you for your comments, and again, sorry for my late reply.
You’re very welcome.
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Called up a member of my Republican Town Committee. Hal is 80 and has been involved with the party in our town since 1964. He didn't know how Connecticut selects its RNC committeeman and committeewoman.
The Republican National Committee does have a forum. Think I'll register and ask there. Or email.
What do you think about a thread on this subject? There are so many replies critical of the RNC. While these comments are usually dead on target, they don't achieve much. We need to know how to fix the situation and the first step is discovering how, in each of us states, to elect people to the RNC who reflect the views of the grass roots.
The GOP has not been getting the job done for years. Steele is just a follow up of all the GOP’ers not doing their job.
this already appeared in Duh! mag....old story