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Former RNC Chair: ‘We Need Messengers Who Look Like Me’
CNSNews ^ | 11/14/2012

Posted on 11/15/2012 4:23:38 PM PST by Altura Ct.

Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said Sunday on C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers” that the GOP needs more diverse messengers.

“We need messengers who look like me. We need messengers who are Hispanic, Asian Americans, women, a cross section of folks who represent communities across the country,” said Steele, who served as RNC chair from 2009 to 2011 and is also former Maryland lieutenant governor.

“I think from the Democrats’ perspective, they got an affirmation of the policies and the direction that the president articulated. Now as a Republican, I would argue there wasn’t much articulation there, but be that as it may, I think that they showed two things,” Steele said when the host asked him what happened Election Day.

Steele said the Democrats excelled at getting their people to the voting booth and were successful at picking up seats in the Senate – “one of those firewalls that the Republicans needed.”

“One, politically, they are superior in terms of their ability to get their vote to the table and the voting booth. And secondly, I think from a policy standpoint which particularly with the pickup in the Senate – I think a lot of people kind of looked at the Senate as one of those firewalls that the Republicans needed,” Steel said, calling it a “come-to-Jesus” moment.

“To pick up two seats was a profound effort as well, and it really kind of makes the policy discussion take on a very different hue than it otherwise would. And I think for the Republicans, it was one of those come-to-Jesus moments politically where they have to reassess and re-evaluate exactly whether they want to be a relevant political party going forward,” he added.

“And how do you do that?” the host asked. Steele replied that the GOP needs to get out of the “old mindset that I believe that they’ve been stuck in.”

“For at least, I like to say, for two bright shining years, we were able to prove that you can win coming off the ash heaps of 2006 and 2008, the brand is in the tank. People aren’t joining the party. The money is nowhere to be found, and we were able to pull around, turnaround by doing one very simple thing - empowering the state parties to build a grassroots operation on the ground,” Steele said.

He said during his time as head of the RNC, he modeled his chairmanship after former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean “with the 50-state strategy, putting emphasis on states where Republicans had not typically won in the past, to go in there and not try to win it all, but to win some, win a county council’s race, win a mayor’s race, win a state legislative race, and to build that from the bottom up, to have a message that resonated with folks.”

“And I think a lot of that was missing in this campaign for a lot of reasons,” Steele said. He added that it’s not helpful to second guess though.

“And so, you know, all the recriminations, finger-pointing and all that is not helpful. Second guessing, you know, should we have picked Mitt Romney? Yeah, duh, you did. Should he have picked Paul Ryan? Absolutely. Why not? He’s a smart political figure and has a lot to offer the party and I think resonated very well with the electorate, so all of that second guessing right now is typical Washington inside craziness,” he said.

“You need to hunker down. You need to look at your ground game. You need to look at your organization. You need to look at your message, and you need to look at your messengers, and we need messengers. We need messengers who look like me. We need messengers who are Hispanic, Asian Americans, women, a cross section of folks who represent communities across the country,” Steele said.


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1 posted on 11/15/2012 4:23:41 PM PST by Altura Ct.
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To: Altura Ct.

...but think much more like Reagan.


2 posted on 11/15/2012 4:24:35 PM PST by Crucial (Tolerance at the expense of equal treatment is the path to tyranny.)
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To: Altura Ct.

Look like you. Okay. You. Not so much. Mr. Allen West “looks” like you. I vote for him.


3 posted on 11/15/2012 4:25:11 PM PST by madison10
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To: Altura Ct.

Who aren’t idiots....


4 posted on 11/15/2012 4:25:30 PM PST by Bryan24 (When in doubt, move to the right..........)
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To: Altura Ct.
Hey Mike...it's not how you look, it's how you think.

Get it?

5 posted on 11/15/2012 4:26:33 PM PST by RoosterRedux (Bill Clinton just signed Paula Broadwell to write his bio...and Jill Kelley as his social liaison.)
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To: Altura Ct.

Maybe if instead of spending all his time doing book signings (and how *are* those book sales, Michael?), Steele would’ve actually done his damned job - perhaps we wouldn’t be as bad off right now. This guy can go pound sand.


6 posted on 11/15/2012 4:26:48 PM PST by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: Altura Ct.

I’ll settle for people who look and act like conservatives.


7 posted on 11/15/2012 4:27:46 PM PST by Blogger
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To: Altura Ct.
We need to elect people at the level where the votes are being counted.
And we need to do a much better job explaining the conservative philosophy of government.
8 posted on 11/15/2012 4:28:40 PM PST by oldbrowser (Welcome to U.S.Zimbabwe)
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To: Altura Ct.
Shee-it. We had a messenger who looked like you. In fact, it was you. You didn't do shit, did you, jerkoff.
9 posted on 11/15/2012 4:30:09 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Blogger

Ditto!


10 posted on 11/15/2012 4:32:27 PM PST by griswold3 (Big Government does not tolerate rivals.)
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To: Altura Ct.

Like a RINO?


12 posted on 11/15/2012 4:38:46 PM PST by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: Altura Ct.
Our society has long sought to eliminate racism in white America, should we simply accept racism of non-white America?

If we take Steele's advise even if we win we lose.

13 posted on 11/15/2012 4:42:19 PM PST by skeeter
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To: Sans-Culotte
bttt - just because democrats are obsessed with race is no reason to emulate them.
14 posted on 11/15/2012 4:43:29 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Liberty Valance

This is where the Republican-e is not listening to Conservatives.


15 posted on 11/15/2012 4:48:06 PM PST by stanne
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To: Altura Ct.
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16 posted on 11/15/2012 4:51:23 PM PST by Roccus
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To: hinckley buzzard

Beat me to it,Buzzard!
Sounds like the ineffectual Steele may be trolling
for a new job. Old wine in old bottles.


17 posted on 11/15/2012 4:53:19 PM PST by supremedoctrine
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To: Altura Ct.

If Obama had a brother he’d look like Michael Steele.


18 posted on 11/15/2012 4:54:26 PM PST by maggief
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To: madison10
Look like you. Okay. You. Not so much. Mr. Allen West “looks” like you. I vote for him.

+1
19 posted on 11/15/2012 4:56:52 PM PST by rockvillem
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To: Altura Ct.

I agree with Steele...the MORE outright leaders in the GOP who are black, hispanic, etc., the more chance we have of those THINKING people see and realize our philosophy is not limited to caucasians.

I am happy to be what would be considered a WASP. But we aren’t the only ones in the GOP, and it is damn well time we get back into the face of the hatemongering Democrats.

Especially effective would be some black spokesmen who remind everyone of the history of the Democrat party: pro-slavery, pro-segregation, pro-infanticide, pro-welfare plantation. They can even reach out to the NON-THINKING blacks and remind them their existence as a dependent upon government is in itself a slavery.


20 posted on 11/15/2012 4:57:02 PM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: Altura Ct.

Too bad we don’t have people like Mia Love and Allen West runnign for office, they would be shoe-in’s I suppose.


21 posted on 11/15/2012 5:06:05 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Altura Ct.

Didn’t he watch the Republican Convention? It was a veritable diversity fest of women and various races. The only thing missing was a man in a dress. Didn’t Condi Rice have prominent roles, Sarah Palin (last election), Mia Love, and so on. Oh and Herman Cain until Allred got hold of him.


22 posted on 11/15/2012 5:06:39 PM PST by Anima Mundi (Envy is just passive, lazy greed.)
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To: Altura Ct.

ahhhhhh, the ole pig with lipstick controversy


23 posted on 11/15/2012 5:08:24 PM PST by drypowder
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To: Altura Ct.
“For at least, I like to say, for two bright shining years, we were able to prove that you can win coming off the ash heaps of 2006 and 2008, the brand is in the tank. People aren’t joining the party. The money is nowhere to be found, and we were able to pull around, turnaround by doing one very simple thing - empowering the state parties to build a grassroots operation on the ground,” Steele said.

This reads to me like Steele is trying to take credit for the Tea Party.

24 posted on 11/15/2012 5:14:05 PM PST by Colonel_Flagg ("Don't be afraid to see what you see." -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: Altura Ct.

Mr. Steele, we tried the dumbed down affirmative action approach under your tenure. I think its time for some logic and arch conservatism.


25 posted on 11/15/2012 5:14:40 PM PST by samadams2000
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To: Altura Ct.

We had you Michael, you sucked. Whats wrong with Ken Blackwell. I thought we should have elected him first time around.


26 posted on 11/15/2012 5:20:16 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: hinckley buzzard

And spoken like a true disciple of the GREAT Ralph Waldo Emerson, which I also consider myself to be.
I have been thinking in recent years of possible analogies that could be drawn in American thought through the nineteenth and 20th centuries, starting with
the two main cutting edge philosophers of their period: Thoreau and Emerson. Analogies and parallels to representative thinkers aligning themselves with basic currents of thought as exemplified by those two. As I matured, I started to prefer Emerson, by a huge margin over Henry David.
BTW, I have been trying to track down a quote I am pretty sure was from Emerson for years.....something about “events being brass” , as distinguished from mere ideas,which start as some baser metal,or material, I think it was....do you know the quote?


27 posted on 11/15/2012 5:22:03 PM PST by supremedoctrine
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To: Altura Ct.
No, thank you, Mike. You are too swishy when the heat is on..
28 posted on 11/15/2012 5:30:33 PM PST by Christie at the beach (I like Newt. As another FR member says..Obamas are living in gangster paradise.)
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To: Altura Ct.

Accepting that when the counting of the votes is compromised no one can beat the thief, and to have real elections in the future the GOP will have to take greater care in the tabulation of votes, (or no size turn out will be able to win) here are the replies to the lies that were never presented, and would have delivered even more votes to the GOP:

1. The 1% lie: Those in the 1% are the winners in life, the ones we all want to be, the ones people come from all over the world to have a chance at becoming....they are NOT deamons, they are heroes......they pay way more than their share, the give the most to others and to charity and we should salute them and defend their success.

2. Welfare, food stamps and the rest of the enslaving handouts the government gives away: Americans work hard to succeed and play hard when at rest......

Americans never look for a hand out, they look for a way up to be self sufficient....those that just offer “stuff” enslave those they give to and feed the addiction to that stuff by providing it.....

3. America women have been the strongest part of the family and they have never turned to the government in replace of their husbands and families for their needs....

4. While Americans do not wish to be the police of the world, they have graciously accepted this role because it was good for the world to have such a generous nation with such generous people maintain stability in that world

5. People around the world look to America because she celebrates the individual. We are not evil, we are blessed.....No nation on earth has ever given to others defense and not taken their land or their riches.....America is good because her people are good

6. America is a goal that other nations and peoples aspire to, and we should never allow others, especially those running for office to degrade the accomplishments that Americans have achieved.

7. Who needs God: Latin Americans and Conservative Blacks should turn to the GOP because we share the same values and work ethics.....I work along side both these groups and they work hard, do their jobs and have a deep respect for the Lord....America is a Christian nation that accepts all religious beliefs unless they hurt others....God is alive in our people and we should never run from that fact

8. You don’t need laws if your cause is just: if you want people to eat, work, slim down, not pollute you can EDUCATE them to that end, you do not need laws for that end.

9. We have all grown and no longer need unions and their back stabbing greed for them selves....Employers have learned that a happy workforce is a good work force.

10. The EPA is no longer needed to pass laws and regulations, they should use education as the means to the end

We are not sorry for what we HAVE BUILT together as Americans and we will never be, and not even a minute should pass between the lies and their rebuttal.....with the media available to us today, there should be instant response to lies and false hoods.

Have we become so ignorant of our accomplishments compared to other nations that we will allow lies to stand without reply?

NEVER.

I am an American and neither bama, Muslims or anyone anywhere will tear me down or make me less proud of what we have accomplished.

AND THESE GOPers BETTER WAKE UP AND GET SOME BACKBONE AND DEFEND AMERICAN SUCCESS TO ALL COMERS.


29 posted on 11/15/2012 5:35:27 PM PST by The Wizard (Madam President is my President now and in the future)
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To: Altura Ct.

Funny. I never heard this line of argument from, say, Thomas Sowell, Alan Keyes or Justice Thomas. Of course, if there is not a whole lot of content to your character one is left with more superficial assets.


30 posted on 11/15/2012 5:43:19 PM PST by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans. Don't read their lips. Watch their hands.)
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To: Altura Ct.

Michael Steele, you are a failure and you’re incompetent. Take your race crap and get lost.


31 posted on 11/15/2012 5:49:08 PM PST by Gator113 (I would have voted for NEWT, now it's Romney & Ryan.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: Altura Ct.
Steel...meet reality.
32 posted on 11/15/2012 6:48:39 PM PST by bayouranger (The 1st victim of islam is the person who practices the lie.)
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