When I first heard that Michael Steele would be leading the RNC as it's Chairman, I had high hopes. Those hopes have been diminished of late. Mr. Steele admits that the Republican Party has not been true to conservative principles and that the party needs to return to it's roots. He has articulately expressed his view that the party has lost the trust of it's conservative base in recent years. However, in a couple of media interviews I have seen, Steele seems to be clueless about how he plans to regain that trust. Michael Steele's lack of a comprehensive plan to return the Republican Party to basic conservative values and principles is very troubling.
Now there is this interview on CNN's DL Hughley Breaks the News from Saturday.
So, instead of getting back to basics, Mr. Steele has apparently chosen to criticize those who never left them. What was he thinking? To whom was he trying to curry favor with these remarks? The only thing which these remarks accomplished was to provide fodder to the White House and the Huffington Post. If Mr. Steele is firmly committed to the cause of conservatism, then I would think that he would consider Rush Limbaugh a valuable ally in the fight against Liberalism. He clearly does not.
Mr. Steele offered an explanation of these remarks which where nothing less than 'craptacular';
“I went back at that tape and I realized words that I said weren’t what I was thinking,” Steele said. "It was one of those things where I thinking I was saying one thing, and it came out differently. What I was trying to say was a lot of people … want to make Rush the scapegoat, the bogeyman, and he’s not."
Rush Limbaugh responded to Steele's remarks on his radio show.
Mr. Steele needs come to grips with a few realities. First, neo-conservatism has proven to be a loser for the Republican Party and needs to be wholly abandoned. Second, if the Republican Party wants to ever again be in a position to set the national agenda, they are going to have to truly embrace core conservative principles and values and boldly, poignantly, and authoritatively articulate them. And, third, if the Republican Party fails to regain the trust of America's conservatives, they have an alternative. There is a party which has consistently remained faithful the conservative values and principles for many years, the Libertarian Party. This is an alternative which I am seriously considering.
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