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Michael Steele: Turning The Page Of The Same Old Book

Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele may be sounding some new battle cry that his party is now turning "the page", however it's a page from the same old book. Rather than offering up a constructive and cooperative vision to work with the Obama Administration and the big Democratic majority both in the Senate and in the Congress to work to help to resolve this recession and other pressing issues, Steel's message is more of the same old tired partisanship and party purification of more moderate thinking. In the words of mainstream conservative talk show radio host, Michael Smerconish, yesterday's speech by Steele was merely more "chest thumping" and "red meat" to some hardcore GOP party members, but offered little real new substance to attract new voters to the rapidly shrinking GOP party tent. How this new call for more partisanship and less cooperation is supposed to reinvent the GOP is a perfectly legitimate question? Michael_Steele.jpg

For his own part, Steele has proven that he could not even elect himself to the U.S. Senate in his home state of Maryland. So it is pretty unclear how a call for more partisanship and even less cooperation among GOP members of Congress is somehow supposed to endear many voters who are concerned about the economy and other important issues to now vote Republican. President Obama by contrast is establishing a solid reputation as someone concerned about the welfare of the average citizen and someone able to achieve some fast foreign policy success with states such as Pakistan, or able to offer up constructive policies on many issues all at the same time. Further, President Obama's calls for a less partisan Washington and even naming moderate Republican Governor Jon Huntsman of Utah as Envoy to China prove his commitment to look beyond normal Washington partisanship. If Obama is one of the least partisan presidents in some time time, and Steele is calling for some of the most partisan politics ever, then Steele could easily find his party on the short end of the voters once again.

Mr. Obama has already proven that he is more than open to hearing the opinion's of the main GOP leaders in Congress and often invites them to conferences at the White House to hear their input on issues and to add their best ideas to his proposals. The Obama view of government is a cooperative vision of the inclusion of all ideas to seek the best possible solutions. That's a far cry than some call for more obstruction and division from Republican leader Michael Steele. Michael Steele doesn't seem to be offering up any new GOP proposals for the economy or any other issue, just a new call to be far less cooperative. And that's not offering voters very much to believe in.

Unfortunately, the GOP is largely where it was just before and after Michael Steele's highly partisan speech, still without new ideas, solutions to problems, and a message and a messenger both. The reality before and after the Michael Steele speech is Republican Party membership declining in virtually every voter group except among weekly churchgoers. That's no real plan to hold many current GOP members, let alone to attract new GOP voters. At least at GM and Chrysler there's some serious soul searching and looking for some new ideas to rescue the companies by comparison. Michael Steele hardly offered his party any rescue plan by comparison.

Michael Steele quickly needs to view his role as the CEO of a declining enterprise, that needs to offer up some sort of credible turnaround and recovery plan, otherwise he will only be known as the presiding head of a party headed down the path of the Whigs.


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Comments (8)

ke_future:

i'm skeptical of Obama's actually bi-partisanship. as far as i can tell, he may listen, but then he turns around and shows disdain to his political opponents or ignores them.

as far as i am concerned it's all a show until he actually does something that shows that he actually understands the point of view of conservatives and their opinions. whether or not he actually agrees with them. classic example: his reaction to the Tea Parties on April 15th.

what would you consider to be "bipartisanship"? think about that for a second. you have to understand, paul, that conservatives (which are not always republicans) have some very serious disagreements with Obama on a number of issues. are we just supposed to roll over for him?

and it's not like democrats EVER showed any sense of bipartisanship when they had the chance during bush's 8 years. and it's not like anyone on the left was urging them to. in fact, quite the opposite. i remember reading several liberal blogs that urged democrat members of congress to do everything in their power to frustrate anything that bush was trying to do.

The Obama view of government is a cooperative vision of the inclusion of all ideas to seek the best possible solutions
is hard to square with the man that responded "I won" when republicans expressed opposition to his plans.

and if you haven't noticed the political and PR stunts that Obama and his administration, especially Emmanual, have been pulling to discredit anything republican, you've either not been paying attention or you're being willfully blind.

Paul Hooson:

Hello Ke. The way I see it we're all Americans and issues like getting the economy rolling and reducing unemployment are all American problems that require a united American effort. What is so impressive is that Mr. Obama expects White House staffers to come to work earlier and to stay later than any administration in recent history, because he wants solutions to problems like the economy and unemployment to be forthcoming.

Compare that to the story above about Iran where the economy is absolutely awful in Iran, but Ahmadinejad's government doesn't care and instead uses fear tactics like public executions to keep order. The U.S. is such a better country by comparison where someone like an Obama can invite John McCain up to the White House to get his opinions on legislation, or to honor Orrin Hatch for volunteerism legislation that he championed, etc. If there's some minor differences on legislation, we can always work things out in America where party identification shouldn't matter much as long as we all work towards common goals of making society decent to live in.

J.R.:

The way I see it we're all Americans and issues like getting the economy rolling and reducing unemployment are all American problems that require a united American effort.

Oh Paul, you're so poetic, how beautiful./sarc

Give me a break, are you serious with that cr*p? Why do we even have elections and political parties? I'm sure you used that same rosey fantasy-like logic to the war on terror as well.

What is so impressive is that Mr. Obama expects White House staffers to come to work earlier and to stay later than any administration in recent history, because he wants solutions to problems like the economy and unemployment to be forthcoming.

Again, wow, that is sooooo impressive. What a man, no not man, legend, no not legend, what a god Obama is. And I know it's true because you say it is Paul. You're right, I don't think any administration worked as hard as the Obama one, and I have the hard facts to prove it...oh wait no I don't. Oh nevermind, it doesn' matter the man is the One it must be true!!

If there's some minor differences on legislation, we can always work things out in America where party identification shouldn't matter much as long as we all work towards common goals of making society decent to live in.

Just like it was during the Bush administration, right? What a man that Obama is. So Paul, how oftern do you worship Obama's picture during the day? Do you kneel and bow towards D.C. or do you figure out which direction Obama is currently and bow that way?

Give me a break.

Lee Ward:

There was a golden opportunity to fund major progressive initiatives that had been thwarted by the Republican Congress and Bush administration. Yes, Pelosi and Reid convinced Obama to go along with the progressive agenda, but at the time Republicans were still pouting and saying NO to anything that came along.

Being 'bipartisan' doesn't mean giving in to Republican naysayers. It means inviting them to the table and working with them on a solution.

The Republicans haven't stepped up to the plate, and the Michael Steele/Dick Cheney agenda seems to go in the opposite direction -- attack - it takes two sides to negotiate, and the republican are acting like they aren't interested in participating in a bipartisan fashion anyway.

But if we don't reach the bipartisan goal that's ok with me. It'll mean more Republicans voted out of office in the 2010 election - which may be an unavoidable result regardless.

J.R.:

The U.S. is such a better country by comparison where someone like an Obama can invite John McCain up to the White House to get his opinions on legislation, or to honor Orrin Hatch for volunteerism legislation that he championed, etc.

Or when a beauty pageant contestant is commended for speaking her mind on a contentious topic without fear of reprisals and condemnations from those that opposed her point of view.

Oh wait, that must be some other country.

Allen:

Ladies and gentleman, Michael Steele; the gift that keeps on giving. We are going to take this president on with class. We are going to take this president on with dignity. This will be a very sharp and marked contrast to the shabby and classless way that the Democrats and the far left spoke of President Bush. And with Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter, Newt Gingrich, and Dick Cheney speaking out on behalf of the Republican Party, they're just reeking with class and dignity.

J.R. Only a few idiots are smearing Prejean. Me, I respect that young lady for giving an honest answer.

I also remember when/if anyone spoke about about President Bush, the GOP called everyone who did "unpatriotic." REMEMBER THAT? Best thing people can do is hope this economy gets going, and soon.

drlava:

I honestly can not tell whether posts 1,3 are jokes.

If they are real, they typify the mindset of the submissive conservative. These posters offer no ideas, no insightful comments, no fresh thoughts, no cutting edge dialog....nothing.

They observe and whine like the the prissy little schoolboy that no one wants to play with.

This is why their movement is dead. They have no leaders other than a 3 times divorced hillbilly heroin addict that lost his hearing to his drugs and a dimwitted beauty queen with an IQ of about 80.

If these posters are thinking that they are offering any real comment to Lee or Paul they truly are as incapacitated as the posts indicate.

ke_future:

i can't decide if #7 is an idiot, a zombie, or just an ass. possibly they hit the trifecta.

listen up, pissant. i believe in limited government. which means when idiots on the left (that would be you in case you lost track) come up with these grand plans to expand the size and/or power of governemt, i say "no....that is a bad idea"

not everything you think is a problem, is a problem. and very few problems can actually be solved by more government.


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