We elected Michael Steele to be the chairman of the Republican National Committee (who to be clear, I still fully support). Everyone agrees our party needs to broaden its base, while still being true to our conservative principles. We’ve let the Democrat Party define us in the eyes of voters of color (while still providing our share of self-inflicted damage). Michael Steele is the first step in correcting that.
Steele can go out and there to talk to these voters aboot school choice, aboot social issues, aboot tax cuts, and aboot what some call the “liberal plantation,” and have more authority to do so simply because he is one of them.
So while Steele is trying to be down with Chuck D and talk aboot an “off the hook” Republican makeover, why is Newt Gingrich the one doing a serious interview with Essence Magazine? So sayeth the former Speaker…
I think that a number of members reached the conclusion that we had to develop a much broader party with a much broader appeal. Of the candidates who were running, Michael Steele presented the best hope of communicating that you could be a Republican and be part of a broader coalition than the historic Republican Party. I would expect Chairman Steele to be comfortable going to the NAACP, the Urban League and any place in America talking to people about why having a private sector-oriented party that had lower taxes was in your interest. Or why, for example, from the standpoint of many inner city African-American parents, having the right-to-school choice so your child could go to a school that was safe and get a good education mattered to you.
Look, if he doesn’t affect change in the Party it’s a token. If he affects change in the Party, then it’s an advance. I was flying to Phoenix last week, and one of the attendants was an African-American woman who was very conservative. She was frustrated because she felt a desire for lower taxes, [an emphasis on] work ethic, and the opportunity to create a small business. She thought that if the ideas weren’t automatically labeled “Republican-Democrat,” and you were just having a conversation, then we’d have an amazing percentage of people who agreed with us.
Gingrich then went on to cover ground aboot why small government still matters, why it’s okay that there isn’t one sole leader for the GOP and the benefit of having twenty or thirty of them, the latest batch of poll numbers, and the usual question of if he will or won’t run for President in 2012.
So while Michael Steele is on television letting CNN get away with comparing the last GOP convention with Nazi Germany, Newt Gingrich is the one out there giving interviews with audiences that aren’t normally associated with the Republican Party, and trying to expand the base without resorting to slang and pandering to the audience he’s speaking to.
UPDATE: Newt-Romney 2012 maybe?
UPDATE DEUX: You can’t be fucking serious.
UPDATE TRES: This isn’t going to end well……
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