According to comments made by RNC Chairman Michael Steele to the folks at Politico, some white Republicans are scared of him. Because he’s black, you see.
To be completely honest, I’m plenty scared of the guy, but it has nothing to do with his skin color. I’m scared of him because, at this time of tremendous federal overreach, we are looking at an opportunity to show America why big government doesn’t work, and why a Jeffersonian approach to governance is the key to prosperity, growth and national security, and Steele seems incapable of understanding that being an apologetic Republican and pushing the moderation of the GOP will only serve to squander that chance.
I’m scared because Steele and the RNC sent $900,000 to a liberal Republican in New York who, upon leaving the race due to pressure from an actual conservative candidate, threw her weight behind the Democrat in the race. And I’m scared because a certain segment of the population in the center and on the left will do everything in its power to promote a centrist GOP, when we all know that moderate Republicans simply cannot win elections.
Now, that’s not to say that there’s no value in Michael Steele. I happen to like the guy. And while the Politico piece was short on lengthy quotes which could naturally eliminate context concerns, there was one little tidbit with which I took great heart:
Asked how Republicans can better reach black voters, Steele said the party needs to focus on “education and the economy” and credited Governors-elect Chris Christie in New Jersey and Bob McDonnell in Virginia for running a message that could appeal to black voters.
I’ve said, over and over again, that the GOP does not necessarily need to expand its voting base, that should the party become a political vehicle for conservatism it already will have the majority of American people behind it. And, naturally, I’m right. There is one untapped resource which could absolutely bury the spectre of liberalism and socialism in this country for centuries, and that’s if conservatives are somehow able to convey to minorities and the less fortunate the tenets and merits of conservatism.
I don’t know that it can happen. There is just too much entrenched dependency, established and rooted deep from decades of entitlement programs and big government giveaways. But if Michael Steele is capable if disseminating that message, then all the better. I just wish he’d leave the leadership of the GOP to someone who understands the faults and inherent contradictions of moderate republicanism, and the advantages and draw of conservatism.