From the GOP convention: A few more inches of Steele

Savannah — At a breakfast this morning, Michael Steele, chairman of the Republican National Committee, warned that the state GOP needs to be more receptive to fresh ideas and fresh faces, or risk irrelevance.

You can see his remarks below.

But Steele followed that speech up with an address to the entire convention a few hours later — a much larger audience — that contained much more red meat, and little mention of the need to create a broader tent.

“We don’t have to re-make anything. What do we have to re-make? Our values?” he asked. “We’re not too conservative. The liberals are jerking this country so far to the left we look like we’re too conservative.”

The RNC chairman urged President Barack Obama to take his time in picking an appropriate replacement for U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter — “’not one who’ll have a knee-jerk desire to emphasize with Americans. What if I’m feeling bitter? What if I feel like clinging to my guns or my religion?”

That said, Steele, who — let us say again — is African-American, admitted that “I’m a little different. I can be controversial at times. I can give people angina, even within my own party.”

Steele was rushed out the back of the convention, and though he had time to pose for pictures and sign autographs, made no time for reporters. A Republican National Committee meeting starts Monday, and no doubt there was a desire to avoid unscripted responses.

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May 16th, 2009
12:28 pm

It is amazing to watch liberals as they try to save the republican party by moving them to the left.

Were conservatives modify their core values to attract more votes, they would be no better than democrats who have mortgaged our children’s future to attract and secure votes.

I think liberals should leave the republican agenda to republicans.

Don't change

May 16th, 2009
1:10 pm

Just keep doing the same thing. As the old saying goes the definition of insanity is “keep doing the same thing and expect a different result”. BTW Bush did his part to mortgage our childrens future and to destroy the economy, not one word was heard from these concerned citizens?

A Republican Uncle Tom on the Run?

May 16th, 2009
1:11 pm

Steele was rushed out the back of the convention* Jim’s Story

No doubt being chase by Ron Paul supporters for screwing them over in the last presidental campaign……

Bama Dawg

May 16th, 2009
1:23 pm

Booger – you’er all dried up!

GOP lost int space

May 16th, 2009
2:12 pm

Being conservative is not a problem being hateful and rednecks is a real problem why? most in the GOP has no room for people of color and there views moderated whites folks.. working class people have no room in the GOP. And I wonder why working class whites don’t see they are being use by people who make 350k and more. If they gave you 100% tax cut and most in Georgia make less then 50k the GOP rich and big business would still rape the country. Paying taxes keep most people able to make it in this country. The rich has laws to help them rich, the 50k people has very few and they volt like they make 400k a year you clowns are being used up every day. 40k tax cuts and 400k+ is very big . now if the laws made you able to get right off like the rich I could see how you could volt GOP. most IN GEORGIE ARE 35K AND LESS. YOU VOLT LIKE A FOOL. THESE CLOWNS ARE USING UP UP. AND IF YOU CLOWNS THINK YOU WILL HAVE A FAIR TAX WITH THE RICH AND BIG BUSINESS YOU ARE A FRIST CLASS FOOL!!


May 16th, 2009
2:18 pm

@GOP lost int space – Did you miss that day in school? You know, the day they covered grammar and spelling?


May 16th, 2009
2:20 pm

“We’re not too conservative”.

Umm … no … sorry. Don’t think so.


May 16th, 2009
2:26 pm

The thing that gets me is all this talk about the Republican party becoming irrelevant. WTF?? Was it not in 2000 & 2004 that a Republian President was elected and then re-elected? Did the Republicans not hold both the House and Senate during most of that time and most of Clinton’s term??? We may have lost this last election and yes I put the blame for that squarely at the feet of George Bush and the inept Republicans in Congress but to act is if we will not win another election is just plain laughable! After the newness of Obama wears off then we will see how irrelevant the Republicans are. Hopefully Michael Steele and the rest of the Republican leadership will stop buying into this crap that is purely media driven and figure out that Obama NOT the Republicans will put us back into a position of power when like President Bush he fails miserably and the country regects the Democrats just as the country did with the Republicans this last election cycle. It is only a matter of time until the public comes back to our tent and with Obama in charge I feel that will be sooner rather than later!

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May 16th, 2009
5:06 pm

Scott, the problem with the Republicans is that they don’t seem to learn from their mistakes and that they continue to refuse to be inclusive with anybody other than those that sit along the far right side of the party. That is why they are rapidly become increasingly irrelevant and if they don’t change that then they will continue to be what they are right now. A minor regional party that does not carry any weight in the say so of this country whatsoever.

La tyrannie des les Républicaines me rend malade. Je veux la liberté, la fraternité et l'égalité pour les Etats-Unis

May 16th, 2009
5:33 pm

The Republicans will be losing elections for many years to come–if not for all the years to come.


Unpleasant Truth

May 16th, 2009
10:55 pm

The GOP would lose many elections to come if it were not for one simple factor….Democrats. They’ll prove their ineptness and corruption just like any party in total power eventually does. The only people who think differently are youth with little political history by which to judge.


May 18th, 2009
8:59 am

So, the greatest hope for the Republicans is not to come up with good ideas–it’s to hope the opposition screws up?