I’ve been swamped for the past few days and haven’t been paying close attention to the new but one thing that did catch my attention was Michael Steele’s speech at the RNC Chairman’s meeting yesterday.
It was a great speech… Greg Hengler has the whole 30-minute address at Townhall.com but this 10-minute clip should give you a good taste:
I have a tremendous amount of respect for Mr. Steele, but I have to admit I’ve been having second thoughts about him as RNC chairman… He’s made more than a few stumbles, but this speech highlights why I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.
In some respects he has thankless job trying to resuscitate the Republican Party Nationally while at the same time refereeing squabbles by between party factions.
Essentially Steele is caught between two factions the first rightly points out that Republicans lost in both of 2006 and 2008 was because the GOP lost its way. The party of limited government and fiscal responsibility traded in its traditional conservative principles for a some sort of political expedient squishy “republicanism” and went on a wild spending spree while descending into corruption.
At the same time, there is a second camp that rightly point out that some places simply won’t elect conservatives any more.
They’re both right, the problem for the second camp is that if the Republican Party cannot clearly distinguish itself from the Democratic Party, why even have a Republican Party? The simple truth is we have to put aside our differences and rally around the things that unite us, limited government, fiscal responsibility, a strong national defense, and vibrant free markets, and draw clear distinctions between us and the Democrats.
As Michael Steele said the honeymoon is over it’s time to confront President Obama and Democrats in Congress head on.