Michael Steele has been named the chairman of the Republican National Committee.
The Republican National Committee elected Michael Steele as its first African American chairman today in Washington, a decision that came after an excruciating series of ballots that displayed a level of drama rarely seen in national politics. Michael Steele speaks at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn. last September. (AP)On the sixth and final ballot Steele bested South Carolina Republican party Chairman Katon Dawson 91 to 77. SOURCE
Let me be perfectly clear. I do not believe that Michael Steele by his party affiliation or actions constitutes a token. I do believe the Republican Party's electing him as chairmen is in fact tokenism. The committee actually voted six times, with opposition members dropping out and throwing their support to Steele, before he was elected. Not exactly a ringing endorsement.
If the name Michael Steele does not ring a bell, he was a prominent pundit on the talk show circuit during the campaign. I noticed Steele primarily because he was less virulent in his opposition to President Obama than the others, i.e., Juan Williams, Alan Keyes, Ron Christie.
Plus, Steele is viewed as somewhat of a moderate. Anti-abortion, fiscally conservative but vocal on issues of affirmative action and death-penalty inequities. SOURCE
It is also important to note that his closest opposition, Katon Dawson South Carolina Republican party Chairman, belonged to the Whites-Only Forest Lake Country Club up until a few months ago.
Steele was the first African American elected to Lieutenant Governor of Maryland in 2003. For more info click here.
Is this too little, too late?I saw Michael Steele's victory speech and he is no Barack Obama. He is not exactly Alan Keyes either. Is this move a little stroke of genius by the RNC? Discuss.