Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Deconstructing Michael Steele: Part 1



As many of you might have noticed lately, the Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele has been in the news lately for all the wrong reasons. A RNC staffer was inappropriately using party donations at an adult themed night club. That incident wasn't Michael's fault, but that incident did bring to light the spending habits of Michael when it comes to living high on the hog on the donations of Republican donors. Michael is from my state of Maryland, and I voted for Michael when he ran for the U.S Senate against Ben Cardin. I voted for him mainly, because I was voting against his opponent Ben Cardin. Another reason I supported Michael was because of how black and white liberals treated him when he was the Lieutenant Governor and also during his run for the U.S Senate. I can't say that I ever supported Michael based on conservative principals, because he isn't a solid conservative. This is the problem I see with Michael Steele as a person. Michael seems to be suffering from a "racial identity crisis". On one hand, he claims that he supports the platform of the Republian Party and is a conservative, yet he plays the racial victim game and wants to be accepted by black liberals as being "authentic". The reality that Michael doesn't want to accept is that he can't have his cake and eat it too. When Michael was a guest last year on the now cancelled D.L Hughley show on CNN, Steele was so desperate to prove to D.L that he was his own man, he got played like a useful idiot by D.L into attacking Rush Limbaugh. When I saw the interview, I knew my gutt instincts were right and that the Republican National Committee made a mistake in selecting Michael to be the Chairman. That interview came just two days after Limbaugh's speech at CPAC, and it didn't take a rocket scientist to understand that the only reason Michael was invited on Hughley's show was for him to be played like a fool into attacking Rush.



Anybody who follows politics knows that the only time a person can be the leader of his or her political party is when he or she is elected President of The United States. I guess Steele and Hughley didn't realize that fact or maybe Steele didn't. This misfire by Steele was only the first of many more to come. I openly backed Ken Blackwell for Republican National Committee Chairman as did the vast majority of conservatives. Most of the conservative think tank organizations, foundations, and bloggers knew that Ken was a much better fit for that position then Michael was. I believe the reason Michael was ultimately chosen to be the RNC Chairman was for two reasons. The first reason is that Michael has the experience of being a Chairman within the Republican Party. He was the Chairman of the Prince George's County Republican Party, the Chairman of the Maryland Republican Party and also the Chairman of GOPAC. The second reason is due to him not being a solid conservative but more so a partisan insider who wouldn't do anything to disrupt the moderate influences within the party.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to disagree with you on something Tyrone: you mentioned that it was not Michael Steele's fault that he was caught in an adult-theme bar.

Unless I'm misunderstood your context of what you are saying, I believe, in my opinion, that it was his fault for going there because he made a choice. And it was his fault for embarrassing the Republican Party.

Same way it was President Clinton's fault for embarrassing the Democratic party (like they're no stranger to sexual-related scandals) and the country for having an affair and lying to investigators which led him to be impeached.

But the way I see it, when a black politician is caught in a scandal, it would seem that they expect that other blacks, regardless of what party they belong to, would come to their defense. I guess too that their constituents will support their representatives as regardless if he or she is a liberal or a conservative.

But let us not forget, when a person from either party is caught in a scandal, hardly do you see members of their own party distance themselves from that person.

8:02 PM  
Blogger conservative brother said...

From what I'm hearing, Micahael wasn't at the club. So I have to give him the benefit of doubt. I have to disagree with what you said about hardly members of their own party distance themselves from that person. Remember when Trent Lott made his statements about Strom Thurmond. Republican promptly threw Trent under the bus. When Larry Craig had his infamous bathroom incident, republicans turned their backs on him as well as Mark Foley. Republicans turned their backs on Mark Sanford for his extra maritally affair. Republicans tend to hold their own to account for their wrong doings. Democrats tend to circle the wagon around their own regards of how bad they screw up.

8:15 PM  
Blogger Sojournerlove said...

As a black woman I have stopped caring about proving my blackness to blacks in general. I won't deny that black liberals have a racial chip on their shoulder. I wish Michael Steele would do page from my philosophy and shrug off the racist liberals who call him inauthentic!

11:08 PM  
Blogger conservative brother said...

That is the core difference between black conservatives and black liberals Sojournerlove. Black conservatives are comfortable in their skin and black liberals aren't. With black liberals, mostly everything has to revolve around race or racism. Their skin defines them and nothing else. Black conservatives on the other hand seem to be able to define themselves as individuals thus being able to not think along a racial collective.That's why black conservatives are free thinkers and black liberals are group collective thinkers.

12:05 AM  
Blogger DarkStar said...

That is the core difference between black conservatives and black liberals Sojournerlove. Black conservatives are comfortable in their skin and black liberals aren't.

If that were true, Black conservatives wouldn't proclaim themselves as Black conservatives.

6:59 PM  
Blogger conservative brother said...

Darkstar "If that were true, Black conservatives wouldn't proclaim themselves as Black conservatives."

I am a conservative who is black. I race doesn't fine me, I define it. Blacks who are conservatives may use the term black conservative in their description Darkstar, but they are their own person first and foremost.

9:06 PM  

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