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Michael Steele is the progressive, visionary leader the RNC has been waiting for.

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Fiz    878

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2009/02/19/rnc-chair-plans-off-the-hook-campaign-tells-critics-to-‘stuff-it’/#more-40591

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele says his party is going to launch an "off the hook" public relations campaign that will update the GOP’s image by translating it to "urban-suburban hip-hop settings."

The new GOP leader told the Washington Times that the party’s defeat in states such as North Carolina and Virginia made it clear they needed a new approach.

“We need messengers to really capture that region — young, Hispanic, black, a cross section…” he said in an interview published Thursday. “We want to convey that the modern-day GOP looks like the conservative party that stands on principles. But we want to apply them to urban-surburban hip-hop settings.”

He added, jokingly, that “we need to uptick our image with everyone, including one-armed midgets.”

Steele described the new multi-platform PR offensive as “avant-garde, technically. It will come to [the] table with things that will surprise everyone — off the hook.” Asked whether that meant cutting-edge tactics, Steele demurred. “I don't do 'cutting-edge,’” he said. “That's what Democrats are doing. We're going beyond cutting-edge.”

Steele, who began a massive personnel overhaul at the RNC shortly after his election, said he has started meeting weekly with congressional Republicans. He said he’ll be gathering input from House and Senate leaders, not giving instructions — but he criticized national Republican leadership’s focus on party unity as a top priority, saying the failure to devote itself instead to developing fresh faces had cost the GOP.

“We missed the mark in the past, which is why we are in the crapper now,” he said. “We had the White House, the Senate and the House and were not building a farm team over the last years. We could have been ahead of Democrats and their 50-state strategy.”

Steele dismissed the assessments of some Republicans that he needs a deputy to handle areas like logistics, fundraising and candidate recruitment. “I can run this organization just fine,” he said. “There will be no deputy chairman, period. …People who said I can't make the trains run on time never gave a reason. I say to them, 'Stuff it.'

“I am not afraid of being held accountable for my leadership,” he said. “The idea I am somehow going to handicap myself before I begin is nuts. I am not going to buy into this mind-set among a few people who probably have never run anything but their mouths.”

Steele defeated a crowded field last month, including sitting RNC chairman Mike Duncan, to claim the party’s top spot.

this is going to be sooooooo much fun to watch

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Htar    0

Steele should focus on all the ethical/illegal activies surrounding the Dem party at present. The list of crooks is quite long.

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Jase    12,322

He added, jokingly, that “we need to uptick our image with everyone, including one-armed midgets.”

The little people coalition won't be happy about this.

The republicans just lost the dennis kucinich demographic for the next decade.

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Fiz    878

Steele should focus on all the ethical/illegal activies surrounding the Dem party at present. The list of crooks is quite long.

yes im sure the republican party wants to usher in an age of ethics mccarthyism

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SCP    30,419

You Dems that are ripping Steele are racist.

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ckad79    93

I love to bring this up. When Kerry lost to Bush in 2004, Fox News and the whole Republican media outlet talked about how the left was threw, how the DNC was done, etc.

BUT out of that loss came Howard Dean. I know, I know ... the infamous Howard Dean scream. Let it go! The guy had passion, the guy had heart. And through it all, Hoard Dean was onto something special with his whole grassroots campaigning.

The DNC got behind his vision and the rest is history. They won back tons of seats in 2006 and Obama got in this November.

Now, we hear rumors that the RNC is done, the RNC is finished, etc.

I don't really see a ray of hope through all of their dark clouds... like Howard Dean was to the DNC in 2004. I don't think Michael Steele is that person. Maybe Eric Cantor in Virgina, but again, you don't really see a message with the GOP of new.

Bush II turned around the GOP when Clinton and the liberals had taken over America, by appealing to the religious right in this country and Reagan in the 80's made a mark by going after Yuppies.

Where is the GOP going now? Midgets & hip-hoppers? Is that the new approach with the GOP? I don't see it.

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