November 19, 2008

Steele on 'Outreach' and Holder

I like Michael Steele, but this is not a good sign.

As the man who is rumored to be at the top of the RNC chair short list, Steele is blasting the organization's "outreach efforts" as being limited to throwing cocktail parties for minority coalitions, not actively working with these groups.

Further perpetuating the 'Republicans are just for the rich' false myth is not a way to rebuild this party. I know it's not what he intended to do - he is accurately showing how the GOP needs to change in its to approach minority coalitions - but choose your words a little more carefully.

There's nothing wrong with hosting a party for minority organizations, but to win them over the party must be willing to do the follow-up. Go to their events and sell your message as often as possible. Engage them in policy debate constantly. Educate them about why current solutions to minority issues (courtesy of leftists) do more to hold minorities down, and why GOP stances on these issues are better. Otherwise the cocktail party was just lip service.

Any salesman worth his salt knows this already - it's all about the follow-up.

In the same interview, Steele gives the Eric Holder selection as attorney general a thumbs up and calls him a "good man".

Holder, for those of you who pay attention was in Clinton's Justice Department during the Elian Gonzalez debacle and stated taking Elian in the middle of the night wouldn't happen, just days before it actually did.

Steele may like Holder because of reasons outside the Gonzalez issue, but shouldn't that be a primary reason to protest the choice?

C'mon Mike, show a little edge and a Steele spine. Don't be afraid to call Obama on his judgement. Understand your job will be to constantly remind people who the Democrats are and nail them for their past mistakes.

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