Republicans Adjust Brand to Absorb Alienated Moderate Conservatives

Is Black the new Black?

When Barack Obama won the Presidential election, a shift occurred around the world. Suddenly, a black man attained the highest position of power in the United States and arguably the world. People across America said they had not believed that they would live to see the day when a “black man” would win the Presidency.

In response to President Obama’s surprising and effective campaign, delegates of the Republican National Committee selected former Maryland Lieutenant Governor Michael Steele as its new chairman, hoping to change its brand from that of extreme white-loving Limbaugh loving conservatives to that of minority embracing pro-economic moderates.

Former RNC Chairman Mike Duncan responded to the news by declaring, “Obviously the winds of change are blowing.” Duncan had hoped to have been re-elected.

“It’s time for something completely different,” Steele said at his acceptance speech. “We are going to bring this party to every corner, every board room, every neighborhood, every community, and we are going to say to friend and foe alike, we want to be a part of us. We want you to work with us. And for those of you who want to obstruct, get ready to get knocked over.”

“The RNC isn’t diverse yet,” said CBS News chief political consultant Marc Ambinder. “When people speak of broadening the party’s geographic diversity, they are speaking in code. They mean that the party needs to welcome more moderates; needs to be more forgiving of departures from orthodoxy; needs to be less antagonistic to pro-choicers and gays.”

5 thoughts on “Republicans Adjust Brand to Absorb Alienated Moderate Conservatives

  1. I realize that the common perception among liberals is that this is identity politics on the part Republicans, however, that’s far from being the case. First of all, Steele wasn’t pushed, he did the pushing. No one called him and said, “We really need a black man as the face of our party…please run.” Secondly, Steele has been an active moderate in the last few years, co-founding the Republican Leadership Council and stressing voter outreach. That is the real story. The GOP is being lead by someone who doesn’t follow the traditional conservative line-of-thought… and that’s good news for the Right in my opinion.

  2. There’s nothing in the world that would be so good for us all if the self-centered crooks got out of politics and left the governing to earnest people who believed in a transparent and responsible government, regardless of their liberal, progressive or conservative stance.

    Steele simply would not have emerged to the forefront if there had not been a strong black Democratic candidate – one that went on to become elected President. My father has been a member of the Republican Party for 5 decades. He was embarrassed by the kind of racist rhetoric being spewed forth from members of his Party. He considered becoming a Libertarian or a Constitutionalist, but did not want to break from the 2-party system. This nomination of Steele has empowered him to re-own his party, as I’m sure many of you feel. It’s not that Steele was not a worthy man. He has probably been a capable leader for years, but that black is the new black.

  3. Steele ran the best ‘campaign’ for the job and again, I disagree strongly that it was his race. Simply, race isn’t really that important to conservatives. Steele said the right things, the right conservative things and that got him elected.

    And the ‘racism’ on the Right during the election was mostly perceived, such as saying it was racist to accuse Obama of hanging out with terrorists. What is specifically racist about that remark? Every criticism of Obama leveled during the campaign was labeled as racist as a sort of defensive mechanism.

    From Fred Barnes during the campaign:

    “When John McCain runs an ad with a white woman, Paris Hilton in it, he is accused of racism. He runs an ad with Franklin Raines, the former head of Fannie Mae in it, who is African-American, and that’s racist. And then he runs an ad with William Ayers, who is a white male in it, and that’s racist.

    If it weren’t so comical, these promiscuous accusations of racism, it would be tragic.

    And to accuse preemptively McCain of racism even before there is any evidence of it, and there has not been any evidence of it before or since, is scurrilous.

    They say patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel. Accusations of racism is the last refuge of the liberal scoundrel, and it has been used again and again on the part of the Obama campaign.”

    From Ed Morrissey during the campaign:

    “Rick Moran made the same point yesterday. It’s a particularly vicious smear, simply because it attacks presumed motives, not actual actions. Somehow mentioning Ayers, who is white, is racist not because of Ayers himself but because the critic supposedly operates from hate and therefore every possible criticism is racist. And because it’s racist, the criticism requires no answer.”

  4. Race is still an issue for all of us, though many of us are excited by the possibility of moving through its negative ramifications.

    The legacy of economic, educational and voting disenfranchisement, not to mention the deplorable levels of violence experienced within black communities during the last century are not wounds basted simply by a salve of financial enterprise. The habits of governance in the South continue. The Voter’s Rights Act was created out of strife and still did not solve the problem of doubt and participation that had been taught generations of blacks, nor keep some in the South from using intimidation as a means of keeping black voters from the polls.

    Regarding racial comments, perhaps you were not listening to conservative talk radio during the final months of the election. I did. The words made me ill for America. I too, would like to see those old wounds healed, but what I was hearing proved to me that, in fact, we have not.

    I do appreciate that there were RedNecks for Obama – people so ashamed of the rhetoric of racism that they formed their own group in order to counteract the baiting.

  5. Regardless of who Chris Daggett hurts, Daggett is not a spoiler and he can win.

    Daggett has broken 20 percent and can win. The Washington Post says at 20% there is a path for Daggett to win and political analysts say with 25% in the polls Daggett can win.

    Now its a matter of getting that last 100,000 votes to get Daggett in a position to win.

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    “I want to vote for Chris Daggett, but only if he has a real chance of winning. He needs pledges from 100,000 people like me. I don’t want to wait til Election Day to find out that those votes existed, but we were all afraid to cast them. So, I’m signing my name below, with my address to prove that I’m real, and pledging that if 100,000 people like me sign up, I will vote for Daggett.”

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    Spread the word about this pledge, so we can bring an end to politics as usual.

    The broken and corrupt two party system threatens us all, event if we are not from NJ. Take a stand.

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