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GOP’s Man is Steele

In the 2nd most important political moment of the month, the Republican National Committee yesterday elected former Maryland Lt. Governor Michael Steele as our party Chairman.

The 50-year old Steele, elected on the 6th ballot after a spirited 3-man battle, becomes the first-ever black American to hold the top position within the Republican Party national governing body.

Steele, who has been charged within the party by some of his rivals as being a closet social liberal immediately set the tone by stating unequivocally that “Conservative principles have made us the strong and proud party we are.”

Only the most ideologically far-right wing members of the party would try to make a case for him being anything other than conservative, as Steele has always espoused solid conservative principles even as he has occasionally taken more moderate positions on particular issues.

His election shows that the majority of the party wishes to retain those conservative values while also being unafraid to show moderation when situations warrant, not for political expediency, but out of common sense.

It’s time for something completely different and we’re going to bring it to them,” Steele said in referring to the Republican Party and its relationship to all Americans. “We’re going to bring this party to every corner, every boardroom, every neighborhood, every community.” 

Michael Steele is a family man, he and wife Andrea have two sons, Michael and Drew. Steele was born in 1958 at Andrews Air Force base and grew up near Washington, D.C., and interestingly enough has a sister who was once married to former boxing champ Mike Tyson.

Always studious and a leader from an early age, Steele was named to the National Honor Society in high school and elected his class president. He won a scholarship to the prestigious Johns Hopkins University and was elected as the freshman class president there.

He received his degree in International Relations in 1981, and then his life took a very interesting turn. He entered the seminary and for three years studied for a life in the Catholic priesthood at Villanova University, serving for a short time as a teacher at Malvern Prep. Ultimately this was not his calling.

Steele entered the Georgetown University Law Center and obtained his law degree there, and as he entered into private practice he also began to become involved in Republican political activities.

In 1995, he was selected as the Maryland Republican Man of the Year, and he went on to serve in delegate positions with the RNC at both the 1996 and 2000 national conventions. In 2000, he was elected as Chairman of the Maryland Republican Party, and in 2002 as the Maryland Lieutenant Governor under Governor Robert Ehrlich, becoming the first African-American to hold these positions.

Steele then ran for a Maryland U.S. Senate seat in 2006, only to be wiped out in a 55-44 margin by Democrat Ben Cardin as opposition built against the policies of President George W. Bush. He recovered in February of 2007 when he was elected to be the chairman of GOPAC, the Republican Party’s largest political action committee.

Steele is considered to be a likely candidate for either the Maryland Governor position, or a Senate seat in the 2010 elections. As the head of the RNC, Steele will have tremendous influence in the direction that the Party takes in moving forward.

On the Iraq War his position has been that we need to withdraw and allow the Iraqis to control their own destiny, but that we should set no firm timetable for this withdrawal, and instead allow circumstances and conditions on the battle fields determine how and when this should happen.

 On energy policy he has called for rescinding the gas tax, and for greatly increasing research into alternative fuels. On taxation he has called for further tax cuts, making those now in place permanent, repealing of the death tax, and adherence to “sane spending guidelines.” 

He has not been in favor of socializing health care, but instead has favored increased access to quality health care through Health Savings Accounts and other methods.

Not unlike the original ‘Man of Steel’ (Superman), the GOP’s new leader faces a daunting assignment against a difficult foe as he tries to lead our Republican Party back to power at both the state and federal levels.

Steele has shown himself to be a strong, intelligent, articulate, principled leader during his lifetime. Michael Steele has all of the tools and talent to lead the Party back to prominence, but it will take the combined efforts and cooperation of all Republicans and conservative thinkers to make it happen.

Grannie hits a grand slam

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Sarah Palin knocked one out of the park in accepting the GOP Veep nomination

Soon-to-be grandma Sarah Palin stepped to the podium last night at the Republican National Convention as Presidential nominee John McCain’s prospective running mate.

There was much on the line as the VEEP prospect waved off a lengthy standing ovation that had the feel of a group protecting a member of it’s own family.

The chills were palpable as the crowd’s applause and cheers continued on and on, and the strength and length of the crowd reaction to her appearance was obviously in support of the candidate having come under vicious, personal, liberal media attacks since being announced.

It is fairly obvious that the vast majority of the conservative wing of the Republican Party is ecstatic about the Palin pick as the Veep nominee due to her character and her positions on the key issues.

It is just as obvious that attacks on her and her family have touched that ‘don’t talk bout my _____ like that’ nerve (fill in the blank with ‘mother’, ‘sister’, ‘daughter’, ‘girlfriend’, ‘wife’…whichever most applies to you) with many folks.

But then Palin began to speak, and proved over the course of the next 36 1/2 minutes that she is plenty tough enough to stand up for herself.

Palin proved more than capable of standing in the box and staring down the hardball’s thrown at her from the Dems and, as local radio talk show host Michael Smerconish said afterwards “hit a grand slam” with her speech.

The grannie hit a grand slam, and a new Republican political superstar was born. She began by accepting the nomination and acknowledging the tough campaign to come:

“I accept the challenge of a tough fight in this election… against confident opponents … at a crucial hour for our country.”

Her eldest son, Track Palin, will deploy to Iraq on September 11th of all dates, and she related to all the troops and their families: “I’m just one of many moms who’ll say an extra prayer each night for our sons and daughters going into harm’s way.”

She answered the critics of her family life being too much to handle, what with being a new mom of a special-needs child and with her 17-year old daughter Bristol Palin being 5-months pregnant:

From the inside, no family ever seems typical. That’s how it is with us. Our family has the same ups and downs as any other … the same challenges and the same joys. Sometimes even the greatest joys bring challenge.”

Palin beamed over her husband Todd: “We met in high school, and two decades and five children later he’s still my guy.”

Her parents, Chuck and Sally Heath, were in attendance and she praised them for teaching her “..one simple lesson: that this is America, and every woman can walk through every door of opportunity.”

If she didn’t win over Democrats who previously had supported Hillary Clinton’s candidacy as a woman with that statement, then they don’t have the courage of their convictions.

She answered the critics who say that she was just the Mayor of some small town:

I grew up with those people. They are the ones who do some of the hardest work in America … who grow our food, run our factories, and fight our wars. They love their country, in good times and bad, and they’re always proud of America. I had the privilege of living most of my life in a small town.”

Did you notice the subtle slap at Michelle Obama there, who claimed that she was only now proud of her country for the first time in her adult lifetime. Sarah’s people are “always proud of America.” What a tremendous contrast.

She laughed off talk that she was just some ‘soccer mom’ or ‘hockey mom’ with a joke: “What’s the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? Lipstick.”

Then Palin took the liberal media deep: “Now, here’s a little news flash for all those reporters and commentators: I’m not going to Washington to seek their good opinion. I’m going to Washington to serve the people of this great country.”

She spoke of today’s political partisanship: “No one expects us to agree on everything. But we are expected to govern with integrity, good will, clear convictions, and a servant’s heart. I pledge to all Americans that I will carry myself in this spirit as vice president of the United States.”

Palin recalled how she took on the establishment in Alaska, winning the Governor’s office, and then set about making reforms such as selling the Governor’s private jet on EBay and getting rid of the office’s personal chef. In her home state, Palin cut taxes, reduced spending, and left her ‘The Last Frontier’ with a budget surplus.

Palin demonstrated a grasp of foreign affairs and important issues such as energy and terrorism by relating to Mexico, Russia, Europe, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, al Qaeda, and Iraq among others.

She was tough politically, taking a swipe at her opponents while pointing out the heroism of her running mate:

“…though both Senator Obama and Senator Biden have been going on lately about how they are always, quote, “fighting for you,” let us face the matter squarely. There is only one man in this election who has ever really fought for you … in places where winning means survival and defeat means death … and that man is John McCain.”

And then she took one final comparative swing at Obama: “For a season, a gifted speaker can inspire with his words. For a lifetime, John McCain has inspired with his deeds.”

During this granny’s grand-slam speech, she stated that the reason pols should go to Washington is “to challenge the status quo, to serve the common good, and to leave this nation better than we found it.”

After last night, no one doubts that John McCain and Sarah Palin intend to do just that beginning in January of 2009.