I was delighted to see last night that J. Kenneth Blackwell, the nefarious, ultraconservative tool of the religious right gave up his bid to lead the Republican National Committee after garnering a paltry 20 votes in six rounds of voting. In a move he considers victorious, Blackwell conceded and endorsed Michael Steele, winner of the post.
With a black at its helm, the party enters uncharted waters. Hopefully, Mr. Steele can generate enough interest in the Republican Party among African Americans that it can avoid revisiting the embarrassment of last year’s Republican National Convention, at which there were only 36 registered black delegates.
Regardless of who guides the RNC, if the party fails to adopt policies that appeal to black voters, don’t expect major changes regarding representation.
And Mr. Steele will have bigger fish to fry. The Committee is more fractious than it’s been in decades. In a party that relies on “small tent” policies, “wedge issues” and “single issue” voters, division is no way to conquer. Not known for its” inclusion,” the GOP faces some major roadblocks to keep it from falling over its apparent intentions.
Best of luck, Mr. Steele. You seem like a good man. Sincere thanks for taking Mr. Blackwell out of the running.
I did a little research and realize that I was a bit too charitable in my comments regarding Mr. Sttele. While he’s indeed superior to “J-Ken,” he’s still a bit of a flaming ass clown. My apologies.