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RNC Chair Steele Challenged By Anuzis.Let Anuzis Prove He’s Not A Front For The “Stop Palin” Old Guard.

Posted by M.Joseph Sheppard At Palin4President2016 on November 13, 2010

The first challenger for Michael Steele’s position as Chairman of the RNC has surfaced, Saul Anuzis of Michigan, a previous candidate for the role who was defeated in 2008.

In his statement of intent Anuzis says, inter alia, “Chairman Steele’s record speaks… for itself.” Yes it does and is proven as he goes on to congratulate Republican candidates on the “Historic victory we achieved on election day.” He does not give the credit to Steele for that historic victory but as Hindenburg said when asked who was responsible for a great victory achieved over the Russians, Ludendorff or himself “I don’t know who was responsible for the victory, but I do know who would have been charged with the loss.”

Anuzis finds fault with Steele-apparently the victory in 61+ congressional seats was not good enough, the GOP should have won the senate too which loss describes to a lack of funding and being beaten by the Dem’s GOTV capacity.

Apparently the GOP lost in “Countless Congressional and legislative districts” for this reason.”Countless”? The Republican tide smashed through Dem seats which had been held for years and which were deemed untakeable.This sort of hyperbole is unacceptable as it is a ridiculous statement unfitting to one seeking such an important office.

The other aspect that Anuzis hints at is the high profile of Steele. “We will only win if the Chairman of the RNC steps out of the limelight” and he goes on to ascribe his role as a “nuts and bolts” Chairman.In reality this old guard, old fashioned image is totally out of touch with a hugely important development in the fortunes of the GOP, the influx of Black (32 of whom stood for the GOP) and Hispanic voters and candidates.

“These are not just people pulled out of the hole,” said Timothy F. Johnson, chairman of the Frederick Douglass Foundation, a black conservative group. That is “the nice thing about being on this side of history,” he said. He added that the candidates might be helped by the presence of Michael Steele, the chairman of the Republican National Committee who is black and ran for the Senate himself in 2006.

But even with that invigorating infusion of an aspect that has been missing from the GOP “since reconstruction” and the victory of high profile Black congressional candidates Allen West in Florida and Tim Scott in South Carolina there is a danger. The attachment is tender, and perhaps tenuous, as reflected in the comment by high profile Black Republican Aprill Shines that although the GOP has embraced many more Blacks and membership is up “Though the Republican party has seen growth of black membership rise from 5 to 15% it does not seem to be indicative of accepting black leadership to correlate with black votes”.( NB Aprill Shines Link does not connect.Google Aprill Shines for link to this important Examiner article)

How would the removal of the first high profile Black to hold executive office in the GOP help to remove the perception that, although Blacks are welcome to fetch water they are not welcome to organize the water gang, even if one of their number has led the party to an almost unprecedented victory?

How would the replacement by a bland “nuts and bolts” Chairman counter the, guaranteed to be used over and over,'”racist” hit job by radical leftist Dem’s and their enablers in the liberal media. “The real opposition to Obama is based on racism not matter how the Republicans try and cover it up-just look how quickly they dumped Steele once he had served their purpose as a token counter weight to President Obama”. Nothing could be surer than that is exactly what they would do and say.

According to commentators the campaign against Steele is being led by the GOP old guard, especially Karl Rove. Rove is perceived as ultra-establishment and no friend of Palin’s. If the Beltway Boys plan is to remove Steele, a noted Palin and Tea Party friendly Chairman, as a way to stop Palin getting the nomination, it will be a costly and Pyrrhic victory. Not only could it lead to the Tea Party creating a third party for 2012 which would of course ensure the crushing defeat of the GOP, but it could seriously erode the nascent entry of Blacks back into the party of Lincoln.

For Anuzis, and any further challengers to Steele, they must state how they would deal with this potentially catastrophic loss of both Blacks and Tea Partiers. They would also have to prove that they are not in anyone’s pocket. Anuzis says ” I will not be taking sides in the presidential primary” he and other contenders should prove it by categorically disassociating themselves with the anti-Steele, stop Palin cabal which is being described as led by Rove.


3 Responses to “RNC Chair Steele Challenged By Anuzis.Let Anuzis Prove He’s Not A Front For The “Stop Palin” Old Guard.”

  1. Joy said

    Mike, absolutely brilliant analysis of this new situation brewing in the RNC Leadership race! (But I’ve come to expect nothing less from your perceptive op-eds!)

    I was getting cold feet about Steele and his “flamboyant & spendthrift” ways – and I was even skeptical about his new-found Tea Party “religion” and his apparent (and certainly enthusiastic!) support of Palin. But I realized that he was no dummy and decided to boldly leave his RINO & good-ol’-boy critics behind and head for the “wild & crazy” Tea Partiers in general and their Mama Grizzly Palin, in particular. And in the last month or two of the campaign, he definitely gave it his all – following the Yellow Brick Road in his Fire Pelosi Bus!

    Now, Mr. Bland steps up and tries to do what he failed to do in 2008. And although he’s a good solid GOP vote in the House, removing the Chairman at this particular time in GOP momentum/time, is pretty short-sighted and may well be counterproductive. Call Steele what you will, but he’s a totally affable, outgoing guy who wins more friends than enemies – and who would definitely continue to win more friends than Mr. Bland.

    Of course, your spot-on analysis of what the Dems & the Left would make of and do with this, should Steele be dumped, is absolutely accurate – and would just shoot us in the foot! We could never explain it away no matter how hard we tried. Even Steele’s relatively poor fiscal management skills would not be reason enough in the eyes of those just waiting to pounce!

    And the thought of what it would do to the GOP after all the blood, sweat & tears that the TP Movement poured into this campaign is just unimaginable and depressing!

    Karl Rove needs to go back to being the relatively faceless “brain” of George W. Bush and butt out of the New Politics! He is SO 2004!!

    • Thank you Joy-these posts are, I like to imagine, measured and thought out and with the research take a fair amount of time but I thnk the issues warrant them. I am delighted others are “rapid response” fire putter outers (sic) and there is a place for both our type of postings. As for the “brilliant analysis” well thank you-I just wish that someone in the major blogs like T4P (HINT) or C4P or The Other McCain would link to this/these as it would bring a much greater dissemination than I could achieve. That said since I have started posting on this site my blog has gone up nearly 4 million placings on Alexa so thanks for the opportunity to all.

  2. ReaganTMan said

    I couldn’t agree more. This post is so dead on the money. It puts all my concerns into words. Well said, Joseph!

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