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  •  I think the fact that they treat any (10+ / 0-)

    minority that is in their party very well and pretend they respect them has quite a lot to do with it. With that one could possibly convince oneself that you could help change the party from within. He must have realized at some point that that was not going to happen and that he wither had to sell his soul for wingnut welfare or move on. I am very glad that he made the right choice. Are you watching Michael Steele, et al?

    That passed by; this can, too. - Deor

    by stevie avebury on Tue May 14, 2013 at 09:08:54 AM PDT

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      That passed by; this can, too. - Deor

      by stevie avebury on Tue May 14, 2013 at 09:09:45 AM PDT

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    •  i catch glimpses of Steele from (4+ / 0-)
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      time to time.  He always struck me as a guy prone to speak his mind but couldn't connect his mind to what message he was supposed to be delivering.  He was/is an opportunist who wasn't very good at it - although many called him dumb I don't agree - he wasn't dumb just not slick enough.  So he knew he had a good gig and was being taken advantage of for his skin tone but that he was taking advantage of them as well.

      I don't think Steele was trying to change anything.  IF he were then he would have been more firm on the things he said - which were more right than wrong - and instead say - "Look... we are a big tent and we have to change some attitudes..." no he would always try to limbo his way back on message in the most awkward way.

      "You have attributed conditions to villainy that simply result from stupidity"

      by newfie on Tue May 14, 2013 at 11:02:59 AM PDT

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      •  He did tell Republicans that they needed to (4+ / 0-)
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        change, as Rubio is doing now. Steele never figured out that that was not his job, which was to be an anti-Obama figurehead.

        The Reconstructionist

        You know, folks see me walk in a room, they don’t see the chairman of the Republican Party, they see a black man just walked into the room.
        Including at Republican Party meetings, where he was frequently the only one.

        But Steele believes in the Republican program. He even thinks Sarah Palin is wonderful.

        Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

        by Mokurai on Tue May 14, 2013 at 01:29:46 PM PDT

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        •  That reminds me of a joke.... (0+ / 0-)

          by an African-American comedian (I forget his name). The joke goes like this:

          Sometimes I'll walk into a bar and everyone is white. And I think, "Whoa! There sure are a lot of white people here." But it's OK. I know they're looking at me and thinking "There sure are a lot of black people here."

          "Stupid just can't keep its mouth shut." -- SweetAuntFanny's grandmother.

          by Dbug on Tue May 14, 2013 at 11:12:51 PM PDT

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      •  Under his leadership (1+ / 0-)
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        the party swept the 2010 midterms.  Under Reince Priebus, they not only lost, they lost by a LOT.
        Who gets hired to run the RNC for the next cycle? The loser.
        Steele may have not run a very tight ship financially, but they did win a lot of elections.
        Being the token black guy (like Palin was the token woman) didn't seem to bother him too much, he ran up the credit card quite a bit!

        “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

        by skohayes on Tue May 14, 2013 at 04:11:15 PM PDT

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