The Republican National Committee has elected Michael Steele as chairman. In addition to being the RNCâ€™s first African American chairman, Steeleâ€™s moderate leanings also represent a break from recent Republican ideology. In his brief acceptance speech, Steele said he wants to expand the party:
â€We’re going to say to friend and foe alike: We want you to be a part of us, we want you to with be with us, and for those who wish to obstruct, get ready to get knocked over.â€
While weâ€™ll have to wait to see how effective Steele will be, his election is good news for those of us who hope for a reenergized GOP more committed to finding new, small government ideas and less focused on destructive, power-hungry partisanship.
While Iâ€™m sure Steeleâ€™s selection will not sit well with the take-no-prisoners wing of the party represented by Rush Limbaugh and his ilk, the GOPâ€™s recent plummet into minority status proves the party needs a new direction. Hopefully Steele can provide just that.