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Mehlman, Steele and the RNC
Posted by: McQ on Friday, November 10, 2006

An interesting development:
Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman, whose party just lost both chambers of Congress, will leave his position in January, and the post as party chief has been offered to Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele.

"It is true," Mr. Mehlman told The Washington Times when asked about reports last night that he would resign. "It's something I decided over the summer. No one told me I needed to. In fact, folks wanted me to stay."

Mr. Mehlman said he "told the White House over the summer it was my decision" to leave the RNC post, "win, lose or draw."
A little about Steele:
In December 2000, he was elected Chair of the Maryland Republican Party, the first African American to be elected Republican state party chair in the United States. In 2001, Mr. Steele served on the National Commission on Federal Election Reform. Other affiliations include service on the NAACP's Blue Ribbon Panel on Election Reform, the Board of Directors of The Hospice of the National Capital Area, and membership in the Knights of Columbus, the Prince George's County Chapter of the NAACP, and the Johns Hopkins Society of Black Alumni. He is a former member of the Board of Trustees of The Johns Hopkins University.
Obviously a national office is different than a state office but he doesn't come in with no experience (although there are those who can argue that MD hasn't exactly been the source of much success for Republicans). And at this point I'm not sure of how much of a small government, less spending Republican he is (simply because I've not had the time to look).

However Steele is the sort of face the Republicans want in that position now and, ironically, sort of a culmination of an outreach program outgoing RNC Chairman Mehlman was working trying to attract black voters to the GOP.

According to The Washington Times, however, this is all still unofficial:
But they said that President Bush's political adviser Karl Rove, who is Mr. Mehlman's mentor, would rather see Mr. Steele serve in the president's Cabinet, perhaps as secretary of Housing and Urban Development. These officials said no one has actually offered Mr. Steele either the RNC post or a Cabinet post.

Steele spokesman Doug Heye said last night that "I don't know of any conversations that Lt. Gov. Steele has had on this topic, but I can tell you that there are many people who have said he would be an ideal candidate, based on the race he ran this year."

"I talked to him very briefly about it today. He has not made any decisions yet about what he will do next. He is still focused on his role as lieutenant governor," Mr. Heye said.
Just a hint to Rove and the boys - Putting Steele in HUD for 2 years would be a waste. This is a face you need out there now.

Capt. Ed agrees:
With all due respect to the White House, both Steele and the Republicans would be better served with Steele at the helm of the RNC. He instantly gives more credibility to Republican outreach efforts to minority communities, a key goal after years of writing them off as lost causes. He brings experience, as he has served as Maryland's Republican chair in the past, and after the midterms, the RNC needs someone with some seasoning from the trenches. He would have a much higher national profile at the RNC than he would stuck in the DC bureaucracy, perhaps even positioning him for a governorship or a Presidential run farther down the road.
Of course, on the other side of things, the incidental but seamy again rise to the top, with a guy who I mostly consider in the league of Keith Olberman, Bob Herbert and Maureen Dowd playing the outing game enabled by uber-dolt, Larry King:
MAHER: [Ted Haggard] Talks to the White House every — usually about gay bashing. Well, I mean, not to put too fine a point on it, but I do think that when a party is so divided against itself, eventually that comes to the fore.

It's so ironic. Republicans, the anti-abortion party, always trying to kill something inside of themselves. And Frank Rich (ph) wrote about this a couple of weeks ago. He said, yes, we've heard about Mark Foley, and then every week, it seemed another Congressman was outed. But he said, that's just the beginning of it. A lot of the chiefs of staff, the people who really run the underpinnings of the Republican Party are gay. I don't want to mention names, but I will on Friday night.

KING: You will Friday night?

MAHER: Well, there's a couple of big people who I think everyone in Washington knows who run the Republican...

KING: You will name them?

MAHER: Well, I wouldn't be the first. I'd get sued if I was the first. (A PORTION OF THIS TRANSCRIPT HAS BEEN REMOVED)

KING: ... why would someone who is gay take public anti-gay positions? Why would you do that?

MAHER: Because, Larry, hating yourself is the greatest love of all. Self-loathing.

KING: Great way to close out this segment. It's poignant.
Yeah. Poignant.

I'm sure by now everyone knows who Bill Maher was talking about. If not go here. But don't you love the self-appointed and self-righteous jerks who seem to believe it is their duty in life to out people just because they work for an opposition political party with which they disagree?
 
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Steele will do a great job. How man days until someone on the left starting painting him with racial smears. 1, 2, at most.

But I thought this was the new age of unicorns? What happened !??

;)

Same old, same old. Those republicans are always so vicious and partisan. yep, that’s the ticket
 
Written By: capt joe
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But they said that President Bush’s political adviser Karl Rove, who is Mr. Mehlman’s mentor, would rather see Mr. Steele serve in the president’s Cabinet, perhaps as secretary of Housing and Urban Development. These officials said no one has actually offered Mr. Steele either the RNC post or a Cabinet post
Rove is losing his touch if he really thinks this would be a good move. All I read about Steele during the campaign was positive- he sounds like fresh face and new blood to put out there. If he gets the RNC position, we’ll have a good time setting the over/under on Uncle Tom/Oreo rererences hurled at him by liberals
 
Written By: shark
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But don’t you love the self-appointed and self-righteous jerks who seem to believe it is their duty in life to out people just because they work for an opposition political party with which they disagree?
What’s Maher’s proof? Did they date each other?
 
Written By: Mark A. Flacy
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Well, I wouldn’t be the first. I’d get sued if I was the first.
Why? Because he’s lying?
 
Written By: Xrlq
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Wow, Maher just jumped up a few steps in my scumbag ladder.
 
Written By: ChrisB
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Wow, Maher just jumped up a few steps in my scumbag ladder
He’s come a long way since he was the Pizzaboy or whatever that stupid movie was.
 
Written By: shark
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whatever that stupid movie was.
It was Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death, so completely awful you can do nothing else but laugh (sometimes in a embarrassed titter). So of like his current show.

 
Written By: capt joe
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"You see Larry, the reason it’s self-loathing, per se, is because Republicans hate gays. It’s such a self-evident truth I’m surprised it wasn’t in the Declaration of Independence."
 
Written By: Linus
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Holy crap Batman,
Isn’t it about time we encouraged all gay political operatives to come out of the closet? These are always open secrets and only encourage the opposition to made a big display out of it. I’m a 67 year old white, heterosexual (for whatever sex life is left) conservative male and I could give a crap about a political person’s private sex life as long as they have a decent respect for manners (Don’t scare the horses) and do a good job for the party and country. Furthermore it’s time to stop all this anti-gay crap in the military.
 
Written By: cryinginthewilderness
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Steele is a good choice.

As for what’s his name, whatever happened to the privacy angle that gets raised every time the names of Studds, and Frank get raised?
 
Written By: Bithead
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I could give a crap about a political person’s private sex life as long as they have a decent respect for manners (Don’t scare the horses) and do a good job for the party and country. Furthermore it’s time to stop all this anti-gay crap in the military.
I’m with you. Job performance matters. Sexual orientation is none of my or anyone else’s business.
 
Written By: McQ
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Wait, Mehlman is gay? No way!!! OMG, I just don’t know what to do with such knowledge! Mehlman is one of THEM! Why I feel positively crushed! Then again I’m gay, so who the heck gives a crap if he is or isn’t?
 
Written By: John
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Furthermore it’s time to stop all this anti-gay crap in the military.
I’m with you. Job performance matters. Sexual orientation is none of my or anyone else’s business.
Unisex facilities, here we come!

BTW, hidden sexual orientation is a problem for anyone handling classified material.
 
Written By: Mark A. Flacy
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BTW, hidden sexual orientation is a problem for anyone handling classified material.
Not if it doesn’t matter. You can’t blackmail someone when there’s no penalty to revealing the secret.
 
Written By: McQ
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What’s Maher’s proof?
DNA on his underware?
 
Written By: Don
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Not to start any rumors, but from what I’ve heard, Bill Maher was wearing the Blue dress...

Suppose I’ll get noticed on Larry King?



 
Written By: Bithead
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Not to start any rumors, but from what I’ve heard, Bill Maher was wearing the Blue dress...
I that were true I’d lose all respect for Clinton. Well, if I had any for him to begin with that is. Sheesh, if Bill were THAT way surely he could find someone just a tad better? What, Tom Cruise isn’t available? Then again Cruise is a bit of a nutjob...
 
Written By: John
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Then again Cruise is a bit of a nutjob...
And Maher isn’t?
 
Written By: McQ
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And Maher isn’t?


Of course he is but Cruise is a bit better on the eyes than Maher (ech). Eh, maybe they deserve each other I suppose.
 
Written By: John
URL: http://averagegayjoe.blogspot.com
John,
Then again I’m gay, so who the heck gives a crap if he is or isn’t?
AAAAAIIIIIYYEEEEEEE!!!! We’ve been infiltrated! Unleash the hounds! And call the NYT!
Sheesh, if Bill were THAT way surely he could find someone just a tad better?
One word, John: Monica.

There’s no accounting for taste.
 
Written By: Pablo
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