Congrats, again, to Michael Steele on becoming the Chairman of the Republican National Committee:
Members of the Republican National Committee elected their first African-American party chief Friday, choosing former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele to chair the organization after six tumultuous rounds of voting.
“We’re going to say to friend and foe alike, we want you to be a part of us,” Steele told party members in his victory speech. “And to those of you who will obstruct, get ready to get knocked over.”
“For so long we’ve allowed the Democrats to define us. We’ve allowed the media to define us,” he said. “And so it’s important for us to be able to establish with clarity what we believe.”
Steele also had a message for President Barack Obama, who stumped for his opponent during his unsuccessful 2006 Senate campaign.
“I would say to the new president, congratulations. It is going to be an honor to spar with him,” Steele said. “And I would follow that up with: How do you like me now?”
I don’t know Steele well enough to know how well he’ll hold up in the ring against President Obama, but at least he’ll be on an even footing. It saddens me to say what is obvious and undeniable: the Republican Party needs a black person to lead the opposition against Obama. Rush Limbaugh may be the best street fighter among the conservatives, but to the liberal intelligentsia of the media he is a nasty brawler (and a good thing, too!).
Let the white snobs look down their noses at Steele, as they surely will. Let them pay the price, as they surely ought to.