Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit has a post up on a conference call Michael Steele had with bloggers today. Steele is running for Chairman of the Republican National Committee. Hoft notes he had never heard from the current chairman, Mike Duncan. (I haven't either but I wouldn't necessarily expect to since I have a really tiny blog).
This was a switch-- I've never heard once from the current RNC Chairman-- Never an email. Never a call.
Today Michael Steele invited me to join him on a conference call to discuss his vision of for the Republican Party.
...I liked that.
I also got an invitation to participate in today's call. I was unable to participate but I truly appreciate the outreach.
Jim has posted Steele's comments and some of the questions posed by the bloggers. Here is an excerpt from his comments:
We have not utilized some of our strengths.
We have not utilized are strengths in organizing and communicating- and in reaching out to conservative bloggers.
Part of what I want to do as chairman is kick start this effort.
It is an honor to welcome you all to this discussion.
This is the start of the conversation that we will continue.
I'm sick and tired of the whining by Republicans.
There are Republicans fearing the end of the world and others are promoting a democrat light platform.
If I wanted to be democrat I would have joined the DNC.
I joined the Republican party because of Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan.
Because of the values of life, hard work, security and enterprise.
Conservatism is not ugly.
Steele wants to get the party back on the road to conservatism and this is what is needed. We have some strong conservatives in Washington but we need more, (they need some help!). Steele talked about communication and this is key:
Q: Mark Finkelstein: What kind of a role will you play?
ANSWER: I want to work closely with Senate and Congressional Republicans.
Look at immigration and how the liberals twisted that and made it look racist instead of an issue about following the law.
Energy is another poorly communicated issue.
We now have the responsibility to be the loyal opposition.
Steele made a great point. Republicans are so afraid of being labeled racists (Steele addressed that also re: Jeremiah Wright) or politically incorrect that they (we) have allowed the Democrats to define the issues - on their terms - and we constantly play defense instead of stating our case.
Conservatism is not ugly. I believe Michael Steele might be the best person right now to get that message out.