Apostle Claver: Chill on Steele. But, Just For a Minute.
It simply doesn’t make sense at this moment to go after the head of Chairman Steele. It’s not pragmatic. There are several reasons to let him be – for the moment.
Nevertheless, it cannot be understated that his “gaffes” are becoming habitual and his success as a fund-raiser and organizer can certainly be questioned. The issue is: Is it a good time, in the middle of a campaign season, to be distracted further by the distractions of a chairman that seems to be more concerned about his own personal, celebrity profile versus elevating the profile of conservative, GOP candidates, and the superiority of conservative ideology and solutions?
Those of you that have witnessed the PowerPoint presentation that I share all across this nation understand my ultimate mission of helping pro-Constitution, conservative candidates win elections at all levels of government. Thus, my thoughts on the Chairman Steele matter stem from that priority. To start an internal fight within the Republican Party over the continued controversies launched by Chairman Steele would act as a deterrent to the ultimate goal of putting President Obama in check. It is mandatory that the Republican Party take control of the United States House of Representatives by winning the November 2 general election, taking control of the nation’s purse strings, and then looking toward 2012 to make Obama a one-termer.
Chairman Steele’s role in winning the upcoming general election is going to be minimal, at best. There’s four months before voting starts across the country. Odds are he’s going to say something “stupid” again. However, those of us that care so deeply about this country and believe that the GOP is the best hope of advancing conservative values, are going to have to swallow hard again, not be distracted, and keep working toward that end.
The Media: At It Again
Sure, we can blame the media for stirring up the mess. But, Chairman Steele is squarely to blame. If we were to look honestly at the comments that he made that are so infuriating, maybe we can get an even better insight into how he thinks and reveal a deeper flaw to his leadership.
While the media focuses on his comments on Afghanistan and the war of Obama’s choosing, I believe we should be focusing on whom the chairman was addressing. If you listen closely to the sound bite of the speech, the very first thing you hear Chairman Steele say is that his following words (advice) were for federal candidates. Therein lies the leadership flaw.
His controversial statement was an attempt to steer federal candidates toward an uniformed talking point on the war in Afghanistan. Thus, Chairman Steele was advising candidates with chances to gain seats for the GOP in the fall to follow his fallacious messaging. What?
So, the media sort of missed it. They attempted to staple Steele’s comments to a personal belief.
This is why Chairman Steele’s backpedal the next day – issuing a statement that he supports the war – makes sense. He wasn’t advocating pulling out of Afghanistan. He was trying to advocate for candidates in this most critical election to run on the nonsense that he was spewing out. Shocking! What if some dense candidate hearing his words actually took him up on it? What if the “hidden” camera hadn’t been there to record his foolishness and it never became a media storm? How many elections would have been lost? How many potential seat gains would be squandered because some fortune-and-glory-seeking candidate without a lick of political sense would have actually adopted the talking point?
In my mind, this type of reasoning and strategy from the chairman of the Republican Party is what really should be commanding our attention. What kind of brain would give such advice?
What To Do, Now
We just chill on Steele through the November election. If we have to ignore him, we just have to ignore him. As hard as it may be, we make him inconsequential to the overarching theme of victory in November. Yes, it will be hard because he will be fighting to keep himself in the limelight all the way to his demise. He can’t help it. He wants to be the star.
Let me state, as I have on Facebook, I was a big supporter of Chairman Steele for his bid to become the chairman. I endorsed him openly and encouraged others to get behind him. But, unlike my African-American brothers and sisters in the other party that refuse to acknowledge the debacle which is the 44th presidency of the United States, I don’t have any issues with taking issue with the first Black chairman of the GOP. If he’s making a hot mess, he’s making a hot mess and I won’t circle the wagons around him.
With everyone knowing the mission of RagingElephants.org to enlarge the conservative voting base and the GOP through racial diversity, I’m highly disappointed at his failure to address the demographic crisis crippling the party. He’s been useless to that cause.
Yet, calling together the state RNC committeemen and having a fight over ousting him isn’t worth it at this juncture in time. We chill until the winter meetings and the election of a new chair. We urge our state committeemen to not reelect Chairman Steele (that won’t be hard). And as soon as the last ballot is cast on November 2, let the search for another chairman of the Republican Party commence in earnest.
Can anyone say “Palin”?