Monday, November 13, 2006

Better Than Steele?

By Cassandra D

So the RNC has named its new leader and it isn't Michael Steele. As I wrote before, I didn't think he was a good choice.

The winner is...Sen. Mel Martinez of Florida. Name ring a bell? Wondering why? Oh yeah, maybe because of this:

"Martinez started slowly in the Senate where he was embarrassed by a one-page unsigned memo that originated in his office. Written by a Martinez aide and disavowed by Senate Republicans, the memo laid out the political benefits to getting involved in the fate of
Terri Schiavo, a Florida woman whose end-of-life battle became a rallying cry for conservatives.

"'This is an important moral issue and the pro-life base will be excited that the Senate is debating this important issue,' said the memo. Its author resigned."


At 3:47 PM, Anonymous flamewhore said...

That bit of news makes me hopeful that the Dems will continue to run Congress.

At 4:18 PM, Blogger RedDirt said...

Somehow I don't think this is going to fire up the GOP faithful. Michael Steele would have. Martinez? Not so much. Looks like flamewhore might be right, for the time being, except you all need to take a deep breath and consider that many of the incoming Democratic congresspersons ran to the right of the Republicans they beat. In fact, as George Will observed, this new Congress is actually more conservative than the previous one -- regardless of party label. So either way, it's in some sense a triumph for Reagan conservatism.

At 4:50 PM, Blogger RedDirt said...

Looks like the long knives from the conservative base are out -- on the mood is dismal about the Martinez chairmanship. And then there's this observation about McCain running for prez (methinks the conservative bloodletting has only just now started): Senator McCain begins the race at a massive disadvantage. "If you thought Harriet Miers, the Dubai Ports deal, immigration, the Gang of 14, and the torture debate were useful exercises in party building, wait till you get a load of John McCain, wrench-in-the-works extraordinaire. We lost one election by not listening to our base and falling prey to Washington gobbledygook. We do not need to lose another."


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