"Michael Steele seen as leader of the GOP by just 1%" -- USA Today, 6/10/09
No, Mr. Steele, you really aren't.
Granted, it's USA Today, which is to newspapers what, well, the NYT is to newspapers. But still, has Michael Steele really made the slightest impression on this party, which is as fractious and argumentative as it has ever been since the days of Reagan?
Worse, he has done nothing to bring the differing factions together, or even shown much willingness to listen to the base on which factions to support. Instead, he has personally attacked those voices in the party who call for a new direction away from the ruinous accomodation and prodigal cohabitation that has cost us both houses and put the nation's economy on the lifesupport that Obama's healthcare reforms will make sure it can't afford.
And he has shown no indication that GOP business under his leadership will be anything other than business as usual, with our 'representatives' meekly kowtowing to their Democratic 'colleagues' solely in the hope that their personal rice bowls will go unspilled... until it is convenient for the Democrats.
He shows all the tactical savvy of a garment district schmatte-dealer who brings in mobsters to keep the workers from organizing, and then is surprised to find he's lost his business to his real enemies. He thinks that the Washington political herd is his party's hope for the future, not the Americans who vote for it, and donate to it.
He's wrong, and worse, he shows no sign he realizes he's wrong, or why.
It's time for the entrenched old-style Republicans to go, Steele and Cornyn and all their kind, if we are to make room to create a party that will save this country from the Democrats as they did in 1865.