A Breath of Fresh Chair

Michael Steele, former Lt. Governor of Maryland, was elected today as the first African American Chairman of the Republican National Committee. I like Michael Steele. He obviously found a way to connect as a moderate in a very blue state. And I can take solace that Chip Saltzman did not get the job. See An Insult to Neanderthals?

Steele’s election to chair helps move the Republican center of power a little bit away from the South and Southwest. Like some of the other candidates for chair, Steele brings experience as a state committee chair, albeit in a very blue state. Steele does not strike me as a little bit crazy in the way that, say, Terry McAuliffe and Howard Dean did. Steele seems much more in the mold of current DNC Chairman Tim Kaine. He may be just the right person to bring home a message. Plus, at 6 feet 4 inches, I think he takes Obama in the post.

As Joe Biden might say,

In short, Steele is¬†articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.¬†And he’s fresh. He’s new. He’s smart. He’s insightful.

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