Who`s Afraid Of Michael Steele?

After Barack Obama`s victory, The
GOP appointed African American

Michael Steele
as chairman of the Republican
National Committee with the

explicit purpose
of trying to reach out to
minorities. 
The party got more than it bargained for. Shortly after
assuming his position, Michael Steele told the
Washington Times that the party needed a
“hip hop”
make over:

“`There was underlying concerns we had become too regionalized and the
party needed to reach beyond our comfort` zones, he
said, citing defeats in such states as

Virginia
and

North Carolina
. `We need messengers to really
capture that region – young, Hispanic, black, a cross
section…We want to convey that the modern-day GOP looks
like the conservative party that stands on principles.
But we want to apply them to
urban-surburban hip-hop settings.`”

Steele went on to say that the
Party`s new image
“will be avant garde, technically. 
It will come to table with things that will
surprise everyone—off the hook.”
[Steele:
GOP needs `hip-hop` makeover
,
by Ralph Hallow,
Washington Times, February 19, 2009]

For those who are not
avant garde,
Steele used the phrase


“off the hook”
as hip hop slang for fresh and new, rather than
the older meaning of being

out of trouble.
 

The RNC`s website, GOP.com displays
this new attitude. 
I recently

documented
on TakiMag just how awful it is. 
Among the gems there: creating
a new profile on GOP heroes
—filled with of no-name
black Reconstruction politicians; and a blog by Steele
originally called
“What Up” (but apparently this title

became too embarrassing
, and it was replaced with 
the less jiggy


“change the game”
.)

Steele is apparently convinced that
his pandering paid off in the 2009 elections. 
Appearing on


Washington Watch
,
the black oriented TV show
hosted by

anti-white race baiter Roland Martin
, he said:

“You saw in Christie and you saw in McDonnell a door open [to the
black community]
because they went in and engaged. McDonnell was very
deliberate about spending. I mean,
[Black
Entertainment Television founder]
Sheila Johnson was on his team. I mean, that was a big
deal. That`s because he engaged her and she helped
navigate him through that relationship.”[Transcript,

Video
]

Steele could have mentioned that
New Jersey is also home to the self described (white)
“Republican
Rapper”
Hi-Caliber, who

busted rhymes
like
“I can`t take
this, these libs are phony/ And I got a bone to pick
with Jon Bon Jovi/ He won`t
do a
show for the troops during War Time
, but he`ll a

do a show
for that bum John Corzine”
during the
campaign.

So how much did winning
gubernatorial candidates Bob McDonnell (VA) and Christie
(NJ) victories depend on their newly opened door to the
black vote?

Both Bob McDonnell and Chris
Christie received a trivial 9% of the black vote. 
In 2008,

John McCain
received an only slightly more trivial
8% in both Virginia and New Jersey. 

It`s a
fair assumption that this one percentage point increase
among the black voters was the result of the fact that
they did not have an African American Democrat to vote
for—rather than the fact that Michael Steele is the
chairman of the RNC, that the founder of BET supported
the Republicans, or that they found out that

Pickney Pinchback
was a Republican on GOP.com.  

Far more important were the
Republican gains among white voters. 
Bob McDonnell received 67% of the White vote to
John McCain`s 60% and 2008 Virginia Republican Senator
Jim Gilmore`s atrocious 43%. 
On top of that, the white share of the vote in
Virginia increased from 70% in 2008 to 78% in 2009. 

This means that
had every single

Black
,

Hispanic,
and

Asian Vote
gone to Creigh Deeds
, McDonnell would
have still won—with over 52% of the state`s vote.

In New Jersey, Christie received
59% of the White vote, compared to McCain`s 50%.
 

On a side
note, New Jersey Hispanics—just 12% of the voters in
2009—gave Christie 33% of their vote, compared to 21%
for McCain. 
This is entirely typical of the Hispanic vote
fluctuating in parallel to the white vote, but further
to the left. 
I actually am pleasantly surprised that no one (to my
knowledge) is trying to attribute his success to the

oh-so-vital
Hispanic

swing vote.
 
[For readers who want to do their own
calculations, here are the exit poll links:

NJ 2009
,

VA 2009
,

NJ 2008
,

VA 2008 President
,

VA 2008 Senate
.]

Even though Republicans chose
Steele to be their chairman, he continues to assert that
Republicans are not welcoming to blacks. 
His comments about Christie and McDonnell`s
successful pandering were prefaced by his agreeing with
the outlandish assertion by
Washington Watch`s
Martin that white Republicans are afraid of blacks.

Steele said:

"You`re
absolutely right. I mean I`ve been in the room and
they`ve been scared of me and I`m like, `I`m on your
side,` so I can imagine going out there talking to
someone like you."
[Steele:
White Republicans are scared of me
, Jordan
Fabian, The Hill, November 9, 2009]

I can
honestly say that I`m not afraid of Michael Steele. But
he is not on our side. 
By
pandering to minorities
and insulting the
white
base,
he is destroying the Republican Party. 

In the
interest of racial justice, I should add whenever Barack
Obama pushes some anti-white policy, I ask myself:
“Would President

Hillary Clinton
or

John Edwards
do the same thing?”
  
In most cases, they would.

Similarly, whenever Michael Steele panders, I ask:
“Would

Ken Mehlman
or

Ed Gillespie
do the same thing?” 

But while
Mehlman and Gillespie went to destructive lengths in
groveling to Hispanics and

apologizing
for the

Southern Strategy,
I can`t imagine them making such
buffoons of themselves as to try to make a Hip Hop

makeover
of the party or systematically alienating
its white base. 

In fact,
even Barack Obama is wise enough not to make a comment
about White Republicans being afraid of him when he
walks into a room.  

And at
least
the
Democrats are getting votes
from the minorities they
pander to. 

The GOP
successfully

took back the governorships in New Jersey and Virginia
with the

Sailer Strategy
—but not because they knew what they
were doing. 
If anything, the success of the Republican candidates in
the November 3 election was in spite of the national
GOP. 
Certainly NY-23`s

Doug Hoffman
would have had a much better chance of
winning had the GOP Establishment not initially backed,
and given over a
million dollars
to,
Dede Scozzafava
—who went
on to
endorse the Democratic candidate.

 

Bottom
line:

Barack Obama
and the Democrats` anti-white agenda is
so blatant that

White Middle Americans
are running back to the GOP
in droves. 

But
unless the GOP gets rid of hacks like Steele, it doesn`t
deserve them. 

Ellison Lodge (email
him) works on Capitol
Hill.