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RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
The Republicans must be so proud. They're about to elect a dyed-in-the-wool bigot as their new RNC Chairperson, South Carolina's own homeboy, Katon Dawson. Nothing says anti-change like a member of a white's-only country club.

Honestly, do the Reps really want to become the KKK all over again?!?
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  • misspammisspam Posts: 5,318Registered Users
    I don't know enough about Katon Dawson to comment on his abilities to run the RNC if they choose to elect him. I don't have much love for the RNC anyway, so at this point I could care less who they elect.

    But honestly, this reminds me of the thread where people were jumping all over Dubya for moving into a neighborhood with Whites Only restrictions in their decades old covenants. It was never proven that Dubya and the Mrs. were aware of the particular covenants but people chose to believe the worst anyway. Go figure.

    I understand about the whites only country club. It is a shame that those restrictions still exist. And as far as the KKK, Dems don't have a leg to stand on there considering a former KKK member is still a sitting Senator from West Virginia.

    I don't believe they are done with final voting so I will reserve judgement until then.
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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    misspam wrote: »
    I don't know enough about Katon Dawson to comment on his abilities to run the RNC if they choose to elect him. I don't have much love for the RNC anyway, so at this point I could care less who they elect.

    But honestly, this reminds me of the thread where people were jumping all over Dubya for moving into a neighborhood with Whites Only restrictions in their decades old covenants. It was never proven that Dubya and the Mrs. were aware of the particular covenants but people chose to believe the worst anyway. Go figure.

    I understand about the whites only country club. It is a shame that those restrictions still exist. And as far as the KKK, Dems don't have a leg to stand on there considering a former KKK member is still a sitting Senator from West Virginia.

    I don't believe they are done with final voting so I will reserve judgement until then.


    Well, the RNC came to their senses at the last minute and elected an African American man, Michael Steele from Maryland.

    I didn't have a problem with Dubya moving into a former whites-only neighborhood. I do have a problem with Katon Dawson belonging to a current whites-only country club. Actually, he made a big deal about asking them to relax their whites-only requirement in August 2008 (which they did), but only after he had been a member there for TEN years and only when he was being considered for the top GOP job.
  • CottonCandyCurlsCottonCandyCurls Posts: 344Registered Users
    Katon Dawson didn't bring all that much to the table. Almost everyone likes Steele. He's been the right guy for the job and now he got it. Whoo hoo.
  • SuburbanbushbabeSuburbanbushbabe Posts: 15,402Registered Users
    Just saw this on Yahoo
    Michael Steele becomes first black RNC chairman

    WASHINGTON – The Republican Party chose the first black national chairman in its history Friday, just shy of three months after the nation elected a Democrat as the first African-American president. The choice marked no less than "the dawn of a new party," declared the new GOP chairman, former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele. Republicans chose Steele over four other candidates, including former President George W. Bush's hand-picked GOP chief, who bowed out declaring, "Obviously the winds of change are blowing." Steele takes the helm of a beleaguered Republican Party that is trying to recover after crushing defeats in November's national elections that gave Democrats control of Congress put Barack Obama in the White House.

    GOP delegates erupted in cheers and applause when his victory was announced, but it took six ballots to get there. He'll serve a two-year term.

    Steele, an attorney, is a conservative, but he was considered the most moderate of the five candidates running.

    He was also considered an outsider because he's not a member of the Republican National Committee. But the 168-member RNC clearly signaled it wanted a change after eight years of Bush largely dictating its every move as the party's standard-bearer.

    Steele became the first black candidate elected to statewide office in Maryland in 2003, and he made an unsuccessful Senate run in 2006. Currently, he serves as chairman of GOPAC, an organization that recruits and trains Republican political candidates, and in that role he has been a frequent presence on the talk show circuit.

    He vowed to expand the reach of the party by competing for every group, everywhere.
    "We're going to say to friend and foe alike: 'We want you to be a part of us, we want you to with be with us.' And for those who wish to obstruct, get ready to get knocked over," Steele said
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    "There is not one inch of ground that we're going to cede to anybody," he added.

    "This is the dawn of a new party moving in a new direction with strength and conviction."

    His job is to spark a revival for the GOP as it takes on an empowered Democratic Party under the country's first black president in midterm elections next fall and beyond.

    He replaces Mike Duncan, who abandoned his re-election bid in the face of dwindling support midway through Friday's voting.

    Two others who trailed farther back in the voting eventually followed suit, former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell and Michigan GOP chairman Saul Anuzis.

    In the sixth and final round of voting, Steele went head-to-head with his only remaining opponent, South Carolina GOP chief Katon Dawson. Steele clinched the election with 91 votes; a majority of 85 committee members was needed.

    Just eight years after Republicans controlled both the White House and Congress, the GOP finds itself out of power, without a standard-bearer and trying to figure out how to rebound while its foe seems to grow ever stronger.

    The Democratic Party boasts a broadened coalition of voters — including Hispanics and young people — who swung behind Obama's call for change. At the same time, the slice of voters who call themselves Republican has narrowed. The GOP also has watched as Democrats have dominated both coasts while making inroads into the West and South, leaving Republicans with a shrunken base.

    Despite the run of GOP losses, Duncan had argued that he should be re-elected because of his experience; his five challengers called for change and said they represented it.

    As he left the race, Duncan thanked Bush and said of his two-year tenure: "It truly has been the highlight of my life."

    Another candidate, former Tennessee GOP Chairman Chip Saltsman, withdrew from the race on the eve of voting and with no explanation, saying only in a letter to RNC members, "I have decided to withdraw my candidacy."

    Saltsman, who ran former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's failed presidential campaign last year, saw his bid falter in December after he drew controversy for mailing to committee members a CD that included a song titled "Barack the Magic Negro" by conservative comedian Paul Shanklin and sung to the music of "Puff, the Magic Dragon."
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  • BoomygrrlBoomygrrl Posts: 4,940Registered Users
    Wow! The RNC is finally in the 21st Century.
    I don't care what their motivations (whether good or bad) are for doing this...all I can say is "It's about dang time!!"
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  • EilonwyEilonwy Posts: 12,389Registered Users
    RNC's playing catch up
  • misspammisspam Posts: 5,318Registered Users
    Congratulations to Michael Steele! He seems to be well respected and he's an effective speaker.

    He's got a big job ahead of him. I wish him well.
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  • Koukla72Koukla72 Posts: 1,680Registered Users
    I'm feeling pretty damn cynical about the motivations for this choice, but I'll keep them mostly to myself. My first gut-level reaction was probably a little too ugly for some of you here. Even if it was mixed with my twisted, occasionally not-funny-to-others sense of humor.
  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    It's kinda great that the RNC is now headed by an African American, but it's almost like they chose him as a "token". Sorry to say. I mean, the choice was between Michael Steele and a man who was a member of a whites-only country club, and it was neck-and-neck til the very end. C'mon.

    I heard one commentator on Keith Olbermann's show tonight say that the RNC chose a black man to counteract Obama. She said it's as if they think Obama is Superman, so they need some kryptonite to fight him. Since kryptonite comes from Superman's own planet, the RNC went to Planet-Black-Man to get some and plucked out Michael Steele.
  • SuburbanbushbabeSuburbanbushbabe Posts: 15,402Registered Users
    Koukla72 wrote: »
    I'm feeling pretty damn cynical about the motivations for this choice, but I'll keep them mostly to myself. My first gut-level reaction was probably a little too ugly for some of you here. Even if it was mixed with my twisted, occasionally not-funny-to-others sense of humor.
    Share your thoughts. I'm interested. My first quite cynical thought (I know nothing about Michael Steele, jus the RNC) was that I would want to see him take a hot shower before I believed he was truly black. Just saying.... Even then, white and black is not just a skin color, it's a state of mind. So maybe I need to see the CAT scan. I'm willing to educated about this guy, but c'mon, this is the R-Barack the Magic N-egro C

    the RNC went to Planet-Black-Man to get some and plucked out Michael Steele.
    Yes, they are that simplistic:laughing2:
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  • Koukla72Koukla72 Posts: 1,680Registered Users
    Well, RCW said it, but my though was a little more visual:

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  • wild~hairwild~hair Posts: 9,890Registered Users
    I heard one commentator on Keith Olbermann's show tonight say that the RNC chose a black man to counteract Obama. She said it's as if they think Obama is Superman, so they need some kryptonite to fight him. Since kryptonite comes from Superman's own planet, the RNC went to Planet-Black-Man to get some and plucked out Michael Steele.


    OMG, that's hilarious.
  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    wild~hair wrote: »
    I heard one commentator on Keith Olbermann's show tonight say that the RNC chose a black man to counteract Obama. She said it's as if they think Obama is Superman, so they need some kryptonite to fight him. Since kryptonite comes from Superman's own planet, the RNC went to Planet-Black-Man to get some and plucked out Michael Steele.


    OMG, that's hilarious.


    My mistake...it wasn't on Keith Olbermann, but rather Rachel Maddow's show. Here's a clip of the segment.

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  • curlyjenn10curlyjenn10 Posts: 2,034Registered Users
    I love how the Democrats can elect a black man and it's progressive and historic. But the Republicans try it and it's obviously just politically-motivated. God forbid the Republican leadership consists of anything other than old white men :roll:
    misspam wrote: »
    Congratulations to Michael Steele! He seems to be well respected and he's an effective speaker.

    He's got a big job ahead of him. I wish him well.
    I agree.
  • Nappy_curly_crownNappy_curly_crown Posts: 4,162Registered Users
    SIGH....I live in Maryland (where Michael Steele was Lt Gov and lost a bid for Senate) and I'm no fan of Michael Steele.
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  • misspammisspam Posts: 5,318Registered Users
    I love how the Democrats can elect a black man and it's progressive and historic. But the Republicans try it and it's obviously just politically-motivated. God forbid the Republican leadership consists of anything other than old white men :roll:
    misspam wrote: »
    Congratulations to Michael Steele! He seems to be well respected and he's an effective speaker.

    He's got a big job ahead of him. I wish him well.
    I agree.

    You've hit the nail on the head curlyjenn10.
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  • misspammisspam Posts: 5,318Registered Users
    SIGH....I live in Maryland (where Michael Steele was Lt Gov and lost a bid for Senate) and I'm no fan of Michael Steele.

    I'm next door in Virginia and while I am aware that Steele served with Gov. Ehrlich, I can't say that I paid too much attention to how they ran the state.

    Would you mind explaining to me, other than political party differences, why you're no fan of Michael Steele. I'm not being snarky, I would like to hear your thoughts. :happy10:
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  • SuburbanbushbabeSuburbanbushbabe Posts: 15,402Registered Users
    , went to Planet-Black-Man to get some

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  • Myradella3Myradella3 Posts: 2,481Registered Users
    I wish him well.
  • EllaElla Posts: 392Registered Users
    Koukla72 wrote: »
    Well, RCW said it, but my though was a little more visual:

    token.jpg

    The more South Park references the better as far as I'm concerned 8) but I've been following Michael Steele for a few years and he's been touted as a rising star in the Republican party for a while. There was a lot of talk about him being a potential leader of the RNC well before Obama even became a candidate for Prez. so this isn't exactly unexpected. BTW, here's one of my fave SP moments, behold Al Gore warns of "Manbearpig"!

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  • wild~hairwild~hair Posts: 9,890Registered Users
    I love how the Democrats can elect a black man and it's progressive and historic. But the Republicans try it and it's obviously just politically-motivated.

    The Democrats didn't elect a black man, the American people did.

    One needs more than the support of the Dems to win the office of the presidency this country.

    In other words: a lot of people who might have voted Republican in other years, didn't.
    misspam wrote: »
    But the Republicans try it and it's obviously just politically-motivated. God forbid the Republican leadership consists of anything other than old white men :roll:
    misspam wrote: »
    Congratulations to Michael Steele! He seems to be well respected and he's an effective speaker.

    He's got a big job ahead of him. I wish him well.
    I agree.

    You've hit the nail on the head curlyjenn10.


    Yeah, I could see this one coming a mile away.

    Doesn't render our suspicions untrue though.

    Did anyone see this?

    In other words, my conservative friends, that perception is there for a reason.
  • curlyjenn10curlyjenn10 Posts: 2,034Registered Users
    wild~hair wrote: »
    I love how the Democrats can elect a black man and it's progressive and historic. But the Republicans try it and it's obviously just politically-motivated.

    The Democrats didn't elect a black man, the American people did.

    One needs more than the support of the Dems to win the office of the presidency this country.

    In other words: a lot of people who might have voted Republican in other years, didn't.
    misspam wrote: »
    But the Republicans try it and it's obviously just politically-motivated. God forbid the Republican leadership consists of anything other than old white men :roll:


    I agree.

    You've hit the nail on the head curlyjenn10.


    Yeah, I could see this one coming a mile away.

    Doesn't render our suspicions untrue though.

    Did anyone see this?

    In other words, my conservative friends, that perception is there for a reason.

    I don't think that's a good comparison. But that's a nice feminist blog.

    Why can't times be changing for everyone? Bush's cabinet was more diverse than those of his predecessors.

    For the record, has the DNC ever elected anyone other than an old white guy to be chairman?
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  • Nappy_curly_crownNappy_curly_crown Posts: 4,162Registered Users
    misspam wrote: »
    SIGH....I live in Maryland (where Michael Steele was Lt Gov and lost a bid for Senate) and I'm no fan of Michael Steele.

    I'm next door in Virginia and while I am aware that Steele served with Gov. Ehrlich, I can't say that I paid too much attention to how they ran the state.

    Would you mind explaining to me, other than political party differences, why you're no fan of Michael Steele. I'm not being snarky, I would like to hear your thoughts. :happy10:

    Not a problem. Here is my issue....Michael Steele has been a happy Uncle Tom for the TNC for years. Last month, he said that the "Barack the Magic Negro" song was just a joke and people should relax (there was a thread on NC some where talking about that song and it was NOT a joke...it was a racist and offensive "song" that was put out by another front runner for the job that Steele JUST got).

    Back when he ran for the Senate in MD, he resorted to putting up signs and letters in predominantly Black communities (in PG County...where I live) where he used the race card and asserted himself more as a civil rights candidate running against a white man (Cardin, a Democrat). He also never mentioned his Republican party affiliation during that run....ever...and he was running on the republican ticket and not as an independant. Basically, he pulled the race card and it blew up in his face. He was rejected at the polls as a result. I find it interesting...that he was banking on "black folks to vote for the black man" and they didn't for him....yet he accuses blacks that voted for Obama of doing the same thing...that we voted strictly on the color of the canidate and not the issues when his Senate campaign proves that theory incorrect...otherwise he would be the Jr Senator from MD and not a token being used by the RNC.


    I think that about sums up my dislike of him. He's Black when it is "convient" and I guess its HELLA convient for him to be black right about now. Black is in vouge in Washington DC politics!
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  • wild~hairwild~hair Posts: 9,890Registered Users
    I don't think that's a good comparison. But that's a nice feminist blog.

    Do you mean the photos?

    Or comparing a general election to a close, party-members-only one?
  • wavezncurlzwavezncurlz Posts: 1,814Registered Users
    misspam wrote: »
    SIGH....I live in Maryland (where Michael Steele was Lt Gov and lost a bid for Senate) and I'm no fan of Michael Steele.

    I'm next door in Virginia and while I am aware that Steele served with Gov. Ehrlich, I can't say that I paid too much attention to how they ran the state.

    Would you mind explaining to me, other than political party differences, why you're no fan of Michael Steele. I'm not being snarky, I would like to hear your thoughts. :happy10:

    Not a problem. Here is my issue....Michael Steele has been a happy Uncle Tom for the TNC for years. Last month, he said that the "Barack the Magic Negro" song was just a joke and people should relax (there was a thread on NC some where talking about that song and it was NOT a joke...it was a racist and offensive "song" that was put out by another front runner for the job that Steele JUST got).

    Back when he ran for the Senate in MD, he resorted to putting up signs and letters in predominantly Black communities (in PG County...where I live) where he used the race card and asserted himself more as a civil rights candidate running against a white man (Cardin, a Democrat). He also never mentioned his Republican party affiliation during that run....ever...and he was running on the republican ticket and not as an independant. Basically, he pulled the race card and it blew up in his face. He was rejected at the polls as a result. I find it interesting...that he was banking on "black folks to vote for the black man" and they didn't for him....yet he accuses blacks that voted for Obama of doing the same thing...that we voted strictly on the color of the canidate and not the issues when his Senate campaign proves that theory incorrect...otherwise he would be the Jr Senator from MD and not a token being used by the RNC.


    I think that about sums up my dislike of him. He's Black when it is "convient" and I guess its HELLA convient for him to be black right about now. Black is in vouge in Washington DC politics!


    I remember this! I live in PG county as well. I am AA - I was so HOT when he pulled the race card at the end of the race. Some folks almost fell for the okie-doke and voted for him because they saw a black man on the placards. No mention of his thoughts on policy. He was criticized roundly for what he did. Not to mention, he did nothing as Lt. Gov except play yes man to Gov. Erlich.

    Slightly off-topic: Did you know his sister is Mike Tyson's ex-wife. She's a medical doctor.
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    Myradella3 wrote: »

    Man, I cried when his plane crashed! Some saw him as a potential Presidential candidate.
    And yeah, RNC is about 15 years behind...
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    That explains why Mike Tyson's crazy a$$ was on the campaign trail for Steele here in MD.
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  • TillyMunchyWavesTillyMunchyWaves Posts: 671Registered Users
    I love how the Democrats can elect a black man and it's progressive and historic. But the Republicans try it and it's obviously just politically-motivated.

    You don't remember Alan Keyes being picked last minute to run against Obama in the Illinois senate?
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    wild~hair wrote: »
    I don't think that's a good comparison. But that's a nice feminist blog.

    Do you mean the photos?

    Or comparing a general election to a close, party-members-only one?

    The photos.
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