Friday, January 30, 2009

Replublicans elect first black national party chairman; Chip Saltsman not even mentioned

Former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele was elected the first black national chairman for the Republican Party.

His ascension signals a real effort by the GOP to promote diversity in its ranks, particularly after the silly racist stunt by Tennessee's Chip Saltsman who also wanted the job.

The New York Times quoted the following remark by Steele:

"It’s time for something completely different and we’re going to bring it to them," Mr. Steele said. "We’re going to bring this party to every corner, to every boardroom, to every neighborhood, to every community.

And we’re going to say to friend and foe alike, ‘we want you to be a part of us, we want you to be with us and for those of you who are going to obstruct, get ready to be knocked over.’ "

The GOP faces a tough job, particularly with Hispanics for which GOP House members still have much hatred for when it comes to immigrants.

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