Michael Laprarie beat me to posting about Michael Steele. He wrote a great post, but I wanted to add my own congratulations. I have been a big time Steele fan for quite a while. In 2007 I wrote about the reasons I thought Steele would have been a great VP candidate. He is a great choice to lead the RNC and speak for the GOP because he is an excellent communicator. He articulates the reason he is a conservative better than most anyone else I have ever heard. He is a stimulating and inspiring speaker. I saw him in person in 2007 at a conference in NC and he brought the roomful of people to their feet. He is great on television and I suspect he will be the most effective RNC chair since Haley Barbour. First we see the House Republicans vote unanimously against the Shamulus Bill and now we see Michael Steele elected to lead the RNC. This is one heck of a week for Republicans. It’s about time we had a good week. It’s been a while.
Update: Here are a couple of my favorite quotes from Steele’s acceptance speech (via MK) :
“To my friends in the Northeast: get ready, baby. It’s time to turn it on, and work to do what we always do well, and that is win. We’re gonna win again in the Northeast. We’re gonna continue to win in the South. We’re gonna win with a new storm in the Midwest and we’re gonna get to the West and lock it down there, too.”
“We’re going to say to friend and foe alike. We want you to be a part of us, we want you to work with us. And for those of you who are ready to obstruct, get ready to get knocked over.”
In addition to the “can do” attitude Steele displays, he has the communication skills that will be essential to any Republican success. Many reading this have no doubt seen Steele on the cable news talk shows, but some may not have seen the ad below which he ran in his 2006 Senate campaign. It is still my all time favorite political ad. I hope to see this type of fresh approach to his job as RNC chairman.