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Xipe Totec Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 09:09 PM
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No change from the GOP
Metro Boston, Marc Lamont Hill, Published 2009-03-05 01:22

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After Limbaugh was publicly lambasted for stating that he wanted president Obamas agenda to fail, Democratic leaders seized the moment as an opportunity to anoint the polarizing pundit as the de facto leader of the GOP. Steele, the actual leader of the party, dismissed Limbaugh as a mere entertainer whose show trades in ugly and incendiary remarks. Limbaugh fired back, telling Steele to do his job and stop acting like a talking head media star.

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By allowing Michael Steele to be publicly undressed by a party extremist, Republicans have tacitly confirmed what many of us already knew: They havent changed one bit. Despite their post-November promises to rise above bitter partisanship, the GOP decided instead to co-sign Limbaughs anti-patriotic machinations. Instead of living up to their promise to broaden the partys message and appeal, Republicans have instead opted to defer to the steward of its most vile, ignorant, and bigoted constituency. Most disturbingly, theyve legitimized their antidemocratic enterprise by hiring a black man, but giving him no more political muscle than the queen of England.

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To be clear, I am not trying to diss Michael Steele. My concern is that the seductive aroma of power has diverted his attention from the harsh realities of his circumstance. Like many prominent African-Americans, Steele has climbed the heights of white society under the false premise that he is being judged purely on merit rather than color. This couldnt be further from the truth. While the Republican Party is willing to dangle Steeles black face in front of its base to celebrate its ostensible progress, it is equally committed to reducing him to nothing more than a paper champion. Hopefully, Brother Steele will stop drinking the Kool-Aid long enough to recognize this and come back home.


Marc Lamont Hill is a FoxNews commentator and assistant professor at Temple University.

(Yes, you read right, FoxNews commentator)


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firedupdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 12:17 AM
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1. Come back home? From everything I've read he's been
purposely "lost" all these years. He's been trying to figure himself out ever since his seminary days. If he wants to be used like that let him go right ahead.
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AllentownJake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 03:02 AM
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2. Steele wouldn't get past a city council election in the democratic party
There are way too many more talented politians out there black and white. He chose the republican party because he could move up faster since they needed African Americans.
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RoyGBiv Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 06:16 AM
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4. As cynical as that is ...

I'm of the exact same opinion. The guy is all about himself.

Oh well ... I'm just going to sit back and watch the show, and to maximize my entertainment I should add that I think Steele is the *perfect* leader of the Republican party.



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Xipe Totec Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 06:38 AM
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5. The kicker is, Lamont is a conservative
I seriously doubt he is a Democrat.

So I don't know what he means by "coming home".

But, wherever "home" may be, it's not the GOP anymore.

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opihimoimoi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 05:04 AM
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3. No changing spots now...its too LATE
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