Michael Steele is just silly, and picking him to lead the G.O.P. out of the wilderness was probably the best comedic choice they could have made. Here’s him talking about the party’s future,

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.”

Asked if this venture will be cutting-edge, Steele replied, “I don’t do ‘cutting-edge.’ That’s what Democrats are doing. We’re going beyond cutting-edge.”

That last quote reminds me of the scene in the movie Max Keebler’s Big Move when the principal declares the school is moving from a policy of zero-tolerance to one of “sub-zero tolerance.” Apparently the G.O.P. thinks cutting-edge is for suckers, they’re cutting edges that haven’t even been invented yet. With lasers.

I feel comfortable saying Michael Steele is not hip-hop. It’s not that the Republican Party has a branding party that makes them look like stodgy old racist plutocrats. Their problem is that they are a party of stodgy old racist plutocrats. Also, what the Hell is a “urban-surburban hip-hop setting?” 

That said, if Steele is going to keep saying absurd things, I’m all for him. Maybe he and Mitt Romney could work together and to a Baha Men cover. Cosmetic changes aren’t going to help the G.O.P., but they’ll sure be fun to watch.

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