Lorie Byrd

The election of Michael Steele as the new chairman of the Republican National Committee is a ray of hope in what has been a pretty dark and dreary season. I am a long time Steele fan with high expectations, but I realize there is only so much one man can do. Republicans have some serious problems and one person is not going to be able to wave a magic wand and make everything better, but I believe Steele can make a big difference and can re-energize the party. He brings with him a confidence and a freshness Republicans have been sorely lacking. I am sure he is getting comments and suggestions from everybody and their brother, but I’ll throw mine into the mix as well.

Dear Chairman Steele,

Congratulations on your new position as Chairman of the RNC. I read your Blueprint for Tomorrow online at RNC.org and am glad you stressed the need to stand firm for Republican ideals and to transform the way the RNC communicates. You identify the GOP brand as badly tarnished and say we have “squandered the trust of the voters with a stunning display of spending and government growth.” In your blueprint you provide research that shows Americans have not become less conservative, but rather the Republican party has not shown itself to be the reliably conservative choice. I agree and am glad you don’t see compromise on our core principles as the way to electoral success.

You say we must once again become the party of ideas and to do that we must do a better job collaborating and coordinating with center-right think tanks, grassroots organizations and online networks and working more closely with conservative media. I am particularly excited about your love of technology and your ideas about ways to better utilize it in all aspects of organization and outreach. I look forward to seeing the specifics you employ as you put plans into action.

I hope to see you continue to appear as frequently as possible on television and radio. You are an excellent communicator and when you say we “spend too much time talking to ourselves instead of spreading the gospel to potential believers” you couldn’t be more right.


Lorie Byrd

Lorie Byrd is a Townhall.com columnist and blogs at Wizbang and at LorieByrd.com.

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