Man of Steele (or Pocket Full of Kryptonite?)

Matt Lewis
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Posted: Nov 14, 2008 6:19 PM

I'm conflicted about Michael Steele...

... On the negative side, I recall that Steele recently endorsed liberal Congressman Wayne Gilchrest (R-MD) over conservative state senator Andy Harris.   Gilchrest went on to lose the primary, endorse the Democrat running for his seat, and then to announce he was voting for Barack Obama...

... I am also concerned about Steele's association with Christine Todd Whitman and the Main Streeters (as recently as today, Whitman urged the GOP to abandon social conservatism).  Along with Christine Todd Whitman and John Danforth, Steele is a National Co-Chair of the Republican Leadership Council... Their website has this to say about their mission:

"RLC-PAC's vision is a Republican Party that is unified by the basic tenets of fiscal responsibility and personal freedom, but that allows for diverse opinions on social issues by its members..."

... On the positive side, Steele is an exciting and charismatic figure.  Having just talked with him on this afternoon's blogger call, as well as having met him on several occasions in the past, I can attest to the fact that he is friendly and very likable.  

Additionally, he seems to "get" the internet more than most politicians.  And I think everyone agrees he'd be a terrific spokesman for the party, and potentially a decent fundraiser.

So what do you think???