As a blogger, I've got to say that I love Michael Steele. All I have to do when I'm having a hard time trying to find something to write about is pop over to Google News and type his name into the box. (I don't have a news alert set for him because I don't want to be overwhelmed with material.)
Today's source of inspriation comes from an op-ed Steele wrote for yesterday's Politico. It started on a note that almost made me feel a faint glimmer of hope that the GOP just might possibly be starting to figure out how to begin to start playing a constructive role in national politics:
The Republican Party finds itself the minority party in America for the first time in more than 15 years. I'll be the first to admit it has taken some adjustment. Republicans have engaged in some healthy soul-searching since Election Day, trying to come to grips with our minority status and debating the best way forward as we point out our differences with the Democrats and chart our return to the majority.
My hopes, alas, were rapidly dashed:
That is why I believe America needs the Republican Party now more than ever before. We may be America's minority party at the moment, but Republicans represent the views and concerns of a majority of Americans.
Chairman Steele does not quite seem to have fully grasped just what's involved in becoming a minority party in politics. It's very hard to maintain minority party status for two consecutive elections if you truly do represent the views of the majority of Americans.
Let's put that another way: Chairman Steele might think that the Republican Party represents the majority of Americans, but there is copious empirical evidence that the majority of Americans disagree.