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Former RNC chief Steele: ‘Nothing against old white men, but America is more than that’

by George Bennett | May 31st, 2013

BOCA RATON — Michael Steele, the African-American who was Republican National Committee chairman from 2009 to 2011, said the GOP doesn’t need a lot of high-priced consultants to diagnose its problems with blacks and other minorities.

“You don’t need to spend a million dollars to figure out, hey, we just got our behinds kicked. You don’t need to convene grand meetings and press conferences to know that you lost the Hispanic vote, the Asian vote, the African-American vote, the female vote, the gay vote, the vote of every class of citizen except old white men,” Steele said at a dinner aimed at wooing blacks into the conservative fold.

“And nothing against old white men, but America is more than that and our conversation has to go beyond that because, as I said, America has changed,” Steele said. “Nor do Republicans have to keep repeating — and Lord, please, let them stop – ‘We need to reach out to fill-in-the-blank.’ Just shut up and do it already. Just shut up and do it already because if you listen you’ll understand that that’s what Americans want you do to.”

Steele, former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll, Congress Of Racial Equality spokesman Niger Innis and author Kevin Jackson spoke at the event sponsored by Boca Raton orthodontist Larry Kawa. Roughly half the audience of 400 was black.

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22 Responses to “Former RNC chief Steele: ‘Nothing against old white men, but America is more than that’”

  1. AB Says:

    Dems got all these idiots on lock-down.
    Stock up your ammo!

  2. old white man Says:

    The republicans cater not to old white men but rich old white men. The vast majority of white men are not rich. Just trying to pay their bills. I am surprised the republicans do as well as they do.

  3. Andres Says:

    The only African Americans they will be able to recruit are those that just in it for the money, like Jennifer Carroll.

    And how about embracing science instead of dogma or the Koch Brothers anti-environment agenda.

  4. drewsco Says:

    I’v always believed that Michael Steele was capable of elevating the GOP.

    The problem is that they don’t wont to hear any constructive criticism about their outdated ideology and philosophy-as Michael Steele attempted to do while he was their president.

    Instead they want to feel good about themselves and continue beating that war drum criticizing the president and falsely generalizing minorities as moochers.

  5. Harry Houdini Says:

    Well spoken by a not old white man who nearly bankrupted the RNC with his lack of financial and fund-raising abilities.

  6. kelly Says:

    The only way the rich white guys win is they can afford to pay for the rampant gerrymandering in our system. Eg., if you look at party registrations, no way the republicans should control Florida.

  7. Hank Shae Says:

    It was rich old white men who founded this country because they did not want to pay taxes..they wrote the Constitution and put into place a system that has lead to their demise…kinda ironic.

  8. Old Man's Revenge Says:

    It is time for “old white men” to file class-action discrimination lawsuits against the federal government, educational and social service organizations since we are now a minority and certainly oppressed. We demand our free “Obama-Phones” too.

  9. TrafficAvenger Says:

    It is laughable to sit back and watch the party of old white men wiggle squirm in their seats as the black man tells it like it is and the old white dudes are thinking to themselves, I am not going to write one more check to the party as long as this uppity such an such is going to talk to me like that.

    And as the polling numbers of the G.O.P. continue to fall like the skirts of the women of the Kardashian clan. The leaders of the G.O.P. will continue their attacks on anything the church sees as a treat to the church. From the rights of women to have safe access to birth control and the right of privacy and safe access to abortions to the voter suppression of more states then we can count.

    When the leaders and followers of the G.O.P. change their policies and beliefs of all people are created equal. Then and only then will they enjoy the following of the rest of the nation.

    Until then. See ya.

  10. registered independ, Says:

    The last time I voted Republican was Bush 1. Since then I think they have lost their way. Talking about religion, morals, patriotism, family values blah blah blah. Then once in office it is all about Wall Street. Your entire platform is about Jesus and lower corporate taxes? Really? The tea party just made them look even more silly and out of touch. I would love the opportunity to vote Rep again, but a party that put Gov Scott into office has lost all credibility for me.

  11. Joe Says:

    In the GOP’s desperation to maintain its majority status in the next election I expect rich white men will invest hundreds of millions in media dollars trying to make the Obama administration and especially Hillary Clinton appear to be corrupt and incompetent. The so called patriot act was Bush era legislation that legally condones the kind of intrusive wire tapping AG Eric Holder is being accused of engaging in under certain conditions. If a reporter is suspected of being involved with a government official in the leaking of classified national security information I have no problem at all tapping his phone. Why should a reported have more rights to privacy than I do? To have this kind of technology available to enhance the security of this nation and then not use it would be outrageous. In politics it’s always the cover up that becomes a bigger deal than the act itself because of the indignation people feel when they discover they have been lied too. It’s like “how dare they lie to me”. Reality check people, everybody lie’s with no exception especially politicians and sometimes it’s appropriate to do so in our nations defense. Reporters asking questions about sensitive national security issues which if exposed could cause harm to our national interests should loose their access. The modern media is the worst kind of irresponsible whore there is and do not deserve special protections. Its only interest is in increasing their ratings so they can sell their advertising time for more than the other guy. Money trumps everything and you’re a fool to believe you can make a difference without lots of it.

  12. Hank Shae Says:

    Joe..what a crock of BS…Obama and Hillary are inept and corrupt. So are most Republicans. You are as brainwashed as the tea party idiots on the other side.It’s like arguing who is more phony Rick Flair or Hulk Hogan.Politics is the new WWF of our times.

  13. Joe Says:

    Hank seemed to miss my point entirely. All effective politicians regardless of affiliation are corrupt on some level. Most intelligent people realize that a certain level of corruptibility in a politician is desirable to help advance a party agenda that 50% of Americans do not agree with. Jimmy Carter was incorruptible and was one of the most ineffective president in history Obama and Hillary have both proven that they are corrupt enough to be effective in this regard but certainly not inept. This is evident in the fact that they have done such a great job of upsetting the right and making them afraid of the possible outcome in the midterm election. Human nature would seem to suggest that we tend to forgive corrupt behavior if we believe that it’s the other guys who are being marginalized. A past example would be the Bush administrations fervent advocation for a war with Iraq and their manipulation of intelligence data in the face of Dick Cheney’s association with Halliburton (the military logistics and oil drilling conglomerate of which he was CEO) and its extremely profitable involvement. Democrats point to an obvious conflict of interest and claim potential criminal activity but republicans forgive this because war is great for business, breeds patriotism and makes great television. In addition to that being involved in a war makes voters hesitant to remove a sitting president. While this was a brilliant and effective political strategy at the time, thousands of Americans are now dead as a result and the only winner is Halliburton Inc. Because it’s untenable to believe your own country would be involved in such a scam most Americans refuse to see it this way. Unfortunately for republicans Benghazi, fast and furious, and the IRS harassment of tea party groups combined pales in comparison with the Bush administrations level of corruption in pounding the drums of war.

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  15. John Says:

    Almost all of the country is no longer in love with Obama. I would not go so far as to say they are corrupt, but Obama has certainly let me down. I cannot blame him entirely though, it is the system and the cards he was dealt.

  16. Ted the Nimble Says:

    John, you sound like Barak..always and still blaming others..! 5 years now dude! Socialism and liberalism fail every time!

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