Michael Steele; The Putney Swope Of The GOP
The current leadership of the Republican Party is apparently lost in the wilderness. During the presidential campaign they attempted to pick up women voters and disgruntled Hillary supporters by naming Sarah Palin as their vice presidential nominee. They blithely assumed that Palin would gain their support. They didn't seem to realize that as Palin's actual views, and qualifications became known that she would hurt the ticket rather than help it.
Now, in the wake of Barack Obama's victory they have decided to appoint Michael Steele as the national head of the Republican party. It is a transparent move in an attempt to show GOP diversity.
Steele does make history as the first African American to lead the Republicans. He aint no Barack Obama.
Steele, the former Lieutenant Governor of Maryland, is a right wing conservative who once held the seat as chairman of GOPAC, the far right PAC that was created by Newt Gingrich.
This is reminiscent of the movie Putney Swope, produced and directed by Robert Downey Sr. back in the late 60's, which told the story of Swope, a "token negro" who served on the board of a Madison Avenue advertising agency and became the chairman of the board in an unusual set of circumstances. (See the movie!)
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