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Now, I really know why I am not and could never be a Republican! Early Monday morning I found myself wide awake at 3:30 in the morning (yes, in the morning - most people who know me know I don't sleep) channel surfing when I came across the re-broadcast of Meet the Press. This week's episode was a debate between Democratic Party Chairman Tim Kaine and Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele. Personally, I thought the debate was good. It was engaging and while I fundamentally believe in the Democratic Party some of Michael Steele's points were good and it was good to see this brother (no matter how off he was in some cases) representing African Americans and the Republican Party well at the same time.
Then near the end of the show, the clincher question came up. Do you agree with the former Vice President Dick Cheney's statement that the Republican Party is better served with Rush Limbaugh as the spokesman or would the party be better served with Ret. General Colin Powell? To which old Dick replied Rush Limbaugh!
Michael Steele danced around the question for a while saying fabulous things like "as Chairman I want them both", and then he tried to claim that the statement was taken out of context and that Dick really did not say that. Well at that moment David Gregory (in true Tim Russert fashion) said well let's look at the clip and proceeded to play the clip, which was not taken out of context and the statement was exactly what they said it was. Dick Cheney said: "Rush Limbaugh is a better face for the Republican Party than Colin Powell".
The truth is Dick Cheney is the face of the Republican Party, Rush Limbaugh is the face of the Republican Party, Sarah Palin is the face of the Republican Party as is Joe the Plumber. The person who is not the face of the Republican Party is Michael Steele. Michael Steele is only the mask that these closed minded, self-absorbed, only care about themselves, lying, no good people are hiding behind. Think about it! Retired General Colin Powell was a loyal soldier for the Republican Party, and for the Bush Administration. When he left George W's administration he stayed quiet, but then he had the nerve to break, think for himself and endorse then Senator now President Barack Obama. Now he is of no use to them. Ultimately, I believe Michael Steele will fall to the same fate, just as I expect them to one day sacrifice Condolezza Rice when the heat gets hot on this whole "Torture and Guantanamo Bay" thing.
Well, to Michael Steele and Condolezza Rice and any other African American Republicans out there, remember this. African Americans are the most loyal and forgiving people in the world (Democrats Too) so when things get really bad, as my dad always says "Family First" and you can always come home (Colin Powell is already here).
So, whether you agree or disagree, now more than ever I really need your input. I need to hear from you. I need to know what is going on in our community. I also need to know what other stories we need to tell, and what is on your mind. I really do want to hear from you, I want you to "Talk to Danny."
Danny J. Bakewell, Jr.
President & Executive Editor