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The Evil of Banality

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

It could be that our institutions are so corrupt, our political discourse so banal and polluted, that they are incapable of lifting us up from our national malaise.

New RNC Chair Demands Entire Staff Resign

The Huffington Post | Rachel Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Politico reports that new Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele "has requested the resignations of the entire RNC staff and signaled a...

RNC Kills Ambitious "Renewal" Think Tank

The Plum Line | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Republican National Committee, under new chairman Michael Steele, has quietly killed an ambitious plan to create the Center for Republican Renewal...

RNC Silent On Cheney's Obama Terror Attack Claims

The Plum Line | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Do Michael Steele and the Republican National Committee -- the center of the party's political operation -- agree or disagree with Dick Cheney's claim...

Michael Steele's Challenge

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

There exists a leadership gap in the Republican party with no strong frontrunner for 2012 and evidence of growing division between the leading candidates. Steele must fill this leadership vacuum.

The Meaning of Michael Steele

Michael Fauntroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Fauntroy

It's hard to remember the last time a party chairman's race has been so closely followed, but the reality is that Steele's win really doesn't mean much.

The New RNC Chairman -- Providing Full "Race Card" Default Insurance

Carl Jeffers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carl Jeffers

Selecting Steele is designed to help position the Republicans more advantageously in their effort to fight off charges of "using the race card" when their attacks on the president become really tough.

Steele, the GOP and Confronting the Southern Strategy

Simon Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Simon Rosenberg

That fact that Steele won the RNC chairmanship is a hopeful sign that the GOP has begun to confront its shameful exploitation of race as a national political strategy.

Michael Steele: No Profile in Courage

Ira Forman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ira Forman

When Steele was faced with a choice between political expediency and denouncing bigotry, Steele chose expediency.

Steele's Slippery Slope

Charles D. Ellison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles D. Ellison

Republicans needed a public relations break more so than a Michael Steele, a fact that will show itself much sooner rather than later.

RNC CHAIRMAN RESULTS: Race For New Republican Leader Ends

AP | LIZ SIDOTI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Republican Party chose the first black national chairman in its history Friday, just shy of three months after the nation elect...

Katon Dawson, RNC Chairman?

Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Kenneth Blackwell has just withdrawn from the running for the next Republican National Committee chairmanship and has put his support behind Michael S...

Progressives Should Take a Moment to Appreciate the Steele Nomination

Lee Stranahan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lee Stranahan

I'm a liberal Democrat who doesn't agree with Mr. Steele on much of anything but I still find myself hoping that other progressives will take a moment to appreciate his nomination.

DNC And RNC Join Forces Over Campaign Finance Law

CNN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Democratic National Committee is backing a piece of trademark legislation championed by former GOP presidential nominee Sen. John McCain -- asking...

Sam Stein

Michael Steele, RNC Chairman (VIDEO)

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

See earlier updates below Michael Steele became the first African-American chairman of the Republican National Committee on Friday after defeating hi...

5 Facts About the New RNC Chairman

Judd Legum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judd Legum

Former Maryland Lt. Governor Michael Steele was just elected chairman of the RNC. Here are five facts about the new leader of the Republican party.

Ken Blackwell Redefines Racism

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Wellington Ennis

Maybe laws that require federal oversight in re-districting historically corrupt areas seem draconian to Blackwell; he prefers laws that do the job of knocking voters off the rolls for him.

And A Naughty Monkey Shall Lead Them: Upcoming RNC Palin Wardrobe Auction?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Don't be too surprised if Palin memorabilia becomes a "Republican stimulus package," so to speak.

Food for Thought for Next RNC Chairman

Michael Fauntroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Fauntroy

Republicans has to understand that its decline is about more than properly marketing its ideas or improving its technological deficiencies -- it's about aligning itself with the national ideology.

RNC Chair Candidates Compete To Hate Bush More

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As they begin meeting in Washington today, many members of the Republican National Committee are focusing their ire against what they considered Georg...

Dicks Cheney and Armey and Other Republicans

Lea Lane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lea Lane

Without a full accounting, and justice applied, Dicks such as Cheney and Armey will continue sneering and laughing in the face of all of us.

Grand Old Social Networking Party

Renee Feltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Renee Feltz

The Republican Party has always had a top-down approach to the Internet, using it primarily to deliver messages rather than mobilize supporters. But is the GOP ready for a Web revolution?

GOP Chair Candidate Attacked With Fake "Whites Only" Newspaper Cover

The Plum Line | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Uh oh -- it looks like viral email dirty tricks (okay, parodies) are now entering into the race for Republican National Committee chair. This image o...

Republicans Fiddle with Abortion While America Burns

Paul Jenkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Jenkins

The Republican strategy sounds like the demon child of Mao's Cultural Revolution and Stalin's five-year plans: a criminal intolerance of social differences combined with an outrageously failed economic policy.

GOP Steals A Few 'Obamanisms'

Newsweek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

When Gov. Sarah Palin mocked Barack Obama's community-organizing background at last year's Republican convention, attendees lapped it up. "I guess a s...