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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review April 19, 2010 / 5 Iyar 5770

My friend Michael Steele should resign

By Cheri Jacobus



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | I’ve considered Michael Steele a friend for a dozen years. My first client when I started my consulting business, Michael was a late draft pick by GOP gubernatorial candidate Ellen Sauerbrey to run for Maryland comptroller in 1998. He lost, but had at least dipped his toe in the waters.

We then had several discussions about his political future, and what might be possible. He had served as chairman of the Prince George’s County Republican Party, and now he would be vice chairman of the Maryland state GOP.

A successful campaign for chairman of the state party in 2000 put Steele on the path to the "big leagues," and it came as no surprise in 2002 when GOP gubernatorial candidate Bobby Ehrlich tapped him to run for lieutenant governor on his ticket. The duo won, setting Steele up for even bigger and better things. When a U.S. Senate seat opened up in 2006, Michael jumped in. His campaign ads were attention-getters, but the rest of the campaign proved lackluster and disappointing. He lost by an unexpectedly wide 11 percent margin, but gained national recognition.

When Steele threw his hat in the ring for chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC) in 2009, after a stint as chairman of GOPAC, he'd built enough of a résumé to be a contender, but was hardly a shoo-in for the job. A decent amount of experience, acceptable but not stellar performances in his various political roles, plus Fox News appearances made him a legitimate candidate, but one who would have to fight to get the job. He did just that, finally securing the chairmanship on the sixth ballot - the most ever for any RNC chairman. Clearly, the RNC viewed him as qualified, but were not dazzled. They needed convincing, and he worked hard to earn his victory.

Michael's experience, tenacity and national media exposure scored him the win. Nothing in the process indicated race played a part in his getting the job, just as nothing calling for his resignation is about race. But his recent claim that "margins for error" are slimmer for him because he is African-American should serve as the last straw for RNC members who've held their tongues and winced their way through Steele's gaffes and missteps - particularly for those who've been flagellated by the left with accusations they put Steele in the job because he is African-American. The RNC deserved not one iota of the barbs and charges that they elected Steele based on race. Yet they now appear to be terrified of removing him from his post due to the inevitable race-orientated criticism they would face from the left. Steele's own disturbing racial comments could be construed as a threat that he is willing to scream racism even louder if his critics don't pipe down.

That was the final straw for me. And I really like the guy.

Letter from JWR publisher

At last weekend's Southern Republican Leadership Conference, Steele said, "I'm the first here to admit that I've made mistakes and it's been incumbent on me to take responsibility to shoulder that burden, make the necessary changes and move on." He obviously is unwilling to accept that most Republicans believe the change that needs to be made is replacing him as RNC chairman. Instead, he fired staff, blamed the media and seems intent on scapegoating others for his self-inflicted wounds. At this critical point for the nation and the GOP, it has to stop. Now.

It's telling that GOP heavyweights tap-dancing around statements of support for Steele have made an end-run around him by establishing outside campaign organizations to which GOP donors can write checks, rather than to Steele's RNC. The message could not be clearer.

Michael Steele should do what's best for his party and resign as RNC chairman. He can still salvage what little remains of good will toward him by putting party first and cease and desist with the race-mongering and blaming others for his growing list of screw-ups. He can stop making it all about Michael. In fact, the glare of the spotlight is so searing that until he steps aside, it will continue to be all about Michael.

It is impossible at this point for Michael Steele to be an effective leader of the RNC. However, if he exits now and works enthusiastically to facilitate a graceful transition for a new chairman (Liz Cheney, anyone?), Michael lives to fight another day and could very well have a political future down the road. That is my hope for him.


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JWR contributor Cheri Jacobus, president of Capitol Strategies PR, has managed congressional campaigns, worked on Capitol Hill and is an adjunct professor at George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management. She is a columnist for The Hill and appears on CNN, MSNBC and FOX News as a GOP strategist.


Previously:

03/16/09: Waste, fraud and abuse 02/24/09: Put down the shovel 12/22/09: Hurry up and slow down
11/24/09: Jury of peers
11/10/09: Czar light, czar bright
11/02/09: Reid's landmines
10/26/09: Public option for Congress
10/19/09: Big Brother wins
10/13/09: Dancin' DeLay
09/26/09: Paterson under the bus
09/14/09: Start over, Mr. President

© 2009, Cheri Jacobus

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