Saturday, 31 January 2009

Credit Where Credit is Due

Yesterday, the Republicans went through the process of chosing a new RNC leader. Given the opportunity of voting for one guy who belongs to an all white country club, or another guy who thinks "Barack the Magic Negro" is both fine humor and a fab Christmas gift, they instead chose the African American former Lt. Gov. of Maryland, Michael Steele.

Now, I don't know much about Steele (except that a Republican of any color is something of a rare beast in Maryland...) - maybe he's a decent guy, maybe not. We'll see. But considering that until very recently the Republican party seemed to basing its hopes for restoration on a food fight over how great it is to be racist this may be a small step towards them becoming less achingly embarassing.

Which, I should clarify - would be a good thing. A country in which politics is fought out between one party who controls both sides of government and another that is wholely unserious is not a very health country. I'll always be a Democrat, but I'd still rather that Republicans were a serious party.

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