Katon Dawson

The Republicans must be so proud. They're about to elect a dyed-in-the-wool bigot as their new RNC Chairperson, South Carolina's own homeboy, Katon Dawson. Nothing says anti-change like a member of a white's-only country club.

Honestly, do the Reps really want to become the KKK all over again?!?
I don't know enough about Katon Dawson to comment on his abilities to run the RNC if they choose to elect him. I don't have much love for the RNC anyway, so at this point I could care less who they elect.

But honestly, this reminds me of the thread where people were jumping all over Dubya for moving into a neighborhood with Whites Only restrictions in their decades old covenants. It was never proven that Dubya and the Mrs. were aware of the particular covenants but people chose to believe the worst anyway. Go figure.

I understand about the whites only country club. It is a shame that those restrictions still exist. And as far as the KKK, Dems don't have a leg to stand on there considering a former KKK member is still a sitting Senator from West Virginia.

I don't believe they are done with final voting so I will reserve judgement until then.
I don't know enough about Katon Dawson to comment on his abilities to run the RNC if they choose to elect him. I don't have much love for the RNC anyway, so at this point I could care less who they elect.

But honestly, this reminds me of the thread where people were jumping all over Dubya for moving into a neighborhood with Whites Only restrictions in their decades old covenants. It was never proven that Dubya and the Mrs. were aware of the particular covenants but people chose to believe the worst anyway. Go figure.

I understand about the whites only country club. It is a shame that those restrictions still exist. And as far as the KKK, Dems don't have a leg to stand on there considering a former KKK member is still a sitting Senator from West Virginia.

I don't believe they are done with final voting so I will reserve judgement until then.
Originally Posted by misspam

Well, the RNC came to their senses at the last minute and elected an African American man, Michael Steele from Maryland.

I didn't have a problem with Dubya moving into a former whites-only neighborhood. I do have a problem with Katon Dawson belonging to a current whites-only country club. Actually, he made a big deal about asking them to relax their whites-only requirement in August 2008 (which they did), but only after he had been a member there for TEN years and only when he was being considered for the top GOP job.
Katon Dawson didn't bring all that much to the table. Almost everyone likes Steele. He's been the right guy for the job and now he got it. Whoo hoo.

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Just saw this on Yahoo

Michael Steele becomes first black RNC chairman

WASHINGTON The Republican Party chose the first black national chairman in its history Friday, just shy of three months after the nation elected a Democrat as the first African-American president. The choice marked no less than "the dawn of a new party," declared the new GOP chairman, former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele. Republicans chose Steele over four other candidates, including former President George W. Bush's hand-picked GOP chief, who bowed out declaring, "Obviously the winds of change are blowing." Steele takes the helm of a beleaguered Republican Party that is trying to recover after crushing defeats in November's national elections that gave Democrats control of Congress put Barack Obama in the White House.

GOP delegates erupted in cheers and applause when his victory was announced, but it took six ballots to get there. He'll serve a two-year term.

Steele, an attorney, is a conservative, but he was considered the most moderate of the five candidates running.

He was also considered an outsider because he's not a member of the Republican National Committee. But the 168-member RNC clearly signaled it wanted a change after eight years of Bush largely dictating its every move as the party's standard-bearer.

Steele became the first black candidate elected to statewide office in Maryland in 2003, and he made an unsuccessful Senate run in 2006. Currently, he serves as chairman of GOPAC, an organization that recruits and trains Republican political candidates, and in that role he has been a frequent presence on the talk show circuit.

He vowed to expand the reach of the party by competing for every group, everywhere.
"We're going to say to friend and foe alike: 'We want you to be a part of us, we want you to with be with us.' And for those who wish to obstruct, get ready to get knocked over," Steele said
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"There is not one inch of ground that we're going to cede to anybody," he added.

"This is the dawn of a new party moving in a new direction with strength and conviction."

His job is to spark a revival for the GOP as it takes on an empowered Democratic Party under the country's first black president in midterm elections next fall and beyond.

He replaces Mike Duncan, who abandoned his re-election bid in the face of dwindling support midway through Friday's voting.

Two others who trailed farther back in the voting eventually followed suit, former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell and Michigan GOP chairman Saul Anuzis.

In the sixth and final round of voting, Steele went head-to-head with his only remaining opponent, South Carolina GOP chief Katon Dawson. Steele clinched the election with 91 votes; a majority of 85 committee members was needed.

Just eight years after Republicans controlled both the White House and Congress, the GOP finds itself out of power, without a standard-bearer and trying to figure out how to rebound while its foe seems to grow ever stronger.

The Democratic Party boasts a broadened coalition of voters including Hispanics and young people who swung behind Obama's call for change. At the same time, the slice of voters who call themselves Republican has narrowed. The GOP also has watched as Democrats have dominated both coasts while making inroads into the West and South, leaving Republicans with a shrunken base.

Despite the run of GOP losses, Duncan had argued that he should be re-elected because of his experience; his five challengers called for change and said they represented it.

As he left the race, Duncan thanked Bush and said of his two-year tenure: "It truly has been the highlight of my life."

Another candidate, former Tennessee GOP Chairman Chip Saltsman, withdrew from the race on the eve of voting and with no explanation, saying only in a letter to RNC members, "I have decided to withdraw my candidacy."

Saltsman, who ran former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's failed presidential campaign last year, saw his bid falter in December after he drew controversy for mailing to committee members a CD that included a song titled "Barack the Magic Negro" by conservative comedian Paul Shanklin and sung to the music of "Puff, the Magic Dragon."
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Wow! The RNC is finally in the 21st Century.
I don't care what their motivations (whether good or bad) are for doing this...all I can say is "It's about dang time!!"
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Congratulations to Michael Steele! He seems to be well respected and he's an effective speaker.

He's got a big job ahead of him. I wish him well.
I'm feeling pretty damn cynical about the motivations for this choice, but I'll keep them mostly to myself. My first gut-level reaction was probably a little too ugly for some of you here. Even if it was mixed with my twisted, occasionally not-funny-to-others sense of humor.
It's kinda great that the RNC is now headed by an African American, but it's almost like they chose him as a "token". Sorry to say. I mean, the choice was between Michael Steele and a man who was a member of a whites-only country club, and it was neck-and-neck til the very end. C'mon.

I heard one commentator on Keith Olbermann's show tonight say that the RNC chose a black man to counteract Obama. She said it's as if they think Obama is Superman, so they need some kryptonite to fight him. Since kryptonite comes from Superman's own planet, the RNC went to Planet-Black-Man to get some and plucked out Michael Steele.
I'm feeling pretty damn cynical about the motivations for this choice, but I'll keep them mostly to myself. My first gut-level reaction was probably a little too ugly for some of you here. Even if it was mixed with my twisted, occasionally not-funny-to-others sense of humor.
Originally Posted by Koukla72
Share your thoughts. I'm interested. My first quite cynical thought (I know nothing about Michael Steele, jus the RNC) was that I would want to see him take a hot shower before I believed he was truly black. Just saying.... Even then, white and black is not just a skin color, it's a state of mind. So maybe I need to see the CAT scan. I'm willing to educated about this guy, but c'mon, this is the R-Barack the Magic N-egro C

the RNC went to Planet-Black-Man to get some and plucked out Michael Steele.
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Well, RCW said it, but my though was a little more visual:

I heard one commentator on Keith Olbermann's show tonight say that the RNC chose a black man to counteract Obama. She said it's as if they think Obama is Superman, so they need some kryptonite to fight him. Since kryptonite comes from Superman's own planet, the RNC went to Planet-Black-Man to get some and plucked out Michael Steele.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves

OMG, that's hilarious.
I heard one commentator on Keith Olbermann's show tonight say that the RNC chose a black man to counteract Obama. She said it's as if they think Obama is Superman, so they need some kryptonite to fight him. Since kryptonite comes from Superman's own planet, the RNC went to Planet-Black-Man to get some and plucked out Michael Steele.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves

OMG, that's hilarious.
Originally Posted by wild~hair

My mistake...it wasn't on Keith Olbermann, but rather Rachel Maddow's show. Here's a clip of the segment.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/#28941230
I love how the Democrats can elect a black man and it's progressive and historic. But the Republicans try it and it's obviously just politically-motivated. God forbid the Republican leadership consists of anything other than old white men

Congratulations to Michael Steele! He seems to be well respected and he's an effective speaker.

He's got a big job ahead of him. I wish him well.
Originally Posted by misspam
I agree.
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SIGH....I live in Maryland (where Michael Steele was Lt Gov and lost a bid for Senate) and I'm no fan of Michael Steele.
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I love how the Democrats can elect a black man and it's progressive and historic. But the Republicans try it and it's obviously just politically-motivated. God forbid the Republican leadership consists of anything other than old white men

Congratulations to Michael Steele! He seems to be well respected and he's an effective speaker.

He's got a big job ahead of him. I wish him well.
Originally Posted by misspam
I agree.
Originally Posted by curlyjenn10
You've hit the nail on the head curlyjenn10.
SIGH....I live in Maryland (where Michael Steele was Lt Gov and lost a bid for Senate) and I'm no fan of Michael Steele.
Originally Posted by Nappy_curly_crown
I'm next door in Virginia and while I am aware that Steele served with Gov. Ehrlich, I can't say that I paid too much attention to how they ran the state.

Would you mind explaining to me, other than political party differences, why you're no fan of Michael Steele. I'm not being snarky, I would like to hear your thoughts.
, went to Planet-Black-Man to get some
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