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March 16, 2009

Steele defense grows with Frum endorsement

Add former Bush speechwriter and neoconservative thinker David Frum to the list of those who believe Michael Steele should stay as RNC chairman, despite his rocky start.

Frum was on Meet the Press on Sunday, and was asked about Steele's comments during a GQ interview during which he seemed to support abortion rights.

“It should represent a view within the Republican Party,” Frum said of Steele's comments, according to the Web site The Moderate Voice. “It should be permissible to say such a thing. I speak as a Republican: we need Michael Steele. He’s exciting. He’s warm. He has a marvelous TV presence. That’s the face that our party should be presenting to the country and we need to support him. And the very fact that he is opening up, talking to constituencies that need to be reached — these are valuable and fresh things. And I’m sick about the kind of level of attack he’s taking. Because we need him.”

According to the Web site, Frum is a frequent critic of talk radio's exclusionary culture.

Posted by David Nitkin at 9:51 AM | | Comments (2)
Categories: Michael Steele


Mr. Steele's position seems the same as the Republican nominees for President and Vice-President last year. I'm glad they are personally pro-life, but I strongly disagree with their view that the Constitution of the U.S. does not apply to any class of human beings. The Roe v Wade decision denying personhood to the unborn was as wrong as Dred Scott decision denying personhood to the slave. The Republicans have drifted away from the pro-life position since Reagan. I used to be a Republican. No more. I'd like to see a pro-life candidate on the ballot in every legislative race in Maryland in 2010. A new party is being formed -- Maryland Independent Party -- and needs 10,000 signatures on petition asking that the state recognize it as a party. Please take a minute to print out the petition, sign it, and mail it.

If FRUM, of all people, endorses Steele, his days are certainly numbered as RNC head. Frum's notoriety as a supporter of losers is legendary.

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