After pressuring the incumbent Bushite to withdraw his candidacy for re-election, the Republican National Committee has elected Michael Steele, a former lieutenant governor of Maryland, as its chairman. It is probably no coincidence that this moment of history sees the Party of Lincoln select its first-ever black chair. While The American Conservative saw nothing to distinguish Steele from the other Reagan idolaters, the Grand Olds clearly intend to send a message by selecting him as their leader: Look how far we've come as a country, so that even a black man now embraces our every-man-for-himself philosophy!
Oh, I forgot. They call it "personal responsibility." But between you and me, that's what we call a euphemism, which is a fancy way of blaming workers when their jobs go away and poor suckers when the economy crashes. It's a talent that Mr. Steele will find more useful than licking Reagan's marble toes, but I'll admit that that'll probably come in handy, too. May he reign in interesting times.