Steele: Forget all the 'crazy issues'

By Rosalind S. Helderman
Friday, August 6, 2010; 2:18 PM

Donning a red hat emblazoned with the logo "Fire Pelosi," Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele told members of the committee meeting in Kansas City that he will embark on a national bus tour to rev up party energy in the weeks leading up to the November congressional midterm elections.

As staff pulled a sheet off a picture of the red bus--with the words "Need a Job? Fire Pelosi!" on its side--Steele exhorted the 168 committee members to "Get on the bus!"

Pumping up the state party chairman and committee members from around the country, Steele said the GOP has undergone a resurgence, in response to American anger over government spending under Democrats, the national health care bill and President Obama's handling of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

"In less than two years, we have gone from a demoralized super-minority party to a legion of effective citizens who are on the offense and making Democrats sweat," Steele told party activists.

Steele praised the conservatives of the Tea Party movement, promising to work closely with them through November. "They complicate the Democrat's agenda," he said.

Steele made only glancing reference to questions about his financial and rhetorical leadership of the party that have hovered over the three-day meeting. "We need you to be a part this," he said. "I've said this to those of you who cornered me and jumped and down about all kinds of crazy issues. Folks, this is the party we love. Let's show that love of party by taking what it stands for to the people of America."

He spoke after the airing of a dramatic video, which opened with a narrator declaring "values that made America great are under assault by the most radical administration in American history" and concluded with Steele declaring "This may be our last chance to save America."

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