Sure, we’ve fallen on hard times, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele writes in Politico. But, he insists, the GOP is straightening its priorities out. “The Republican Party will be forward-looking—it is time to stop looking backward,” Steele writes. Republicans will stand against “the most massive top-down expansion of government bureaucracy”—and will ride a swell of local enthusiasm back to the top.
America, Steele writes—and will argue today in a speech—is dying to hear from a renewed GOP: “Republicans represent the views and concerns of a majority of Americans.” But spoiling for a fight doesn’t mean the party will play dirty. “Our opposition will be done in very sharp contrast to the classless way that the Democrats and the far left spoke of President Bush.”