RNC Chair Michael Steele Channels His Inner Howard Dean

By Nitya

Jan 29, 2010 5:17pm

 ABC News' David Chalian Reports: RNC Chairman Michael Steele unveiled a new Republican Party program today aimed at taking advantage of a political environment that is currently tilting heavily in the GOP's direction."Throw out the old maps, folks.  We need you — the American people need you to create a new one," said the guaybera-clad Steele as he addressed members of the RNC at the party's winter meeting here in Honolulu, HI.  Steele urged the party faithful that Republicans must adjust their thinking and prepare to compete everywhere from Delaware to Hawaii (the first state to the 50th state) or D2H as the program is called.  "No matter how blue or purple, we must compete for every seat," Steele added.Remember Howard Dean's 50-state strategy?  The former DNC chairman irked then DCCC Chairman Rahm Emanuel in the 2005-2006 election cycle when he announced he would pour resources into all 50 states instead of only funding the party's best opportunities for victories.Steele's rollout of the D2H program was short on details.  At the center of the Dean program that serves as the inspiration for D2H was the 3 DNC paid staffers placed in each state working with the state party apparatus.  No dollar amounts or staffing commitments were announced as part of the announcement today. Steele simply promised to empower the states to compete everywhere.Aides say that the RNC political operation will work with state parties to determine their needs."We began 2010 in the backyard of Barack Obama. . . we will end the year 2010 in Illinois taking his senate seat," said Steele in his rallying cry to Republican Party leaders from around the nation.  

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