movement stagnation has a new leader, Republican National Committee chair Michael Steele. Dave Roberts of Grist reports that, contrary to popular misconception, the man of Steele was the first to flack the phrase “Drill baby, drill” at the RNC (aka The moment the Republic died). His post is reprinted below Steele’s convention speech:
It was actually Steele — not Sarah Palin, not Newt Gingrich, not Rudy Giuliani — who coined the slogan “drill, baby, drill,” which is likely to go down in history as the apotheosis of Republican intellectual achievement in the early 21st century.
I was there — it was the third day of the RNC in St. Paul; Steele was one of the introductory speakers. Prior to this the slogan was “drill here, drill now, pay less,” which works for a bumper sticker but is too long and complex for the right’s base. It was Steele who freestyled the somewhat more digestible and catchy version.
It obviously caught Palin’s ear, because she repeated it in her speech, and then it took off.
Congratulations, GOP. You’ve chosen well. Or at least appropriately.
Or at least stagnantly.
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