The new boss

The Republican Party has a new boss. Michael Steele won the battle of more than a half dozen candidates. That sent me to the MPR archives to find the speech he gave at the Republican National Convention in New York in 2004.

At the time, he got a pretty good shot in at an upcoming politician. “I was going to give a strong defense of conservative values tonight,” he said. “But Barack Obama gave it last month.”

Here’s the speech. Unfortunately, it’s in RealAudio format.

What else did I find in the archives? This picture of he and Gov. Tim Pawlenty. One might think that their futures are now intertwined.


That picture is from a FoxNews Sunday appearance where Pawlenty and Steele took their party to task.

Here’s his speech in St. Paul last summer.