Steele: Elections a Referendum on Democratic Policies, Not President
A buoyant Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, speaking this morning to reporters about last night’s election results, declared, “The Republican renaissance has begun.”
He praised the volunteer efforts to get Bob McDonnell and Chris Christie elected as governors in Virginia and New Jersey, respectively, saying, “Our folks are fired up.” Yet he expressed some misgivings about the process that led to Democrat Bill Owens’ victory in New York’s 23rd Congressional District.
“There should have been, in New York 23, a primary process,” he said.
I asked him about the view among some conservatives that the NY-23 result was a victory, since it emboldened the conservative wing of the Republican party.
“I don’t see a victory in losing seats,” he responded, adding, “Winning’s a lot sweeter, and if you don’t think last night was sweet, you need to see a doctor.”
He also disputed the notion that the results were a referendum on President Obama, saying, “I don’t think this is so much a referendum on the president. I think it’s a checkpoint on the policies.”
We’ll have video of the event shortly.
*Update: *Watch video of the Michael Steele press conference here.