The RNC After Steele: Many Bridges to Build

The new Republican Party chair replacing Michael Steele must focus on making nice with the Tea Party -- though the need to recruit more minority voters won't go away.

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Tell that to the Tea Party, some leaders of which have said they're still unsure whether Priebus is friend or foe. What is certain is that a white man is back in power at the nation's stereotypically white party, and he's trying to build bridges with a political movement that's had an even harder time achieving diversity than the GOP.

Looked at this way, Steele's ouster would seem to be an analogy for a bigger change in the GOP: The minority concern is on the back burner; it's time now to focus on placating the Tea Party.

Cord Jefferson is the culture editor at Good magazine and a regular contributor to The Root. Follow him on Twitter.

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