IT’S ALL STRATEGIC…. Republican National Committee members will get together for a big meeting starting today, and high on the agenda is a resolution to beg the Democratic Party to change its name. Can’t you just smell the comeback?

As part of the gathering, RNC Chairman Michael Steele has a new column in the Politico arguing that “Republicans are turning a corner.” (As I recall, Steele said the exact same thing right before the GOP lost the special election in New York’s 20th.)

[T]he Republican Party will be forward-looking — it is time to stop looking backward. Republicans have spent ample time re-examining the past. It has been a healthy and necessary task. But I believe it is now time for Republicans to focus all of our energies on winning the future by emerging as the party of new ideas.

As part of the Republicans’ new-found commitment to a “forward-looking” approach, Steele explains, “The Republican Party has turned a corner, and as we move forward Republicans should take a lesson from Ronald Reagan. Ronald Reagan always believed Republicans should apply our conservative principles to current and future challenges facing America. . For Reagan’s conservatism to take root….”

I see. Steele believes “it is time to stop looking backward,” and time to start thinking about the approach embraced by the Republican president who left office 20 years ago. A “forward-looking” approach in 2009, Steele argues, is an emphasis on the mid-1980s.

But it’s not just the op-ed.

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele will call for an end to the “era of apologizing” in the GOP and urge his fellow party members to “focus all of our energies on winning the future” in a speech today to a gathering of RNC officials in Maryland.

There was an “era of apologizing” in the Republican Party? And I missed it? That’s a shame; I would have enjoyed hearing more Republicans apologize for the consequences of their failed attempts at governing.

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