Parked at the Holiday Inn this past weekend was a huge red bus sporting the slogan "Need A Job? Fire Pelosi!" The reason for its stop: Statesboro was one of the first towns across America visited by the Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele and his "Fire Pelosi Bus Tour."
Steele and Republicans are hoping to pick up 40 seats in the U.S. Congress and regain majority control. If that happens, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, would be replaced by a Republican.
According to Lawton Sack, chairman of the Bulloch County Republican Party, "We have never had someone of Chairman Steele's stature visit Bulloch County before (from the national party level)." Waiting for Steele's entrance into a ballroom at the hotel were about 225 eager supporters.
Steele entered the packed room to a standing ovation and thunderous applause. The honor of greeting the RNC chairman was given to Ray McKinney, the Republican Party's challenger for the U.S. Congressional seat currently held by Democrat John Barrow in District 12.
McKinney said that this is the year for the Republican Party to take back control of the U.S. House of Representatives. He went on to declare that "Barrow only becomes a conservative during the six weeks that he is running for office, and then votes along with Pelosi and the rest of the liberals the rest of the time."
Steele, after embracing McKinney, declared to McKinney, "This is your moment. The National Republican Party is fully behind you." Steele told those assembled that "I have always been somewhat of a rebel. If I didn't have this job, I can guarantee you I would be a "Tea Party'er right now."
He explained that although the bus tour is only several days old, when people see the bus driving down the highway or through their town, "many of them quickly turn their vehicles around and try to catch up to the bus, all the while honking and waving madly."
He commented how great it was to see so many young men and women members of the "Georgia Southern College Republicans" at the rally, as well as the numerous families who had come to hear him speak. Steele stated that the Republican Party is going to ensure that "the youngest Americans have the same chances and opportunities that we did when we came of age."
Acknowledging those in our nations' armed forces, both stationed at home and overseas, Steele said that they are putting their lives and limbs at risk in order to ensure that our country remains the greatest free nation in the world. Their battles against terrorists he said, both at home and abroad, are being waged in order to ensure that our nation is never attacked again as it was on September 11, 2001.
As he wrapped up his speech, Steele challenged those present to not simply go home and wait for the election results in November, but instead "stand up right now, get involved in your local candidates races, like that being waged by McKinney, and tell all your neighbors, your family, and your friends about how important the upcoming election really is."