February 9th, 2009
12:37 PM ET
14 years ago

GOP convenes tech summit

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/02/09/art.steele.gi.jpg caption="Steele is convening a Tech Summit."](CNN) - Newly-elected Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele is convening a "Tech Summit" at the party's headquarters Friday, a signal the GOP's technology deficit during the last election cycle will be among the new chairman's top issues.

The summit will be held this Friday and is open to anyone who wants to participate. Speakers will be given five minutes to present their ideas.

The issue of technology was among the most prominent during the chairmanship's race, after Democrats clearly outpaced the GOP in tech fluency during the 2008 elections.

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soundoff (123 Responses)
  1. Avi Shlomo

    what I want to know if Joe the Plumber is going to be the Keynote speaker. Grand Ole Piss party and Technology what an oxymoron!!

    February 9, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  2. S. Boatman Warrensburg, MO.

    I have input all the data and crunched all the numbers using my 21st century technology and the results say the GOP doesnt get it, probably never will and they wont enter the 21st century until the rest of us are in the 22nd!

    February 9, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  3. G.R.I.T.S. - Girl Raised in the South

    Hehehe. They are finally going to learn how to use a calculator and leave that abacus behind!

    February 9, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  4. itbeme

    wow...you mean their next canidate might actually know how to use a computer??? WOW! I'm impressed!

    February 9, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  5. Vicki5

    Sign John McCain up. He needs to learn how to use a computer and a cell phone. Sign Bush and Palin up too. They need to learn what Fact Check.Org is. he he he he he

    February 9, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  6. Keith

    The internet staved of lies that helped Obama win the white house. The GOP would be wise to use it the same way. However, they most likely will try to use it as propaganda tool like Fox News {Insert Fixed News if you'd rather}but will quickly find out there's a lot of free thinkers in cyberspace.

    February 9, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  7. chuck

    I would much rather know about payments made to his sisters company. sounds fishy to me. But how could a republican ever do anything fishy. I have to be wrong. Shame on me for even thinking it.

    February 9, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  8. Brig

    John McLimpus finally gets to learn how to use email. Bwahahahahah!!

    February 9, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  9. Ariana

    The republicans are so pathetic..choosing an African American just so they can look tolerant of minorities. Puleeze!

    February 9, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  10. Ken

    Please. "Tech summit" is to "GOP" as "evolution science" is to "religeous right".

    February 9, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  11. TheTruthHurts

    This is sorta pathetic, even if it's the right move. Steele is a pragmatist and I think that will be good for Republicans. I just wish we could do away with both parties and just have "Americans" with ideas to serve the country and world. Way too much money and energy is devoted to these parties.

    Maybe I just want a king that is noble enough to take advice from everyone.

    February 9, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |


    February 9, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  13. Donna

    This is really pathetic. This is'nt their problem! They still have'nt gotten it have they? Are they brain dead? From another planet? What is it with this group of people? This country would be so much better off without this party even existing!! All they do is talk nonsense and do nothing!

    February 9, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  14. Cynthia

    Steele better hope he and his sister can stay out of jail.

    February 9, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  15. JS007

    Hey, GOP, your corrupt, intolerant and backward policies devoid of reality, sold by any means, will NOT work. Instead of fixating on the sales job you need to look at your actual policies and their track record of damaging the country.

    February 9, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  16. Jeff

    (Grey OLD Party) Uh blackberries? Yeah, I stop pick them and eat them sometimes on the way to my mailbox at the end of my driveway.

    Google? Sounds immoral. I would never Google my neighbors.

    February 9, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  17. Bill

    Anyone who can use "The Google" knows that "The Internets" is a "Series Of Tubes". Most of these geezers were alive when the wheel was invented.

    February 9, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  18. Soccer Nana

    "Mrs. Wilson February 9th, 2009 1:06 pm ET

    Is this the same guy that said (on CNN) that most African-Americans are Democrats b/c they expect free gov't handouts…..Deeply offensive and will never be forgotten."

    He handed his sister, the owner and CEO of Brown Suger Ltd, a free gov't handout from his federal and state political campaign funds, while the company was in the process of being "dissolved". And or what? If the company was being dissolved, what services were performed for "tens of thousands of dollars"?

    The RNC will demand his resignation in a matter of weeks.

    February 9, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  19. Lynn

    Republicans will try anything...nominating a female VP, a black man as head of the party and now a "tech" summit...everything accept change their policies that do not have broad appeal. Everything to them is a gimmick, negativity and Ronald Regan!!

    Don't fund education, oppose universal health care, against gay/lesbian rights, don't belive in unions, don't believe in limiting corporate pay and bonuses, never in favour of raising minimum wage, voted against women being able to sue for disciminative pay (missing the point that the threat of a suit will force them to pay equally)....I am sure many voters can add to the list.

    Note to Michael Steele: It is President Obama, not Barak as you referred to him on the weekend.

    February 9, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  20. hypocrites_are_everywhere

    There is no balance between science and faith - only in your imagination! Faith is superstition!!! Religious people just don't want to admit it!

    How on earth, the Vatican folks kept protecting those Boston child abusing priests for decades until they got caught? And only when the Vatican said it's ok that science/evolution and faith coexist that you start hearing that same sentiment in the U.S.

    Homo phobics (Vatican folks included), you should re-examine your religious pontification and subjugation of others! The majority (90+%) of you (yes YOU) touched yourselves!

    So, if you'd prefer to be superstitious, at least stop being a hypocrite!

    February 9, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  21. Gracie, MD

    Lynn – you are absolutely right.

    The GOP is the party of "the blind leading the blind". They can't seem to implement a single plan or message with any credibility what-so-ever. John McCain was their "straight talking Maverick" only he contradicted himself on everything he compaigned on and could NOT get a single GOP message across. So he picks a WOMAN, but wait, NOT just any woman. He picks the most incompetent woman on the planet!!! LOL.

    Now the GOP has pick Steele as their new RNC Chairman and once gain it's the GOP pulling straws trying to "wing it" as they go along. Steele is NOT going to SAVE the GOP. Bottom line.

    If you watched Steele's interviews, he's just as backwards as the rest of them!!! His being African American is NOT going to save the sinking GOP Titanic!!!

    It's like the GOP has a "BRAIN FREEZE" when it comes to intelligence and credibility. They can't seem to make any intelligent sense of what they stand for, except when their waving their "bibles" and taunting their faith based ideology so stuck in the ice age it's no longer relevant.

    It's like watching the GOP in quicksand, they keep kicking and screaming "it's not quicksand" the whole time and wondering why they are sinking faster and faster into the abyss. LOL.

    February 9, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  22. justme

    Shame that the GOP just don't get it. Leads us to what we've got now...B.O.!

    February 9, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  23. hypocrites_are_everywhere

    S Callahan (a.k.a. hypocrite?),

    If you could affirm to the world that you have never touched yourself, we will worship you! Just don't be like the GOV moral standard bearer, Newt Gingrich!

    P.S. just out of curiosity, when was the last time you...?

    February 9, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
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