Remington Steele

Remington Steele was a popular American television show that first ran from 1982 to 1987 on the NBC network. It was a hybrid, a detective series that also was a romantic comedy.

The show covered the cases of a female private detective who takes on a former con man and white-collar thief as her partner. Laura Holt invented a fictitious boss, Remington Steele, when she tried to launch her own detective agency but found people didn’t want to hire a woman. The con man, whose true name never is revealed, hears someone asking for Steele and assumes that identity. This benefits Holt’s business, so she lets the ruse continue. The show starred Stephanie Zimbalist and Pierce Brosnan.

What does this have to do with Michael Steele?

Despite the name similarity, the two are completely unrelated. Michael Steele is an American politician, best known as the first African-American chairman of the Republican National Committee. He served in that post for two years, from January 2009 to January 2011. His prior positions included lieutenant governor of Maryland and chairman of GOPAC, the Republican party’s political training organization.

Much was made of Michael Steele’s blueprint for tomorrow when it was announced during his run for the RNC chairmanship. He declared the party’s brand was “badly tarnished,” that its strategy had not worked, that their technology and tactics were “badly outdated.” At the same time, he said, “Our principles remain true, valid, and relevant to America’s future,” and he called on fellow Republicans to lead with integrity as they worked to control their future in the redistricting process.

The website http://www.steeleforchairman.com/ is a website about Remington Steele and other related topics.