Asserted the moderate-conservative former chairman of the Republican National Committee, at the Public Relations Society of America's conference this past weekend. From the liberal Huffington Post: "'If Republicans cannot redefine the way they communicate, they (the party) will not be viable within the next five years,' said Steele, an African American who served as both former head of the RNC and Lieutenant Governor of the State of Maryland. 'Are the Republicans ready to do that -- include everyone? They have maturing to do in terms of people who walk like me, talk like me and have my color,' Steele said to a crowd of about 500 public relations professionals, college professors and non-profit communicators. 'I am a Lincoln Republican -- I believe in empowering all free people.'"