Michael Steele challenged his Republican party to chart a new direction to electoral victory in a much-hyped speech Tuesday. The Nation‘s Katrina vanden Heuvel addresses Steele’s goals and provides some ideas for the Republican party to become a viable and moderate opposition party. While she gives Steele some sympathy for having to deal with Dick Cheney gone rogue, vanden Heuvel maintains the issue of torture cannot continue to be used as a partisan football.

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