New RNC Chairman Michael Steele is off to a good start. The first thing you need to do to fix a problem is to identify the cause. He nails it here.

Steele attributed the party’s problems to Republicans’ failure to lead after they rose to power in the 1990s.

“We grew the size of government. When we’re saying we believed in less government, we grew government. When we said we believe in less spending, we spent more.”

He defended House Republicans’ unified opposition to the stimulus bill, despite polls showing most Americans support the proposal and that President Barack Obama has a 70 percent approval rating.

“The GOP did what the GOP had to do to protect the pocketbooks and the interests of the American people. That’s a bad bill,” Steel said.

“Why should I agree with it just because you have a 70 percent approval? You can still be wrong with a 70 percent approval rating.”