Monday, January 3, 2011

How did he even get the job to begin with?

Today, as I write this, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, Michael Steele, will be unceremoniously dumped for another face after what many consider to be a disastrous two years as head of the RNC. The first African-American to hold the post, in two short years Steele has managed to fall far behind the Democrats in fundraising despite a good year for the GOP, and his policies have run circles around any sort of sane political course, where even his best ideas ended up being more or less a flop, or had little to no effect in the end. His leadership has been so bad, a "shadow RNC" formed because they were just so PO'd with Steele's reign, they couldn't take it any more. This guy makes Iggy looks like the best leader in our history.

Of course, the question remains - who will win the coveted spot as the new RNC Chair? Steele certainly won't win again; with 168 voting members, over half of the RNC has already precluded themselves from voting for Steele. The other candidates include such big names as Saul Anuzis, Reince Priebus, Gary Emineth, Ann Wagner, and Maria Cino. Yeah, I know - what a field. Interestingly, they're all political insiders, and not Tea Partiers.

An even more interesting question why the field isn't even bigger. Steele took the job because in 2009, frankly, no one wanted it. This was back when Obama was still riding relatively high in the polls and the Democrats controlled everything, and the GOP was pretty much in tatters. Now that the situation is nearly reversed, you'd expect people to be jumping at the chance, especially bigger names with something to bring to the table - not this unknown crop. The biggest name that even expressed interest was former Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman, famous for losing to Al Franken.

Ah well. At the very least Steele was good for jokes, and he was somewhat of a moderating influence on the GOP's tendency to shift themselves horribly to the right. He just managed to neuter himself so badly that his influence by the end was barely felt.

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