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Is Steele a Real Contender for RNC Post?

Our colleague Chris Cillizza assesses former Lt. Gov. Michael Steele's chances of getting the top job at the Republican National Committee today in The Fix.

By Anne Bartlett  |  December 11, 2008; 9:31 AM ET
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RNC top job? Who care! The GOP has so far to go just to get back to zero...and they will not stop digging their grave deeper and deeper.

Though Steele may get the job, he's part of the "team" that destroyed the party...if they do not wipe the slate clean, they will never be competitive again.

The GOP is now seen as a collection of closed-minded and backward looking folks seasoned with racists and seperatists. Its just not looking bright. Steele will not help the situation.

Folks seem to love Ron Paul...but thats just a starting point and he's like already ready to retire anyway.

Posted by: free-donny | December 11, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Michael Steele may be popular with the Maryland GOP but his name is now synonymous with sleaze among most voters in the state, esp. PG County.

His tireless self-promoting quest to become RNC Chair would not benefit the moribund Republican Party. As an often independent who voted many times for Mac Matthias, Larry Hogan--and who would have voted for Helen Bentley had the MD Republican party been intelligent enough to nominate her instead of Ellen Sauerbrey, I think I can tell you what the Republican party needs. We need real problem solvers like Tim Pawlenty or Bobby Jindal, Republicans of untarnished character, who have worked bi-partisanly on many issues. Mr. Steele never accomplished the only real project given to him by Bob Ehrlich--reporting on death sentencing rates by race--and merely served as Ehrlich's hatchet man. This past election proved Barbara Mikulski's famous quote after defeating Linda Chavez--"in Maryland, dirty politics is losing politics." Steele's participation in Ehrlich's slimey actics in PG County, where homeless Philly men distributed fraudulent election flyers left his state's citizens with a bad taste in their mouth. Please don't think he will save the Republican Party--far from it. He and Palin will bury it.

Posted by: commonsense101 | December 12, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

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