Do elected Republicans care who wins the RNC chair?
Ben Smith and others have reported that Speaker John Boehner made some calls to RNC committee members on behalf of Republican National Committee chair hopeful Maria Cino, but that he didn't make a hard sell. Boehner's office declined to provide any details to me (or other reporters who've been making inquiries). It's plainly not a subject that is consuming the speaker or his staff.
Likewise, the Republican Senators appear content to let the RNC committee work its will. A senior GOP aide told me last night, "We aren't advocating for anyone. I can tell you that almost all Senate Republicans are collectively in a 'anyone but Steele' camp."
Given the debate earlier in the week, and the level of experience of each of the challengers, this is not surprising. Republican congressmen have their plates full and don't want the headlines these days to be about "who's replacing the incompetent Michael Steele." So long as the RNC race is going smoothly and there are capable candidates -- both of which appear to be the case -- elected leaders can turn their attention away from the party's business and to the nation's. That, frankly, is the pattern they hope will be set once Steele is retired.
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