~ RNC Chair Michael Steele at 2011 Chairmanship Debate
Michael Steele lost his position as chair of the RNC, today, replaced by the improbably named, Reince Priebus (pronounced “Rynce PREE-bis.”) in a field without a reputedly conservative contender.
Two years after the disastrous McCain Presidential Candidacy the truth has finally begun to trickle out of the Republican National Committee and it’s not pretty.
Steele, like every incumbent party officer here in Washington, pinned his re-election hopes on claiming the congressional victories actually accomplished by the Tea Parties. But in the wake of the McCain debacle, Steele compiled the worst fund raising record of any chair since records have been kept.
The national Republican Party is 20 million dollars in debt and hundreds of former major donors have donated instead, to outside groups or not at all.
Many blamed Steele for the phenomenon. But when he took office the Party had been literally ravaged by the destructive nature of the McCain Presidential campaign. The favorite of Party’s pragmatic insiders, McCain was very unpopular among its grassroots and seizing the nomination in 2008 necessitated mobilizing the Party Elite with strong-arm tactics that ran the gamut from unethical to illegal. Coupled with McCain’s known record of support for cap and trade, immigration amnesty, unconstitutional restrictions on free speech and massive TARP Bailouts, the internal muggings of 2008 necessary to grab the top spot left the Party weakened, sharply divided and its reputation seriously damaged. Michael Steele spent the last two years putting a smiley face on a crash zone.
Now, what is Mr. Priebus’s answer?
Money. We will beat the Democrats by spending a billion dollars in 2012.
We need money, and we need a lot of money, We need a chairman that’s going to put his or her head down and spend literally five, six hours every day making major donor calls, major donor visits, literally working like an absolute dog for the next two years…”
Do you suppose that it will inspire renewed confidence in the Republican Party’s political commitment now that people know we really, really want their money?
The more things change the more they stay the same.
How the voting went (majority necessary to win, no elimination formula):