Republican National Committee Chair Michael Steele's tough couple of weeks
got tougher. RNC Chief of Staff Ken McKay has resigned in the wake of
the RNC bondage strip-club scandal
What does this latest turn mean for Steele and for the RNC?
Ousts McKay HotLine's Reid Wilson reports, "McKay
fired the staffer who made the expense. Still, RNC chair Michael Steele,
who has faced a week of criticism for the incident, felt more had to be
- Bloodbath at RNC Politico's Jonathan Martin sees "an indication
that a full-scale bloodletting is under way at the troubled committee."
McKay's "apparent firing has roiled the close-knit world of GOP
operatives and Monday night longtime Republican strategist and Steele
adviser Curt Anderson said his consulting firm would no longer be
working with the RNC."
- Distancing Steele from Scandals
The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza says it's
about protecting Steele. "RNC officials worked to distance Chairman
Michael Steele from the controversy -- insisting that not only was he
not in attendance but that he had no knowledge of the reimbursement --
and promised changes in the way that people were reimbursed by the
committee. McKay's resignation appears to be the leading edge of those
moves, and an attempt by Steele and the broader RNC to show donors
worried about the stability of the committee that changes ares being
- RNC Competitor on the Rise Politico's Ben Smith notes that "Ed
Gillespie's new operation, American Crossroads, says it aims to raise
$50 million, setting it up as a direct competitor to the embattled
Republican National Committee." This new "shadow RNC" may actually "take
some pressure off Steele in a certain way, offering donors an outlet
other than simply agitating for his unlikely ouster." Still, it's
fund-raising threatens to reduce the RNC's role.
- Steele's Real
'Constituency' Conservative blogger Ed Morrissey suggests, "The
only constituency Steele has to satisfy is the RNC’s big donors, like
Fox. If they’re retreating, Steele may be in big trouble."
He Hasn't Been Fired Gawker's Glen Runciter scoffs, "How
does the RNC chair still have a job? Michael Steele is terrible at his
job, unless his job is to be
incoherent and awkward." Ultimately, Runciter concludes that replacing
Steele would just be too complicated and difficult to be worth ousting
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