On Tuesday, Republican National Committee Chief of Staff Ken McKay resigned
Is chairman Michael Steele next? Some had previously argued that Steele is untouchable,
but the impact of the RNC strip-club scandal on fundraising
and Steele's recent attempt to "play the race card
" have caused some on the right to call for his ouster. Could this storm of bad publicity be the one
that finally topples the chairman?
- This Is a Bigger Storm "Usually," writes the Guardian's Michael Tomasky,
"political tempests wind down after three or four days and we move on
to the next outrage. But this morning constitutes, if I'm remembering
correctly, day 10 of the current Michael Steele scandal, and it's still
- 'If You Can't Play the Race Card with Your Own
Race...' Steele suggested he has less margin for error than a white
man might have in his position. It didn't go over well. Conservative
Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker
points out that "African American Republicans aren't
buying it." It's time, she says, for Steele to stop blaming others.
"Steele needs to face the truth and set himself--and his party--free."
Adviser Says Time for a Change Alex Castellanos, unpaid adviser to the
RNC, will not let CNN's Wolf Blitz trick him into actually saying the
word "resignation." He makes his feelings pretty clear, though, saying
"a change in leadership would be a good thing ... I think a change in
direction would be good."
- Leave Please Conservative columnist Mona Charen
says "Voyeur was the last straw. It would be an unselfish gesture for
Steele to step aside." The Republican party needs "a stage manager,
whereas Steele likes to be the star."
- No 'Organized Effort' to Oust Steele, says Politico's Jonathan Martin; for Steele to be forced out, if he doesn't resign of his own free will, "two-thirds of RNC members--the state chairs and each state's committeemen and committeewomen--would have to support a resolution ousting Steele." Right now that doesn't look likely, and elected Republicans aren't publicly calling for a resignation.
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