Michael Steele has served his purpose. When President Obama was elected, Republicans falsely believed that they needed to match the Democrats with a black chairman. They chose someone they thought was pliable. Little did they know that Steele would have his own agenda. I never liked Michael Steele because he knew he was being used as a token and he was willing to be used that way. Now that Republicans have made it fashionable to be outright prejudice he is now expendable. Many minorities in the Republican leadership in Arizona and other places are seeing the same.
The GOP has experienced more success under Michael Steele than under many other RNC chairs. That he could not win reelection when much of the deficits of the RNC can be attributed to a vendetta against Michael Steele proves what we all already knew.
RNC Chairman Michael Steele dropped his reelection bid on Friday after he found himself struggling to secure support from members of the Republican National Committee to retain his post for another term.
Steele, who shocked many fellow Republicans by deciding to seek a second term, registered some level of public support as the RNC's winter meeting convened this week. But many committee members were keeping their intentions private and several rounds of votes are expected, making it difficult to predict whether Steele could emerge with enough votes to win reelection.
A telegenic though gaffe-prone party leader, Steele argued that he should be re-elected because of the GOP's record of coast-to-coast victories while he was chairman last fall, including winning control of the House. However, Republican operatives formed a network of outside groups that adopted traditional national party functions out of a concern about the RNC's ability under Steele to raise money and deploy resources to key races.
Steele asked his backers to give their votes to GOP operative Maria Cino. He got a standing ovation after his announcement following a rocky two-year tenure that saw Republicans notch huge victories last fall.
After four rounds of voting, Reince Priebus (Ryns Pree'-bus) was ahead of the pack in the race to replace Steele. Cino, Ann Wagner and Saul Anuzis also were competing.
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