July 8, 2010

Invisible Steele

About a month ago I was thinking Michael Steele, head of the Republican National Committee, was conspicuous by his absence from the national stage.  Now I wish he really was. Here he is trying to do some damage control:

He says the right things - he's behind the troops and behind victory in the war. But he doesn't say it in a single sound byte. You'd think by now he'd get that. Michael Steele's greatest strength is clearly not pontification. Yet public speaking seems to be what he likes to do most. Behind the scenes he may be a brilliant tactician and a great fundraiser but evidence of either skill is scant (to be generous). I don't think Michael Steele is the best man for the job, but I don't think now is the best time for a resignation or firing.

You know the old saying you don't change horses in the middle of the race? It applies here. It's too close to the finish line to do that. But that means the RNC, and GOP candidates need to work around the current leader because they can't confidently work through him.

But then after November the GOP is faced with a dilemma.

If they win Congress and at least even out the Senate, it makes a tough case for dumping Steele. What is best for the GOP now is for them to work outside of the RNC as much as possible. What is best is for Michael Steele to indeed become invisible and allow the GOP to win without him front and center because he consistently does more harm than good and he hurts their chances. What's best is after the midterm elections an honest appraisal of the value of his work. In the meantime my advice for Michael Steele? Shhhhh!!

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