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Should Michael Steele run again?

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele's recent travel itinerary is fueling speculation that he is positioning himself to run for a second term as party chairman.

Some RNC members think he should be concentrating on the midterm elections, and others have offered harsh assessments of his travels and fundraising efforts. But Steele's defenders said it is hard to criticize his performance given that the party is cruising toward a banner day on Nov. 2.

What do you think?

By Jon DeNunzio  |  September 8, 2010; 6:36 PM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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RNC has no money for campaign. Only $5 million as Steele wasted millions on luxury hotels for conferences of Republican operatives in Hawaii. Steele is now in Guam and Hawaii has almost no Republicans. Talk about a guy who is clueless. How is his book doing?

Posted by: mascmen7 | September 9, 2010 12:39 PM

Please forgive Mr. Steele. He is after all, a Republican. He is only just acting out/following the well tested Republican Three Step template:

Step One: Spend and Bankupt any forum you control
Step Two: Distract Americans, Misdirect the Lazy Mainstream Media and entertain the religious plebians of the U.S. South
Step Three: Wait for America's legendary short attention spam to kick in - and then tell Americans that Obama/Liberals are to blame

Posted by: Whispers | September 9, 2010 1:19 PM

Michael Steele and Robert Ehrlich were voted out of office after one term here in Maryland. They did nothing good for the state accept raise our taxes and called them "fees".
Everytime I flush my toilet I think of Ehrlich and Steele.
When they left office the Maryland Republican party was left in shambles, no leaders, no money and lots of infighting and eating their own.
Steele is a self-promoting showman who has never truly succeeded at anything very well. He seems affable enough but behind that smirky smile, he is really an empty hat.
The Republicans made him chairman of the RNC for one purpose only and that is to give them bonafides as being racially "inclusive". Which is malarkey.
To listen to Steele jump on the smear wagon of demeaning Obama is to hear the voice of a mediocre man too intimidated by his white handlers to stray from the party line. Mr. Steele should quietly get himself a government job in some office and spend a few years learning how to live within your means so that you don't have to file for bankrupsy because you cannot control you extravagant wants. I hope he stays in the Republican party where his plans for renewing America have no basis in fact just like the rest of the Republicans. They're telling us to vote out the Democrats but they have nothing to offer us equal to all the work the Democrats have done over the last two years.
Not one idea from the right except to lower their taxes and give the wealthiest Americans more tax cuts.
They won't be happy until they repeal Social Security and Medicare and they see every elderly person living and dying on the streets as homeless persons. This is what the Republicans are offering us and Steele is okay with that.

Posted by: papafritz571 | September 9, 2010 1:37 PM

"Uncle Tom" Steele - the gift that keeps on giving -

(to the Democrats)

Posted by: daveque | September 9, 2010 2:05 PM

Run, Steele, Run!!!

Posted by: AMviennaVA | September 9, 2010 2:17 PM

I voted yes in the poll only because I want Steele to continue as chairman of the RNC. He is a joke and the best gift to my party (Democratic) I could have hoped for.

Posted by: jp1943 | September 9, 2010 2:18 PM

Sarah Palin would do a much better job. Also, she would garner the respect that the republican party deserves.

Posted by: jake555 | September 9, 2010 2:35 PM

jake555 @ September 9, 2010 2:35 PM wrote "
Sarah Palin would do a much better job. Also, she would garner the respect that the republican party deserves."

I actually respect Steele more than Palin:

1. He has not quit his job;
2. He does not maintain that abstinence-only education is effective, and have an unmarried daughter who got pregnant while still a minor.

Compared to Palin, Steele is a pilar of stability and reason!

Posted by: AMviennaVA | September 9, 2010 3:53 PM

Yes, he will do about as much damage to the Republican party by running one more time as he has done his entire term, and he might get four more years to fully Bushify the party, running it off a big cliff into a bigger ditch.

Posted by: ceflynline | September 9, 2010 8:15 PM

"Compared to Palin, Steele is a pilar of stability and reason!"

And compared to each, Spike Jones and Doodles Weaver were sober sided perfectionists and superb concert performers. And the winner is Beedlebaum!

Posted by: ceflynline | September 9, 2010 8:18 PM

Sarah Palin would do a much better job. Also, she would garner the respect that the republican party deserves.
Posted by: jake555 | September 9, 2010 2:35 PM
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I agree with the second statement.

Posted by: Emmetrope | September 9, 2010 8:53 PM

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