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  • Michael Steele Will Be Missed

    Michael Steele, the holy clown prince of the RNC, will render unto us mere mortals a very important verdict today (or that's pretty much everybody is speculating, anyway.) On this blessed day, it is hoped and expected that the Exalted One will tell us if he is going to run for a second term as RNC chariman.

    Tell us more, Talking Points Memo!

    In an email sent to RNC voting members last night, Steele announced a "private conference call" for the GOP leaders nationwide who will determine who leads the RNC for the next two years.

    Steele has yet to announce whether he'll seek a second term as the field of Republicans interested in replacing him fills up. Politico reports "key supporters" of Steele expect he'll decline to run again.

    Wait, Michael Steele still has "key supporters?" Wasn't the whole point of Michael Steele to serve as a "Hey, we like the blacks, too" counterpoint to the Obamafied White House? Isn't it time for the RNC to get back to doing what it does best: elevating cold, unfeeling white people to positions of great power? Perhaps! One legendary cold, unfeeling white person has given his blessing for a potential Steele replacement to enter the field of contenders…

    That field got one name longer Friday when former RNC deputy chair Mary Cino formally entered the race for chair. Cino's name has been floated for weeks, and her bid enjoys the support of Vice President Dick Cheney as well as other big names from the Bush era.

    If we've learned one thing in all our years on this earth, it's this: What Dick Cheney wants, Dick Cheney gets. So congratulations, future RNC chairperson Mary Cino! May you enjoy a scrumptious mid-January victory dinner catered by Halliburton and served on the backs of Iraqi slave-children.

    Tags: Dick Cheney, Michael Steele, Republicans, RNC
  • Should Sarah Palin Head the RNC? (Eh, Why Not?)

    Despite GOP gains in Congress this past election, if you ask any two conservative pundits about the job that Michael Steele has done as the head of the Republican National Committee, their opinions will most likely split between "He was a failure," and "He was a spectacular failure."

    Which kind of makes this suggestion from the Tea Party's head teabagger Judson Phillips make a little more sense. Because, if there's one thing that we know about Sarah Palin, it's that she never does anything in a non-spectacular fashion

    The Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips has sent a letter to former Alaska GOP Gov. Sarah Palin asking her to run for chairman of the Republican National Committee.

    "In order for the Tea Party/Conservative movement to be successful, we have to have someone conservative running the GOP," Phillips told POLITICO. "She is the perfect candidate. If she does not try, I am afraid we will end up with just another establishment flunky running the party and the [Republicans in name only] will control the party again."

    "She has a track record of cutting wasteful spending, which has occurred under the watch of Michael Steele," he added. "Finally, she is simply a rock star. She can raise money like no one else out there that I can think of."

    And, also, since the amount of time spent working in that capacity before she quits is roughly two years,her schedule should still be wide open for the 2012 elections. Win win!

    Tags: Michael Steele, Republicans, RNC, Sarah Palin, Tea Party
  • Colbert Case Files – Michael Steele

    Can we get a what-what for this the chairman of the Republican National Committee?

    The Colbert Report airs Monday through Thursday at 11:30pm / 10:30c.

    Tags: Michael Steele, Republicans, RNC, Stephen Colbert, The Colbert Report, Video
  • Jon Stewart on Michael Steele's Afghanistan Comments

    I don't have to tell you the unemployment news continue to be bleak out there. According to new statistics released last week, the number of so-called "discouraged workers" has more than doubled since this time last year. Of course the really interesting part is the workers aren't nearly as discouraged that they don't have a job as they are that Michael Steele does.

    The Daily Show airs Monday through Thursday at 11pm / 10c.

    Tags: Afghanistan, Jim DeMint, Jon Stewart, Lindsey Graham, Michael Steele, Muppets, Republicans, RNC, The Daily Show, Wyatt Cenac
  • The RNC Spent $773,000 on Office Supplies — Paper Clips, Liquor and the Like

    The DNC and the RNC released new financial disclosure forms last night, and it turns out both party committees spend nearly two-thirds of their money on staff perks, food, booze, luxury getaways and goodies for big donors. The DNC's 14-month tab for catering at the Washington Hilton? $176,000. The RNC's total spent on Dallas Cowboys tickets? $14,937.

    Of course, a major political committee also needs basic office supplies…

    The RNC's expenditures for "office supplies" in the period through February topped $773,000, according to a Post tally, including jelly beans for Steele's office and thousands of dollars' worth of liquor and wine.

    Although not asked to review specific party expenditures, Mindy Kramer, an Office Depot spokeswoman, said that in general, firms with 100 office workers — about the size of the RNC headquarters staff — spend $30,000 to $50,000 a year on supplies.

    Sure, but the average firm with 100 office workers doesn't have Michael Steele as a boss.

    So I imagine people spend a lot less time binge drinking under their desks.

    Tags: Alcohol, Democrats, DNC, Michael Steele, Money, Republicans, RNC