Wisconsin GOP chairman Reince Priebus, a Steele supporter, is circulating a
letter warning against "this hostile attempt to embarrass and neuter the
chairman of the RNC."
Preibus, whose track record is less than stellar in staewide races, thought it would ad gravitas to his meager resume if he was one of the transition leaders for RNC Chair Michael Steele. As you may have heard Steele has not had an easy time of it, what with his tendency to shoot first and ask later and his acrimonious relationship with the losers for his position. (These are people who don't deal well with elections and turn-taking.)
Now the very serious people are coming for Steele's authority to enter contracts as part of the job he was elected to do. Oh yeah, and to prove their gravitas in the political arena they've decided to entrench their name calling.
Steele has already lost one fight going into the special May 20 RNC meeting:Yesterday we learned that there is a move afoot to "rebrand" the GOP, perhaps as something other than big-government bumblers. And the faces of the "NEW" GOP? Same old, same old. John McCain (Who was asked by party boss Limbaugh to not let the door hit him in the backside,) Haley Barbour, and Mitt Romney. Those names just scream, "New identity," don't they?
Sufficient signatures have been gathered to vote on a resolution calling for the
Democratic Party to be renamed the "Democrat Socialist Party," even though
Steele had already advised against it.
So pity young Reince. He's grabbed the gold ring in the national arena and it appears to have come with a short expiration date.
He'll be spending this weekend soothing and smoothing and begging Neumann not to go all medieval on Scott Walker just for the sake of beating him like a rented mule. Meanwhile Walker will be twisting arms if they hold a straw poll because he knows a defeat to Neumann, who has yet to formally announce, would be the beginning of the end.