Man of Steele seems to have avoided kryptonite for now
After a weekend of some prominent Republicans calling for his resignation — Liz Cheney among them — and a round of phone calls trying to explain himself, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele appears likely to hold onto his job through the election.
Washington Whispers has a look at how Steele’s gaffe on Afghanistan does not affect Republican fundraising, which is obviously key to the November elections when Republicans are hoping to gain seats and possibly control of Congress from President Barack Obama’s Democrats.
After the election will be quite another story for the RNC chairman, with Republicans probably looking to replace Steele. Hotline has a piece on possible candidates in the next go-around. (Sarah Palin is not considered to be a serious contender).
Among prominent Republicans unhappy with Steele’s Afghanistan comments is Senator John McCain, who in an interview from Kabul with ABC’s “This Week” said Steele’s comments were “wildly inaccurate.”
It wasn’t the first time that Steele has been in hot water as chairman of the RNC, but Republicans are hoping it will be the last for the next four months until the elections are over.
Photo credit: Reuters/Sean Gardner (Steele at 2010 Southern Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans April 2010)