Everyone has had house guests who cannot take a hint. You’ve washed and put away the dishes, looked at your watch and yawned. And.They’re.Still.There.
Welcome to the drama that is unfolding at the Republican National Committee. Last night, RNC chairman Michael Steele announced he will seek reelection.
In a conference call with RNC members, Steele asked for understanding and a second term:
So tonight I come to my bosses with a record that only you can judge, based upon directions you made clear to me from the very beginning. Yes I have stumbled along the way, but have always accounted to you for such shortcomings. No excuses. No lies. No hidden agenda.
Going forward, I ask for your support and your vote for a second term. Our work is not done; and my commitment has not ended. I believe the worst thing we can do now is to look backwards. Who you elect as our next Chairman will speak volumes about our willingness to truly be the party of Lincoln. What we do as a party must reflect the realities of the political marketplace and the voters. Growth for our movement requires new allies. We can no longer settle in the safe harbor of our comfort zone, but must reach beyond ourselves for the next generation.
Steele later told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren:
My style is a little bit different than most conventional party chairmen. My style is more grassroots oriented, I’m much more of a street guy. I love hanging out in boardrooms, but I prefer to be in the neighborhoods and communities.
Will Steele be the HNIC or kicked to the curb when the votes are counted next month?