Why the GOP Won't Fire Steele

The turmoil and effort wouldn't be worth it
By Gabriel Winant,  Newser User
Posted Mar 13, 2009 9:39 AM CDT
Former Ohio Sec. of State Ken Blackwell, a rival turned key supporter of Michael Steele, congratulates him on his victory. Blackwell has sharply criticized Steele's work at the RNC recently.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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(Newser) – Practically nobody in the GOP seems happy with Michael Steele’s leadership at the Republican National Committee so far. But a revolution isn’t likely, writes the Washington Post's Chris Cillizza, for a few reasons:

  • Soundly defeated in November and torn by rival factions, the “last thing the party needs now is further chaos at the top.”

  • It was a victory for the GOP’s image to choose an African-American. Dumping him shortly thereafter “would send the exact wrong message about who the Republican Party is.”
  • Who'd replace him? Steele was picked partly because he had some charisma, among a field of contenders “roundly panned as lacking any real star power.”
  • It’s not easy to do anything on national party committees, which are “ruled by a series of arcane rules and procedures.”
  • Steele actually seems to be getting his act together. His recent hires at the RNC “should quiet some of the chatter that the committee is off the rails.”