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November 17, 2010

As GOPers Talk Up Inevitability of Steele's Ouster, Steele Keeps The Palin Card Up His Sleeve

Yeah, I fear that Sarah Palin's personalized sort of politics is going to keep him in place.

Opponents claim Steele doesn't have a chance...

“I believe the RNC needs to focus on electing the person who can put the party in the strongest position to win back the White House and Senate,” [Henry Barbour, son of Haley] said. “The momentum on the committee is clearly moving toward making a change, because our country’s future is genuinely at stake if the Obama administration gets an extra four years of their leftist agenda.”

Adding to Steele’s woes was a letter released by RNC political director Gentry Collins, who resigned from his position on Tuesday. In a move that casts light on some of the internal strife that has existed within the RNC over the last two years, Collins criticized Steele’s financial stewardship of the committee.

But...

Steele has been an outspoken defender of Palin and her role within the GOP at a time when other strategists question her viability as a leader of the Republican Party.

...

As the knives came out for Steele about 10 months ago, Palin defended him on Fox News, blasting the “establishment” that was “throwing stones” at him.

She said, “[M]ore power to you, Michael. You’re calling it the way that you see it, and you deserve to call it that way.”

The RNC couldn't even do the traditional 72 hour GOTV effort on election weekend. But we're going to keep him because he defended Sarah Palin?

This drives me crazy, this feeling I get a lot of the times that political decisions are being made almost exclusively on the basis of "Helps Palin become president" or "Doesn't help Palin becomes president." It's not healthy for any movement to be so about one person. Nation of laws, not men, and et cetera.

This Daily Caller article is a little surprising, and welcome. Turns out there are a lot of conservatives, including Tea Partiers, who like Sarah Palin, but just don't want her to run for President.

But there are signs that even though Palin enjoys broad support throughout the conservative movement, that enthusiasm does not extend to nominating her to run against President Obama.

A PPP poll in September found that while Palin is the most popular of all the potential 2012 Republican candidates, with 66 percent personal approval, only 24 percent of that 66 percent think she should be president.



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