Republicans Angling to Oust Michael Steele

The RNC chair who led the "Fire Pelosi" campaign may be out of work soon.

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RNC Chairman Michael Steele

Well, well, well. It looks like the chickens may be coming home to roost. It appears that some senior Republican Party officials are maneuvering to put pressure on Michael Steele, the controversial Republican National Committee chairman, not to seek re-election when his term ends in January -- or, failing that, to encourage a challenger to step forward to take him on. Focused on the 2012 presidential election, GOP leaders are digging in for a battle over control of the RNC, judging that its role in fundraising, get-out-the-vote operations and other tasks will be critical to the effort to topple President Obama. Steele is seen as a liability. Leading the charge is Mississippi Republican Party Committee Chairman Henry Barbour, who is a nephew of Gov. Haley Barbour of Mississippi -- a former chairman of the RNC, who is underwhelmed by Steele's fundraising ability. He's probably also underwhelmed by the melanin in Steele's skin. So far the effort has been tentative, with Steele's most ardent opponents working behind the scenes to persuade an alternative candidate to run against him. It seems that the "Fire Pelosi" tour didn't win Steele any fans in the GOP.

We suppose when he was riding around with "Need a Job?" signs posted, he didn't figure that he would be talking about himself. It doesn't look as if getting in bed with the Tea Party was such a great idea. Teaming up with people who are teaming up against your people doesn't protect you in the end. It only exposes you as someone able to be used and discarded so that they feel better about their racism and ultimately themselves. Good luck with the job search.

Read more at the New York Times.