Palin Has Nerves of Steele
04-08-2010
Given her self-proclaimed maverick status, you might be surprised to learn that former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has come to the defense of Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, who has been strongly criticized by others in the GOP for a variety of mismanagement issues. Even though last month was the RNC’s best fundraising March to date, speculation has been on the rise that the chairman’s days in the position are numbered. For now, however, he seems to be safe, and Palin’s I think he’s doing a great job on Fox News certainly won’t hurt his chances of staying put.
 
You actually shouldn’t be surprised that Palin has come to Steele’s defense. She talks about him being a fellow outsider working to change the party from within. Perhaps, but the reality is that for Palin to channel the political potential of the tea party movement (which adores her), she needs ongoing access to the institutional infrastructure of the Republican Party. Having the personal gratitude of the RNC chairman certainly isn’t a bad way to ensure this. In fact, Palin has been quite open about the need for the tea party movement to join one of the parties (the GOP, one would assume). Just a few days ago, I wrote about how I think this might come to pass.


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