Look no further, political junkies, I've finally figured out why Michael Steele isn't even close to leaving his post as party chairman. Given the swelling Republican tsunami threatening to wash Democrats from power in less than eight months, Steele believes he's riding high. In short, he's too big to fail.
With unemployment at Depression-era highs and public angst brewing over President Obama’s disastrous health reform, indeed the time is ripe for the Republican Party to step up its fundraising efforts and move to crush its opponents this November. Yet instead of capitalizing on this rising tide of discontent, the GOP finds itself mired in controversy about lavish spending on everything from limos to private aircraft. Why would a donor—any donor—entrust his/her funds to a political cause that burns through money like an AIG futures trader?
Is it fair that the freewheeling spending of some rogue few has affixed itself to Steele’s reputation? Probably not. But as the GOP chair, he is ultimately responsible for managing headquarters. When the party is consistently failing at its most important function, it suggests that Steele is failing to maintain internal controls.
Compounding the problem is Steele’s Obama complex. It's apparent to me he secretly wants to be the Republican Obama. He's offering hope alright...to the enemy. At a time when Democrats should be licking their wounds and praying for a miracle, Steele is their new rallying cry. The longer he stays the more Democrats believe they can keep their majorities. To quote my liberal friends, he's the poster child of what's wrong with Republicans -- they lack inspired leadership and can barely manage themselves, let alone a country.
So will the Party can him? Probably not. First, a two-thirds vote from the membership is required to oust the Republican. That means that Steele has until the Republican Winter meeting—in January 2011—to get his act together. Even then, members will be hesitant to vote out their first black party leader. For a group struggling to distance itself from its history of racial insensitivity, canning Steele could cause a racial imbroglio. At the very least, forcing him out would be a distraction when the Party should be capitalizing on the idea that Obama’s massive public spending is bankrupting the country.