Rich Galen

The names of the two guys who are the Faces-of-the-Week in Washington are Michael Steele and Tom Daschle.

Let's take Michael Steele first, because he's the good guy and the good news.

On Friday the Republican National Committee, a group of 168 people who are largely the National Commiteeman, Committeewoman and State Chair of each state plus representatives from the Territories and the District of Columbia.

When your party owns the White House, the President (or his Political Director) more or less tells the RNC (or in the present case, the DNC) who he or she would very much like to see as the Chairman of their National Committee.

Thus, when President Obama decided that he wanted Virginia Governor Tim Kaine to be Chairman of the DNC, the members of the committee dutifully did what the President wanted.

Without the White House, the RNC members were free - for the first time in eight years, to pick anyone they wanted. The five people who qualified for the ballot were all qualified to be Chairman.

On the sixth ballot the members of the committee picked Michael Steele.

Michael Steele has been a Republican County GOP chair. He was Maryland State GOP chair. He was elected Lt. Governor of Maryland (the first African-American to win state-wide office there) then ran, unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate.

After the Senate race (during which African-Americans threw Oreo cookies at him, but no hate-crime charges were filed) Steele agreed to serve as the chairman of an organization near and dear to my heart: GOPAC.

Michael Steele is the new face of the Republican Party and, having come through local and state politics, he is exactly the right guy to rebuild the GOP county-by-county, state-by-state.

That's the good news for the GOP.

The bad news for the Democrats is Tom Daschle.

Daschle is a former Senator, former Senate Majority, current nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Daschle is the second Cabinet Nominee who apparently didn't read, or lied on, that questionnaire the Obama Transition Team said everyone had to complete. For those who may have been absent the day we talked about this, Question 63 reads, in an amended form:

Please provide any other information that could be a possible source of embarrassment to you, your family, or the President Elect.

Obviously, not paying your taxes doesn't count as a source of embarrassment if you make enough money.


Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at Mullings.com.

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