Regrets

GOP's Buyer's Remorse

Has the RNC tired of new chairman Michael Steele already? So far, Politico recounts, “Steele has brushed back Rush Limbaugh, threatened moderate Republican senators, offered the ‘friggin’ awesome’ Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal some ‘slum love,’ called civil unions ‘crazy’ and promised more outreach to ‘urban-suburban hip-hop settings’ via an ‘off the hook’ public relations campaign.” Steele, meanwhile, has not appointed a chief of staff, a political director, a finance director or a communications director. The RNC’s executive suite is being run by a pair of consultants. “There’s frustration that there’s no discipline, no planning,” says a “well-known” Republican consultant. “He’s risking being overexposed by accepting every interview, which makes gaffes more likely.”