3. Michael Steele Watch. Most of you probably noted that the Democrats all told have outspent the Republicans this cycle. That’s why I was puzzled by this story:
The Republican National Committee wrote a $15,000 check to Guam in September, spending money in a U.S. territory in advance of an election in which the party is already hunting for new sources of cash.
The RNC made the transfer on September 24, according to reports filed late Wednesday with the FEC. That money will go to help elect Sen. Eddie Calvo (R), who is running to replace term-limited Gov. Felix Camacho(R) in the island territory's governor election.
...Island territories may in fact be more influential, given that their delegates have tended to vote as a bloc in RNC elections.
That helped Steele, who won the island voting bloc during his initial run in 2009.
Then sure enough, yesterday I saw this item:
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele is taking steps to run for another two-year term and outlined his plan in a conference call last week to a handful of state GOP officials, three Republicans familiar with call tell CNN.
Steele… has picked two current RNC staffers to help run his re-election campaign and the chairman told people on the call that the reception he has received during the bus tour is tremendous, according to one of the Republicans.
It seems to me that Steele was barely tolerable when the Republicans were in the minority and no hope was in sight. But the GOP is about to take the House and has a decent chance of defeating President Obama in 2012. Is this the guy to lead the RNC?
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