Who's Voting for Michael Steele?
2:01 PM, Dec 29, 2010 • By JAY COST
The Republican National Committee will meet in January to choose a new chairman, and the reporters at Hotline's On Call blog have been keeping a running total of how many votes each candidate has been able to announce publicly. Michael Steele has publicly secured 15 delegates (85 are needed for victory), and I found some of his declared supporters quite interesting:
Four of his 15 declared supporters come from U.S. Territories that have no voting role in American elections. That reminded me of this story from Reid Wilson from October:
As Wilson notes in that article, the U.S. Territories each get three votes for chairman, for a total of 15 votes between them, or just under 20% of the total needed for election. So far, Steele has four of these votes, plus another three from the District of Columbia, which does not vote for Congress and which, of course, has no serious Republican presence in it to make a significant bid for electoral office.
As I have written before, this RNC election will be a great test of the continuing viability of the Republican National Committee. Its job in the 21st century is to raise as much money as possible to fund the party campaign, but its organization has its roots in decades long gone by. Is it possible to become RNC Chairman even if you have done a terrible job at that task? Possibly. We'll know next month when the committee renders its final verdict on Michael Steele. If, somehow, he manages to win reelection, that might signal to concerned Republicans everywhere that it is time to rethink the old, outdated party structures that are still in place. Maybe it will be time to move beyond the RNC, which will have rendered itself all but irrelevant for 2012.