Above: Ken Mehlman is out, so to speak
RNC asks Steele to replace Mehlman
By Ralph Z. Hallow
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
November 10, 2006
Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman, whose party just lost both chambers of Congress, will leave his position in January, and the post as party chief has been offered to Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele.
“It is true,” Mr. Mehlman told The Washington Times when asked about reports last night that he would resign. “It’s something I decided over the summer. No one told me I needed to. In fact, folks wanted me to stay.”
Mr. Mehlman said he “told the White House over the summer it was my decision” to leave the RNC post, “win, lose or draw.”
Uh-huh, assuredly, yes. That’s totally it. Right. Yeah, truly, uh-huh. Wow.
Not to say that this has anything to do with it, but the biggest closet in Washington just got a little pinchy. If Mr. Mehlman is retiring to spend more time with Scott McClellan’s family, as it were, that’s one fewer potential scandal hanging over the cynically gay-baiting Republican Party, which…
But that’s importunate. Perhaps it’s simply time for a bold nude erection.
This, on the other hand, is interesting. Watch how Karl Rove’s fabled whackadoodle mojo seems to be waning:
Other Republican Party officials said some Republican National Committee (RNC) members, including state party chairmen, have mounted a move to have Mr. Steele succeed Mr. Mehlman.
But they said that President Bush’s political adviser Karl Rove, who is Mr. Mehlman’s mentor, would rather see Mr. Steele serve in the president’s Cabinet, perhaps as secretary of Housing and Urban Development. These officials said no one has actually offered Mr. Steele either the RNC post or a Cabinet post.
We’ll see who wins this one. (Steele reverse, bitchuzz!11)