It has been a while since we considered GOP Chairman Michael Steele, whose gerrymandered insertion into his position has become such a joke—but is in fact a disaster.
Others have been more attentive:
EXCLUSIVE: Steele yields powers to foes in RNC By Ralph Z. Hallow The Washington Times Wednesday May 6, 2009
Capitulating to critics on the Republican National Committee, embattled Republican Party Chairman Michael S. Steele has signed a secret pact agreeing to controls and restraints on how he spends hundreds of millions of dollars in party funds and contracts, The Washington Times has learned.
The "good governance" agreement revives checks and balances Mr. Steele resisted implementing for RNC contracts, fees for legal work and other expenditures that were not renewed after the 2008 presidential nominating contest.
The agreement, proposed by several current and former RNC officials, goes further, making 33-year RNC veteran Jay Banning, who was fired by Mr. Steele along with his deputy last month, an on-call adviser to the RNC treasurer. Mr. Banning was seen as a trusted liaison to RNC members critical of Mr. Steele's tenure and financial management.
To anyone with any business experience, this is not a Red Flag. It is an enormous streaming Red Banner, accompanied by Trumpets. What did his enemies have on Steele that he folded so totally? And what are they afraid of? Bearing in mind that they paid a considerable price for impugning a black media darling - as The Washington Times Comment thread shows.
What is known is that Steele and his cronies butchered almost the entire RNC staff—a highly disruptive move which put immense patronage in their hands.
This type of problem was, I might say, exactly what I predicted. It comes with the territory.