I have always been a fan of Steele and have had a tendency to like him quite a bit. The longer he is Chair of the RNC though I am finding that I am getting over that a bit. He has spent a lot of time clarifying ill-advised comments and donations are going down.
This is an election that is not only winnable but it is possible that the GOP stars are aligning for a massive sweep of Congressional, Senate, Gubernatorial, and state legislative wins. That is if they don't blow it.
So, does Steele have the chance of blowing it for them? The occasional gaffes and lackluster fund raising do not help.
Republicans are in a tough spot in that the Democrats have a massive PR apparatus in the main stream media. VP Joe Biden has said far worse far more often than Steele but the media protects Biden and castigates Steele. Not fair but reality.
What this means is the GOP has to be on it's game. No screw ups, no fodder for the MSNBC's and networks news programs in the US.
The question then is - is it time for Steele to go?
This would be a little risky for two reasons.
Number 1: The fringe media would have a field day - "The GOP is in disarray", etc.
So what? They are already attacking Steele. Is there a real down side here? They do not even need a controversy to report on, they'll make it up.
Number 2: Could they get someone in place and functioning this close to the election?
Again, there may not be as much of a downside here. This is not a national election in which they have to follow the US Constitution and take weeks or months to do it legally. They could have a quick meeting and instill someone over a couple of days if needed. Further, if Steele is ineffective then there may not be as great a risk as there would be replacing someone who is already effective. The real issue on this is who the geniuses of the GOP would deem competent.
So, what are our thoughts? Should he go or should he stay? The clock is ticking.