Ken Mehlman says he’s had enough fun for 6 years and is leaving as RNC chair for the private sector. Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, Maria Cino, a former RNC official and now Deputy Secretary of Transportation, and Mary Matalin, former communications director for VP Cheney are three names supposedly under consideration.
I would be surprised to see Michael Steele take the job as head of the Republican National Committee. Not because I don’t think he would be a good one, but because he probably has ambitions higher than that. Prior to this election, I would have said Michael who? It was his campaign that introduced him to me and most of the rest of the country. I was impressed, and after he said that he identified more with the party of Lincoln than the party of Bush, I liked him even more. I don’t mean to take away from Bush with that comment. Rather, like Bush, I see Michael Steele as someone with a vision for a better future. Paul at Power Line thinks that taking that position could hurt his electability in Maryland. That might be the case in Maryland. But I think that Steele is ready for a larger stage. Libertas at HipHopRepublican seems pumped to see Steele as the RNC chair. I know I’d like to see it happen.
Steele would, if he took the position, be making history in more ways than one. The other is that his vision may be just what the doctor ordered to help the Republican Party get on the right track, get the majority back, and make this country better than where we are today.
Mary Matalin is another excellent choice. And like Steele, a good communicator. According to the resumes however, it looks like Maria Cino would be the one.
Whoever becomes the RNC chairman, they better make embracing conservatism their guiding light. We have learned that a compassionate conservative isn’t conservative. A compassionate conservative is one who embraces entitlement programs regardless of the cost, and not based on need, but rather on age. (the prescription drug program) Economically speaking, the only difference between a compassionate conservative and a liberal is that the liberal wants to spend even more.