Why The GOP Cannot Get Its Shit Together
For far too many people it's just a racket to be exploited, not a cause they believe passionately in. Case in point: Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele. The Moonie Times has the inside dirt:
When Michael S. Steele took over as chairman of the Republican National Committee earlier this year, he brought along longtime personal assistant Belinda Cook and gave her a salary nearly three times what her predecessor made.It sort of makes sense then that Steele has had such a hard time staying on message. Maybe he just doesn't have one. Maybe he is just in it because it looked like a good opportunity to introduce Michael Steele to some high-powered donors.
Mrs. Cook's son, Lee, also landed an RNC job.
Mr. Steele hired another family friend, Angela Sailor, to be the party's outreach director at a salary of $180,000, more than double her predecessor's compensation, though new responsibilities have been added to the job, according to a high-ranking RNC official and Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings.
Mr. Steele's early record and personnel decisions figure to be hot topics at a special meeting of Republican state party chairmen Tuesday and Wednesday at National Harbor in Washington's Maryland suburbs. His hiring of friends and the salaries he is paying them already helped to instigate a struggle over who controls the party's purse strings, one that forced the new party chairman to relinquish some control to elected RNC members.
The right has been infected with this kind of institutional rot for years. Unless some people on the inside get serious about cleaning house and standing for something, they run the risk of going the way of the Whig Party.
Who are the Whigs? My point exactly.