Michael Steele Says There Is a ‘Lot of Interest’ in Having Eric Cantor Run the RNC

Less then a week after Eric Cantor was stunningly crushed in a Republican primary election, Former RNC Chair (Jan ’09 – Jan ’11) Michael Steele is suggesting that Cantor might be suited for a position as the leader of the National Republican Party. Apparently nothing screams a guy is party leadership material like getting rejected by his own party’s voters in a congressional primary. Steele claims that there is a “lot of interest” in having Eric Cantor become the next chair of the Republican National Committee. Steele made his remarks on MSNBC’s Up With Steve Kornacki


It is certainly not unusual for a politician recently defeated in an election to take on a political post after losing. However, the idea of having Cantor, who was so thoroughly rejected in humiliating fashion on Tuesday, take over as the head of the Republican National Committee is simply bizarre. Perhaps, Michael Steele, Eric Cantor and other leading figures of the Republican establishment have become so politically tone deaf that they think Tuesday night’s result were some kind of peculiar anomaly rather than a message directed at the GOP leadership.

Perhaps Steele is unaware that Cantor is disliked by most rank and file Republicans. A Huff Post/YouGov poll this week found that just 28 percent of Republicans have a favorable opinion of Cantor compared to 39 percent who view him negatively. Other members of the GOP leadership, Mitch McConnell and John Boehner did not fare much better

. While Michael Steele and other Republican Party operatives may think Cantor is a good choice for taking over as chair of the RNC, Republican voters disagree. The Tea Party is swallowing the Republican Party alive and GOP leaders are slow to grasp how badly they have lost control of the party.

The Republican Party can choose to select Cantor to run the RNC if they wish, but if they do, chances are it will not end well for Mr. Cantor or for the Republican Party. Michael Steele apparently missed the wake up call on Tuesday evening. He must be a very sound sleeper, because if Tuesday night’s rude awakening did not move him from his intellectual slumber and his clueless complacency, probably nothing will.




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    • You know, strangely, I've always - kinda - liked Michael Steele. He seems to have a - kinda - sense of humor. Also he hates Reince Priebus with a passion, which I do, too.
      And while we're on a Democratic confession, I'll also admit that I've always - kinda - liked Laura Bush. I think I'd have been like her if I had been married to a complete fuck-up like George W!

  • Did anyone else see this from POLITICO:

    "In an interview with POLITICO in April, Brat sounded conspiratorial about the Benghazi attacks, saying at one point,
    “My guess is Republican Leadership did something related to Benghazi that they don’t want coming out. That’s the best of what I’ve heard. There’s something a little fishy there.’’

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/06/dave-brat-eric-cantor-virginia-107804.html#ixzz34epYGKTz

    I'm having trouble bookmarking.

  • That will be good for the republican party, to have a loser as a leader just like the party is a bunch of losers.

  • This GOP is certainly just plain dumb. Let's have someone represent and run the whole party (EC), because most of the people in the party don't like him??????

    Oh lordy, they are dumber than I thought.

    I really believe that they have taken leave of their senses since Black man became POTUS. It is eating them alive, they are brain dead.

  • The GOP leaders are not slow to recognize anything, they just refuse to recognize anything

    Look at the Krugman article, the gop can only get worse

  • Most interesting that he said Republicans had something to do with Benghazi. After all, Rott Mimney was saying that he needed something like the Iran hostage crisis to propel him to victory, and-bing! This happens on that fraught date, 9/11. It appears the ambassador was not deliberately killed, but died of smoke inhalation. Was this a kidnapping gone wrong?

  • If I were a republican; I would say to myself what can I do to get the party going in the correct direction? Well sure lets hire the person most responsible for the mess we are in to lead us out of the mess; yep very consistent Republican line of thinking.

  • Michael Steele isn't one of the brightest apples in the dish. Before you make a statement like that you gather facts first. He had no facts, just opened his big pie hole and out came garbage. The typical GOP response, say anything the people will believe it. Well guess what Mikey, the American people are getting smarter and wising up.

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