GOP to Michael Steele: Quiet About Rush Limbaugh or You're Fired


Apology to Rush Limbaugh aside, new Republican National Committee
Chairman Michael Steele is coming under fire from his own GOP troops
to shut up and focus on his job of organizing the party and raising
money, not fighting with his own political kind. Several Republican
advisers to Congress and the previous Bush administration told
Whispers that they are worried that the war of words is fracturing the
party when it should be healing the division between conservatives and
moderates in the wake of the 2008 election.

"What is amazing is that Steele was elected because of his
communications skills, and it is those skills that are damaging the
Republican Party. Before people begin to completely judge him as
worthless, Steele needs to focus and knuckle down on building a strong
foundation at RNC so we can begin rebuilding our majority," says a top
GOP strategist who has worked for House and Senate Republican leaders.
"If his implosion continues, RNC members are likely to call a special
session to dump him for an effective chairman. There is not much
patience for failure."

Others want Steele to re-evaluate his role in the party. Of concern:
For no reason, he is dividing the GOP between conservatives who like
Limbaugh and moderates who don't and jeopardizing future fundraising
efforts, his key responsibility. "The general sentiment of the
conference is that Steele needs to step back and get a handle on his
role in the party," says an influential congressional aide. Namely,
advisers want him to stay out of the media and focus instead on hiring
his staff and revamping the RNC. "He needs to hire staff for the RNC,
get the operations up and running, start raising money, and understand
that his role is to win elections," says a senior party adviser.
Officials are concerned that Steele either doesn't understand his
responsibilities or has an inflated vision of his role. "At this
point, it is as if he has a fundamental misunderstanding of the job
description. An RNC chairman who attacks Republicans and insults
conservative icons is about as counterproductive as any Democrat could
hope for," says the adviser.
Buh Bye GOP.
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