One sign of the malaise within the Republican Party: insiders are already positioning themselves to run for chairman of the party when the current Mike Duncan era ends in 2009.
So far, only one would-be chair has expressed interest publicly: South Carolina's charismatic state party chairman, Katon Dawson. But Dawson's rivals contend that his decision to muse about his intentions was a mistake; the chair is not a position one actively runs for.
But party activists are talking about two other names as well. One is Florida's chairman, James Greer, a former Oviedo, FL city council member.
The other is current party general counsel Blake Hall, an RNC naitonal committeeman from Idaho who has held almost every major party office.
And what of Saul Anuzis, the outspoken, high-profile chairman of the Michigan Republican Party?
"I'm going to support our nominee's choice for chairman," he said.
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