Michael Steele will probably survive his bewildering comments on Afghanistan, but who will be the Republican National Committee's next chairman when all of Steele's enemies finally get a chance to vote on a successor?
Hotline OnCall's Reid Wilson, who knows internal RNC politics like Phil Jackson knows the triangle offense, has a rundown of Steele's potential replacements once his two-year term ends in January and the built-up vexations with his tenure are, most likely, expressed with his ouster in a heated race for the chairmanship.
Some of the candidates were runners up to Steele in the 2009 race for the chairmanship: Michigan GOP Chairman Saul Anuzis
and South Carolina GOP Chairman Katon Dawson
(a member of an all-white country club) ran serious campaigns but lost out to Steele. Others didn't run last time, such as RNC co-chair and Wyoming committeewoman Jan Larimer, Mississippi national committeeman Henry Barbour
(brother of Gov. Haley Barbour), and North Dakota GOP Chairman Gary Emineth
, who is stepping down from his post to mount a challenge to Steele. Sarah Palin
, despite a report of rumors
, is not a serious candidate for the job. Ex-Sen. Norm Coleman
(MN) has been floated as a possibility, Wilson reports.
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and a reporter for The Hill