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Worst Week Ever: Republicans Unhinged

Paul Jenkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Jenkins

This week, just like the stock market (funny how that goes), Republicans hit yet a new low.

Steele: RNC May Not Support Specter In Primaries

Talking Points Memo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

n an interview today on Morning Joe, Michael Steele seemed to be trying to back off of his prior statements about how Arlen Specter could face a prima...

Jim Bunning Threatens To Sue The RNC

AP | ROGER ALFORD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Republican U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning on Tuesday said he would have grounds for a lawsuit against his party's national campaign arm ...

Why the RNC Commission Report Won't Help Future Planners of National Security Special Events

Coleen Rowley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Coleen Rowley

One of the notable aspects of President Barack Obama's inauguration in Washington was that, somehow, without tear gas, tasers or thousands of people d...

Holder, Race and Obama's 10% of the White Alabama Vote

Paul Jenkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Jenkins

The complicated picture of how America came to vote for its first black president reflects the country's multifarious attitude towards race

Inside the GOP Hip-Hop Revival Tent

Patrick Sauer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Patrick Sauer

It's a jungle out there and sometimes in the privacy of their own gated communities the Grand Old Party wonders how they're going to keep from going under.

Michael Steele Gets Funky for the RNC

John Ridley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Ridley

Rather than a politician with fresh ideas, Michael Steele sounds more like somebody's uncle trying to be hip while playing some black-top hoops with 16-year-olds.

Family Values, Schmamily Values: The GOP's Bristol/Levi Hypocrisy

Warren Holstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Warren Holstein

Well it seems that the latter-day Joseph and Mary trophies of the religious right-wing pro-life movement have been tarnished and their lackluster bronze has turned a gangrenous green.

The Evil of Banality

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

It could be that our institutions are so corrupt, our political discourse so banal and polluted, that they are incapable of lifting us up from our national malaise.

RNC Kills Ambitious "Renewal" Think Tank

The Plum Line | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Republican National Committee, under new chairman Michael Steele, has quietly killed an ambitious plan to create the Center for Republican Renewal...

New RNC Chair Demands Entire Staff Resign

The Huffington Post | Rachel Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Politico reports that new Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele "has requested the resignations of the entire RNC staff and signaled a...

RNC Silent On Cheney's Obama Terror Attack Claims

The Plum Line | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Do Michael Steele and the Republican National Committee -- the center of the party's political operation -- agree or disagree with Dick Cheney's claim...

Steele, the GOP and Confronting the Southern Strategy

Simon Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Simon Rosenberg

That fact that Steele won the RNC chairmanship is a hopeful sign that the GOP has begun to confront its shameful exploitation of race as a national political strategy.

Michael Steele: No Profile in Courage

Ira Forman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ira Forman

When Steele was faced with a choice between political expediency and denouncing bigotry, Steele chose expediency.

Michael Steele's Challenge

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

There exists a leadership gap in the Republican party with no strong frontrunner for 2012 and evidence of growing division between the leading candidates. Steele must fill this leadership vacuum.

The Meaning of Michael Steele

Michael Fauntroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Fauntroy

It's hard to remember the last time a party chairman's race has been so closely followed, but the reality is that Steele's win really doesn't mean much.

The New RNC Chairman -- Providing Full "Race Card" Default Insurance

Carl Jeffers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carl Jeffers

Selecting Steele is designed to help position the Republicans more advantageously in their effort to fight off charges of "using the race card" when their attacks on the president become really tough.

Steele's Slippery Slope

Charles D. Ellison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles D. Ellison

Republicans needed a public relations break more so than a Michael Steele, a fact that will show itself much sooner rather than later.

Sam Stein

Michael Steele, RNC Chairman (VIDEO)

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

See earlier updates below Michael Steele became the first African-American chairman of the Republican National Committee on Friday after defeating hi...

5 Facts About the New RNC Chairman

Judd Legum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judd Legum

Former Maryland Lt. Governor Michael Steele was just elected chairman of the RNC. Here are five facts about the new leader of the Republican party.

RNC CHAIRMAN RESULTS: Race For New Republican Leader Ends

AP | LIZ SIDOTI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Republican Party chose the first black national chairman in its history Friday, just shy of three months after the nation elect...

Katon Dawson, RNC Chairman?

Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Kenneth Blackwell has just withdrawn from the running for the next Republican National Committee chairmanship and has put his support behind Michael S...

Progressives Should Take a Moment to Appreciate the Steele Nomination

Lee Stranahan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lee Stranahan

I'm a liberal Democrat who doesn't agree with Mr. Steele on much of anything but I still find myself hoping that other progressives will take a moment to appreciate his nomination.

DNC And RNC Join Forces Over Campaign Finance Law

CNN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Democratic National Committee is backing a piece of trademark legislation championed by former GOP presidential nominee Sen. John McCain -- asking...

Ken Blackwell Redefines Racism

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Wellington Ennis

Maybe laws that require federal oversight in re-districting historically corrupt areas seem draconian to Blackwell; he prefers laws that do the job of knocking voters off the rolls for him.