Several Republican sources tell CNN that Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman is all but certain to step down at the end of the year, and the White House already is searching for a replacement or replacements to lead the party into the 2008 presidential campaign cycle.
[..]One name that has come up as a possible replacement is outgoing Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, who just lost a US Senate race. One of the sources, though, said a more likely scenario is for Steele to join the Bush administration in another capacity after the first of the year when a few members of the Bush Cabinet and other senior officials are expected to leave.
One scenario under discussion, should Mehlman leave, according to two of the sources, is to split the RNC leadership duties, a model both parties have used at times in the past. Read on...
Don't read too much into the timing. According to Wikipedia, nobody has lasted at the job more than an election or two. However, it can't help but be amusing that the name mentioned to replace Kenny Boy is the same candidate who did everything to hide his Republican affiliation .