It looks like becoming a WH reporter for NBC has really gotten to Chuck Todd's head. He actually had the nerve to say this to Joe Scarborough about Howard Dean.
Todd: One one hand, you gotta hand it to the White House. They wanted to elevate Rush...
With Michael Steel, this has been as rough of a start, you know he is bordering on becoming a version of Howard Dean on the Republican side. When Howard Dean stopped having the respect of the party insiders---Steele, if he's not careful will not have the respect of party insiders and I don't care how much the grassroots might like, and I don't want to offend Mr. Steel, who's coming on. He's gotta be careful..
Howard Dean actually won an election and became the governor of Vermont before he was elected to run the DNC. I think that trumps being a Lt. Gov and then Michael Steel lost his bid to become a Senator. Also, Howard Dean's fifty state strategy while running the DNC helped the Democratic Party to make incredible gains in the House and the Senate and gave them huge majorities there even when "party insiders" made fun of that tactic. Just because some party insiders do not like Howard Dean does not mean he's been ineffective.
Can Todd name us some of Dean's failures that have made him a target of Chuck? Michael Steele has looked like a bumbling fool as he dealt with Rush that made him acquiesce and apologize repeatedly to the Limbaugh National Committee. Steele is in trouble with Republicans before he's even printed up his cards.
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.
"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."