Seems like it was just last week that RNC Chair Michael Steele was turning the RNC into giant hypocrites for criticizing massive government spending, while the RNC is also hemorrhaging cash. Sure enough now he\’s doing it again.
The Republican National Committee at the end of last year struck a deal with the Michigan Republican Party that if the state party could raise what turned out to be a half a million dollars for the RNC from its donors, the committee would immediately give the money back, in a scheme apparently devised to increase the RNC’s 2009 fundraising numbers.
As Captain Ed wisely points out there is nothing illegal going on here. It\’s a sign of desperation sure, but it\’s not illegal.
What is a problem, is we just just got done with a debate on health care reform, rightly pointing out that this boondoggle was full of all sorts of accounting gimmicks to try to glossy up the bill into something other than a financial failure. It\’s a valid point to be made, and one which can, and will, resonate well with a public already concerned about deficit and out of control spending.
For that same reason, it\’s especially problematic if the people making the accusations are doing the very same thing. The RNC is pulling accounting gimmicks to try to glossy themselves into something other than a financial failure. That\’s not exactly going to play well with a public already concerned with deficits and out of control spending.
Steele is not just an embarrassment to fiscal and social conservatives, he\’s also self-defeating and he\’s taking the Republican Party with him.