Michael Steele gaining in RNC election
The election for Republican National Committee chairman is Friday, and Paul West reports today that former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele is solidly in the hunt and, by some measures, gaining ground.
Steele would bring a lot of things to the job -- media savviness, arguably more moderate politics and an emphasis on expanding the party's reach through new technology. But there is one other thing: He would allow the Republican party to counter the nation's new, eloquent African-American president with an eloquent, African-American chairman. No doubt that Steele is an egaging guy who can give a good speech, but can he compete for attention with Barack Obama?
Remember, this wouldn't be the first time they've gone head-to-head. In 2004, Obama gave the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention, and Steele fulfilled the same role for the Republicans. Which speech do you remember?