As I foretold, Obama has succeeded in splitting the GOP even further. His stimulus package has caused Republican governors to rebel against Capitol Hill Republicans on the stimulus package. The reason is simple: the governors need the money. They’re all broke. Schools, health care mandates, roads, bridges, deficits.
“Hah, Ah’m Governor Barbour, when’s it mah turn to sit on Santa’s knee?”
GOP govs break with party over stimulus - Politics- msnbc.com
This won’t be the last time the governors revolt against the Washington Republicans. Already, governors like Haley Barbour and Rick Perry are fed up with the GOP hardliners on Capitol Hill, and are bragging that they deliver results while their Washington colleagues are flinging custard pies at Democrats. And a number of these guys, and one woman, are going to run for president, so they don't want to be dragged down by the party disasters in Washington. Barbour challenged Pence publicly: once a month we governors want to go to Washington, hear what you D.C. boys are up to, and give you our input. Y’all okay with that?
So far, in fact, the 2012 presidential prospects seem to be governors – Romney, Pawlenty....All of them are playing the same game of have-your-cake-and-eat-it-too, to try to suck up to the pragmatists and hardliners both. The exception: Palin. She’s already been outed as a Nazi. She really, really needs a political makeover. But she’s smart and ambitious, and she’s got plenty of time. Look for her to concoct some sort of “Saint Paul on the road to Damascus” moment – “Hey, let’s build a wind farm, have a meetin’ with that Hamadeeneejad guy about those nuke-ya-lar bombs, spank those nasty CEO’s and rich folks, and give those homos a civil unions bill!”
So the GOP is divided.
Moderate against hardliner.
Neocon versus supply-sider versus culture warrior.
Senate GOP versus House GOP.
Washington Republican versus Republican governors.
And the task of uniting them all, and crafting and launching a winning strategy, is...Steele, a guy whose one major campaign was riddled with chaos, staff firings and resignations, public lies, bogus endorsement announcements, and finally a major butt-whupping by the voters in a heavily black state.
If the Republican party was a stock, I think I’d be selling short Monday.