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Michael Steele: "I Revived The RNC"

Steele makes his case in an op-ed at The Daily Caller:
My tenure as chairman has been characterized by outspokenness and a willingness to engage in the political debate as a force for conservative principles. As a result, Washington often fretted, but the grass roots understood. And, on Election Day, voters insisted that their own voices be heard. Make no mistake: 2010 was a comprehensive, bottom-up victory by a party written off one year ago as an “endangered species.”

Moving forward will require an RNC chairman who understands the roots of that victory. To be sure, our push towards 2012 will be met by an intense and powerful reelection bid by the president. In response, we must fight—and win—every vote at the grass roots.

I am running for RNC chairman to continue our work to establish the Republican Party as America’s majority party. I ask to be judged on the only criteria that matter in this job—fundraising, turnout, and election results. Based on those metrics, the RNC has been more successful in the past two years than ever in its history. Working together, we will make sure that the next two years are even better.
... but, is it too little, too late?
A weeklong canvass of the party’s governing board by POLITICO revealed 88 members who have decided not to vote for Steele, either opting to support one of his opponents or simply ruling out Steele as a choice in the race.

Fifty-five members, some of whom have endorsed one of Steele’s challengers, have signaled that they will not support the chairman under any circumstances. An additional 33 pledged their support elsewhere.

Just as telling, not a single member of the committee said that Steele was their second choice in the race — a grave indicator in a contest likely to be decided in multiple ballots.

Further, whip counts kept by several of the chairman's opponents suggest the Anybody-but-Steele bloc could be even larger, including as many as 90 to 100 members.

A winning candidate must gain the support of 85 members of the RNC.
Things don't look good for Steele, given these numbers. But I must say, "Anybody-but-Steele"? There is no doubt that Michael Steele has had his negative moments, but I can think of at least 10 other Republicans that would be far worse for the party...