Report: RNC members sandbagged by Martinez pick

posted at 2:48 am on November 14, 2006 by Allahpundit

Rove allegedly leaked his name before any formal decision had been made. Why? Just maybe to head off any grassroots groundswell for Michael Steele among the membership before it got started and assure that their fair-haired boy, Senator Mel, would be in a position of authority to campaign on behalf of the amnesty bill Bush is so hot for.

Or maybe it’s all a lie. Maybe the Times’s source is a Steele supporter who concocted a false allegation of cronyism in a fit of pique.

I know which way I’m betting.

Some RNC members, already dismayed by last week’s election that swept Republicans from control of Congress, expressed anger at the way Mr. Rove leaked his choice of Mr. Martinez immediately after a conference call in which the Florida senator’s name was floated for the first time.

During the call yesterday with RNC members in which Mr. Rove, Mr. Mehlman and White House Political Director Sara Taylor participated, some members raised the names of Mr. Martinez and Mr. Duncan as possible successors to Mr. Mehlman, said an RNC member who was involved.

“But Rove and Mehlman never said they were going to name these people as chairmen, and we never voted or even gave our opinion,” the member said…

The move was seen as a signal that the White House intends to push through Congress the “comprehensive” immigration bill — which Mr. Martinez and Mr. Hagel backed in the Senate — that was blocked by conservative Republicans in the House.

Why not Steele?

While campaigning for the Senate in Maryland, Mr. Steele was an outspoken critic of the Hagel-Martinez measure — which would have created a guest-worker program and allowed most illegal aliens to become citizens — blaming “the partisan gamesmanship of Washington insiders” for the failure to deal with the problem…

Aides to the lieutenant governor confided that Mr. Steele was “furious over his treatment by Bush operatives,” who they said accused him of “not being a team player” because he had spoken to The Washington Times last week after his name was first proposed for the RNC post. Steele aides said White House officials threatened to withhold from Mr. Steele a Cabinet appointment he had been promised in lieu of the RNC chairmanship.

The article says RNC members traditionally rubber-stamp whomever the president taps to head the Committee. If Steele got the word last week that he wasn’t the pick and chose to float his candidacy anyway, then he’s guilty of treachery too. But that’s a venial sin; the mortal sin here is the leadership not only not soliciting the opinions of its base but deliberately running an end around them to make feasible legislation that’s repugnant to the base. If it’s true, if it’s true, it’s a total betrayal.

WashTimes has a companion article out tonight too weighing our chances of blocking the coming amnesty. In the Senate: zero. I mentioned in the Kyl post yesterday that there were only 36 Senators who voted against the immigration bill that passed in June, three of whom were Democrats. What I overlooked was that four of those Senators — Allen, Burns, Santorum, and Talent — are now gone. That leaves the anti-amnesty Republicans fully eight votes short of a filibuster, assuming that the three Democratic holdouts join them. Which is unlikely.

So it all comes down to the House. You’d need all 200+ Republicans plus close to 20 blue dog Democrats. I’m not optimistic.

But then, I never am.

Oh yeah: Kaus says the fence is in trouble now too. I doubt it. Bush would have no choice but to veto a bill that would repeal it, leaving the Dems to scrounge up 16 Republicans for an override. Could they do it? Considering that 48 of the 49 incoming GOP Senators voted in favor of the fence last month (Corker is the lone Republican freshman), I’m guessing no. Which will end up working in their favor when it comes time for the amnesty bill for exactly the reasons Kaus gives — namely, that we’re all easily placated suckers who will gladly eat shinola as long as we get our stupid, symbolic, never-to-be-built fence.

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Bush sucks and he’s played all of us like two dollar whores!

Soothsayer on November 14, 2006 at 3:07 PM

I salute your passion and eloquence, Puritan.

RushBaby on November 14, 2006 at 3:28 PM

I salute your passion and eloquence, Puritan. —

…it’s easy to be eloquent about *HOME*. That, after all, is what we’re talking about…home.

Tip of the hat back at you. Stand up to blowhards.

Puritan1648 on November 14, 2006 at 3:51 PM

blah,blah,blah, Bush. blah,blah,blah Amnesty. blah,blah,blah Rino. Just mention immigration and you get the same predictable thread every time. It won’t be long before someone suggests bringing back Ross Perot, or the Reform Party. We all remember how well they worked out.

Scot on November 14, 2006 at 5:28 PM


…and, I *HATE* that poem.

It’s not that it’s a bad poem. It’s not very good. All metaphor, and a bit over-blown. What I despise is that it’s brought up, again and again, as some sort of justification for immigration.

You know that line about “I lift my lamp beside the golden door”?

The golden door that she lifts her lamp beside is Ellis Island, not whatever spot you happen to choose along the Rio Grande to stroll on in.

Ladies, and especially Lady Liberty, don’t support border violations.

Pablo on November 14, 2006 at 5:47 PM

I must say I am always taken aback by the low threshold of frustration that some of the RW exhibit. A country of 300MM people, sometimes things aren’t gonna go your way folks.

I should be happy I guess, seeing the Reps going at each other like junkyard dogs, but it’s actually a sad sight. Here’s a line of poetry that fits the situation: “…not with a bang but a whimper”.

honora on November 15, 2006 at 11:55 AM

honora, one of the main reasons why I respect you is your ability to be above the reaction of your peers in the last 5 years, right after your intellect.

Admit, that not in a million years will our side be able to come up with the intensity and hysterics of BDS your side has displayed and please stick to your de rigeur good argumentation points, without analyzing us too much.

This side will never claim the elections were stolen. This side will be sad and frustrated but it won’t get to the levels of KOS and the DU.


Entelechy on November 15, 2006 at 4:01 PM


Oh man, NAU, CAFTA, “globalist”…what next? Links to Pat “Jew baiter” Buchannan’s book? How about linking Bush’s amnesty and his attempts to “sell out America” to the Council on Foreign Relations, the Bildebergers, and If you can make that leap it’s not but a short skip to “Inside Job” territory.

What is it with you free traders that are willing to sell out Americans in the name of a fast buck. I am astonished that you did not throw in that I am racist xenophobe like Fred Barnes does every time he insults the 80% of Americans that are sick and tired being sold out to the lowest bidder.

What we have is Anarchy.

Where does it say in the US Constitution that the Senate is the employment agency for Mexico? We do not need to import cheap slave labor, we need to promote manufacturing and restore America’s industrial infrastructure. We need to stop the exodus of US companies leaving America and outsourcing American workers.

We need to stop selling out America’s workers. They are giving college to Illegal Aliens, earned income tax credit, welfare benefits and list goes on and on.

They Senate care more about Illegals than they do about 300 million US Citizens that are going to have to cough up $500 Billion dollars in the next 10 years for welfare benefits for criminals that broke our laws.

The truth is, on March 23, 2005, President Bush met at his ranch in Crawford, Texas with Vicente Fox and Paul Martin (then PM of Canada) in what they called a Summit. The three heads of state then drove to Baylor University in Waco, where they issued a press release announcing their signing of an agreement to form the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP).

This year, on March 31, 2006, Bush. Fox and new Canadian PM, Stephen Harper met in Cancun, Mexico. This time their press release celebrated what they called the first anniversary of the SPP aka The North American Union.

You can stick your head in the sand and believe that GWB is not trying to end run around the constitution by forming the SPP or NAU. What he is doing will destroy the middle class and will not create good paying jobs for Americans.

Since 2000, the U.S. manufacturing sector has lost 3 million jobs, as a result of NAFTA. We have not begun to feel the effects of CAFTA that GWB rammed down the throats of the RNC congressman that were bribed into voting yes.

Actually, rather than telling me that I have made the leap to Alex Jones website, maybe you should consider visiting GWB’s website that is in Spanish as well as English on the SPP. It is not a conspiracy but you are welcome to stick your head in the sand and pretend it is not happening.

ScottyDog on November 15, 2006 at 6:34 PM