The WashTimes has been running goofy articles all week pretending that the RNC rebels who were trying to block him had a ghost of a chance, and that Michael Steele might emerge as a compromise candidate. I said on Tuesday it was futile, and guess what? It was futile. The vote was secret ballot, but according to senior GOP officials, all but 20 delegates were committed to Martinez.

He promised a blogger in an interview yesterday that he wouldn’t use the chairmanship to push his own personal political agenda. Which isn’t worth much: when it comes to this issue, he’s a notorious liar.

Money quote from today’s acceptance speech:

To be the Party of the future means that we also have to be a party that opens the door wide-open so that all Americans feel welcome. There are too many Americans who do not understand that the principles of Abraham Lincoln,Teddy Roosevelt, and Ronald Reagan speak to their hopes, their dreams, and their aspirations. I will take the message of our Party to all Americans.

That leaves us with a pro-amnesty president, a pro-amnesty party chairman, and a likely pro-amnesty presidential nominee in ’08 in the figure of St. John of Tucson. Why, it’s enough to make a man consider voting for Tanc. If, that is, his candidacy wasn’t such a foolhardy pursuit.