Kevin Williamson at NRO has a delightful suggestion: Dump Michael Steele and name Sarah Palin as head of the RNC. And he appears to be serious.
This is a job for Sarah Palin. Palin would be a much better RNC chairman than presidential candidate or freelance kingmaker. She’d raise tons of money and help recruit good candidates, i.e., she’d excel at doing the things Steele should have been doing instead of appointing himself Republican pundit-at-large.
A Chairman Palin would help set the right tone for the Republican party without having to get herself entangled in the minutiae of policy-development, which has not been her forte. Sure, she’d be polarizing, but so is Barack Obama, and these are polarized times. And it’s one thing to have a polarizing party chairman, another to have a polarizing candidate.
I heartily endorse this idea despite — no, make that because of — its utter stupidity. Please put Palin in charge of the RNC. If Williamson thinks she’ll just work behind the scenes to raise money and avoid being a pundit, he clearly is not breathing the same air and experiencing the same reality as the rest of us. This is a woman who tweets her opinion on anything and everything.
And if he thinks she’d take the job, he’s just as clueless. Being RNC chairman is actual work, with actual measures for whether one is doing the job successfully. That’s the last thing Palin wants. Palin how has exactly what she wanted from the start — wealth, fame and adoring crowds with no actual responsibility to do anything except pander. She doesn’t have to show up for work. She doesn’t have to answer to anyone except the dim bulbs in the audience.
But me? I’m all for it. She’s about the only person I can think of who would be both worse than Steele at the job and even more entertaining.