Conservatives bloggers who were among the most enthusiastic supporters of outgoing Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele to become chairman of the Republican National Committee are also the harshest critics of the White House’s choice of Florida Sen. Mel Martinez for that post.
AnonlinepollatHotAir.comdrew more than 3,000 responses, with about93percentofthepopularsite’s visitors preferring Mr. Steele, prompting blogger Ian Schwartz to ask, “When will the RNC try to keep its diminishing base instead of looking for new members?”
“Count me thoroughly demoralized,” Mary Katherine Ham said at TownHall.com. “Not only is this guy not a terribly distinguished senator, but his pick is a transpar- ent little identity politics stunt.”
Miss Ham urged readers to write to the Republican Party (firstname.lastname@example.org), as did Michelle Malkin, who called Mr. Martinez “a squish on border security.”
“Has the GOP learned anything?” Mrs. Malkin wrote at her site (www.michellemalkin.com).
Meanwhile, at RedState.com, one despondent contributor said that he would have preferred “a lobotomized sea lion” to Mr. Martinez, since the sea lion would “at least know to bark to get some kind of fish on command.”