Blog­gers bummed

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

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.

Anon­linepol­­drew 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 Town­ “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 (, 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.michelle­

Mean­while, at RedS­, 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.”

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