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Steele Handcuffed?

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 It sure looks like it:

Capitulating to critics on the Republican National Committee, embattled
Republican Party Chairman Michael S. Steele has signed a secret pact
agreeing to controls and restraints on how he spends hundreds of
millions of dollars in party funds and contracts, The Washington Times
has learned...

Under nearly constant fire from conservatives since his Jan. 30
election, Mr. Steele last Wednesday accused the resolution's proponents
of a power grab "scheme." It looked like an impasse, with a showdown -
and a possible no-confidence vote in Mr. Steele - coming at a special
meeting called for May 20.

But closed-door negotiations between Mr. Steele and his
representatives and Mr. Pullen and the dissident group reached an
accord. It represents the first time in memory that rebel members of
the Republican Party's national governing body have successfully taken
on the party's historically powerful national chairman and his
loyalists.

This comes on the heels of his losing a fight with RNC dissidents (which he was on the right side of) over whether to hold a vote on a truly witless resolution to begin calling Democrats the "Democrat Socialist Party." It's hard to see how this situation is going to be sustainable, as successful revolts tend to invite further revolution.

--Christopher Orr

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