With the Republican presidential primaries moving through Mississippi and Alabama with no clear end in sight, the GOP brass is looking internally looking for someone to blame for the current primary schedule, and they have found that person in former RNC Chairman Michael Steele.
Steele, who was RNC chair from 2009 to 2011, changed the primary calendar and mandated that the early voting states, such as Iowa and Michigan, allocate delegates by the percentage of the vote instead of a winner-takes-all.
“I wanted a brokered convention,” Steele told Mother Jones magazine. “That was one of my goals. A little chaos is a good thing, particularly in a system that tends to be moribund.”
The changes have led to an elongated primary process that has seen frontrunner Mitt Romney struggle to gain breathing room from his two nearest competitors, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum. Romney currently leads with 454 delegates, but he is a far cry from the 1,144 needed to clinch the nomination.
The campaign has turned ugly, and while it is compared to the protracted Democratic campaign of 2008, many in the GOP feel that the process is hurting their chances against President Barack Obama.
“This is like watching a Greek tragedy,” said Sen. John McCain, the 2008 GOP nominee, in the Boston Herald on February 28th. “It’s the negative campaigning and the increasingly personal attacks. It should have stopped long ago. Any utility from the debates has been exhausted, and now it’s just exchanging cheap shots and personal shots followed by super PAC attacks.”
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SOURCE: The Grio
Jay Scott Smith