Last night on 'Hannity,' host Sean Hannity asked Sarah Palin if there was a split in the Republican Party between her and Chairman Michael Steele. Her reply:
"I support Michael Steele. I am glad that he is the leader of the party, administratively. If those within the party are choosing to go in different directions, his term is up in eight months, and they can vote somebody else in. I think he's doing a great job. Michael Steele is an outsider. The machine, I think, is tough to penetrate. I know that Michele [Bachmann] and I both have kind of felt that in our careers. I think it's been good to have an independent outsider trying to create some change in the Republican Party."Real Clear Politics has the video clip here.
Politico reported last week that Gov. Palin had asked the RNC to stop advertising that she would attend an RNC fundraiser being held in conjunction with the Southern Republican Leadership Conference.
This is a smart answer on Gov. Palin's part. She stood her ground and didn't allow RNC to use her to promote a function she was not taking part in. But by publicly showing her support for Steele, she proved once again to GOP insiders that she can be a team player. It would be foolish for her to call for Steele's scalp, as that would only play into the hands of the Democrats. If Steele can mange to come out on top of his situation, he will owe her big time. Finally, she's correct in that Steele's term will expire in a few months time, so it would serve only the Democrats' purposes to try to oust him now, even if she had lost confidence in him.
Recall that Ronald Reagan never publicly disclosed his real opinions of either Gerald Ford or George H. W. Bush, but he didn't think that highly of either man. Sarah Palin is wisely following both the Gipper's example and his eleventh commandment.