:: UPDATE - 4:04PM: Michael Steele will be the next RNC chairman, and the RNC's first African-American chairman.
:: The RNC is today electing a new chairman, with the battle seemingly between social and fiscal conservatives. Sprinkle on some issues involving race, it becomes more complicated.
Yesterday, Chip Saltzman withdrew from the race for the chairmanship of the RNC after another of his favorite little tunes was exposed, from the same cd that Saltzman distributed previously, which contained the racist song, "Barack, the Magic Negro". This song, "The Star Spanglish Banner", is now under fire from enraged immigration groups. By the way, both songs were written by the same author, Paul Shankin.
Today, Mike Duncan, the current chairman of the RNC, appointed by Bush in 2007, has withdrawn from the race, after the third ballot,
In the lead currently is Katon Dawson, a social conservative, but MIchael Steele, the former lt. governor of Maryland, a fiscal conservative, and an African-American, is close behind him.
From HuffPost- bolding is mine:
This is shaping up to be a new direction v. social conservative showdown, one with racial components as well: Steele is African-American while Dawson once belonged to a white's only country club. The deciding factor, it seems, will be whom Anuzis and Blackwell instruct their backers to support.
UPDATE - 4:00PM: Steele is now ahead by a margin of 10 votes in the 5th ballot, and is now 6 votes away from the 85 needed for victory.
UPDATE - 4:00PM: Michael Steele is the next RNC chairman; he won the final ballot by 91-77. The RNC's first African-American chairman.