Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Easy Target

GOP Chair Michael Steele says that Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano should resign because he says so.

“Janet Napolitano’s getting a lot of heat for minimizing this problem and maybe botching this whole situation,” said Fox News host Neil Cavuto. “Should she leave?”

“I agree with the Republican leadership that’s called for her resignation, yes,” Steele responded. “Because I think the risks are too high and the experience required to do this job is too great. And I think on both fronts, she’s fallen short.”

Although a handful of politicians, including Rep. Dan Burton (R-IN) and Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons (R), have called for Napolitano’s resignation, Republican leaders such as House Minority Leader John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell have not publicly made such calls.

As it has becoming increasingly clear over the last week, the failure in the system wasn’t in Ms. Napolitano’s department but in the intelligence community. Ms. Napolitano is the target, however, because she went on TV two days after the foiled attempt and said “the system worked.” This is the basis for Mr. Steele’s demand.

Of course, if Mr. Steele was held to the same standard — being forced to resign because of misspeaking — he would have been out of a job a long, long time ago. His leadership of the party has been, to say the least, interesting. His own missteps, plus the recent revelation that he’s making money thanks to his RNC gig, have made him vulnerable, if not mockable. He probably didn’t help himself when he told Sean Hannity that the GOP will probably not take back the House in the 2010 elections.

So Mr. Steele has turned out to be someone in a job where, as he would say, “the risks are too high and the experience required to do this job is too great,” at least as far as running the party are concerned. So I hope he stays in the job for a long, long time.