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Report: Ronna McDaniel Stepping Down as RNC Chairwoman After South Carolina Primary

Report: Ronna McDaniel Stepping Down as RNC Chairwoman After South Carolina Primary

“Mr. Trump is then likely to promote the chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party, Michael Whatley, as her replacement, according to several people familiar with the discussions.”

Sources claim Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel will resign after the South Carolina primary on February 24 (my birthday!!).

Take this all with a grain of salt because it comes from The New York Times:

The chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, Ronna McDaniel, has told former President Donald J. Trump she is planning to step down shortly after the South Carolina primary on Feb. 24, according to two people familiar with the plans.

Mr. Trump is then likely to promote the chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party, Michael Whatley, as her replacement, according to several people familiar with the discussions. Under the arcana of the committee’s rules, however, Mr. Trump cannot simply install someone, and a new election must take place.

McDaniel completely blew it for the Republicans in 2020 and 2022. But Trump mostly stayed behind her. He picked her to run the GOP in 2017.

Well, on Monday, Trump changed his tune:

In a sit-down interview with the right-wing news network Newsmax, Mr. Trump was asked whether Ms. McDaniel, whom he first chose to lead the party in 2017, should step aside given the party’s lackluster fund-raising and electoral results in recent years.

“Well, I think she knows that,” Mr. Trump answered. “I think she understands that.”

A spokeswoman for the committee did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Tuesday. But Ms. McDaniel has let it be known that she would step aside if the Republican nominee preferred.

Trump also hinted at the change on Truth Social after he had dinner with McDaniel on Monday.


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Long overdue if true.

    Peabody in reply to Dimsdale. | February 7, 2024 at 8:04 am

    When you’re teetering, it’s better to step down than fall down. Other alternatives are to:

    use shorter stairs
    have your spouse hold your hand
    station the easter bunny nearby just in case

      fscarn in reply to Peabody. | February 7, 2024 at 8:11 am

      When they feel the heat, they often see the light.

      I’ll tell you who else should be fired. All the RNC members who just last June voted her in for a fourth term. Their judgement of/in character is pathetic. No matter what you do in life, MacArthur had it right – there is no substitute for victory.

    The best time to plant an oaktree is twenty years ago and the second best time is today.

    Good riddens to Mitten’s neice.

    diver64 in reply to Dimsdale. | February 7, 2024 at 5:54 pm

    The swamp keeps it’s money train going. Must be she has racked in enough cash. The hell with America as long as the Swamp get’s theirs.

YEARS overdue. Worst fundraising year in a long time. Seems like the RNC finally got the loud and repeated message that nobody is giving to their RINO slush fund with loser Romney’s niece in charge.

Harmeet Dhillon, perhaps?

    gonzotx in reply to MTED. | February 6, 2024 at 9:52 pm

    Oh hell no

    amwick in reply to MTED. | February 6, 2024 at 10:50 pm

    She posted on X, she is not going to try again.

    To be clear, I’m not seeking the chair position. We had an election, I lost, shook the victor’s hand, and offered my support. But there are plenty of folks gunning for it.

    Happy where I am. I love the law!

This is after many Botox shots, lip plumping, and diet shots she is ready to meet the world! Thank you stupid Republicans for donating to her cause!

That would be new it in 2018, 2020 and 2022. Three elections cycles in a row of vast under performance. Somehow Rona McDaniel was selected for another term as GoP Chair despite a credible alternative and her previous commitment not to seek a fourth term. IMO her selection had a great deal to do with the political power of the high profile folks in the party who for some reason decided to endorse her for a fourth term.

Good riddance to multiple time failure and let us hope that we don’t have powerful party figures ever put such colossal failure into that incredibly important position again. Surely to goodness these folks have learned their lesson and will ditch folks who can’t get it done instead of repeatedly jamming unproductive failures down our throat despite their repeated failures without at least explaining WTF their reasoning is in sufficient detail to the rest of us.

Wait, she is still alive? Couldn’t tell by her presence.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair | February 6, 2024 at 9:22 pm

What gets me is that we have so many people, these days, who utterly fail at something in public … and they don’t leave. They stay doing the thing they failed at, acting as if they are any good at it. If Ronna had cared one little bit about the GOP doing well she would have quit because … she obviously sucks at running the RNC.

It used to be that people had a sense of shame. If they failed on stage they would leave in embarrassment and you wouldn’t see them again – almost always for good reason. But now – since BJ Clinton, really – we have these people in public positions who are not the least embarrassed about anything. People who can fail over and over and over and they still have no problem showing up at the office Monday morning and pretending they are doing a good job. These people are almost worse than psychopaths (who don’t have any empathetic or sympathetic feelings about anyone else) in that they seem to be emotional robots who are impervious to the normal embarrassment that worked to keep idiots out of important positions, for the most part, for much of recorded history. It’s some sort of odd “royal airs” that these demented people have picked up, as if they have divine rights to failing at their positions and refuse to believe that anyone can see how incompetent they are. Barky was the master of this – as dumb as a box of rocks, yet weirdly arrogant with his 83 IQ. It was so odd.

These sorts of people are the death of a society. Not as bad as the insane nihilistic Western left, but pretty damn close. You can’t run a decent advanced society with too many people like this. And we have TONS of them.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair | February 6, 2024 at 9:27 pm

The real question is when McConnell is finally going to be sent packing. McConnell has failed even more than McDaniel. It’s unreal that we have to contend with such awful people as these, in such important positions, at such a critical time. Both of them should have been out of their leadership positions after their first loss. They should have pulled themselves out, for the good of the party, at least (if not for the nation) … but they are scum-sucking bottom-feeders.

    Personally I believe that McConnell worked to try and keep the Senate basically a 50-50 split. By doing so he actually gave himself more power than he would have even if he had a large Republican majority since he could claim he had to “negotiate” deals to get anything done. In a large Republican majority he would have had little to no excuse to ignore the base’s desires. Look at the recent immigration “deal” as an example. He had to know that the base would hate it but “negotiated” a deal that gave him what he really wanted.

      ThePrimordialOrderedPair in reply to CountMontyC. | February 7, 2024 at 1:59 am

      McConnell was the minority leader back during the treasonous Gang of Eight conspiring to screw over America. He should have been thrown out of leadership just because of that backstabbing crime.

      Every ten years a handful of treasonous GOP worms try to aid and abet illegals invading the country. It’s crazy. Crazy that we put up with these deranged bottom-feeders.

    The Gentle Grizzly in reply to ThePrimordialOrderedPair. | February 7, 2024 at 8:20 am

    McConnell has not failed in the least bit. He is doing exactly what he was put there to do.

    He was not great, but he wasn’t all bad. He refused to consider the Democrats’ replacement nomination for the Supreme Court during Obama’s last year, thus enabling Trump to do it — and consider how that creep Garland would have worked out.

She going to pay back all the private jet costs, limo costs, flower arrangement costs etc?

So she still has a few weeks to run up a bunch of purchases on the RNC credit card

Good riddance to bad rubbish!!!

Trump was asked whether […] should step aside […] that she would step aside

Wait, is she stepping aside, or down? The rest of the article says that she is resigning, i.e. stepping down. But this quote says she’s only stepping aside. So which is it?

    MarkS in reply to Milhouse. | February 7, 2024 at 7:39 am

    Trump has expressed his displeasure with her and during their meeting on Monday gave Rona his signature line, “You’re Fired!”

      Milhouse in reply to MarkS. | February 7, 2024 at 8:39 am

      Well, he can’t fire her. He’s not her boss. But she seems to be resigning. Except that this piece that is quoted in the post says that she’s merely stepping aside, so I don’t understand how that is supposed to work.

      I wonder whether the so-called “journalist” who wrote it, and the “layers and layers” of editors who allegedly proofread it, are all confused about the difference between “stepping aside” and “stepping down”.

        MarkS in reply to Milhouse. | February 7, 2024 at 8:54 am

        Oh Milhouse, you make my days,….

        What is the difference in this case, Milhouse?

          Milhouse in reply to GWB. | February 7, 2024 at 1:33 pm

          It’s standard English. Stepping down means you’re resigning. Stepping aside means you’re going on leave and letting someone else fill in for you until you’re ready to come back. Which I don’t think is what she’s doing, so why does the quoted story say that she is?

The Ronna virus…

E Howard Hunt | February 7, 2024 at 8:26 am

Like every Romney, her principles are fluid. She cares only about looking good among her fellow, rich Mormon elect and battling the boredom consequent upon being birthed in great wealth.

Part of the problem is that we have 2 great national Parties to start with.
It’s akin to two great dynastic houses who swap the monarchy back and forth over the centuries. They treat each other with respect and dignity, but cast aspersions on and lie to the peons who make a show of voting them in and out of power.

But none of it will change unless the People make it so.

Ronna McDaniel had no answer to the abortion question and still doesn’t. No matter who they pick, they’d better have an answer to the abortion question and be considerably better at messaging than past RNC Chairpeople. The Republicans are, too many times, on the right side of history and by the tie the Democrats get through with the messaging they end up looking like a child molester. For example, what is the message on abortion? I’ll give you a clue, it’s not between 6 weeks or 15 weeks it’s the question: At what time does the baby get rights? We’ve allowed liberals to control the messaging on abortion for way too long and changing the terms of the discussion will leave them flat footed. They do not want any discussion to include the term baby.

    thalesofmiletus in reply to bflat879. | February 7, 2024 at 10:38 am

    A salient point. Speaking as an independent, I know what I’d like the RNC position to be: that this issue is now rightly back with the sovereign states, and Congress should stay out of it as much as possible. That get’s my vote.

    “Federal abortion ban uber alles!” is completely alienating.

    JoAnne in reply to bflat879. | February 7, 2024 at 12:12 pm

    Their rights begin at conception.

It is maddening that it has taken this long to get rid of her.

What are the chances she turns almost immediately into the next Michael Steele, running to every cable outlet there is to bad-mouth ‘extremist Republicans?’ It’s in her bloodline, right?

Does Trump often capitalize his written words in the German style, I.e. all proper nouns? Or did someone else draft the tweet for him to send?

destroycommunism | February 7, 2024 at 12:46 pm

there is no gop

there is the non omars and the rinos


the every growing and more powerful


if you watch local politics around the country

the far left is gaining and many who are CLAIMING TO BE GOP

are merely capturing the DESPERATE WHITE VOTE WHO WILL LATCH ONTO TO ANYTHING/AYNBODY who even talks like they are fiscal conservatives

its a lie