While politicos continue to debate whether the circumstances surrounding Michael Steele’s withdrawal from the race for Republican National Committee (RNC) chairman were fair, he said he is still looking to make a nice living in politics.
“He’ll be fine,” said conservative political analyst Raynard Jackson. “He’ll do some TV and probably some book tours.”
Reports say Steele is mulling over offers from CNN and Fox News to become a political analyst. Fox News would make the most sense, as Steele served in that capacity with the conservative news network before becoming RNC chairman.
Steele recently expressed his eagerness to return to television in an interview with FrumForum, a conservative Web site dedicated to the Republican Party and conservative politics.
Steele said he plans on “doin’ some TV here and there. There’s a presidential cycle coming up; I plan to play in that a little bit. Maybe a lot.”
Steele also reflected on the reasons he was unable to gain enough support to retain his position as RNC chairman, telling CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that perhaps the party wanted someone with a different style.
“I’ve been trying to figure that one out myself as well, and I think the reality is they wanted someone different in there,” Steele said. “They wanted someone who had a different tone than I did. That’s fine.”
He had more pointed words for some of his colleagues, especially new RNC Chairman Reince Priebus. Steele said that Priebus, who he appointed to the position of RNC general counsel, ran against Steele when he saw an opening.
“I know exactly how Caesar felt,” Steele told FrumForum. “It is what it is. I trust my friends. Well, I guess the adage is right. In Washington, you should get a dog.
“We put a lot of resources in Wisconsin over the last two years,” Steele said of Priebus, who is also chairman of the Republican Party in Wisconsin. “That’s what you do for the team.”