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GOP watch: Lame-duck Steele

After saying on ABC’s “This Week” that RNC Chairman Michael Steele “is going to have to assess as to whether he can still lead the Republican Party,” the Wall Street Journal remarks, John “McCain is the highest-profile Republican to withdraw his support from the party chairman.”

McCain on Steele: "I think those statements are wildly inaccurate and there is no excuse for them. I think that Mr. Steele is going to have to assess as to whether he can still lead the Republican Party as chairman of the Republican National Committee."

The New York Daily News calls Steel the "gaffe-master GOP honcho."

What will the Tea Partiers think of this? "It can all be traced to a Fish Pier luncheon in South Boston. Representative Barney Frank, the face of liberal Democrats, had once dismissed Senator Scott Brown, the poster candidate of Republicans and the Tea Party movement, by saying, “Having an old truck and two daughters are not usually policy arguments.’’ But now, in March, Frank was meeting Brown for an extended conversation, and the two quietly began laying the groundwork for the most unlikely of political partnerships… But whatever happens with the bill, the surprising effort at partnership provides a unique window into Frank’s political pragmatism, and Brown’s evolution as part of what might be called the Odd Couple of Massachusetts politics."

"House Republican leader Rep. John Boehner (Ohio) is hitting back at President Barack Obama after the president criticized him for comparing the financial crisis to an 'ant,'" The Hill writes. "In a new video posted online, Boehner suggests Obama should be focused on solving the nation’s myriad problems rather than attacking him. 'Mr. President, what about the country?” Boehner asks in the video, which intersperses lines from Obama’s speech last week in Racine, Wisc., with questions from the Republican leader.'"