The Washington Post’s write-up of its new Post/ABC poll: “The midterm elections - in which Republicans gained 63 seats to take control of the House and added six seats to their Senate minority - were widely seen as a rebuke to President Obama. Still, the public trusts Obama marginally more than they do congressional Republicans to deal with the country's main problems in the coming years, 43 percent to 38 percent. The poll suggests that the election, while perhaps a vote against the status quo, was not a broad mandate for Republicans and their plans. The survey also underscores the degree to which Americans are conflicted about who they think is setting the agenda in Washington.”
Steele watch: “Senate Republicans unhappy with the leadership of the Republican National Committee are quietly pushing for change in the wake of Chairman Michael Steele opting to run for a second term,” Roll Call reports. “Congressional Republicans have little influence over the RNC leadership elections. That factor, and a desire to avoid inserting the heavy hand of Washington into a contest mostly decided by 168 RNC committee members in the states, has led many Senate Republicans to keep out of the debate over Steele. But two key Senate Republicans on Tuesday expressed what many in their Conference have been feeling throughout the chairman’s controversial two-year tenure” -- Jim DeMint and John Thune.
“Iowa’s Republican National Committee delegation is divided in the race for the GOP’s national chairman,” the Des Moines Register writes. “On Monday, state Chairman Matt Strawn said he was supporting former Iowan Gentry Collins, who resigned as the RNC’s national political director last month. Today, Iowa’s Republican National Committeeman Steve Scheffler said Tuesday he was for Wisconsin Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus in the RNC chairmanship race.”