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Sarah Palin to replace Michael Steele at RNC? Don't hold your breath.

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(Read caption) Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin greets Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Michael Steele during an RNC get-out-the vote rally in Anaheim, Calif., on October 16.

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It isn't that Sarah Palin is too busy shooting caribou, as she did in a recent episode of "Sarah Palin's Alaska," but chances aren't great that the former Alaska governor will take up the call by a national tea party group to replace Michael Steele as the head of the Republican National Committee.

Mr. Steele, despite overseeing one of the greatest Republican comebacks in history last month, is facing a tough fight to retain his seat amid criticism of inappropriate spending sprees and waning influence of the RNC as a central organization.

In that light, Judson Phillips, head of the Tea Party Nation group, writes in a letter to Palin that she'd be just the elixir to set the national party straight, raise more money for candidates, and focus its philosophy on the small government, low taxes tea party line.

In Mr. Phillips' view, the RNC needs a Sarah-quake, if you will, to counteract not just Democrats, but so-called RINOs, or Republicans In Name Only, who he says dominate the RNC.


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