Earlier today I argued that Michael Steele's apologies to social conservatives reveal deep divisions in the Republican Party. Republicans are so divided that they are beating each other up and engaging in the same kind of suicidal behavior (like a rumored no-confidence vote for Steele) that plagued Democrats in the past.
Now, Ed Rendell, the Democratic Governor of Pennsylvania, has tossed some "bait" towards the Republicans. Rendell says that Steele's "days are numbered" because Republican Party leaders do not "want a big tent." If Republicans take the bait and get even more agitated over Steele and the Democrats, then they will confirm that they are like the fractured DNC of the 1980s.
EXTREME IRONY ALERT: During the Democratic primaries, Rendell -- a former Chair of the DNC -- stated that Barack Obama would have a tough time winning the Pennsylvania primary because "there are some whites who are probably not ready to vote for an African-American." Pennsylvania has a closed primary (i.e., only Democrats can vote).
Related Readings on Dissenting Justice:
A Liberal Democrat's Take on Steele's Apologies: Imploding GOP Looks Like Democrats of the Past
More on the Man of Steele: Can the Unexpected Hip-Hopster Bring People of Color to the GOP?
Man of Steele: RNC Chair Serves Major "Swagger" During Recent Interview
From the "Post-Racial" Vault: Slate Magazine Asks Whether Michael Steele Is Barack Obama's "Evil Twin"
A Black Progressive Law Professor Responds to News That Michael Steele Will Lead the GOP