PALIN LEFT OUT OF RGA LEADERSHIP…. The Republican Governors Association announced the members of its new leadership team today. One name was noticeably absent.
South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford was voted RGA chairman, taking over the top job from Texas Gov. Rick Perry who will now serve as finance chairman. Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is vice-chairman, while Florida Gov. Charlie Crist will serve as chair for the annual RGA gala, and Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue will head up the recruitment effort.
Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle, Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas, and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty will also sit on the RGA’s executive committee.
“Republican Governors are natural leaders who will find solutions to our nation’s challenges and bring back the Party,” Sanford said in a statement.
Not on the list? Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who also attended the Miami meeting.
There are only 21 Republican governors in the country, and 19 attended the meeting. There are eight leadership posts, so if you’re a Republican governor and you showed up for the gathering, you had about a 42% shot at getting some kind of position in the RGA’s leadership.
It’s interesting, then, that Sarah Palin didn’t get anything.
Now, keep in mind, it’s not yet clear if Palin was asked by her colleagues to accept a leadership post and turned it down. That’s certainly possible.
But it seems equally likely that the rest of the Republican governors weren’t at all happy with Palin’s press conference yesterday.
I think my friend Adam Serwer got this just right: “The choice of Palin was made for transparently political reasons, undermined somewhat by her lack of qualifications but mostly by her manifest ignorance about issues facing the country. High profile Republicans went along with the farce because they were trying to win an election. Now that it’s over, their contempt for her is showing.”
Update: ThinkProgress had the same headline as mine earlier. Sorry ’bout that, TP gang.