STRANGEST HEADLINE OF THE DAY…. ABC News sent out an item this morning with this headline: “Steele Rules Out 2012 White House Run.” I thought, “This couldn’t possibly mean what I think it means.”

But it did. ABC News actually asked Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele if he might run for president — of the United States — in a few years. He’s apparently not interested.

“Come on, don’t ask me that,” Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said when presented with the inevitable question about his 2012 intentions and if his political aspirations included running for the White House next time around. […]

“In all honest-to-good seriousness, that is such silly Washington talk. It’s just not even on my mind,” Steele said about a possible presidential run.

Well, no, of course it’s not on his mind. It shouldn’t be — Steele has failed in practically every endeavor he’s attempted in his adult life. Talk of ousting him from his current job has been common for months, and most Republicans desperately hope he’ll just stop talking altogether.

So why on earth is baseless speculation about a presidential campaign “the inevitable question”? Is anyone, anywhere, seriously thinking that a comically-inept RNC chair, whose entire record of government service is limited to one term as a lieutenant governor, is presidential material?

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Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.