Down With the Establishment! (Whoever That Is)

Republican Party chair Ronna McDaniel speaks after being re-elected during the 2023 RNC winter meeting in Dana Point, California, on January 27, 2023. (Photo by Patrick T. Fallon/AFP/Getty Images.)

Congratulations to Ronna “Mitt Who?” McDaniel on being chosen to lead the Republican National Committee for a fourth consecutive term, the first person to do so in more than a century.

Or: Congratulations to attorney Harmeet Dhillon on upsetting McDaniel in her longshot bid to become chairman of the Republican National Committee.

The congratulations are conditional because, as I write these words on Friday morning, the committee has yet to vote. Its 168 members will cast their ballots early this afternoon with McDaniel favored to hang on, having already received endorsements from a majority of the RNC in November. But Dhillon claims there’s been movement her way at the eleventh hour after she landed a major surprise endorsement. As the committee convenes, there’s a whiff of suspense in the air.

I could wait around and write about the result, but why bother? Substantively, it hardly matters.

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