The picture is pretty bleak for Michael Steele--a majority of RNC members have pledged to vote for someone other than Steele. So is there any chance he would throw his support to another candidate if the balloting doesn't go his way? "No," Steele told THE WEEKLY STANDARD yesterday. "I'm running to win. Capitulation is not a part of my vocabulary."
If Steele doesn't formally endorse another candidate, it's anybody's guess how his steadfast supporters will vote on a second or third ballot if and when it becomes apparent Steele can't win. On one hand, they know Reince Priebus, Steele's former right-hand man. But Steele's most loyal supporters resent Priebus for turning on Steele, so that might lead them to vote for anyone but Priebus.