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SAVE THE DATE

What with all the handwringing over Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele’s future in the party, this drama could rival “The Secret Storm.” Or maybe “Survivor.” Those who aspire to replace Mr. Steele will strut their stuff in six weeks at the National Press Club, when Americans for Tax Reform will host a debate among candidates for the chairmanship on Jan. 3.

“The actual vote for chairman will be made by the 168 members of the committee, but the impact will be felt by all,” says Grover Norquist, president of the host group.

He urges bloggers and activists to come up with pivotal questions for the hopefuls, who include former Michigan Republican Party Chairman Saul Anuzis, Republican National Committee Political Director Gentry Collins and maybe - or maybe not - Mr. Steele himself. Suggestions can be submitted at www.rncdebate.org in preparation for the Grand Old Party’s next big adventure. Mr. Steele, meanwhile, is still ready to rumble with rivals.

“Just two weeks after a resounding call for a change in direction all across the country, Congressional Democrats chose to ignore the elections and re-elect Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid as their leaders for the 112th Congress, continuing the same reckless, job-killing agenda that was just overwhelmingly rejected,” he says.

POLL DU JOUR

- 84 percent of voters encourage Congress to use “everyday language” when talking about legislation.

- 86 percent of Republicans and 74 percent of Democrats agree.

- 83 percent of voters overall say bills should be published online “so I can read them.”

- 84 percent of Republicans and 77 percent of Democrats agree.

- 52 percent of voters overall say key House debates should be scheduled “in prime time.”

- 45 percent of Democrats and 58 percent of Republicans agree.

Source: A C-SPAN survey of 1,200 midterm voters conducted Nov. 6-8.

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