GOP creates new leadership position to satisfy Tea Party demands

Created: November 08, 2010 18:03 | Last updated: July 31, 2020 00:00

Greg Sargent reports that the GOP may yet come up with a way to satisfy the Tea Party’s demands for representation among the Republican leadership. How? By creating a new position called “representative of the incoming freshman class”:

A GOP aide tells me that the decision has been made to create the post, and newly elected Tea Party favorite Kristi Noem, who unseated Dem Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin in South Dakota and is known to her fans as the “next Sarah Palin,” has “indicated a strong interest.”

In another nod to the incoming freshmen Republicans, the position will be elected by only those freshmen, not the leadership.

The position sounds a bit like the throne to an imaginary kingdom — what are its actual responsibilities and powers? How the role factors into the GOP’s current leadership web will determine whether it’s just a fancy title or a position that will actually satiate the Tea Party’s desire to provide input and influence the direction of the party.