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Priebus won't be punished for failure

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In the 2010 midterms, Republicans made enormous gains, winning back the U.S. House, shrinking the Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate, winning a majority of the nation's gubernatorial offices, and adding hundreds of state legislative seats. In response, the party promptly fired its Republican National Committee chairman, Michael Steele.

If Republicans dismiss the RNC chief after a successful year, it stands to reason that Reince Priebus is in big trouble after an awful year, right? Wrong.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said Friday that he will seek another two-year term for his current job and says he has far more support than he needs to keep it.

In an e-mail to supporters, Priebus said he has commitments from 130 of 168 members. He only needs the support of a majority of members -- 85.

In a message to RNC members, Priebus not only said he's "running to continue on as your Chairman," he added that he's already secured the support of "over 130 RNC Members," which should discourage any potential rivals.

This comes nearly two weeks after Senate Republicans gave a promotion to Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), despite his failures as chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

Between Priebus and Cornyn, it's a reminder that in GOP politics, there's often a disconnect between records and rewards. I suspect Michael Steele is less than pleased.