WASHINGTON - Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman, whose party lost both chambers of Congress in the midterm elections, will step down from his post when his two-year term ends in January, GOP officials said Thursday.
The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because Mehlman had not yet made his intentions public.
The officials said Mehlman made the decision not to run for a second term more than a month or two ago — well before the election.
He was probably planning on going out after a victory instead of a crushing defeat. This just continues the dismantling of the Republican machine, what with Rumsfeld stepping down and Bolton's nomination in doubt (well, it's dead, really).
What's interesting is the shape of the future Republican party. I'm not the political expert, so I'll let other people say what they think that future might be, but to this layman, it seems that the party of the neocons is dead.