One result has been muted calls for Michael Steele's resignation as RNC Chairman, kept at a low volume by the heavy atmosphere of invective over race from the left, which raises Steele's value as a prominent African American in the party. It's hard to fire the highest-ranking black man in your party when the opposition is constantly calling you racist.
At the same time other groups within the party are looking at this as an opportunity to expand their influence and fill the fundraising and campaign financing role which would normally be the domain of the RNC. American Crossroads is hoping to take over as the warchest of party insiders while Family Research Council is seeking to take over as the campaign funding arm of the religious right. Meanwhile Tea Party groups and other grassroots organizations are having a lot of success raising money and drumming up support for the large cadre of more libertarian candidates running across the nation.
Despite his considerable charisma and effectiveness as both a fundraiser and a spokesman, Steele's organizational weakness and lack of fiscal discipline have hurt the RNC substantially. It may be going too far to expect him to resign, but if he loses the support of big donors and loses the confidence of the party establishment, he and the RNC run the risk of being rendered irrelevant. Because if they cannot provide the financial backing which candidates need, then much of their real authority as a party leadership goes with it.
As the RNC declines in authority it may create opportunities for other groups, but it also produces chaos and a lack of unity which could cost Republicans the chance to reclaim power in Congress that the policies of the Obama administration have created for them.