Ronna McDaniel’s new gig makes PERFECT sense

The revolving door between politics and cable news networks welcomed another entry Friday when it was announced that former Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel will join NBC as a political analyst.

McDaniel will make her debut on NBC this Sunday when she sits down for an interview with Meet the Press anchor Kristen Welker, according to the New York Times. The former GOP official will also be part of MSNBC’s 2024 election coverage.

“It couldn’t be a more important moment to have a voice like Ronna’s on the team,” said Carrie Budoff Brown, who leads NBC News’ politics and elections reporting across all platforms, in a memo to the Times.

The newspaper said McDaniel “adds a reliably conservative voice to NBC’s stable of political analysts.”

Another former RNC chair has set the tone at the network, and it will be interesting to watch McDaniel’s evolution in the role. Michael Steele, who served as RNC chair from 2009 until 2011, is a political analyst for MSNBC and a reliable anti-Trump voice for the network.

Interestingly, Steele blasted McDaniel for her departing speech, complaining that it was “messed up as hell” for her to talk about “unity” in the Republican Party.

“The unity thing is a two-way street,” he said the day after McDaniel officially resigned. “And you don’t have unity when you refer to Republicans like me as a RINO (Republican in Name Only) who’s been in the party for over 50 years.”

Steel is the co-host of MSNBC’s “The Weekend” show, and he echoed the left’s talking points when it comes to the GOP.

“You don’t have unity when you disavow and, and break apart the very foundations of a once proud party based on the principles and ideas of Lincoln, and Eisenhower and Reagan and Bush,” he said on the show last week.

“You don’t create, you know, this space for unity when you allow authoritarian, white nationalism, illiberal behavior to overwhelm and consume the very foundations of the party, so y’all need to check the unity conversation amongst yourselves first before you bring it to others,” Steele continued. “Because that’s where the disunity is.”

Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story, as seen on X:

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