There's no guarantee he could get elected, say, governor in Maryland. But if he were RNC chairman, it's doubtful he would run. If Ehrlich passed on the race, too, that would seriously erode the already narrow chances of Republicans picking up a statewide office. If he were RNC chairman, Steele might swing into Maryland every now and then. But given the state's overwhelmingly Democratic bent, it's not a place for the national party to steer resources (the 1st Congressional District being the obvious exception). After all, how much was a former Maryland RNC chairman, Ken Mehlman, able to do for his home state?