Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Interesting Thoughts On The RNC Chair Debates.

Patrick Ruffini has an interesting post today concerning the Republican National Committee's current campaign for a new chairman.

Here's the money quote:
Whether it's Ron Paul Republicans or movement conservatives or moderates, my message to all is one and the same: the RNC is not a policy making body -- nor should it be. It cannot make Republicans in Congress spend less, worthy a goal as that might be. The RNC's job is to win elections -- period. That means the RNC is made up of good political people -- not policy wonks -- who with all due respect, you wouldn't want making policy.

All the candidates for RNC Chairman are good conservatives. RNC members should choose the one who will win elections. As I've written over the last few days, technology, strategy, and tactics are not the only things -- and success in these areas is inextricably linked to having a Republican message "we can believe in."

That said, technology, strategy, and tactics ARE an out sized concern of anyone leading a political committee like the RNC, and so it's important we probe the candidates on these matters. If you want to ask the powers-that-be about what the GOP's philosophy should be, ask John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, and the Republican governors.
Read more here.

I agree with Patrick for the most part. I would, however, fear getting to far away from policy and vision discussions. If we were to nominate another John McCain, all of the grass roots effort, social media and any other tactics you want to discus mean nothing. If you run Republicans that talk and act like Democrats against actual Democrats, then the real Democrat will win nearly every time. Take our own Senator Gordon Smith against Jeff Merkley as an example.

found Via Michelle Malkin. She has a different take here.

Monday, January 05, 2009

Sunday, January 04, 2009

GOP Chair Race

USA Today summary of the Republican Party Chair election coming up. If we get this wrong, we stand no chance in 2010 or 2012. I'm not completely sold on any of them, but I'm leaning towards Saul Anusis. He seems to have the best grip on new media and social media of the group.

Of course none of that matters if the message isn't good, or if we're selling out on our principles.