Such is the case with Ken Blackewell, Saul Anuzis, Mike Steele, Katon Dawson, Chip Saltsman and incumbent chairman Mike Duncan.
All of these men bring some good ideas to the table, some more than others.
Mike Duncan, the incumbent probably has the toughest case to present for reelecting him. Since he took over after Republicans lost congress in 2006, we only lost more. That cannot all be blamed on him. Republican elected officials did not perform the way the should, so blame lies where blame stems from but Duncan still has not presented a case that portrays him as a superior choice.
Chip Saltsman, the former Tennessee G.O.P. Chair and former Mike Huckabee campaign manager should not be running.
After Saltsman sent out copies of the “Barack The Magic Negro” CD as Christmas gifts to voting members of the national committee, whether he realized it or not, he disqualified himself. I for one do not want someone who is obviously so insensitive and unaware of the ramifications of his actions to chair the R.N.C.
As for the rest, well they are all good.
I like Mike Steele and wish he won his Senate seat in Maryland. He has the type of thinking that we need in Congress.
However, I do not know if he has what it takes to rebuild the party. In that area I favored Michigan’s Republican state Chairman, Saul Anuzis.
Anuzis is down to earth and into the grassroots. As the chair of Michigan’s Republican party he has been keeping things competitive and he is on top of the technology that we need to implement nationally.
However Ohio’s former Secretary of State, Ken Blackwell is who I have decided to support.
He not only believes that the grassroots should shape policy direction, he believes that the grassroots should lead the way and he wants to make the state and local parties true shareholders in our national effort. Sort of a bottom up strategy.
I believe in that strategy.
I believe that instead of Republican officials coming before the people and trying to tell us what is best for us, we should have the ability to tell them what is best for us and then they should run that way and with our message, lead in that direction.
Calling his plan to rebuild the party a “Conservative Resurgence Plan” Blackwell states “We will bring our party back by clearly articulating conservative principles, inspiring our base, decentralizing authority, and building technical and precinct–level organizational capacity to facilitate a conservative resurgence across the country for the GOP.”
I wont say that says it all but it does sum up what we need to do pretty well.
In addition to endorsing a plan for our future that was created by grass root Republicans at REBUILDthePARTY.com, Blackwell enhancing that plan with his own by increased and innovative uses of the internet as well as other person to person forums. Primarily, his plan consists of the following 10 points.
- We must have an RNC Chairman who has credibility with the public and the media in order to articulate our principles, values, and ideas in the absence of a Republican President, Speaker, and Majority Leader.
- We must have a leader who understands that the Republican Party’s conservative principles and values are both fundamentally correct and in line with the belief systems of the American electorate.
- We must be able to translate our principles and values into ideas with 21st Century solutions that make sense to a family sitting around the dinner table.
- We must inspire a new generation of conservatives into our party by drawing contrasts with Democrats regarding these principles, values, and ideas.
- We must invest heavily in strong state and local party organizations so that our party has the capacity to organize the electorate and recruit new volunteers and donors. This includes providing seed money to party organizations that lack startup resources and providing speakers to all state party organizations.
- We must have the technological infrastructure in place to harness the grassroots energy that will be created when the public turns against the liberal democrats in Washington.
- We must have regional strategies and specific plans for each region and state. We must invest resources in redeveloping our party organizations in the Northeast, never take the South for granted, win over the Reagan Democrats in the Midwest, and compete for Hispanic and Asian-American votes in the West.
- We must make a serious effort to be competitive with African Americans and other minorities across the country.
- We must take a stand against corruption, Republican or Democrat. We can no longer be critical of Democrats while turning a blind eye to scandals and corruption amongst our own.
- The 2010 midterm elections and the resulting battles over redistricting will shape the future of both political parties. We must “win” the redistricting
Each and every point is not only valid but essential to success. But knowing that these are things we must do is not enough. Knowing how to implement them through an election is important and as a highly successful, former secretary of State, Ken Blackwell knows just how to do that.
His experience as a Secretary State and chief arbitrator in state elections is invaluable to our future.
So when all is said and done, my support goes to Ken Blackwell.
I believe he is the man best suited for the job of bringing Republicans back with a vengeance and a “Conservative Resurgence”.
For the details of Blackwells plan go to: