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A new RNC Chair. YAY!!!!!

Republican Elephant

Well, maybe YAY!!!!!

The best part about January 15 will be almost certainty that Michael Steele will be fading off into the woodwork, hopefully NEVER to be seen again at or near the RNC.  I would suggest that the new head of the RNC get a restraining order to keep Steele at least 500 miles away from any Republican function, which will pretty much require him to move to Guam.  But hey, I’m sure he’ll be welcomed there given the RNC cash he shipped off to Guam to buy the votes of their RNC Committee Members.  That money might have made a difference in getting Jesse Kelly elected in a squeeker in AZ08 but hey, no hard feelings Mike.  On second thought, yeah, I do have hard feelings.  You were an affirmative action hire and guess what.  You turned out like all affirmative action hires – including the one currently sitting in the White House – a freaking disaster.  Oh well, that’s water under the bridge and it’s time to move on and boot your incompetent butt out onto the pavement.

So the question becomes, If not Mikie, who?

Well, the Chairman of the Wisconsin Republican Party, a fella by the unbelievable name of Reince Priebus (really!) is howling from the rooftops to the effect that he’s gonna have the job locked down in a few days.  He’s got some interesting qualifications, being Chair of the Wisconsin Republicans and he was also the General Counsel for the RNC.  While Mikie was Chair.  Priebus is running hard for the job and apparently has 24 votes committed.

It looks like it might turn out that Priebus is nothing more than a Steele retread.  As it turns out, a whole bunch of stuff is starting to steamroll down the mountain at him and there’s a school of thought that says he is nothing more than Mikie’s chosen replacement.  There are three interesting things that have popped up in the last couple of days, the first being the work being done by Priebus as an attorney and the work of his current law firm.  He was a clerk for the LA NAACP chapter while in law school, a job he sought because apparently he values diversity and in 2003 he was working to confiscate property of a small business through eminent domain.  His current law firm spent the last year actively working on ObamaCare.  Now I’ll be the first to say that none of those things are knock-outs for the RNC job, but they certainly raise questions about where Priebus is coming from and whether he’s thinking out of the right side or the left side of his brain.

Next is a statement released by the Wisconsin Republican Liberty Caucus, a state-wide Tea Party organization in Wisconsin…

Wisconsin RLC: Reince Priebus Should Not Be National Chairman of the Republican Party
December 6th, 2010

Republican Liberty Caucus of Wisconsin: Reince Priebus Should Not Be National Chairman of the Republican Party

For Immediate Release: December 6, 2010
Contact: Michael S. Murphy, Chairman

MILWAUKEE, WI. — The Republican Liberty Caucus of Wisconsin, a state affiliate of the Republican Liberty Caucus, encourages Republican Party leaders to look to candidates other than Wisconsin Republican Party Chair Reince Priebus to lead the Republican National Committee in the coming cycle.  “Mr. Priebus wants to take credit for a successful election night on Nov. 2, but it was actually Democrat policies and the over 65 grassroots Tea Party groups in the state of Wisconsin that made the real difference,” said Republican Liberty Caucus of Wisconsin Chairman Michael S. Murphy.

As a grassroots network of concerned citizens dedicated to upholding of individual liberty, limited government, and free enterprise within the Republican Party, the Republican Liberty Caucus questions Mr. Priebus’s commitment to core constitutional principles as well as the rule changes that disenfranchised Wisconsin GOP primary voters under his watch.

This is of particular concern to me because we need the new RNC Chair to be someone who can actively work well with Tea Party groups around the nation.  Mr. Priebus doesn’t seem to be that person.

Third, from Politico, is an email that Connecticut RNC Chair Chris Healy is sending out to RNC members.  Basically, he’s saying Priebus was Steele’s go-to-guy at the RNC.

As the race for the Chairmanship enters its final stages, it is critical we focus on the tasks ahead but also review how we got here through the tangled relationship of Wisconsin Chairman Reince Preibus [sic] and RNC Chairman Michael Steele.

The candidates are making their case, and let’s hope there is more than the usual banter and endless metaphors and overripe cliché’s when the candidates meet on Monday. As we listen, it is essential that each of us examine the role each of us played over the last two years.

This would apply in particular to Chairman Preibus, who was until a few weeks ago, the Chief Counsel to our Party and Chairman Steele’s wingman throughout his stormy tenure. At no time until he chose to run did Preibus issue any directive, memo or public utterance on Steele’s disastrous tenure. Now he wishes to walk into breach and rescue us from Chairman Steele, his legions and supporters who have done quite well for themselves at the expense of our Party.

When Steele was elected Chairman, he had good will, eager groups of employees and supporters and $22 million in the bank. Chairman Steele chose Preibus to be his General Counsel, an unpaid appointed post, which is supposed to keep an eye on all legal and policy matters that the committee embarks on. Reince earned this spot by being Steele’s campaign manager. During the campaign, up to the vote in D.C., they were inseparable. Indeed, they remained in firm allegiance during Steele’s tenure and often, Preibus was dispatched to put out fires.

You can read the whole email at Politico.  Bottom line though, Steele and Priebus were joined at the hip.

Given the evidence that I’m looking at right now, I have to say that Reince Priebus is not the person we want replacing Michael Steele.  Looks to me like we’ll just get more of the same and that’s the last thing we need.  Steele took over the RNC at a time when it’s credibility with conservatives was at an all time low.  Steele did the impossible, he drove it down even further.  We don’t need more of the same.  I don’t have a candidate that I’m endorsing, although I do like Saul Anuzis, but right now I am in the “Oust Steele & Stop Priebus” mode.  I will be contacting the four RNC voting members from my home state, Arizona, and I would urge you to do the same.  If you don’t have current contact information for the RNC voting members in your state, please leave a comment and I will get the information, with a current email address, to you.

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