RNC meltdown continues: on-line director quits

posted at 11:03 am on March 6, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

The bleeding continues at the RNC.  After new chair Michael Steele fired most of the staff, other key contributors have begun leaving on their own.  Last week it was finance chair Tim Chapman, and now the man in charge of all on-line operations has left — without any immediate prospects:

Arguably the most respected technocrat in the Republican Party, Cyrus Krohn is just the latest in a string of officials to resign from the RNC; last week, the RNC’s finance director quit. But because GOP Chairman Michael Steele made leveraging the Internet to attract voters to the Republican Party a top priority ina tech summit two weeks ago, Krohn’s departure comes as an especially heavy blow — not just to the RNC, but to the conservative blogosphere.

As Matt Lewis notes, though, this is really the most disturbing part of the story:

In an interview, Krohn said he’s moving back to Seattle with his family. He has no job lined up at the moment, he told The Post, but he’s thinking of running for office.

So he quit without having another job lined up?  In this economy?  Krohn had to be pretty desperate to leave, and Republicans have to ask themselves why.

In just four weeks, the RNC has shed almost all of its staff, and now suddenly finds itself without leadership on fundraising and on-line operations, two of the most critical efforts for the party in the next two years. It will take weeks, if not months, to find suitable replacements for the two and get them up to speed.  The GOP has lost continuity on two major fronts and now must rebuild from scratch on both.

These aren’t road bumps; they’re collapsed bridges to victory.

One source close to the situation acknowledges that the RNC needed to trim its staff, as it had been increased for the Coleman/Franken recount and the Chambliss run-off in Georgia, but that the terminations in February cut out the meat as well as the fat.  It takes a lot of people to handle all of the connections to state organizations, volunteer groups, and vendors, and it’s simply not getting done now.  What’s worse is that now we’ve lost the people who would hire the staff necessary for meeting those obligations, which means it will take a lot longer to recover.  How much time does the RNC have, anyway, before they fall hopelessly behind?


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Third party? This one isn’t working out so well.

Bishop on March 6, 2009 at 11:05 AM

Don’t forget how mad we all were at teh RNC for the last two years. Maybe this is for the best.

Vincenzo on March 6, 2009 at 11:08 AM

We needed a good “Massingill moment” anyway. I know lack of leadership sucks, but we need a changeover.

Get a good conservative with a strong voice (only one person comes to mind) to lead the GOP, and he’ll get good people to fill the positions.

ErinF on March 6, 2009 at 11:09 AM

Is there any more word why Tim Chapman left? I understand he is also the treasurer for SarahPAC. Was he in conflict of interest?

technopeasant on March 6, 2009 at 11:09 AM

This isn’t on of those “oddball” posts is it?

d1carter on March 6, 2009 at 11:10 AM

If they don’t get this figured out by 2006, we’re going to lose congress… Oh. Well, if they don’t get this fixed by 2008 we are going to lose the White House… Oh.

myrenovations on March 6, 2009 at 11:10 AM

Woah there, Mr. Ed. Maybe Steele ran him off and has a replacement in mind.

faraway on March 6, 2009 at 11:10 AM

Steele is that leader the GOP has always needed.

It’s almost as if this was predictable. Oh someone us did say this was gonna suck? We’ll wait patiently for those apologies from everyone who thought it was racist to oppose Steele.

GOP has no clue what the problem is. Hint: moderate on fiscal, conservative on social is the wrong way. Reverse it, and you have a party again. Idiots.

lorien1973 on March 6, 2009 at 11:10 AM

Michael Steele is all about Michael Steele’s ego. He’s no leader. He wants to run the whole thing himself instead of delegating responsibility like a leader should do. The RNC will continue to self destruct as long as that asshat is at the helm.

single stack on March 6, 2009 at 11:10 AM

I am surprised Steele has even allowed half of them to stay considering the job the RNC has done over the past few years. In my opinion they all need to go. I don’t think it is so dire that all these people are leaving.

crosspatch on March 6, 2009 at 11:10 AM

It is darkest right before the dawn. Steele got the job based on his zip and flash. That wore thin fast……it’s like kids trying to get into college – you have to do the day in and day out tedious tests, homeword and papers. Steele felt euphoric and was running to every talk show running his mouth thinking I would suppose, that was the answer to his duties and obligations. Wrong. Now – he’s back down to earth. It’s grass roots, solid staff, do the leg work and the homework. Just like raising kids……

Cinday Blackburn on March 6, 2009 at 11:10 AM

So he quit without having another job lined up? In this economy? Krohn had to be pretty desperate to leave, and Republicans have to ask themselves why.

A lot of people have enough money so that they don’t have to have a job. Without labeling him with any specific reason, he could have invested wisely, lived conservatively, or perhaps, as it seems in this day and age, simply profited from corruption. The fact that he might run for office is insightful to me.

genso on March 6, 2009 at 11:10 AM

darkest before the dawn and so forth.

jeanie on March 6, 2009 at 11:11 AM

Oh great. I’m not a Republican, but they are the best chance we have of fighting the miserably incompetent marxists that have taken control of our government. What to do now?

Maybe this is an opportune time for a third party solution?

ornery_independent on March 6, 2009 at 11:11 AM

RNC in a crisis? Gee, now here’s a crisis that shouldn’t go to waste. Get back to a small government, fiscally responsible GOP.

rbj on March 6, 2009 at 11:11 AM

I’m glad this is happening now and not sometime next year.

AubieJon on March 6, 2009 at 11:12 AM

Woah there, Mr. Ed. Maybe Steele ran him off and has a replacement in mind.

faraway on March 6, 2009 at 11:10 AM

Maybe Steele is going to hire DL Hugley who has recently left CNN? I’m sure he is internet savy.

myrenovations on March 6, 2009 at 11:12 AM

3rd party yes, this one is broken at its very foundation!!!

We need to line up the republicans that added the 40% of the ear marks to the budget bill also.

What do these idiots think? If we cant start the reform from within our own party how will the American people ever trust them again? Makes me ill!

HoosierCon on March 6, 2009 at 11:12 AM

I am surprised Steele has even allowed half of them to stay considering the job the RNC has done over the past few years. In my opinion they all need to go. I don’t think it is so dire that all these people are leaving.

crosspatch on March 6, 2009 at 11:10 AM

Yeah, but he needs to replace them. Steele can’t run the RNC by himself.

Doughboy on March 6, 2009 at 11:12 AM

Sorry Cinday–did not mean to steal–too discouraged to read today.

jeanie on March 6, 2009 at 11:12 AM

myrenovations on March 6, 2009 at 11:10 AM

Tee hee hee.

faraway on March 6, 2009 at 11:10 AM

The other RNC staff hasn’t been replaced. What leads you to this conclusion.

Steele, with his awesome grasp of free web widgets, will run the entire show.

lorien1973 on March 6, 2009 at 11:12 AM

He couldn’t get the rap rythm down and keep his twitter up.

Fletch54 on March 6, 2009 at 11:12 AM

They need to take a look at the state/local organizations as well as some other organizations with similar ideologies, find the people doing effective work on those levels, and offer them the job at national.

JadeNYU on March 6, 2009 at 11:12 AM

I don’t vote for the RNC.
I vote for conservatives.
Remember the head of the RNC prior to Steele?
I don’t either…

TexasJew on March 6, 2009 at 11:13 AM

Maybe this is an opportune time for a third party solution?

ornery_independent on March 6, 2009 at 11:11 AM

What’s funny (Weird) is how quiet the libertarians are. You’d think they’d be all over this big government crap. But nope. I want them to come to the front, but it seems that they won’t or don’t know how.

lorien1973 on March 6, 2009 at 11:13 AM

GOP has no clue what the problem is. Hint: moderate on fiscal, conservative on social is the wrong way. Reverse it, and you have a party again. Idiots.

lorien1973 on March 6, 2009 at 11:10 AM

Holy god, yes. The murmurings of third party are interesting, but the thing is as soon as such a party gained momentum, the GOP would finally hike up its britches and start doing what needs to be done. Then, instead of having the GOP vs. the Dems, you’d have the GOP fighting the Freedom Party, or whatever it would be, with the left sitting back and watching the right disintegrate as a political power.

No-win unless we re-take the GOP, and I’m beginning to think a coup is the only way.

MadisonConservative on March 6, 2009 at 11:13 AM

ARe we to know why?

jeanie on March 6, 2009 at 11:13 AM

Forget the RNC. Let’s start a new conservative party. Worked pretty well for Canada.

neuquenguy on March 6, 2009 at 11:14 AM

God Damn it…The Country is melting down and the Republicans can’t even organize. This is very frustrating. WE NEED LEADERSHIP…

I worked in the McCain camp during the three days before the election. And it was a nightmare of a mess. No one knew who was doing what. We had hundreds of volunteers ready and willing to work, and no one could tell them what to do. And in some cases, these volunteers were never even contacted in response to thier call to help.

I read one women’s email response to the Republican headquarter. It went something like this: “It has been two months where I have been calling weekly to find out where I will be during the presidential election. And no one calls me back. That’s it. I am out. Please do not ever call me again to volunteer or donate. You people have no idea what you are doing.” There were many emails like this when I got to that particular headquarter.

And it now seems that the entire Republican Party does not know what it is doing. This is ridiculous…

RedSoxNation on March 6, 2009 at 11:15 AM

If they’re willing to match my current salary and pay my expenses I might consider helping them out. Lord knows they need some fresh blood. I’m willing to put in long hours and play scorched-earth hardball.

JammieWearingFool on March 6, 2009 at 11:15 AM

Somebody call Newt, ASAP.

Keyser-Soze on March 6, 2009 at 11:16 AM

It’s only a “heavy blow” if Krohn was good at his job – was he? What successes can he point to?

Kenrod on March 6, 2009 at 11:16 AM

JammieWearingFool on March 6, 2009 at 11:15 AM

Here here. Scorched earth. I’m sick of this play nice crap.

lorien1973 on March 6, 2009 at 11:17 AM

Its not about replacing people as much as it is about replacing the way the RNC does business.

Can put a whole new group in there but if they operate the same way as the old group then what is the difference ?

Changes needs to be made in operations not just personel.

William Amos on March 6, 2009 at 11:17 AM

Yeah, but he needs to replace them. Steele can’t run the RNC by himself.

Doughboy on March 6, 2009 at 11:12 AM

Why not? Tax cheat Geithner is running the Treasury of the largest economy this planet has ever known all by himself.

ornery_independent on March 6, 2009 at 11:17 AM

Yes, the libertarians have been pretty quite. I visited a couple of their blogs yesterday and they all seemed not overly concerned, to say the least.

myrenovations on March 6, 2009 at 11:17 AM

If he was smart, he would hire me.:)

faraway on March 6, 2009 at 11:18 AM

We have an On-Line Director?

THE CHOSEN ONE on March 6, 2009 at 11:18 AM

William Amos on March 6, 2009 at 11:17 AM

You predicted this back when steele was running. This is what is so painful. It’s obvious what the problem is, but the GOP is unwilling to fix it.

Someone hire Amos, would they? Geesh.

lorien1973 on March 6, 2009 at 11:19 AM

These aren’t road bumps; they’re collapsed bridges to victory.

Steele is a bridge to nowhere. For lack of a better suggestion, get Blackwell installed as Steele’s replacement. At the same time, enlist the help of, say, Gingrich and Romney and anyone else with some brains, get on the side of talk radio, and get this fucking show on the road.

But get Steele out of there now. I don’t care if they need to get some guys in white jackets to put a straitjacket on Steele. Get him out. The country is crumbling while Steele is trying to perform personal damage control. Terminate him now.

The only positions less desirable than working in Steele’s RNC are those in Geithner’s Treasury department. And that ain’t sayin’ much.

BuckeyeSam on March 6, 2009 at 11:19 AM

JammieWearingFool on March 6, 2009 at 11:15 AM

Wish I could get them to hire me. have some good ideas on how to fix this mess.

However I dont have the resume and the RNC vultures seem to only want to pick my brain or my wallet. That is the only thing they give me is emails.

William Amos on March 6, 2009 at 11:20 AM

Remember the head of the RNC prior to Steele?
I don’t either…

TexasJew on March 6, 2009 at 11:13 AM

Which is the way an RNC chairman should be. Anonymous, but raising tons of money and recruiting good candidates. Remember who was RNC chair in the nineties? Me neither, but we won elections back then.

Steele needs to go. Besides his “foot-in-mouth” disease and inability to take on the left, he is severely lacking in orginazational skills. All the unfilled vacancies at the RNC speak volumes to his mismanagement.

Norwegian on March 6, 2009 at 11:20 AM

If they are going to have a meltdown, now’s the time to do it.

forest on March 6, 2009 at 11:21 AM

I’m willing to put in long hours and play scorched-earth hardball.

JammieWearingFool on March 6, 2009 at 11:15 AM

Timed properly, that may be the way to go. It’s likely to be a typically hot, hot summer. England is planning for riots. If our side decides to start breathing fire, it should be right at the time when the country is feeling the same way. If we do it too soon, the Dems will placate the populace and pass us off as “bitter”, etc. That will chime with some people, but it would be more effective if synchronized with real outrage rising in the nation. We’re still not there yet, but we’re closing in.

MadisonConservative on March 6, 2009 at 11:21 AM

A third party might guarantee the election of Democrat presidents for the next few cycles but it could have tremendous impact on congress. Imagine the leverage of 50 congressmen and a dozen unified conservative senators. They could make or break pretty much every deal and start building from there.

neuquenguy on March 6, 2009 at 11:22 AM

The RNC are losers anyway… Who needs them? We are NOT supporting them financialy… Most Conservatives HATE the RNC and the guttless, wimpy way they conduct business…

We Conservatives send our money direct to the causes and people WE feel support Conservative values, not Republican.

I say, cya later Steele and the RNC, your ALL worthless!!!

They support Collins, Snowe and Specter, nuf said!!!

Mark Garnett on March 6, 2009 at 11:22 AM

There are always two ways to look at change:

1)Tinker around the edges, smooth out the rough spots, refine your strategy but in football terms don’t trade the players or fire the coach. Don’t throw out the baby with the bath water.

This line of thinking legitimizes the status quo and allows the existing players the opportunity to improve their performance. But this begs the question–what if the existing players are not capable of improving their performance or the coach has gone stale? Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

2)Make a wholesale change; clean out the Augean stables; revamp the team–bring in new players and a new coach and a completely new approach and strategy. In this scenario you are assuming whoever you bring in is a vast improvement over who you have let go and that a fresh start and approach is what was needed to jump-start the dormant inertia that had set in among the workers and the top level management.

Whatever criticism you garner early on for apparently being disorganized hopefully will be compensated for by a much improved ability to fulfill one’s goal or mission in a timely and appropriate fashion.

technopeasant on March 6, 2009 at 11:23 AM

Good news .These fools did not do anything for party over the last few years.

thmcbb on March 6, 2009 at 11:24 AM

Somebody call Newt, ASAP.

Keyser-Soze on March 6, 2009 at 11:16 AM

Winnah!

BallisticBob on March 6, 2009 at 11:24 AM

I miss Halle Barber!

Redglen on March 6, 2009 at 11:26 AM

What’s funny (Weird) is how quiet the libertarians are. You’d think they’d be all over this big government crap. But nope. I want them to come to the front, but it seems that they won’t or don’t know how.

lorien1973 on March 6, 2009 at 11:13 AM

This Libertarian is more vocal than he’s ever been, and getting moreso. (Weird talking about oneself in the 3rd person like that) I’ve considered leaving the Libertarians over their foreign policy stance, and the fact that the “Legalize Pot” crowd holds too much sway. (I support it in theory, but shut up about it already. Its too divisive to win national elections.)

I consider myself a conservative federalist libertarian, but I’ll vote Repub or even Freedom Fries Party if it will defeat a Democrat.

ornery_independent on March 6, 2009 at 11:27 AM

technopeasant on March 6, 2009 at 11:23 AM

Scenario 2 sounds like a lot of hope and a lot of change to me. This country is not a 22 man team and it is not designed nor able to turn like a sports car.

genso on March 6, 2009 at 11:27 AM

It’s all good! Once the RNC get’s the Hip/Hop community organized and then the One Arm Midget vote get’s with the program…the RNC will be a mega-force that will be a juggernaut that will roll to victory in 2010! I seriously like don’t even think the Democratic party even knows how totally awesome this is going to be for the next 2 years! Dude, like just how could it possibly be any better than this?

sabbott on March 6, 2009 at 11:27 AM

What a mess. I guess we’re getting our own little dose of hope and change.

WisCon on March 6, 2009 at 11:28 AM

need Newt to come in and save the day

jp on March 6, 2009 at 11:28 AM

lorien1973 on March 6, 2009 at 11:19 AM

Thank You for the kind words.

But the RNC’s first goal is to get in some good managers. I wouldnt mind a very low level job with them but they need to focus on the higher ups first.

William Amos on March 6, 2009 at 11:29 AM

Somebody call Newt, ASAP.

Romney is good at disaster cleanup too.

ErinF on March 6, 2009 at 11:29 AM

Interesting comments. I have no clue. I suspect most of you posting comments have no clue either, just opinions.

Anyone care to present some evidence for your conclusions?

Skandia Recluse on March 6, 2009 at 11:29 AM

problem is in the last 8 years, at some point the GOP came the “Whipping Boy” for not only the Dems and MSM but also the crackpot wing of Libertarians.

Idiots, absolute idiots. Either they have the political IQ of a 2yr old or they are secretly working for the true Socialist.

jp on March 6, 2009 at 11:30 AM

What’s funny (Weird) is how quiet the libertarians are. You’d think they’d be all over this big government crap.

Don’t be so sure. I got a letter yesterday from my local Libertarian chapter encouraging fighting this craptacular gov’t.

ornery_independent on March 6, 2009 at 11:30 AM

Steele needs to go. You don’t gut the place if you don’t have replacements waiting in the wings. Part of being a leader is also taking what staff you have and redirecting them into more productive pursuits. He went into this being way too cocky and now he looks like an incompetent moron.

echosyst on March 6, 2009 at 11:30 AM

That’s not the Michael Steele I knew. Don’t bother calling for his termination, I’ll drive the bus myself. I’m sick of getting disappointed by the RNC.

Laura in Maryland on March 6, 2009 at 11:30 AM

the man in charge of all on-line operations

Yeah, both of them.

PappaMac on March 6, 2009 at 11:31 AM

GOP has no clue what the problem is. Hint: moderate on fiscal, conservative on social is the wrong way. Reverse it, and you have a party again. Idiots.

lorien1973 on March 6, 2009 at 11:10 AM

Here we go again, geez… That was McCain…

I will NOT water down or dumb down or change my values, my core principals, Conservatism to fit your model…

We need BOTH social and fiscal Conservatives to be hard core in BOTH and teach the meanings, the values, teach the benifits to ALL Americans… Remember Reagan’s bold contrasts… I refuse to be the Dem-Lite Party!

We tried it your way, now shut up, move aside and let real Conservatives win the next round of elections…

Mark Garnett on March 6, 2009 at 11:31 AM

why isn’t ROn Paul on the floor of the house giving “Gulf of Tonkin” type of fear mongering speeches, this time with some actual proof to point to re: hillary/Rahm????

Worthless fool and an idiot

jp on March 6, 2009 at 11:31 AM

I consider myself a conservative federalist libertarian, but I’ll vote Repub or even Freedom Fries Party if it will defeat a Democrat.

ornery_independent on March 6, 2009 at 11:27 AM

I understand the sentiment but I think that is part of the problem. Conservatives are taken for granted by the Republican party just like AAs are by the Democrat party.
It would take a while, but if conservatives where a unified force they could leverage their power on both parties.

neuquenguy on March 6, 2009 at 11:32 AM

the fact that the “Legalize Pot” crowd holds too much sway. (I support it in theory, but shut up about it already. Its too divisive to win national elections.)

If you have to comprimise your principles to win, then what have you won?

The Monster on March 6, 2009 at 11:32 AM

Mark Garnett on March 6, 2009 at 11:31 AM

Yeah, because hardline social conservatism is such a big winner in the swing states.

WisCon on March 6, 2009 at 11:32 AM

The RNC has been an outright failure since 2004. It’s time for a top to bottom cleansing. I’m not ready to call this a bad thing yet. The Krohn fella isn’t the only tech guy out there. If his “skills” are proven by how well the RNC has been lately than I say he is EPIC FAIL anyway and should move on.

Q:”How much time does the RNC have, anyway, before they fall hopelessly behind?”

A:You would need a time machine to get to the point that the RNC wasn’t behind.

portlandon on March 6, 2009 at 11:33 AM

Hey everybody! The DNC is looking for YOUR input on their anti-Rush billboards! Just GO HERE.

I sent in mine: “RUSH: He’s always right!”

(Yeah, I know it’s simple, but it’s true.)

ErinF on March 6, 2009 at 11:34 AM

If you have to comprimise your principles to win, then what have you won?

The Monster on March 6, 2009 at 11:32 AM

+1

neuquenguy on March 6, 2009 at 11:34 AM

Mark Garnett on March 6, 2009 at 11:31 AM

Please. Mccain was moderate on fiscal, social con. He was exactly what I’m talking about. The opposite of what’s needed. That was his problem.

lorien1973 on March 6, 2009 at 11:35 AM

Somebody call Newt, ASAP.

Romney is good at disaster cleanup too.

Oh damn! Good thinking. How about both of them to clean this mess up. I like the way you think.

Keyser-Soze on March 6, 2009 at 11:36 AM

We tried it your way, now shut up, move aside and let real Conservatives win the next round of elections…

Mark Garnett on March 6, 2009 at 11:31 AM

Oh. And please. We’ve never tried it my way. We keep getting big government republicans into office who ruin the party. Bush I, Bush II, McCain, Dole. All these candidates are crappy big government social cons.

How about we try a true fiscal con next time? And forget about these inane social issues for a cycle? And let’s see what happens.

lorien1973 on March 6, 2009 at 11:37 AM

By the way Steele was the guest host on Bill Bennett’s program Morning in America today.

Believe in or not Steele talked about Obama’s desire to impose his socialist agenda, his Marxian view of life, Sarah Palin definitely being superb in being a thorn in the Messiah’s side and blameless in the wardrobe controversy, that Rush Limbaugh was absolutely correct that ‘words have consequences’ and that any Republican Congressman or Senator not doing his/her job should be replaced.

I felt like I had been sent to the Twilight Zone for 3 hours. Perhaps Chairman Steele is beginning to get it. I really hope so.

Remember the old expressions: a new broom sweeps clean and you don’t new wine in old wineskins.

technopeasant on March 6, 2009 at 11:37 AM

” Change ” I ” Hope “.

ambuldog on March 6, 2009 at 11:38 AM

Wait… the RNC has an online director?

I wouldn’t have guessed that.

thecollegepolitico on March 6, 2009 at 11:38 AM

GOP has no clue what the problem is. Hint: moderate on fiscal, conservative on social is the wrong way. Reverse it, and you have a party again. Idiots.

Yeah moderate on the whole killing babies thing. Whatevs.

brogers on March 6, 2009 at 11:38 AM

That was McCain…

Mark Garnett on March 6, 2009 at 11:31 AM

McCain was not a fiscal conservative, which he proved by picking up one end of the bailout and helping carry it to the finish line.

MadisonConservative on March 6, 2009 at 11:39 AM

Wait, the RNC has on-line operations??? Without him, they will no doubt scap their dial-up connection and turn in their aol account.

capitulus on March 6, 2009 at 11:39 AM

OMG OMG OMG OMG quick someone ask your saviour Rush Limbaugh what the party should do.

Dave Rywall on March 6, 2009 at 11:39 AM

Let him go…….

………. replace him with a true Conservative, not another RINO.

Seven Percent Solution on March 6, 2009 at 11:39 AM

Perhaps Chairman Steele is beginning to get it. I really hope so.

Or maybe he speaks differently depending on the audience, like Democrats do. “Ah ‘aint no ways tahrd.”

JiangxiDad on March 6, 2009 at 11:39 AM

Ed, finance director who quit is not Tim Chapman but Tim Crawford.

promachus on March 6, 2009 at 11:40 AM

Arguably the most respected technocrat in the Republican Party, Cyrus Krohn…..

Not exactly a strong resume item.

BrianA on March 6, 2009 at 11:40 AM

OMG OMG OMG OMG ……..

Dave Rywall on March 6, 2009 at 11:39 AM

Take it easy with the vibrator Dave………

……… the day is young.

Seven Percent Solution on March 6, 2009 at 11:41 AM

lorien1973 on March 6, 2009 at 11:12 AM

Libertarians make fuss only if Republicans increase government, however moderately. Let the liberals drastically do that, they will keep mum. Interesting tactics.

promachus on March 6, 2009 at 11:41 AM

Hey, the RNC has a Spanish language section

http://espanol.gop.com/SpanishContent.aspx?Area=HomePage

faraway on March 6, 2009 at 11:41 AM

Hang on… we’ve all complained at how poorly the RNC has done in the past. I suspect this change was needed too.

Oink on March 6, 2009 at 11:42 AM

Their online tactics lack ingenuity. Time to bring in some Web2 minded people. For this job no one over 30 need apply.

FireBlogger on March 6, 2009 at 11:42 AM

Forget the RNC. Let’s start a new conservative party. Worked pretty well for Canada.

neuquenguy on March 6, 2009 at 11:14 AM

Count me in.

saiga on March 6, 2009 at 11:43 AM

Yeah moderate on the whole killing babies thing. Whatevs.

brogers on March 6, 2009 at 11:38 AM

Reagan, Bush 1 and 2 were all pro-life. Did it change anything? No.

So who cares what their position on the issue is.

If anything, it should just be part of a states rights issue. Not a robotic “I’m only voting for prolife candidates”

lorien1973 on March 6, 2009 at 11:43 AM

OMG OMG OMG OMG quick someone ask your saviour Rush Limbaugh what the party should do.

Dave Rywall on March 6, 2009 at 11:39 AM

At least Limbaugh has an effective staff, unlike the RNC and the Obama trasury dept.

myrenovations on March 6, 2009 at 11:43 AM

Hint: moderate on fiscal, conservative on social is the wrong way. Reverse it, and you have a party again. Idiots.

lorien1973 on March 6, 2009 at 11:10 AM

How about conservative on both, and you get the only conservative coalition that has ever won (Reagan and ’95). Goldwater was the epitome of what you’re suggesting (social mod/fiscal con), and he lost in a landslide. Reagan was both fiscally and socially conservative, and he won in a landslide. Same with Newt’s crew in ’95.

If you drop the social cons, you will be shaking your angry fist at the wind and fighting for scraps from the Dems table.

spmat on March 6, 2009 at 11:43 AM

If you have to comprimise your principles to win, then what have you won?

The Monster on March 6, 2009 at 11:32 AM

Um, maybe elections over far worse candidates?
I can’t remember a presidential election over the last 20 years that wasn’t about the lesser of two evils, boiled down from a buncha evils. Believe me, I want to vote FOR someone, but always end up voting AGAINST someone because both options are crappy.

ornery_independent on March 6, 2009 at 11:43 AM

RNC in a crisis? Gee, now here’s a crisis that shouldn’t go to waste. Get back to a small government, fiscally responsible GOP.

rbj on March 6, 2009 at 11:11 AM

In my fantasy world this would be the perfect storm to start a Conservative Party. Let the dem lite repubs go their way.

People want something new to get behind, and all the wishy washy “how should we dress ourselves up to be attractive?” crap is a tranquilizer dart that leads to indifference.
Clearly…and with no excuses, state, act on, and promote conservative principles. I think the masses of disillusioned voters would come to life…kinda like the Frankenstein monster…only different. (he really was misunderstood, don’t cha know)

Itchee Dryback on March 6, 2009 at 11:43 AM

Time for Talk Radio to start beating the “donate” drum. Steele better tell talk radio his strategy and that he’ll march to the conservative music.

marklmail on March 6, 2009 at 11:43 AM

Any more word about why Tim Crawford was let go. He is also the treasurer for SarahPAC, as I understand it. Was there a conflict of interest?

technopeasant on March 6, 2009 at 11:44 AM

Give the last fighter who actually did something against a liberal President and Congress the gig now, and pay him alot of money for his effort.
That would be Newt.
Is he perfect- no, but he knows how and where to fight a battle.

jjshaka on March 6, 2009 at 11:44 AM

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