Why not Rubio for RNC chair?

posted at 2:41 pm on November 9, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Matt Lewis notes that the coming Republican debate over the loss to Barack Obama on Tuesday might end up costing RNC chair Reince Priebus his job.  Priebus turned around a profoundly derailed fundraising machine and put the GOP in position to battle Democrats this year, but only succeeded at maintaining the House majority.  Priebus didn’t help his own cause by issuing triumphal announcements about GOTV efforts before the election that became “a complete and utter embarrassment,” as Matt says, but his success in righting the ship after the Michael Steele term can’t be ignored, either.

It’s a choice between management and leadership, as Matt sees it:

Ultimately, it probably comes down to this: If you believe the RNC post requires a competent administrator, you’re probably still for Priebus. But if you believe that the GOP is in need of a makeover — and that a party absent a de facto leader demands someone with gravitas — then you might want to beg a Jeb Bush or a Haley Barbour to step in.

I have a suggestion that may make more sense, especially if the GOP wants to look to the future.  There seems to be broad agreement that we need to get the next generation of Republican leaders engaged as soon as possible, and few if any of them have the talent and skill of Marco Rubio, especially at the kind of communication and outreach he can deliver.  If the RNC wants to make a change at the top, they have an opportunity to get a big head start on the kind of transformation needed in the Republican approach.

While Rubio is busy being a Senator, he’s still in the minority, where he will have little ability to make an impact on legislation.  Many people think Rubio lacks a track record of executive experience; a two-year term running the RNC will at least give him an immediate opportunity to add significant executive experience to his resumé ahead of a possible presidential run in 2016.  It also gives Rubio even more of a platform to drive the Republican message and brand among voters who haven’t been inclined to listen to the GOP.  That would give us a chance to see what kind of executive Rubio makes — and enough time to look for other prospects if he doesn’t perform to expectations.

Rubio turned down an opportunity to run the NRSC, but the RNC chair would be better suited to his future anyway.  He’s also more a part of the GOP’s future than Jeb Bush and Haley Barbour.  This could be a big opportunity to immediately work on the apparent weaknesses of the GOP, rather than fall back to the establishment of the present and the past.


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Sorry, no.

The RNC is a money machine, not a campaign platform. If Rubio wants Pennsylvania Avenue – which I sincerely hope he does – he should stay far away, and let Priebus keep doing what he’s been doing.

KingGold on November 9, 2012 at 2:44 PM

I don’t care any more. Put a Capuchin monkey in charge if you want, we’re fighting an entitlement majority and Rubio won’t deliver a message they want to hear.

Bishop on November 9, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Make Big Bird the next RNC chair…it does not matter…

PatriotRider on November 9, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Rubio voted for the NDAA. So now, thanks to bi-partisanship, the president has the power to selectively and indefinitely detain US citizens on US soil – without affording them their 4th and 5th Amendment rights.

MoreLiberty on November 9, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Keep Reince. Rubio would be another Michael Steele in this category.

El_Terrible on November 9, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Rubio for 2016

This pick has to get us 40% to 50% of the hispanic vote!!!

LurkerDood on November 9, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Yeah, Priebus should go. Sorry, but you don’t keep your job after losing the WH plus all those Senate seats. The NRSC needs to clean house, too…top to bottom, they were awful.

changer1701 on November 9, 2012 at 2:46 PM

If you know your going to be in a biker club parking lot fight with Chicago thugs it is best your leader knows a bit about how to avoid get a motorcycle chain across the face and an ice pick in the back.

This one above not so much a bar fight guy.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on November 9, 2012 at 2:46 PM

I don’t think Reince Preibus did that bad of a job. But I understand that the GOP establishment has to blame somebody.

UltimateBob on November 9, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Reince Priebus did a good job. He was worlds better that Michael Steele and he should not be “blamed” for a public of leeches.

Marcus on November 9, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Rubio/Romney couldn’t even bring in Florida. In fact, 49% of Cubans voted for Obama.

Rubio/Jeb Bush/Karl Rove etc. gotta go

No more freakin establishment

God, stop picking our leaders for us!!!!!

Danielvito on November 9, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Boehner, McConnell, GOPers’…abstain from votes, just go back to your districts and let them do what they want…

PatriotRider on November 9, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Reince’s job is money, he got the money.

El_Terrible on November 9, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Not only no but, H3LL NO!

Mr. Arrogant on November 9, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Meh

cmsinaz on November 9, 2012 at 2:49 PM

WTH did Rubio ever do to obtain this god-like status in GOP circles? Good grief

gatorboy on November 9, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Haley Barbour maybe, but no more Bushes.

RoyalFlush on November 9, 2012 at 2:49 PM

What’s it matter? They’ll lie to destroy him and the MSM will lend their typical assist.

LET
IT
BURN

It’s the only way.

RedNewEnglander on November 9, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Yes! If it keeps him in the Steele role and away from being the token 2016 nominee.

sauldalinsky on November 9, 2012 at 2:50 PM

WTH did Rubio ever do to obtain this god-like status in GOP circles? Good grief

gatorboy on November 9, 2012 at 2:49 PM

The GOP got its butt whooped and is desperately singing amnesty and Rubio. I support a Rubio run, but no amnesty.

El_Terrible on November 9, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Someone who knows how to do recon behind their lines and not get caught, someone who smiles and says, “you f’n talking to me” as he puts the steeltoe work boot in their crouch.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on November 9, 2012 at 2:50 PM

So… we didn’t like Preibus’ work and the alternative is to bring in another RINO? Bush?

How about someone who can sell conservatism instead of GOP establishment talking points and RINO-isms?

Just a thought.

kim roy on November 9, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Koster’s campaign manager, Larry Stickney, said the state Republican party gave Koster less than $10,000 and the national committee less than $80,000.

“To be frank, we were on our own. Yet thanks to people such as you, we nearly overcame the odds,” Koster said in a message to supporters.

State Republican leaders said they wanted to see Koster meet certain campaign goals before they offered more money.

“We tried everything we could to work with him. He refused to meet us halfway,” state Republican Party Chairman Kirby Wilbur said. “John Koster lost this race. Nobody but John Koster lost this race.” (Writing by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Alex Dobuzinskis and Lisa Shumaker)
Yeah, the RNC is toast.
PS: Koster is very Conservative and had a very good chance of winning.

Mr. Arrogant on November 9, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Why doesn’t Romney take the job? Isn’t management his forte? Fix what the hell he broke.

Rocks on November 9, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Reince’s job is money, he got the money.

El_Terrible on November 9, 2012 at 2:48 PM

+1

It would be nice for a Republican to actually set the tone as RNC chair, but that’s asking for too much. It shouldn’t be the party apparatus that does the candidate’s work for them. Get the money.

HitNRun on November 9, 2012 at 2:53 PM

WHOA Petraeus!

Capitalist Hog on November 9, 2012 at 2:53 PM

So far the RNC etal have been very good at finding people who love to take sucker punches and seem to like getting their ass knocked backwards and gravel in the back of their dumb ass heads.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on November 9, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Sorry but this election has shown us that the GOP is lacking in modern campaign infrastructure big time. We need somebody on the job who can organize this party to be ready for battle in 2014, thats not the time to turn it into a performance platform for a trainee maybe-leader who can only be a part-time chairman because he sits in the Senate.

Valkyriepundit on November 9, 2012 at 2:53 PM

The GOP’s search for the “Next Big Thing” is ridiculous and depressing.

Bandwagon jumping is the new sport in the GOP.

portlandon on November 9, 2012 at 2:54 PM

No Rubio is needed in 2016

Flapjackmaka on November 9, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Rubio/Romney couldn’t even bring in Florida. In fact, 49% of Cubans voted for Obama.

Rubio/Jeb Bush/Karl Rove etc. gotta go

No more freakin establishment

God, stop picking our leaders for us!!!!!

Danielvito on November 9, 2012 at 2:47 PM

I guess Rubio didn’t pander or “message” enough – or at least that’s what the echo chamber is telling us – our messaging isn’t good enough and we aren’t “reaching out” enough.

Yet here we have this apparent superstar to the Hispanics and couldn’t bring in Florida. Bad messaging? Bad “outreach”?

But sure, let’s install him as the RNC chairman.

My head hurts.

kim roy on November 9, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Because the eSTAB repubs want to run him for POTUS. They have co-opted this former Tea Party repub and made him a sell out! The eSTAB repubs are your enemy to deal with. Keep up the insanity of thinking these clowns are on your side and you will be handed another sharp knife, right between the shoulder blades! Get on a Reagan Conservative message or watch how you continue to lose votes, every election! No one trusts these Back Stabbers! So, go down with the sinking ship or get rid of the dead weight that’s holding you down; The eSTAB-Conservatives-in-the-Back repubs!
Fight the Obama Enemy media or keep losing elections: http://paratisiusa.blogspot.com/2012/09/an-open-letter-to-those-who-should-know.html?spref=tw

God Bless America!

paratisi on November 9, 2012 at 2:55 PM

I’d like to see the RNC raise any money at all after this loss.

*snort*

ElectricPhase on November 9, 2012 at 2:55 PM

meh

Old Fritz on November 9, 2012 at 2:55 PM

I don’t care any more. Put a Capuchin monkey in charge if you want, we’re fighting an entitlement majority and Rubio won’t deliver a message they want to hear.

Bishop on November 9, 2012 at 2:45 PM

48% of the FL Cubanos voted for Obama.

Let them all eat cake.

Schadenfreude on November 9, 2012 at 2:55 PM

This could be a big opportunity to immediately work on the apparent weaknesses of the GOP, rather than fall back to the establishment of the present and the past.

Do you mean the “establishment” that barely embraced the Tea Party Patriots or wouldn’t let Sarah Palin near a podium—both that might have produced enough votes to put Romney in the WH? Can’t wait to see the demographics of who didn’t turn out and why.

Rovin on November 9, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Didn’t we already try the whole minority RNC chair thing already. It’s the hispanics turn now. Who is the Asian we have lined up to replace Rubio?

Mark1971 on November 9, 2012 at 2:56 PM

State by state “drill Sgt.’s” in charge of voter reg., precicent by precicent, county by county , dist. by dist. then dry runs at voteing, dry runs at getting out the vote.

Results management.

Start early, quit late.

Hard ass, use all the E-9 retired Marines we can find to do the org. and making sure the work gets done.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on November 9, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Yet here we have this apparent superstar to the Hispanics and couldn’t bring in Florida.

Was Rubio on the ticket? Last time I checked endorsements dont do shit.

Flapjackmaka on November 9, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Good News: Obama Won County in Ohio with 108% Voter Registration
http://www.punditpress.com/2012/11/good-news-obama-won-county-in-ohio-with.html

I can’t believe President Obama’s luck. First, he received over 99% of the vote in districts where GOP inspectors were illegally removed. Next, he won 100% of the vote in 21 districts in Cleveland. Well, he’s gotten another lucky break!

Mr. Obama won Wood County in Ohio this year. That’s right, Mr. Obama won the majority of Wood County’s 108% of registered voters. That’s not a typo.

In 2012, 106,258 people in Wood County are registered to vote out of an eligible 98,213. But it certainly must all be a coincidence, right?

Colbyjack on November 9, 2012 at 2:58 PM

Bishop on November 9, 2012 at 2:45 PM

LoLz..:)

Dire Straits on November 9, 2012 at 2:58 PM

The GOP’s search for the “Next Big Thing” is ridiculous and depressing.

Bandwagon jumping is the new sport in the GOP.

portlandon on November 9, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Along with the new “Kicking Them When They’re Down” theme.

JPeterman on November 9, 2012 at 2:58 PM

There’s no “debate” over the election of the filthy Communist. The fact remains that America has fallen, and the parasitical insects simply outnumber the worker bees. And that disgusting truth will only get worse. My dad told me, long ago – he died in 1990 – that this day would come. I’m glad that he didn’t see it. But, I did. And I am repulsed with America.

I’m 54, and I have seen America fall into the cesspool of Socialism. I don’t think that she will ever regain her honor.

She’s nothing but another, filthy, Socialist state – full of a majority of parasites, who prefer a life on their knees, begging for a State handout, instead of a people who stand tall, living in liberty.

America is lost.

OhEssYouCowboys on November 9, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Break the things we have now, rebuild a better machine with new parts.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on November 9, 2012 at 2:59 PM

How many times do we have to lose before the cement heads in the establishment figure our they HAVE NO GRASSROOTS. By the time they figure it out our country is finished.

NO MORE- Bushes, Karl Rove, B*tch McConnell and his senate leadership team, No more Boner and his congressional leadership team, no krauthammer, coulter, DICK morris,peggy noonan, RNC leadership, Chris christie, RINO”S etc.

Time for new leadership, grassroots.

Incredible, you win the 2010 midterms in a landslide, running on obamacare etc.. AND THOSE CHUMPS IN WASHINGTON NOMINATE THE GUY WHO WAS THE FATHER OF OBAMACARE.

Almost as if they wanted to lose!!!

Danielvito on November 9, 2012 at 2:59 PM

“… rather than fall back to the establishment of the present and the past.”

I think I see the problem here…

… While the rest of us are about to bent over a barrel and rode dirty doggy style by Obowma and his ilk, I’m sure the RNC establishment are just fine and dandy, thank you very much.

This whole thing needs to be burnt to the ground Keyser Soze style and those responsible on both sides held accountable…

… then we can have a discussion on who will head the RNC, if that’s even what we will be calling it.

Seven Percent Solution on November 9, 2012 at 3:00 PM

BREAKING: Petraeus resigns as CIA director..

El_Terrible on November 9, 2012 at 3:00 PM

David Petraeus just “resigned”

CoffeeLover on November 9, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Breaking

Petraeus Resigns

JPeterman on November 9, 2012 at 3:00 PM

OhEssYouCowboys,

Quit and you never win.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on November 9, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Obama won 48% of the FL Cuban-American vote, the most ever for a liberal. How, exactly, does that argue for wider deployment of Rubio? If I recall, we lost his state, inexplicably.

Jaibones on November 9, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Reince was fine — he righted the listing RNC following Steele’s disastrous tenure, and raised enough money to keep Romney competitive.

Lets not scapegoat the people who did their jobs.

Revenant on November 9, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Rubio for 2016

This pick has to get us 40% to 50% of the hispanic vote!!!

LurkerDood on November 9, 2012 at 2:46 PM

If we had won 40% of the Hispanic vote, Mitt Romney doesn’t add a single state. Nada. If we win 60% of the Hispanic vote, we still lose this election. We still lose Ohio and Virginia, which btw were only lost by 2% and 3%. Hispanics add very little to the battle ground states.

The Hispanic vote is just 10.0% of the vote. About half of that in 5 non battle ground states. It will be just 11% of the vote if illegal immigrants are not granted the right to vote. If they are allowed to vote it could be 15-20% in 2016. That is when the Latino vote would end republicanism.

Do not buy the lies being pushed by the media and establishment.

KMav on November 9, 2012 at 3:01 PM

No, keep Priebus. The RNC has two jobs: money and messaging. He’s done both incredibly well. The ORCA Project failure is on Team Romney, the party committees have never been responsible for the ground game, it always falls on the presidential campaigns. Likewise, it is not Priebus’s fault that two GOP Senate candidates shot their mouths off, lost gimme seats and probably did some national damage to RR and other Republicans.

Final example: 2010 happened on Michael Steele’s watch. If there ever was an example to discredit the idea that the RNC Chair’s competence or lack thereof is a major factor in deciding elections, that would be it.

Short version: Keep Priebus, he’s doing a great job of rolling in money and not saying stupid things.

LukeinNE on November 9, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Who is the Asian we have lined up to replace Rubio?

Mark1971 on November 9, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Michelle Malkin.

the_nile on November 9, 2012 at 3:02 PM

OT: This idiot Obama is still lying through his teeth about not increasing taxes on the middle class! Can’t believe this friggin’ guy.

(My news/current events sabbatical approacheth.)

RedCrow on November 9, 2012 at 3:03 PM

OT

LMFAO, newsbreak on the radio playing audio of victims of Sandy. Still sitting on their asses waiting for Team Government to come save them.

tom daschle concerned on November 9, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Can I please go into one thread without seeing a Bush being suggested for something? Please?

Shump on November 9, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Michelle Malkin.

the_nile on November 9, 2012 at 3:02 PM

I don’t think she could win, but it would be delicious.

RedCrow on November 9, 2012 at 3:03 PM

OhEssYouCowboys,

Quit and you never win.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on November 9, 2012 at 3:01 PM

America quit, and that is why she is lost.

I’m repulsed by my own country.

OhEssYouCowboys on November 9, 2012 at 3:04 PM

I’d like to see the RNC raise any money at all after this loss.

*snort*

ElectricPhase on November 9, 2012 at 2:55 PM

We’ll see how good he is if he can still get some cash coming in. I didn’t have any issue with him. He was a good interview and feisty. If he was doing his job, which is bringing in the dollars and not embarrassing the brand, then why fire him. It wold just be nice to have someone who can also “message” conservatism.

kim roy on November 9, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Breaking

Petraeus Resigns

JPeterman on November 9, 2012 at 3:00 PM

“Petraeus has cited an extra-marital affair as one of the contributing factors.”

Hmmm…. Was he being blackmailed to keep quiet about something?

ElectricPhase on November 9, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Do not buy the lies being pushed by the media and establishment.

KMav on November 9, 2012 at 3:01 PM

You’ve seen the stories (very few) on Obama’s incredible performance in PA and OH?

I’m very curious to see if anyone is going to look deeper into this.

RedCrow on November 9, 2012 at 3:06 PM

BREAKING: Petraeus resigns as CIA director..

El_Terrible on November 9, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Hmmm. Does he have stories to tell us? Should be interesting.

kim roy on November 9, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Do not buy the lies being pushed by the media and establishment.

KMav on November 9, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Yup.

the_nile on November 9, 2012 at 3:08 PM

I’m going with RNC chair as a money-raising and management position, not a leadership position. Priebus has done a tremendous job cleaning up the wreckage from Michael Steele’s disastrous tenure, and he should continue as RNC chair if he still wants the job.

Look, we don’t need to reinvent the party. We just need a better candidate next time who people find more likeable, and who does a better job convincing Americans of all incomes that they will be better off under Republican policies. The easiest way for a candidate to convince Americans that they will be better off under Republican policies is if our candidate comes from humble beginnings so he/she can offer their own personal experience as evidence that conservatism helps everyone.

I’m sorry, but at the end of the day, Romney was a rich guy, from rich beginnings, who the bulk of Americans did not like on a personal level. You can be a rich guy from rich beginnings and still win if the country still thinks of you as “one of the guys” (see: George W. Bush), but it is very hard to win when the candidate’s life experience is viewed as putting him out of touch with the concerns of ordinary Americans, and the candidate isn’t all too likeable to begin with.

Lawdawg86 on November 9, 2012 at 3:08 PM

“Petraeus has cited an extra-marital affair as one of the contributing factors.”

Hmmm…. Was he being blackmailed to keep quiet about something?

ElectricPhase on November 9, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Ha ha , coverup. What an idiot he is.

the_nile on November 9, 2012 at 3:09 PM

PS: Koster is very Conservative and had a very good chance of winning.

Mr. Arrogant on November 9, 2012 at 2:52 PM

I said this on another blog, and I’m going to add it here:
There needs to be some serious re-evaluation going on in several areas.

First, the Republican party better grow a set and figure out what it really is. We can’t have a party that has people like Olympia Snow, Lincoln Chaffee on one hand while we have Sarah Palin, Bobby Jindal, and Paul Ryan on the other end of the spectrum. The positions these two ends of the spectrum present such a dichotomy, no wonder the electorate is confused. The Dems have the advantage that they are all marxists; they may not admit it publicly, they will run as conservatives, but rule as marxists. The Republican party cannot run as “dem-lite”; they’ve tried it now for the last two election cycles; it doesn’t work; you can’t out-promise a democrat. The Republican party has tried the moderate/liberal candidate, pushed by the Republican elite as the only one who will be able to “appeal to the independents and win the election”. Hasn’t worked the last four times it’s been tried (Bush I, 1992, Dole, McCain, now Romney) and it barely worked with Bush II.

The time for a conservative third party is here. Now is the time to start working the 2014 election cycle and sending the RINOs and GOP elite packing. If the Republican elite fear conservatives in the party more than the opposition party; and they’ve amply demonstrated that they do, then it’s time to stand up a party that stands for constitutional principles.

Secondly, there needs to be a serious deep-dive, precinct by precinct into the electorate this cycle. All voter roles need to examined, we need to find out how many dead people voted, how many people with 30 occupants at a vacant lot address voted, how many precincts had 90% turnout or more in democrat districts. We’ve got to get our arms around the extent of voter fraud. I did a quick analysis of some of the swing states yesterday and was able to turn the election if some of those states had enough fraud in the urban centers to nullify the votes of the rural areas. This needs to be examined and solved. We aren’t going to win elections when people vote 4 times and are able to brag about it, when votes keep getting “found” until the democrat wins, when the dead vote and 30 people who miraculously live at the same address that happens to be a vacant lot are voting. Mail-in ballots and early voting are great opportunities for vote fraud, why do you think the dems were so eager to get those policies implemented. Same with “motor voter” registration. We are rapidly losing the integrity of the process. Dump the electronic voting machines and go back to the paper ballots. If you are too stupid to figure out a paper or punch ballot, you shouldn’t be voting anyway.

AZfederalist on November 9, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Wow. An Establsihment supporter cheerleading for the Establishment. Dog bites man.

Dante on November 9, 2012 at 3:10 PM

You’ve seen the stories (very few) on Obama’s incredible performance in PA and OH?

I’m very curious to see if anyone is going to look deeper into this.

RedCrow on November 9, 2012 at 3:06 PM

You mean like how Obama won a district 1400+ to 0? Yah. Does the media care? Right.

KMav on November 9, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Petraeus: Extra Marital Affair….????

but coming right before the Benghazi hearing

CoffeeLover on November 9, 2012 at 3:13 PM

America is over $16 trillion in debt. The “official” unemployment rate still hovers around 8%.

Our federal government claims the right to spy on American citizens, indefinitely detain them, and even assassinate them without trial.

Domestic drones fly over the country for civilian surveillance.

Twelve million fewer Americans voted in 2012 than in 2008, yet political pundits scratch their heads.

It’s not hard to see why, though.

To go along with endorsing a never-ending policy of bailouts, “stimulus packages,” and foreign military adventurism, the establishment of neither major party questions the assaults on Americans’ liberties I’ve named above.

As my campaign showed, the American people are fed up. Many realized heading into Tuesday that regardless of who won the presidential election, the status quo would be the real victor.

GOP leadership is now questioning why they didn’t perform better.

They’re looking at demographic changes in the United States and implying minorities can only be brought into the party by loudly advocating for abandoning what little remains of their limited government platform and endorsing more statist policies.

My presidential campaign proved that standing for freedom brings people together.

Liberty is popular – regardless of race, religion, or creed.

As long as the GOP establishment continues to not only reject the liberty message, but actively drive away the young, diverse coalition that supports those principles, it will see results similar to Tuesday’s outcome.

A renewed respect for liberty is the only way forward for the Republican Party and for our country.

I urge all my Republican colleagues to join the liberty movement in fighting for a brighter future.

- Congressman Ron Paul

Dante on November 9, 2012 at 3:14 PM

RNC Chair is a useless position. Especially for the front-runner for the Republican nomination.

milcus on November 9, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Yeah, Priebus should go. Sorry, but you don’t keep your job after losing the WH plus all those Senate seats. The NRSC needs to clean house, too…top to bottom, they were awful.

changer1701

The senate seats are mostly not on Priebus. No RNC head can’t stop idiots from making stupid comments nor the media from painting every republican with those comments. Before Priebus the RNC was broke and couldn’t raise a tent. Afterwards, different story. Maybe get a spokeman and make Priebus more seen than heard.

Zaggs on November 9, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Yes Rubio will be our Head Hispanderer.

Wigglesworth on November 9, 2012 at 3:16 PM

You mean like how Obama won a district 1400+ to 0? Yah. Does the media care? Right.

KMav on November 9, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Also, how does he win with 100% of the vote in 24(?) districts??
Even if his support was indeed 100%, you mean no one made a mistake? Not a single errant vote throughout northern Ohio?

And, not a single person in any of those districts secretly closeted and voting against Obama?

No way.

RedCrow on November 9, 2012 at 3:17 PM

The RNC is not the problem. Republican primary voters are the problem. Unless the RNC can somehow fix that problem, who cares who runs it?

joe_doufu on November 9, 2012 at 3:18 PM

The reason we continue to have trouble is that the party fails to understand what the point of these posts are. The point of the RNC is to raise money and get out the vote, not to develop future leaders.

We need to make dramatic changes to how we approach GOTV to catch up with Democrats. We need someone that has ideas, and the experience to make those ideas happen. I want someone that says “hey this should be our online strategy”, or “hey this data could helps us improve our targeting”. We should not be saying “hey this guy might look really good in this post”. This sort of idea is exactly how we ended up with Steele in there.

SethEllis on November 9, 2012 at 3:18 PM

Swine Petraeus covered up for Obama on Benghazi.

Why did he not resign ahead of the election?

To Hades with him. He s/b tried for treason.

Schadenfreude on November 9, 2012 at 3:18 PM

You mean like how Obama won a district 1400+ to 0? Yah. Does the media care? Right.

KMav on November 9, 2012 at 3:12 PM

And how he lost every state that requires photo ID for voting?

joe_doufu on November 9, 2012 at 3:19 PM

AZfederalist on November 9, 2012 at 3:10 PM

+1million

totherightofthem on November 9, 2012 at 3:20 PM

There seems to be broad agreement that we need to get the next generation of Republican leaders engaged as soon as possible, and few if any of them have the talent and skill of Marco Rubio, especially at the kind of communication and outreach he can deliver.

WTH? He couldn’t even deliver more than half of Hispanics in Florida.

thphilli on November 9, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Keep Priebus. The guy is literally born for the job. His name, without the vowels, is the exact job description – RNC PR BS.

Archivarix on November 9, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Reince was fine — he righted the listing RNC following Steele’s disastrous tenure, and raised enough money to keep Romney competitive.

Lets not scapegoat the people who did their jobs.

Revenant on November 9, 2012 at 3:01 PM

yep, he did a great job finance-wise…

jimver on November 9, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Keep Priebus. The guy is literally born for the job. His name, without the vowels, is the exact job description – RNC PR BS.

Archivarix on November 9, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Lol! Good catch!

RedCrow on November 9, 2012 at 3:24 PM

And, not a single person in any of those districts secretly closeted and voting against Obama?

No way.

RedCrow on November 9, 2012 at 3:17 PM

I’m holding my breath waiting for Eric Holder to check into that. Hasn’t he already started the investigation?

Archivarix on November 9, 2012 at 3:25 PM

First, we were told that Romney was the most electable GOP candidate. He was one of the least electable, despite the MittBots’ programming that says otherwise.

Now, we’re being told that Hispandering, in the form of a man who supported government-controlled internet and has never done anything outside government, is a good idea. Again, by the same folks.

I’ll pass, thanks anyway.

avgjo on November 9, 2012 at 3:25 PM

And how he lost every state that requires photo ID for voting?

joe_doufu on November 9, 2012 at 3:19 PM

Where is this claim coming from? Michigan requires photo i.d. Obama won it. With a Republican governor and legislature, no less.

Something deeper and more, I hate to say it, sinister happened in this election. I personally know election challengers in Michigan with stories of rampant fraud and electioneering at the polls in Detroit. It’s not just photo i.d. that is necessary. AZ Federalist is right. We need to go back to paper ballots, no early voting and strict rules for absentee ballots. Ballots need to be delivered to the military well in time for them to return them and get their votes counted and the voter rolls need to be gone over with a fine tooth comb. Litigation will result, but I don’t care. This needs to see the light of day and the louder the demand for answers the greater the possibility for solutions.

totherightofthem on November 9, 2012 at 3:26 PM

We need to go back to paper ballots, no early voting and strict rules for absentee ballots.

totherightofthem on November 9, 2012 at 3:26 PM

It’s about as late for that as to reverse the sheer populist idiocy of the Twenty-Sixth Amendment. The genie is out of the bottle, and as time goes the field tilts farther to the left.

Archivarix on November 9, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Danielvito on November 9, 2012 at 2:59 PM
AZfederalist on November 9, 2012 at 3:10 PM
Dante on November 9, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Third parties have galvanizing leadership, a huge issue or two, and an economic tide behind them.

Unless this economy collapses and Cong. Paul gets a make over, the right didn’t just run against Santa Clause, they would have to believe in him to replace the GOP at this point.

BTW, the guys you mentioned did not pick Mitt. The primaries did.

You guys are smart. Pray for Rubio, if anything.

Keep Mr. Rubio away from any GOP office unless you just want to make him a figurehead. The ammo most jobs in the GOP would give to the Dems to use on him is amazing.

IlikedAUH2O on November 9, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Rubio is a sleazy guy who enriched himself, his family, and his supporters while working his way up in the FL House. Good God he is your typical corrupt FL politician. He speaks well and is nto white, though, so by all means he is the second coming or something.

RW Wacko on November 9, 2012 at 3:33 PM

♪♫ ♫

Any way you can pander,
I can do better…

slickwillie2001 on November 9, 2012 at 3:33 PM

And, not a single person in any of those districts secretly closeted and voting against Obama?

No way.

RedCrow on November 9, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Doesn’t pass the laugh test, does it?

Following that link, there is some bubble-headed lib trying to argue that 108% is perfectly fine because the original number was based on the 2010 census. People are trying to educate it, but, as with most liberals, math is hard and it’s not listening.

AZfederalist on November 9, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Reince Preibus took over a really messed up organization, cleaned it up, got its finances in order, and helped aid a campaign good enough to spook a lot of Democrats until an unforeseeable hurricane, some poor judgment on Chris Christie’s part, a badly mis-informed electorate, and some really strong GOTV efforts of Dems dragged Obama back across the finish line.

I would vote for letting Preibus stay in with unmistakeable instructions to do better for 2014. We need to be immediately figuring out what went wrong and coming up with strategies to fix it. Voting someone new in would slow that process down. He’s been made to look bad, let’s let his desire to redeem himself work for us.

Jill1066 on November 9, 2012 at 3:35 PM

It’s about as late for that as to reverse the sheer populist idiocy of the Twenty-Sixth Amendment. The genie is out of the bottle, and as time goes the field tilts farther to the left.

Archivarix on November 9, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Buzzkill. ;) Here I was, just managing to slowly emerge from my dispirited torpor and you have to splash the cold water of harsh reality on my. Thanks.

totherightofthem on November 9, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Or, on me, to be more precise.

totherightofthem on November 9, 2012 at 3:36 PM

If he is a conservative, let him lead a new party.

Unless, of course, he is a RINO.

Well, “RINO” is an unnecessary term now.

davidk on November 9, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Marco! Marco! Marco!

Baby face will save us!

Next best thing to Jeb Bush!

He will win the pro illegal vote!

He is our salvation!

Oh dear God! Gag me with a pitchfork!

VorDaj on November 9, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Keep Priebus. The guy is literally born for the job. His name, without the vowels, is the exact job description – RNC PR BS.

Archivarix on November 9, 2012 at 3:23 PM

LOL!!!!! Great catch there!

UltimateBob on November 9, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Lol! Good catch!

RedCrow on November 9, 2012 at 3:24 PM

LOL!!!!! Great catch there!

UltimateBob on November 9, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Beat me by several minutes while I was reading through the comments.

Great minds, and all that.

UltimateBob on November 9, 2012 at 3:42 PM

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