A New Day, A New Leadership!
From the ashes of our defeat yesterday, I think that one thing is absolutely clear. IT'S TIME FOR A CHANGE IN LEADERSHIP! Here are my humble suggestions:
RNC CHAIR: Ken Mehlman, he of the Bush/Chafee/RINO ilk, must go. For starters, he is nowhere near being a conservative. Secondly, he presided over the worst Republican defeat in recent history. Although just about every political force was aligned against the GOP this year, there is still enough blame to go around, and Mehlman needs to stake his claim. Although we would have loved to have picked up the Senate races in New Jersey and Maryland, they were long shots even in a good year for the GOP. These are blue states, that in this terrible environment for Republicans, were going to go Democrat no matter what. Yet we blew millions of dollars, and countless hours of effort pursuing these pipe dreams. I personally like Steele and Kean, but when the Senate is at stake, I'm sorry guys, it just wasn't your year. Had we spent these resources on the "firewall," Virginia, Montana, and with them the Senate would have been saved. And Allen and Burns are a heck of a lot more conservative than Kean and Steele. Also, Mehlman decided that it was absolutely essential that we win symbolic victories in the old seats of DeLay and Foley. Despite the obvious stupidity of wasting millions of dollars trying to get people to write in "Sekula-Gibbs," and vote for Foley, we did it anyway! If these resources had been spent elsewhere, we would have picked up GA-8(we are down by less than 1,000 votes), and GA-12(we lost by about 2%), hands down. So here's my plan. Let's replace the person who presided over our worst defeat, with the person who presided over our most impressive victory. Newt definitely wants to run for President. I just don't think he can win. But he is the best organizer, policy writer, fund-raiser, and campaigner our party has. We should put his skills to good use, and draft Newt to run for RNC chair. He is the most qualified person for the position, and would do an amazing job.
MY PICK: NEWT GINGRICH
OTHER POSSIBLES: BOB BARR, PAT TOOMEY(HAS DONE AN EXCELLENT JOB RUNNING THE CLUB FOR GROWTH), GEORGE ALLEN (IF HE ENDS UP LOSING, WHICH HE PROBABLY WILL. HE DID A GREAT JOB AS NRSC CHAIR.)
HOUSE MINORITY LEADER: The Blunt/DeLay pro-pork wing of the House taught us something we never would have otherwise guessed. According to the 2006 election results (SURPRISE), apparently voters don't approve of pork, deficits, and corruption. It's time to return to our ethical, fiscally conservative, limited-government roots. Who better to do that than Mike Pence!
MY PICK: MIKE PENCE
OTHER POSSIBLES: JEFF FLAKE, JOHN SHADEGG, MARSHA BLACKBURN, ROSCOE BARTLETT(MARYLAND CONSERVATIVE, IF YOU'RE NOT FAMILIAR WITH HIM, LOOK HIM UP, GREAT MAN!)
HOUSE MINORITY WHIP: I'll assume that Pence gets the job as Minority Leader. In that case, I think Shadegg would be the best #2.
MY PICK: JOHN SHADEGG
OTHER POSSIBLES: MIKE PENCE(IF HE DOESN'T GET MINORITY LEADER.), JEFF FLAKE, MARSHA BLACKBURN, ROSCOE BARTLETT.
SENATE MINORITY LEADER: The one good thing about 2006 is that at least now Bill Frist(R-Daschle) is gone. So who should take his place? A conservative, who is not afraid to fight, and who can explain our positions to the American people. I look to the Senate Amnesty Bill for inspiration. Although many Republicans in the Senate opposed it, there was one man who took point on the issue. He gathered all the information about what that monstrosity would do, and he took that to the American people, and led the fight against McCain/Kennedy. He is also well spoken, and a definite conservative who also led the fight for Alito's confirmation. This amazing man is Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL).
MY PICK: JEFF SESSIONS
OTHER POSSIBLES: TOM COBURN, DAVID VITTER, LINDSAY GRAHAM(JUST KIDDING!)
SENATE MINORITY WHIP: As much as I love Tom Coburn, and would love to see him in the #2 spot, I don't think he's the best man for the job. Senate Republicans are notorious for breaking ranks, and the job of the Whip is to keep the troops in line, and keep them conservative. And while I don't think Coburn would do a bad job at this, there is one person who would top all others. I'm sure alot of you will disagree with this, but that person is Trent Lott. Yes he likes pork, and yes he has controversy surrounding him(The Strom Thurmond Incident), but he knows how to get the job done. When he was Majority Leader he ran a tight ship(we walked all over Daschle), and he kept unity among Senate Republicans better than anyone else ever has. And since we'll be in the minority, unity will be more important than ever.
MY PICK: TRENT LOTT
OTHER POSSIBLES: TOM COBURN, DAVID VITTER, ORRIN HATCH.
Well, there you have it. Please post any thoughts, comments, or suggestions you might have.