A Leaderless Party

This news can't bode well for the reelection hopes of Republican National Committee chairman Bob Duncan.

For the first time in party history, members of the Republican National Committee have called their own unscheduled meeting without the aid of the Washington-based party apparatus.

Organized by North Dakota Republican Party chairman Gary Emineth, the meeting will convene for the specific purpose of hosting a forum for candidates running to chair the national committee. Members will meet at an as-of-yet-undecided location in Washington on January 7.


Several RNC watchers who did not sign on to the meeting but who support it nonetheless say the meeting is a victory for those running to unseat incumbent chairman Mike Duncan. The meeting will give the other five prominent candidates an opportunity to campaign amongst the 168 voting national committee members in advance of the election, which takes place during the last weekend in January.

Taegan Goddard correctly writes, "It's just another sign that the Republican party lacks a natural leader after getting blown out in two consecutive election cycles." And with Politico reporting that Ken Blackwell, whose candidacy for the Governorship of Ohio two years ago was an unmitigated failure, "appears to be leading in the race to become the next chairman" of the RNC, it looks like the Republican Party could be without a leader -- or at least a meaningful one who has the capacity to connect with the American people -- for some time to come.

Tags: Republican Party, RNC (all tags)



Blackwell or Steele

I wouldn't be shocked to see either of these two people be the next leader.   In order to appear 'modern' the GOP is going to engage in its own affirmative action program by putting a Black man as leader.  It is going to be a decision driven more by race than by the content of the character of the individual.

Unfortunately, too many Americans will not see through the hypocracy of the decision, but instead laud it as a great step forward.

by gavoter 2008-12-29 08:44AM | 0 recs
It's a media driven move..

To put either of those two gentleman in charge.

It allows them to take much more of a free shot at Obama, sadly, because THEIR being black gives them some sort of immunity.

Unfortunately, they represent a base at odds with racial equality, hell, ANY kind of equality.

It's a party of the clueless mob and the power elite, and the tenious alliance has been fractured.

There will be a war between the Mitt Romney/George Will Wing/ and the Sarah Palin/RR wing over the course of the next 2-4 years.

Anyone that presides over that will have minimum effect, until they define what they hell they are anymore.

by WashStateBlue 2008-12-29 09:23AM | 0 recs
Re: A Leaderless Party

Republicans, such fun.  Here's a little swipe.

The Colonel and Company comic strip

by MtnFrost 2008-12-29 09:44AM | 0 recs


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