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Fight for Leadership of the Republican Party November 11, 2008

Posted by neoavatara in Politics.
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http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/11/us/politics/11repubs.html?hp

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/nov/11/gingrich-steele-duel-for-rnc-leadership/ 11repubs600

The battle begins.

With McCain now an afterthought, the titular leadership of the Republican party is up for grabs.  Much like in 2000 and 2004 with the Democrats, no apparent leader is readily available…and so the search begins.

First will be the annointing of the RNC chairman.  Apparently Former Speaker Newt Gingrich and Michael Steele, chairman of GOPAC, are the lead candidates.  Mr. Steele has an Op-Ed out today as well:  http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122637487379316665.html.

Although Mr. Steele is an excellent candidate, I think Mr. Gingrich is probably the right man for the job.  Newt has shown that he can consolidate the many diverse ideas of the Republican Party into a cohesive message…something that is serious lacking as of today within the Party.  Mr. Steele might actually be a better manager…but right now, vision is what the Party needs, and Mr. Gingrich is more likely to provide that.  In addition, Newt is appropriately positioned to help Republicans take back seats in 2010…he obviously knows the Congressional map as well as anyone.

The Republican Governors meeting will be the next interesting showdown.  Sarah Palin of Alaska, Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota, Charlie Crist of Florida, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Haley Barbour of Mississippi and Mark Sanford of South Carolina will all be speaking…basically what remains of the who’s who of Republican Politics.  It will be interesting to see if any of these candidates can step to the forefront.  Ms. Palin clearly is the superstar of the moment…but don’t be surprised if Gov. Jindal or Gov. Pawlenty make a splash.

Additionally, don’t listen to the pundits…I feel that the direction the party will take for the next two years will be decided before Mr. Obama is sworn is as President.  Will this be a right of center party, or will it revert to the moderate ideas of Mr. McCain.  I think we will see this decided quite quickly.  And soon after, we will see leaders arise…a vacuum is currently present, and they don’t stay empty for long.  Several men and women will fill the power vacuum, and that should show us quite quickly the general direction of the party.

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1. neoavatara - November 11, 2008

http://elections.foxnews.com/2008/11/11/steele-likely-seek-rnc-leadership-post/
Appears that Gingrich is going to pull out of the running, letting Michael Steele take the position of chairman. Steele is an excellent candidate, although only time will tell whether he can provide the party with a unified voice that can take them forward.


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