Some writer named Michael Walsh wrote an article at National Review Online entitled “The Stupid Party” about the Reince Priebus “strategy” advising that Republican Party “surrogates should refrain from personal attacks against President Barack Obama” in the 2012 election cycle. You can read Mr. Walsh’s article about the Priebus strategy here. I read Mr. Walsh’s bio on the web and, while he may be a prolific and successful writer, I did not see any evidence that he has any actual political party experience.
From Mr. Walsh’s article:
I took some grief on the recent NR cruise by telling the group that I thought Mitt Romney would lose to Barack Obama rather handily. That for some mysterious reason Obama continues to have relatively strong personal-approval numbers and a substantial, reliable base, which Romney doesn’t. As a typical standard-issue Republican, Romney wouldn’t have the heart or the courage to take the fight to the president, but instead would debate around the edges, and lose.
If this is to be believed, that’s the actual strategy:
Republicans on a private Republican National Committee conference call with allies warned Tuesday that party surrogates should refrain from personal attacks against President Barack Obama, because such a strategy is too hazardous for the GOP.
“We’re hesitant to jump on board with heavy attacks” personally against President Obama, Nicholas Thompson, the vice president of Tarrance Group, a Republican polling firm, said on the call. “There’s a lot of people who feel sorry for him.”
Recent polling data indicates that while the president still suffers significantly low job approval ratings, voters still give “high approval” to Obama personally, Thompson said.
Voters “don’t think he’s an evil man who’s out to change the United States” for the worse — even though many of the same survey respondents agree that his policies have harmed the country, Thompson said. The upshot, Thompson stressed, is that Republicans should “exercise some caution” when talking about the president personally.
Gee, if Obama’s personal-approval numbers are still high, why would you want to take them down? Let them stay there, lest the Democrat-Media Complex accuse you of being a blue meanie.
I do not disagree with Mr. Walsh’s assessment. What I find troubling, and naive, is Mr. Walsh’s apparent assumption, and of most conservatives, it seems, that merely writing about the foibles of the RNC and its Chairman will somehow change them. It won’t. Reince Priebus and the RNC do not care what Mr. Walsh nor anyone else writes about them. The ONLY people they care about are the people who elected them. And those people are the RNC delegates. Who were elected in their respective states by the Republicans who are inside the Party. The precinct committeemen. I did not see anything in Mr. Walsh’s bio that indicated that he had ever been a precinct committeeman.
About half of the 400,000 or so Republican Party precinct committeemen slots in the Party are vacant. If conservatives like Mr. Walsh would fill them up, then they could elect new, better, “more conservative” RNC leadership. They could quit complaining about the “Stupid Party” and change it into the “Smart Conservative Party.” But that would mean actually doing something. That would mean actually becoming a ball player inside the real ball game of politics — party politics — instead of remaining in the bleachers, yelling at the ball players.
That would mean doing something other than just writing and hoping.
If we want to change the Republican Party we have to get inside it and change it from within. And that means becoming an actual voting member of it. Precinct committeemen are the Republican Party. They elect, directly or indirectly, all of the Party officers. The reason the Republican Party officers are not “conservative enough” is because not enough conservatives, like the complaining Mr. Walsh, are “in” the Party — in the precinct committeeman ranks.
Have you ever received a mailer from the Republican Party “leaders” explaining any of this? Exhorting you to join the Party as a voting member of it? Telling you that over half of the precinct committeeman slots are vacant? That about one third of the precincts in American have not one Republican precinct committeeman? Why do you think they won’t tell you? It’s because they don’t want you to come into their little kingdom and remove them from power. It’s not hard to become a precinct committeeman. Becoming an effective one entails only reading some committee bylaws and then making a few phone calls and perhaps knocking on a few doors in your neighborhood.
1. To change things, we must change the laws.
2. To change the laws, we must change the people who make the laws.
3. To get elected, your candidate must be on the ballot.
4. To get on the November ballot, your candidate must win the primary election.
5. To win the Primary, your candidate must get the support of people who make endorsements in the primary election, who reliably vote in the primary election, and who get out the vote of others in the primary election. Those people are the precinct committeemen.
Real change will not just happen.
Most importantly, by becoming a precinct pommitteeman, YOU GET TO ACTUALLY VOTE FOR THE PARTY LEADERSHIP. YOU GET TO CAST A VOTE FOR YOUR LOCAL REPUBLICAN LEADERS UP TO THE COUNTY LEVEL, AND THEN GET TO ELECT ELECTORS WHO ELECT THE STATE AND NATIONAL PARTY LEADERS. If those who accept, understand and advocate conservative principles become a majority IN THE PARTY RANKS, guess what? The Party leadership voted in will be those who accept, understand and advocate conservative principles. THE WINNING PRINCIPLES THAT PRODUCED THE REAGAN LANDSLIDES. The Party again might appear to the voters to offer a clear choice from the Democrat Party, rather than an echo of it. HELP MAKE IT HAPPEN – YOUR COUNTRY NEEDS YOU.
See the links below if you want to do something that will actually change the Republican Party.