It now appears that Newt Gingrich and Michael Steele are both battling it out for the RNC Chairman’s race. According to the Washington Times, both Gingrich and Steele have been trying to line up supporters to become the next Chairman. I like Michael Steele, but I also like Newt Gingrich as well, and I would like to propose the compromise deal. Why can’t they both become co-chairmen of the party? Both Gingrich and Steele bring up policy proposals, but Gingrich has had prior success in a leadership position within the party.
Before I even begin to discuss the qualifications, we need to discuss how to get the party back on track. First, we need to throw out the existing leadership. Let’s start on a new page with new leadership. Then, let’s get to work by making every candidate sign a statement. This document will state that as a candidate, I stand for the founding principles of limited government, government accountability, full transparency of government spending, fiscal responsibility and constitutional adherence. If the candidate or public official violates the pledge, then it is the party’s responsibility to recruit candidates who will stand for and agree to these principles.
Then, we need to highlight the public official or candidate’s position on these core principles and ensure strong candidate training (fundraising, grassroots activism, public speaking, etc.). In some districts, it will be impossible for our candidates to win, but we should never stop working hard and at least, aim for limiting the incumbent or Democrat within a 5-15% margin. I believe this is an essential part of the state political parties.
Lastly, we need to have a clear plan to get back to our roots and have fundraising efforts revolve around this new change. This plan has got to return us back to solid conservative principles, not make us wishy-washy on the issues or core beliefs. It’s all or nothing! I believe this is the only way we’ll be able to gain prominence again.
These are just a few ideas, and I am sure there will be more to include along the way. I am sick of losing races, and I think we need to do something to stop the hemorrhage now!