Chairman Steele and the Fall Elections
Byron York writes about the current uncertainty gripping the RNC. The national committee’s members are frozen, and almost certainly April will be the cruelest month when it comes to fund-raising as small and large donors alike recoil from the horrible news cycles of the past ten days.
My advice to Steele, who is a friend and a former –and excellent– guest host of my program: Recruit two deputy chairs, one for the inside and one for the outside. Mr. Inside should come with green eye shades and a reputation for parsimony. Put him or her in charge of a top-to-bottom audit.
Mr. Outside should be a high-profile GOP stalwart who can share the travel and fund-raising duties and help capitalize between now and November on the enormous energy in the grassroots. It need only be a six-month commitment, but a proven conservative spokesman like Rick Santorum or Liz Cheney down the hall and at your side would smooth this rough patch and end the news cycle.
So too would some focus on the 2012 primaries and whether they will be open to Obama’s troops with nothing better to do than make mischief in the GOP’s selection process.