Mr. Duncan, It’s Time to Step Aside
By the time election day rolled around this year, it was well known the GOP wasn’t trying to maximize the number of races it would win, but instead trying to minimize the number of races it would lose. Here’s a headline from June 9 of this year, GOP Official: If We Only Lose Eight Senate Seats, We Win. Talk about setting yourself up for defeat.
The Republican Party Chairman, Mike Duncan, wants another shot even after the drumming the party took in November’s elections. But does he deserve it? Can the GOP recover under the same leader who served as helmsman through this past election cycle?
I believe the answer is no.
Chairman Duncan has served the Republican Party for 30+ years and we are grateful for his service, but it’s time to step aside.
A growing movement of grassroots conservatives has sprung up since the election, alive with an energy that we never saw throughout this past election cycle. Almost 7,000 have endorsed Rebuild the Party‘s plan to revive the GOP and almost 2,000 are active on the movement’s Ning social networking site–blogging, participating in discussion forums, and forming alliances of fellow grassroots activists, all in preparation for elections that will take place in two and four years. This movement counts over 4,300 members in its group on the social networking site Facebook.
Another grassroots movement, Top Conservatives on Twitter, has sprung to life as well. In a few short weeks, it has grown to more than 1,500 members. This group has already begun to organize and implement Action Projects to promote conservative causes. An internet campaign to stop the auto company bailout, an alliance formed with Ford Motor Company when it became clear Ford wasn’t asking for federal money, and a drive to enlist RNC members are just a few of the causes this group of activists have undertaken in the weeks since the election.
The rapid growth and impact of these movements demonstrate greatest weakness in the current RNC leadership. It ignored or dismissed them almost entirely throughout the campaign. These online activists weren’t utilized while Barack Obama was building an internet army to promote his message and distort ours. We were routed in November, in part, because we failed to integrate 21st century communications in our strategy.
The internet is a medium that can carry our conservative message cheaply and efficiently. Now is not the time to trust in leaders who cannot or will not embrace the technology that makes our message available to 183 million adults who have access to the internet. According to this Harris Interactive poll and this Zogby poll, the internet is the MOST trusted source for news among Americans. And the GOP failed to make use of this during the 2008 elections.
Now is the time to step aside Mr. Duncan, for the good of the party.
Mike Duncan Utterly Unqualified to be Republican National Committee Chairman–Michael Patrick Leahy
Mike Duncan Should Do the Honorable Thing–It’s Only Words
Mike Duncan is an Idiot–RedState
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