I don’t believe in any of the Democrat ideology and am a strong believer in Capitalism, Constitutionalism and Conservatism. But nonetheless, their organizational structure and consistency of message is wholly impressive. Maybe because the Democrats are in the Executive office and the Senate and thus garner the power of the pulpit, but it seems that no matter what flavor of modern progressivism speaks out, the message is consistent. There is a stated goal, a well organized playbook, consistent ideals and a cohesive national plan for the democratic electorate and they coalesce around that message in everything they say.
Contrast that with our Republican of the Month organizations and one has to wonder who the hell is in charge. On the Conservative front we have Reagan Republicans, Tea Party Republicans, The RNC, Log Cabin Republicans, Moderate Republicans, Lincoln Republicans, Conservative Republicans, Soft Republicans, Social Republicans, Fiscal Republicans and a virtually non-present National GOP Chair who has consistently failed to tie it all together with a consistent message. There is no leadership and there is no over lying message.
Like him or not, his predecessor Michael Steele was everywhere. Although I didn’t always agree with all of his strategies, he was easy to get behind because there was a message. We really had a champion of the cause. I have not seen our GOP Chair on TV since the election. And barely saw him through the election process. The amount of time we took to settle on a candidate was ludicrous, and our failure to rally behind unforgivable. Coupled with the incessant in-fighting over message and our party’s love of second guessing everything we are lost before we begin. And I drop a large part of the blame on Reince Priebus. Newt after losing his chance, showed up on TV pontificating an alternative message, confusing voters, more than Reince did solidifying the base. Couple that with continuous Monday Morning Quarterbacking by Huckabee, McCain, Cain, Ron Paul, Gary Johnson, (who sealed the nations fate by stealing votes in a campaign he knew he was ill equipped for) and you begin to see the breakdown of the organization. Failure in message, whether in business or in politics always starts at the top.
Before we retool for the next two and four year campaigns, we need to find a Charismatic Leader who can develop and maintain a message and an image consistent with the ideals of the GOP. Everything else should come second. Obvious as it is that the conservative message will not get portrayed properly or effectively on NBC, ABC, CBS, MSNBC or CNN, the message in sound bites can permeate with an ever present leader with good media sense and a strong organizational background. That Priebus is not even visible on Fox News is astounding. And yet no one speaks of it. Everyone bemoans the broken party but fails to identify the guy who’s job it is to fix it.
Dear GOP, for any chance of success in the mid terms, it IS time to fix this.
Reince, your cab is waiting.
Excellent post Rick. I would volunteer to help him pack.