RNC Chairman Race: Experience? Or Results?

If you are hoping this is an endorsement of your favorite candidate, it's not. I am, however, hoping to provide some food for thought for Republican National Committee members who will soon choose the next chairman of the RNC.

Stop treating this like some beauty pageant. The new RNC chief can automatically become a star if he uses the post well, and for the good of the party. If he is not currently a regular on the political TV and radio shows, he will instantly have a seat at those tables when he is elected. He can also help create other Republican communicators who can help build the party in the national media and in local media all across the country. In fact, building that team should be a priority.

Also, can we stop concentrating so much on "experience," as if the list of jobs a person has managed to get hired for, alone, gives us a clear indication of how a person would perform in the job? What RNC committee members should be considering is a candidate's record of results. Former candidates for office — how did you do? Former state party chairmen — what did you do that was different/better/more innovative than your predecessors? How much money did you raise? Did you spend it well? What was your strategy as the chairman of your state Republican Party, and why did you make the decisions you made? Heads of other political organizations — how has your leadership been unique/better/stronger than others’ who held the job before you? Why? Again — how much money did you raise and how did you spend it? What has been your strategy? What are your successes?

Name ID and personal friendships and loyalty are not nearly as important to the success of the Republican Party in the critical years ahead as the answers to the above questions. Laying out a "vision" that some political consultant drafted for the race for chairman should not be a strong criterion, although it may be part of it. We need to take a long, hard look at the actual successes of these candidates in jobs they've held, and not just at the titles of the jobs they've held. Grade the results, not the résumé.


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