The election of 2012 was a crushing national defeat for the national Republican Party. A defeat like this forces us to do some soul-searching. Why did we lose? Was it our message, our messenger(s), our ground game? Some have suggested that we abandon our core principles, change with the times. Others have said we need to re-frame our message to make it more attractive to women, minorities and youth. Others have said that we are not conservative enough and we need to double down on our core principles.
Unfortunately, serving on the Republican State Central Committee does not give me clairvoyance. What I do know is that we need to change. We cannot carry the failed strategies of 2012 into the crucial 2014 mid-terms.
… doing the same old thing the same old way doesn’t sound like a winning option.
It’s time for a new day, a re-birth at the RNC. The above quote is from our newly-elected RNC chairman. The only problem is the newly-elected chairman, this champion of change, this leader who will help us put the past behind us is non other than Reince Priebus. Priebus is the same RNC chairman who oversaw the train wreck of 2012.
The Republican National Committee unanimously re-elected the chairman who led our party to the defeats of 2012. The only announced challenger, couldn’t even find enough support to be formally nominated.
I have heard the arguments, Reince is a great fundraiser. He put the party back on a positive footing after the disastrous term or Michael Steele. Reince was great to work with here in Iowa.
No matter what good qualities he may possess, the job of the RNC Chairman is to win elections. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, after all, despite the 2012 losses in Iowa, we overwhelmingly re-elected A.J. Spiker too.
As Einstein supposedly said:
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.