• Barack Obama,  Republican National Committee

    President 2012: Republicans Call Obama’s Campaign – Hype and Blame

    Hype and Blame pretty much sums up the Obama Presidency.

    The Republican National Committee is getting ahead of President Obama’s official campaign kickoff in Ohio and Virginia on Saturday with a media blitz labeling his reelection as the “Hype and Blame” tour.

    The RNC will sell “Hype and Blame 2012” bumper stickers — a twist on Mr. Obama’s “hope and change” campaign of 2008 — accompanied by digital advertising, a fundraising strategy, radio and TV ads, and op-eds in local media. RNC Chairman Reince Preibus and state party chairmen will detail the strategy in a conference call with the media Thursday.

  • Barack Obama,  GOP,  Humour,  Reince Priebus,  Republican National Committee

    President 2012: The GOP Sends Obama’s Getaway Postcards from Martha’s Vineyard

    In a humorous fundraising e-mail the Republican National Committee is playing upon the recent Obama vacation on Martha’s Vineyard.

    Right after his tax-payer funded campaign tour of the Midwest this week, President Obama will be flying to Martha’s Vineyard for a nine day vacation. Before he jets off, send him a postcard.

    He sure needs a break after a long year criss-crossing the country raising money to save his job – all the while over 14 million Americans are out of work and even more are suffering because of his policies.

    After you send President Obama and your friends & family a postcard please take a moment to make a secure online contribution of $10, $15, $25, $50, $100 or more to support conservative candidates and help our Party defeat Barack Obama in 2012.



    Chairman, Republican National Committee

    Well, it is kinder than Matt Drudge’s treatment of the President.

  • Maria Cino,  Republican National Committee

    Republican House Speaker Boehner Holding a Reception Today for Maria Cino

    Republican National Committee Chairman candidate Maria Cino

    Republican House Speaker is upping the ante in the Republican National Committee Chairmanship race.

    “House Speaker John Boehner will hold a reception Wednesday night for RNC members, further putting his weight behind the candidacy of Maria Cino. The invitation, sent to RNC members Tuesday and obtained by POLITICO, doesn’t mention Cino’s name. But a backer of the longtime operative and party chair hopeful confirmed that she’ll be there with the speaker. Boehner has already called RNC members on Cino’s behalf, and the reception offers him one final case to make his preference clear before the committee votes Friday on the chairman’s race. ‘Speaker John Boehner cordially invites Members of the Republican National Committee to a Cocktail Reception,’ reads the invitation for the event, held at the suburban Washington hotel where the committee is meeting. It was sent to RNC members by Julie Wadler, a prominent GOP fundraising consultant who is friends with Cino and close to many House members. Boehner’s Chief of Staff, Barry Jackson, is a major Cino booster and is widely seen as the force behind the speaker’s efforts on her behalf.” Cino has 12 votes in POLITICO’s tally of RNC commitments, versus 40 for Reince Priebus, 24 for Michael Steele, 15 for Saul Anuzis and 14 for Ann Wagner.

    Behind in the count so far, Cino may very well be a compromise conservative candidate (that is not Michael Steele) which the RNC members might be willing to support after several deadlocked ballots.

    Cino has experience and is accomplished with none of the drama or baggage of the others.

  • Michael Steele,  Republican National Committee

    Video: RNC Pre-Debate Interview with RNC Chairman Michael Steele

    Michael Steele is the current Chairman of the Republican National Committee, having been elected in January, 2009. Previously, Michael Steele was the chairman of the Maryland Republican Party, and in 2002 he was elected as Maryland’s Lieutenant Governor.

    The Republican National Committee Chairmanship race heats up today with a debate to be held at 1 PM (EST). You can watch it here or here.

    I will try to post up pre-debate interviews for all of the candidates.

  • Reince Priebus,  Republican National Committee

    Video: RNC Pre-Debate Interview with Reince Priebus

    Reince Priebus is the current Chairman of the Republican Party of Wisconsin. He is a partner at Michael Best & Friedrich, LLP, and the former General Counsel at the RNC. He has worked in the Wisconsin legislature as the Committee Clerk for the State Assembly Education Committee, a clerk for the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court of Wisconsin, the United States District Court, Southern District of Florida, and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

    The Republican National Committee Chairmanship race heats up today with a debate to be held at 1 PM (EST). You can watch it here or here.

    I will try to post up pre-debate interviews for all of the candidates.

  • Maria Cino,  Republican National Committee

    Video: RNC Pre-Debate Interview with Maria Cino

    Maria Cino most recently served as Deputy Chairwoman of the Republican National Committee. In this capacity, she was the RNC’s top political strategist and chief operating officer, overseeing operations of the Committee during the 2004 election cycle. During the 2000 cycle, Cino served as the Committee’s Deputy Chairman for Political and Congressional Relations, while also serving as the National Political Director for the Bush for President campaign in Austin, Texas.

    The Republican National Committee Chairmanship race heats up today with a debate to be held at 1 PM (EST). You can watch it here or here.

    I will try to post up pre-debate interviews for all of the candidates.

  • Republican National Committee,  Saul Anuzis

    Video: RNC Pre-Debate Interview with Saul Anuzis

    Saul Anuzis has served as Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party (2005-09), a member of American Solutions and Jack Kemp’s 1988 presidential campaign, Chief of Staff to Senate Majority Leader Dick Posthumus, Chairman of the Michigan Senate Republican Campaign Committee, and a member of the Michigan House Republican Campaign Committee. He was most recently the Chairman of the RNC’s Committee on Technology, as well as Michigan’s National Committeeman to the RNC.

    The Republican National Committee Chairmanship race heats up today with a debate to be held at 1 PM (EST). You can watch it here or here.

    I will try to post up pre-debate interviews for all of the candidates.

  • Michael Steele,  Republican National Committee

    RNC Chair Debate: All Candidates Confirmed for January 3 Debate

    All six candidates for the Republican National Committee Chairmanship will face off in debate on January 3, 2011. What a way to start off the year.

    Current Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Michael Steele has confirmed that he will participate in the January 3 debate to be co-hosted by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), the Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) and the Daily Caller, making our debate the first in which all six RNC Chair candidates will face-off.

    Also confirmed for the debate, Wisconsin Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus, former Michigan Republican Party chairman Saul Anuzis, former RNC political director Gentry Collins and former ambassador to  Luxembourg Ann Wagner have also agreed to pre-debate interviews with SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser and National Organization for Marriage (NOM) Chair and American Principles Project board member Maggie Gallagher.  (Full interviews can be viewed here.)  Former RNC official Maria Cino has also confirmed her attendance to the debate.

    I’ll post up the video interviews of the candidates in separate posts.

    You can submit and vote on questions to be asked – prizes too, if your question is chosen.

    The public can vote for questions addressing the Life issue to be asked at the debate on RNCDebate.org.  The event will take place in the Ballroom of the National Press Club and stream live online at RNCdebate.org between 1:00pm and 2:30pm ET.

  • Michael Steele,  Reince Priebus,  Republican National Committee,  Sarah Palin

    RNC Chairmanship Race: Reince Priebus the Front-Runner?

    Reince Priebus and Michael Steele

    Looks like it.

    Conversations with a number of strategists close to the RNC – and its 168 voting members – suggest that none of the six candidates in the running are anywhere close to securing the 85 votes needed to claim the chairmanship.

    But two tiers of candidates have begun to emerge, with the top three seen as potential winners and the bottom three regarded as longer shots. Given the number of undecided voters and the unpredictability of the ballot process, though, it’s hard to count anyone out at the moment.

    Chris Cilliza ranks the candidates.

    But, it is difficult to do an accurate whip count at this time.

    Now, if Sarah Palin weighs into this race who will she support?

    Michael Steele?

  • Republican National Committee

    Time for Michael Steele to Go: Anybody But Steele

    Michael Steele

    Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele speaks during a Republican election night results watch rally, in Washington, November 2, 2010

    The National Review makes the case.

    Say what you will about him — Michael Steele plays by nobody else’s rules. He shocked the political world on Monday night by announcing he’d run for reelection as chairman of the Republican National Committee. We admire his pluck, but not his judgment. It’s time for someone else to run the RNC.

    The party — and the country — can’t afford to hope for another political bailout in 2012, a cycle that will be even more important than 2010. Republicans will be looking to defend, consolidate, and expand legislative gains, and not just President Obama’s agenda, but the president himself, will be on the ballot. It is thus crucial that every GOP institution be running on all cylinders. For all the Herculean work of the outside groups, there are certain tasks for which only the party committee is suited, given its ability to coordinate with state parties. If nothing else, the subpar reputation the RNC has earned under Steele’s leadership will make it impossible for the committee to work at its optimum.

    Steele’s poor performance as chairman has had one fortunate side effect — it has created a robust field of alternatives. It gives us no pleasure to say this, but none of them would be worse than Steele, and we believe any of them would be better. Someone else deserves a chance at the top of the RNC.

    Michael Steele should declare success, secure another gig, perhaps on Fox News, write a book and leave the RNC.