RNC Chairman's Debate winners
Yesterday's debate was not the most scintillating political happening, in large part because all four challengers for chairman of the Republican National Committee said virtually the same thing. That, however, doesn't mean there weren't winners.
First, Grover Norquist and Tucker Carlson asked pertinent questions and got out of the way. Sign them up to co-moderate every GOP debate. Really, why submit to liberal media hosts who are hostile toward any Obama opponent?
Next, Ann Wagner may not win the race but she sure was the most telegenic and amusing. What's her favorite book? "Well, there is my kitchen table... oh, BOOK... I thought he said bar." A lady who drinks at her kitchen table and owns 16 guns is hard for conservatives to dislike.
Another winner: the Republican House leadership. None of the challengers is going to upstage or make life difficult for Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor and the rest. They seem to understand that the job is to fundraise and not make trouble. (In other words, do the opposite of Michael Steele.)
The joint winners: all the challengers. Some liberals seemed puzzled as to why they did not savage Steele. It's quite simple: There was no need to. Steele is kaput, and his indelicate references to his own problems (e.g. wading into policy, his failed 72-hour GOTV program) did more to hammer the nails into his coffin than anything any one of the contenders could have said. By avoiding the temptation to kick Steele while down, the challengers played into the committee's desire to avoid a intra-party bloodbath. One committeewoman who attended the debate told me that her primary consideration was finding "someone to bring us together." All of the challengers demonstrated their ability to do so.
And finally, the new media showed its strength. Seventy-five members of the media attended, the vast majority of whom were bloggers. The event was tweeted and podcasted, and each of the candidates claimed to use the Internet for their news. Political insiders and news junkies (the people who care about an RNC election) have come to rely on new media as their primary source of political news. Any campaign or politician who doesn't appreciate all that entails is going to be left in the dust.
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