Steele for a Reason, but let’s keep everything under control
I have been very upfront with the fact that I am supporting Michael Steele for RNC Chairman. And not just because he’s a Maryland guy, but because I think he brings the best credentials and experience to the ticket.
That’s not to say that others would do a bad job, but all of the other candidates give me pause:
- Saul Anuzis is probably leading the way in trying to integrate technology into the campaign infrastructure, and that is something that we need. However, we are conservatives and results to matter, and Michigan was a trainwreck for Republicans in 2008.
- Ken Blackwell has reasonable conservative credentials, despite his Charterite past. But he too has a results problem, getting blown out of the watter in a competitive state in 2006. Not a great year for the GOP, but even Michael Steele performed better in a deeper blue state.
- Katon Dawson is a conservative and has done a good job, but it’s a lot different working across a broad purple nation than it is being the Chairman in South Carolina.
- And I still believe that Chip Saltsman is a stalking horse for Mike Huckabee and his social conservative/big government liberal fusion wing of the party.
As I have said before, all of these guys would do well. Just that Steele is above and beyond the most qualified candidate in the race due to his experience and yes his results. But as I noted yesterday, this campaign in certain aspects is getting to look like the Presidential Primaries in that some people are tearing down candidates rather than build cases for their own. I had the chief blogger for Ken Blackwell’s 2006 campaign make some comments on my blog yesterday that had more to do with bashing Steele than it did with defending Blackwell.
Regardless of who wins, we as Republicans and activists are going to need to work with our new Chairman. So I think everybody needs to take a step back, breathe, and try not to dish out any more rabbit punches…