Republican National Committee
When the White House announced John DeStefano’s appointment, CHQ Chairman Richard A Viguerie said, “Those who hoisted the pirate flag and joined the Trump team when he was at 2 percent in the polls . . . must wonder what the devil is going on,” and called the choice a “major impediment” to Trump’s goals. And it remains so by every indication one can detect from a recent article in The Washington Post.
Thanks to President Trump's Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, conservative outlets finally have a seat in the White House press briefing room and we will have reporters in the room to ask questions Americans in flyover country actually care about.
Just after Democrats struck down a provision to curb the revolving door and recruited a revolving-door lobbyist for an open U.S. Senate seat, conservatives on the RNC rules committee are proposing an amendment to bar lobbyists from the Republican National Committee.
Even though Cleveland Chef Michael Symon has millions of dollars of potential GOP Convention bookings at his restaurants, he says Donald Trump is not welcome in any of his establishments. Symon's biting the hand that feeds him leads us to ask why Republicans would wish to support their political enemy and patronize one of Michael Symon’s restaurants when they visit Cleveland for their Convention?
In our four-part series on what conservatives should do if Donald Trump is leading the field when the Republican National Convention opens, CHQ Chairman Richard A. Viguerie and I argued in favor of a Trump populist – Ted Cruz conservative alliance to oust the Republican establishment, break the Washington Cartel, and bring about a conservative-populist political realignment. But now we are not so sure that is even possible.
At what could be a contentious open Republican National Convention, where no candidate has a majority of the delegates when the convention opens, Morton Blackwell’s expertise on the Rules of the Republican Party, his record of working to empower the grassroots and his commitment to fairness and civility will be a much needed anchor to assure that Republicans leave their National Convention united and ready to defeat Hillary Clinton and the Democrats.
In the aftermath of CNN’s “town hall” one has to ask again, why, despite years of evidence of the folly of giving that much power to the establishment media, did the RNC agree to let its candidates be subject to a three-hour long influence operation aimed at trivializing the remaining Republican presidential candidates on national TV? The only answer is that the establishment GOP remains the Party of Stupid.
Think of the tens of thousands of conservatives who have been turning out for rallies and events for the outsider candidates for President. If there are 186,000 precincts in America, and we elected 100,000 principled conservative Republican precinct committeemen across the country, conservatives could take control of a majority of the GOP state committees. And if we did that, we could then elect a majority (85+) of principled conservatives to the 162-member Republican National Committee, giving conservatives control of the RNC for the first time in the modern era.
The difference between Ronald Reagan’s toughness in advocating conservative principles and Trump’s politics of personal invective is that Reagan understood the key to building a winning conservative coalition was addition, not subtraction. Donald Trump clearly lacks Reagan's wisdom and maturity because, after Trump’s toxic behavior in South Carolina, it is going to take more than “The Art of the Deal” to rebuild the Reagan coalition if Donald Trump is the Republican nominee for president.
Phyllis Schlafly calls precinct committeeman and women “the most powerful political office in the world,” because they determine who gets the chance to be elected to office at every level of government. Now, here is the dirty little secret establishment Republicans don’t want you to know: as many as half of the Republican precinct committeeman slots, on average, are vacant.
The RNC’s actions are yet another indication that conservatives are winning. Perhaps Reince Priebus’ speech is a sign that Republicans are finally starting to “get it.” Let’s hope the positive direction continues.
In my op-ed in today's Los Angles Times I explain that the establishment GOP is not the political home of conservatives, and that needs to change for Republicans to reach the political promised land and govern America.
The RNC is expected to stiffen penalties against states that schedule early primaries (excluding Iowa, New Hampshire, S. Carolina, or Nevada). Florida, this means you.
The betrayal of Ken Cuccinelli by the Republican establishment and many of Virginia’s nominally Republican business community leaders is reflective of the precedent the Republican establishment set in their treatment of Barry Goldwater. When an establishment Republican gains a nomination for office the Republican leadership demands that conservatives close ranks with establishment Republicans and support the nominee. However, when a conservative gains a nomination, establishment Republicans are, without consequence, free to criticize the nominee and to do everything they can to undercut the conservative’s campaign.