Chip Saltsman Some of you when you read the title your eyes will gloss over.  That’s ok.  I’m a political junkie so I don’t expect everybody to be as interested in this as I am.  However, after the shellacking that the GOP took on November 4th it is going to be vital that they select the right person to take the reigns of the Republican National Committee.

We actually have two fine candidates running.  Former Maryland Lt. Governor Michael Steele has thrown his hat in the ring.  I like him.  He definitely has a future in the party I think and is a solid conservative.  If he won I believe he would do an excellent job.

The other candidate is Chip Saltsman who is lesser known, but he has an impressive resume as well.  He is a solid conservative.  He was successful in his role as the Tennessee GOP chair.  He also was Mike Huckabee’s campaign manager.  It was in his role with Huckabee that leads me to believe he would be the best choice for heading the national party.

The Huckabee campaign utilized some of the best grassroots efforts and online activity than any other campaign on the GOP side.  The Democrats showed that they are ahead in that department.  I was impressed by how well the Huckabee campaign reached out to bloggers which is something I didn’t see with the McCain campaign.

He shares his vision for the party’s future here.  I’d like to highlight a few things regarding his vision:

  • The first thing he mentions is the need to strengthen the state parties.  Here in Iowa I can see that is vital if the GOP wants to win state, let alone, national elections.  The Democrats grassroots efforts put the GOP’s to shame which is one of the reasons (not the only reason) Iowa shifted from red to blue in four years.  This is also the primary reason why Obama won North Carolina as well.  State parties can’t be ignored.
  • He wants to invest in new technologies to reinvigorate party efforts… he goes on to say:

“We need to rethink our online tactics and strategy. The past election cycle taught us a number of valuable lessons: the growing political significance of self organizing citizen activism; the speed at which viral information travels through the blogosphere and other digital media; the power of online fundraising; the extent to which younger voters rely on and demand online information and interactivity; and the peril of a strategy blind to these irreversible developments.”

  • He wants to implement outreach programs to expand the party base.  The GOP simply needs to reach out to new voters… young, hispanic, etc.  In Iowa, the Democrats killed the GOP in new registrations.  That can’t continue if we expect to win elections.

Again you read his vision here.  I urge you to contact your state’s Republican National Committee Man and Committee Woman to ask them to consider voting for Chip Saltsman.

23 comments
  1. I think Steele is our best choice, actually. With Obama in the White House, every single move the GOP makes is going to be branded as “racist.”

  2. I think Steele is our best choice, actually. With Obama in the White House, every single move the GOP makes is going to be branded as “racist.”

  3. That is an interesting point Casey. I think they were doing that already though :). I wouldn’t be unhappy with Steele as the chair. I just think Saltsman right now would be the best choice. He has the right type of experience for the job, and I like his vision for the party.

  4. That is an interesting point Casey. I think they were doing that already though :). I wouldn’t be unhappy with Steele as the chair. I just think Saltsman right now would be the best choice. He has the right type of experience for the job, and I like his vision for the party.

  5. Strengthen state parties…I can agree with that. Ours seems to take for granted that NE will go Republican. The first time I contacted the party for information to volunteer, they didn’t have an active website, what little information I could find was incorrect and no one seemed to know what to do with me other than ask me for money.

    So much for that idea.

  6. Strengthen state parties…I can agree with that. Ours seems to take for granted that NE will go Republican. The first time I contacted the party for information to volunteer, they didn’t have an active website, what little information I could find was incorrect and no one seemed to know what to do with me other than ask me for money.

    So much for that idea.

  7. Well, at least I can say the RPI is in better shape than that. Then again, nobody considers Iowa to be a red state anymore. I never thought we were, I considered us purple, but for the time being we are blue.

    Which makes me blue.

    I hope Nebraska Republican Party get its act together.

  8. Well, at least I can say the RPI is in better shape than that. Then again, nobody considers Iowa to be a red state anymore. I never thought we were, I considered us purple, but for the time being we are blue.

    Which makes me blue.

    I hope Nebraska Republican Party get its act together.

  9. Saltsman is the wrong direction for the GOP. We need someone that appeals to both dems and repubs. dems hate him and we can’t win anything with 40% of the vote. His CD song “puff the magic Obama” is in very bad taste and he also distributed it for Xmas. What a hater, jerk, racist, etc. We need to remove him from the picture.

  10. Saltsman is the wrong direction for the GOP. We need someone that appeals to both dems and repubs. dems hate him and we can’t win anything with 40% of the vote. His CD song “puff the magic Obama” is in very bad taste and he also distributed it for Xmas. What a hater, jerk, racist, etc. We need to remove him from the picture.

  11. We need to pick somebody Democrats will like? I could agree with you if you said moderate Republicans.

    McCain supposedly was to appeal to Democrats – look where that got the GOP. Also if you pick somebody who will alienate the base you aren’t going to go anywhere either.

    You calling him a racist and a hater – on what charge, because he sent out a song that was satirical? What little credibility you had as a commenter was just lost with that statement. You offer no proof. If I thought he was racist I certainly wouldn’t be supporting him. Well the hater statement just shows me you are likely a liberal because it seems that anybody who doesn’t agree with liberals and the liberal agenda are being accused of hate. I know that from personal experience.

  12. We need to pick somebody Democrats will like? I could agree with you if you said moderate Republicans.

    McCain supposedly was to appeal to Democrats – look where that got the GOP. Also if you pick somebody who will alienate the base you aren’t going to go anywhere either.

    You calling him a racist and a hater – on what charge, because he sent out a song that was satirical? What little credibility you had as a commenter was just lost with that statement. You offer no proof. If I thought he was racist I certainly wouldn’t be supporting him. Well the hater statement just shows me you are likely a liberal because it seems that anybody who doesn’t agree with liberals and the liberal agenda are being accused of hate. I know that from personal experience.

  13. Dave,

    I just read a little more about that C.D. from, in my mind, a reliable source and faithful conservative. I can now see why you are talking about racism. It would be my hope that Chip Saltsman will come out and admit that sending that CD out was in poor taste and inappropriate with that particular song which was titled, “Barack the Magic Negro.” You are right that things like this are no good for the GOP.

    http://holycoast.blogspot.com/2008/12/say-goodbye-to-this-rnc-candidate.html

    http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/rnc-candidate-distributes-controversial-obama-song-2008-12-26.html

  14. Dave,

    I just read a little more about that C.D. from, in my mind, a reliable source and faithful conservative. I can now see why you are talking about racism. It would be my hope that Chip Saltsman will come out and admit that sending that CD out was in poor taste and inappropriate with that particular song which was titled, “Barack the Magic Negro.” You are right that things like this are no good for the GOP.

    http://holycoast.blogspot.com/2008/12/say-goodbye-to-this-rnc-candidate.html

    http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/rnc-candidate-distributes-controversial-obama-song-2008-12-26.html

  15. You have it exactly right. “In Poor Taste”. I’m the same age as Chip, and it’s a stunt I would have pulled in College Republicans 20 years ago. Guess we’re not quite ready for Prime Time.

  16. You have it exactly right. “In Poor Taste”. I’m the same age as Chip, and it’s a stunt I would have pulled in College Republicans 20 years ago. Guess we’re not quite ready for Prime Time.

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