Continuing from where I left off in the “Oh, By the Way” department, the Republican Party is probably better organized for next year’s election than at any time since 2004.
Democratic operatives and their allies in the media will no doubt belittle and dismiss the staged presentations at the Republican National Committee (RNC) meeting underway in Boston, but they do so at their own peril.
Some inside Washington knock the RNC for not having a well-known, more public chairman. This is not what the party needs — there is no shortage of white-male Republican spokesmen. The speaker and minority leader must serve as the party’s public figures. The RNC is the party’s campaign apparatus, and RNC Chairman Reince Priebus is the party’s campaign workhorse. His top priorities are campaign mechanics and money.
Under Priebus’s leadership, the party is better positioned in terms of quality candidate recruitment, fundraising and improved campaign technologies as compared to the same time in 2010. The RNC is expanding is grass-roots outreach of 2012, and small-dollar donors continue to fuel the fundraising success. More important, seasoned, smart campaign operatives such as Henry Barbour, an RNC National committeeman from Mississippi, and Steve Duprey of New Hampshire sing Priebus’s praises.
It is too early to know what will happen next November, and I know the Democrats are not sitting idle. But, in my first football metaphor of the season, elections are the end zone of politics, and I certainly wouldn’t change places with the Democrats at this stage of the game.