I’m not registered to any political party, but that hasn’t kept me from telling Republicans and Democrats what to do. I’m particularly voluntary towards Democrats, primarily because they apparently have no clue on what’s right and what’s stupid.
Still, I’ve offered my sterling advice to the GOP as well. I advocated for Sarah Palin to be John McCain’s running mate in 2008; a piece that was picked up nationally and, no doubt, influenced McCain to make that choice several days later.
I also promoted Michael Steele as Chairman of the Republican National Committee. Having seen him as Lt. Governor in Maryland and as a senatorial candidate, I believed Steele was a good choice for moving the party to new and more expansive areas of the national electorate.
Well, I missed that last one. Steele hasn’t been the positive influence I expected and, though I enjoy his jabs at the Obama Administration, overall, I don’t believe he’s been as effective as the party needs him to be. Now, he’s gotten into trouble with the rank-and-file over comments made regarding the war in Afghanistan. No matter one’s opinion of that conflict, the Chairman cannot be a focal point of division within the party. The primary purpose of that position is to raise money for the GOP. With Tea Party candidates challenging established Republicans across the country, there needs to be a solid unifying force running the show, and, right now, Michael Steele ain’t it.
But Sarah Palin is. Face it, folks, Palin isn’t presidential timber. My advocacy for her as a Vice Presidential candidate was for the same reason as every other running mate in history – for the votes. Yeah, yeah – “heart beat away,” etc. – but, Veep candidates are about marketing, not governance.
Marketing… that’s Palin’s strength. She’s been on the stump for a variety of candidates in this off-year election cycle and has a pretty good batting average so far. Sarah Palin as Chairman of the Republican National Committee would draw in the Tea Party crowd while still appealing to the traditional membership and even moderates. Her ability to draw in new voters, party members and potential candidates will do more to make the Republican “tent” larger than anything or anyone since Ronald Reagan – maybe even more so . Her talent for skewering Obama and the Democrats is keen and her personal appeal unmatched in the GOP. In fact, on the national political stage, Palin’s ability to raise money is likely on a par with Obama and the two Clintons.
Sarah Palin can, in one visit, promote a candidate (in a general election, not a primary) AND pull in thousands of dollars for that candidate and the GOP. Where Michael Steele has failed, Sarah Palin will shine and, with it, the Republican Party will make huge, historic and dynamic advances.