ATR Launches Expanded RNCDebate.org

Americans for Tax Reform has their expanded site now online that has a lot of ways that anyone can get involved in the ATR debate. You can submit questions, vote for your favorite, and read what other people have submitted. Charlie Smith, CRNC Chairman is asking you to support his question:

“While many people in the party have spoken about the importance of young voters, few have offered concrete plans on how to work from within the RNC to attract young voters back to our party. What, specifically, would you do to make the Republican Party an attractive option for voters 18-29 years old? Please include any ideas you have for specific programs, policy initiatives, or organizational restructurings you would commit to as RNC Chairman.” – CRNC Chairman Charlie Smith (you can vote for the question here)

Villere Posts New Video for Blackwell

Correction: Roger Villere sent this video around to RNC members. Villere is a Blackwell supporting RNC member from LA.

The day is approaching to give it your best 
You’ve got to reach your prime! 
That’s when you need to put yourself to the test 
And show us the passage of time. 
We’re gonna need a montage. (Montage) 
A sports-training montage! (Montage) 

And just show a lot of things happenin’ at once. 
Remind everyone of what’s goin’ on. (What’s goin’ on?) 
And with every shot, show a little improvement 
To show it won’t take too long. 
That’s called a montage. (Montage) 
Even Rocky had a montage! (Montage) 

In any sport, if you want to go 
From just a beginner to a pro 
You’ll need a montage. (Montage) 
A simple little montage! (Montage) 

Always fade out (Montage) into a montage… (Montage) 
If you fade out it seems like a long time (Montage) has passed in a montage… (Montage) 
Montage… (Montage)

Saul Answers Red State Questions

Saul Anuzis has just filled out the RedState questionaire. You can read it here.

 

Highlights:

  • Saul believes chairman of the out of power GOP must be: strong communicator, effective fundraiser, partner to state parties, leader in new media, conscientous manager and administrator
  • We must compete in all fifty states
  • That he is willing to take on those staff / consultant class that does not work
    • “Where people and programs are the best in their field, I will be wise enough to retain them. Where improvements can be made, I will not be shy about making changes. We must seek the best people and best companies to work for and with the RNC. We must always be mindful of our fiduciary responsibilities and make sure every dollar spent on staff, vendors, programs, and products is maximized. And I will demand that staff and vendors understand that they work for the committee and not the other way around.”
  • “To create and RNC Policy Task Force. We will revive the Policy Task Force model, integrating Party leadership from the House, Senate, Republican Governor’s Association, Republican State Leadership Committee, conservative think tanks, and the best minds in our party in Washington and around the country.”

Benkiser on Washington Times Insider Radio

You can listen to it here. I am working on some client proposals on the moment so don’t have time to listen to it so if any readers want to post their thoughts in the comments I’d appreciate it.

Michael Steele Takes Questions on CNS News

The interview is here.

The big deal is Steele’s position on life so I’ve reposted his response below.

Steele: Again, I am a pro-life Roman Catholic. And I have always been that way. I have always viewed that issue from that perspective. What you saw in the exchange with me and the late, great host of “Meet the Press” was two Catholic boys doing a little jockeying, because I knew exactly where Tim was trying to go. I remember saying to him when we were on commercial break, ‘You know exactly what the deal is. Why are you trying to trick out something here? You’re a good Catholic boy. Behave yourself. So we were joking about it. The long and short of it is what I was trying to say, and I admit, probably inarticulately in doing so at the time, that the court would not necessarily just willy nilly change Roe vs. Wade. The court believes in the concept of the law having grown its own legs … the court would need a case to come before it that would move it to change. So I was trying that point. The court is not going to just up and change Roe vs. Wade no matter the number of justices who support its overturn, because those justices – if they are true Republican picks who honor tradition of the court and who are strict constructionists – they are not going to willy nilly do that to fulfill some political agenda. So that’s what I was trying to say. My personal view is Roe vs. Wade was wrongly decided, which is why I made the point that it should have been left to the individual states to have that battle and to have the communities decide for themselves what they would pay for, what they wouldn’t pay for, what they would accept and what they won’t accept, very much like what is being played on with the gay marriage bill. And so, my point was that from a judicial standpoint – and this is what I get for being a lawyer I guess – but from a judicial standpoint, nothing presented to the court so far to move it to act to strike Roe vs. Wade.
 
The case has not come before it yet. You have to fight for a decision like that. The votes are there. So why hasn’t it happened? Because these judges, the five-justice majority, are strict constructionists, and they are not going to willy nilly decide on a political whim. So that was the point with Tim. With respect to the (Republican Party) platform, again, I go back to my basic point. I don’t need to be chairman of the party to support that plank.
That is something that is paramount for me, because you are talking about the sanctity of all life, born and the unborn. And I think it’s important for this country to move itself away from this culture of death that we’ve sort of fallen into, as noted by (Pope) John Paul II. And I think it is important that our political leadership – that has the opportunity to use the bully pulpit – to speak to that sanctity of life, and it should do so. As we move to the beginnings of a new administration where the president of the country has a very, very clear view on matters related to abortion, very, very pro-abortion, that it is going to be incumbent upon Republicans, incumbent upon those who are pro-life, who hold the sanctity of life dear to be able to rise and speak to that and to challenge what I think are going to be some really dark legislation that’s going to come out of (the 111th) Congress under this administration.

Bruce Ash: Undecided but friendly words for Blackwell

AZ RNC Member Bruce Ash has a blog and posted his thoughts on Ken Blackwell getting into the race. With how few voters there are in this election, I am hoping to feature individual members and their thoughts as each voter represent 0.6% of the electorate. 

From Bruce’s letter:

I have met and spoken with Mr Blackwell in depth about his political views. I have found Ken to be devoted and consistent conservative. He has held a number of political positions in Ohio winning 13 of 17 contests. He has demonstrated a keen ability to raise money. He is a friend of the taxpayer , pro 2nd Amendment and opposes same sex marriage and abortion. In addition to his political activism he has also been a proven success in the business world.

Bruce Ash’s website is here.

The blog post on Ash’s thought came from PoliticalMafioso.

Sharon Day for RNC Secretary Endorsed by Gov Crist

Here. She also is on Twitter at @sharonday. Anyone know anyone else whose running?