Apparantly this has never happened before, but a few members of the Republican National Committee have called a bizarre, special meeting of the RNC in order to hear the sundry candidates for their chairmanship debate something or other. This was at the behest of North Dakota Republican Party chairman Gary Emineth, who recently disclosed:
"At the end of the day, it doesn't matter what the public thinks; it matters what 168 of us think."
That's the 168 members of the Republican National Committee, the Gang of 168. These 168 people control the apparatus of the national Republican Party, and they've frankly made a mess of things. (From my home State of Pennsylvania, we have Republican National Committeeman Bob Archer, a Philadelphia candy maker who most recently trashed our party's Vice Presidential pick, Sarah Palin, in the press.
If Gary Emineth wants to have a policy debate between candidates for an office from which they can neither enact nor effect policy, whatever. It might do us some psychological good to know that the head of the party's apparatus believes what he should say. That said, I think the main problem is not who runs the apparatus. The problem is the Gang of 168 itself. Once we clean out the attic, we give the new chairman, who will be a conservative, people with whom he can work to build the party and to help elect more conservative Republicans to office at a time when our nation needs them. Badly.
Sure, I support Mr. Emineth's proposal provided the Gangg of 168 vacate their offices immediately. They are free to seek reelection in well-publicized primary elections. This is the first time I can recall active political competition for the job of RNC Chair; let us take this opportunity to have such a competition for the committee itself. Remember, an off year primary is the perfect time for the grassroots to speak on behalf of their interests and their party.
(I will not here disclose whom I support for the chairmanship of the RNC, as I don't want to associate him with my two-cents on this matter.)