Skip to comments.Ken Mehlman: So what's next?
Posted on 11/17/2004 6:00:01 PM PST by RWR8189
With all the activity surrounding the inauguration and transition to the second term of the Bush Administration, we have not sent as many messages. I'm guessing that may come as a relief to many of the Volunteers who heard from me every few days asking for more calls, more contributions, and more work on behalf of our President.
It all paid off, and we have you to thank. The President expressed better than I ever could the deep sense of appreciation we have for all you did.
So what's next?
We'll be closing the campaign office. Some of our team will be going to the inauguration, and others will be working on the transition of cabinet members and the swearing in of our increased majorities in Congress. Again, all thanks to you.
Most importantly, the President and his team will be working to pass the agenda that the American people voted for, and we'll be gearing up for 2006. The Democrats are assessing what went wrong and will be back looking to pick up congressional seats, governor's offices, and state offices. With your help, I know we'll build on our success two years from now.
With that in mind, I'm pleased to announce that I, if duly elected by the National Committee members, will serve as Chairman of the Republican National Committee. I will also continue the work we have done to make our online effort the largest and strongest grassroots operation in history. I will keep this list alive, and continue to contact you with ways to stay involved, to assist the President, and to help grow our Republican majority. One of the first volunteer activities will be a national inauguration Party for the President on January 20, 2005. Save the date!
I will be in touch shortly, writing from the RNC. I sincerely hope you will continue to remain engaged, and to build on our success. Thanks again for all you have done, and for all you are willing to do in the future.
Until my next message, have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.
Thank you Ken, job well done!
Karl Rove may be a genious, but Ken is a master mechanic. The RNC is in very good hands.
But, with respect, what's this %&*^%^ we hear that the President is going to push to legalize Illegal Aliens now that the election has ended?
Hey Ken - Are you coming to the FReeper ball?
Bush won in spite of, not because of Ken Mehlman and the people at Bush Cheney 04.
They ran an incompetent campaign. They took a sure victory with a better candidate aginst a loser and nearly turned it into a defeat. But for them Bush would have won by 10 points. They were reacting throughout the campaign.
The President owes his re-election to those outside the official Bush/Cheney Campaign, like the Swiftboat Vets and the Freepers and Bill Calhoun (Alabama ANG) and even a couple of ministers and brave Catholic bishops.
Unless he gets enlightened, his performance in this campaign does not portend well for the Republicans in 2006 with him at the RNC helm.
I expect to get flamed for this dissenting opinion, but these guys were not the geniuses everybody is now painting them to be.
I disagree, I believe it was impossible for us to win by a huge margin. On the contrary, it should have been an unhill climb for us. Look at what we were facing--an unprecedented assault by the media on W to get Kerry elected, uneasy feelings about the economy, ambilavent attitudes about the war (Abu Ghraib, beheadings, mounting casualties) rising gas prices. We also had the trumped-up flu shot shortage "crisis," the draft scare lie thrown at us plus W's alarming 1st debate performance. W had huge baggage, potentially fatal liabilities that probably would have done most other incumbents in.
Of course we were lucky in getting Kerry was an opponent--forget his being a Frost Belt liberal. If he had an ounce of charisma, passion and/or personal warmth, I really believe we would have been in trouble.