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Republican Party's Martinez: won't be "attack dog"
Reuters ^ | 11-14-06 | Tabassum Zakaria

Posted on 11/14/2006 7:57:36 PM PST by STARWISE

Sen. Mel Martinez, who will become the new general chairman of the Republican Party after it lost control of Congress, said on Tuesday he would not be an "attack dog" in the 2008 White House race.

President Bush gave Martinez his blessing at a meeting in the Oval Office, calling the Cuban-born senator an American success story.

"He's going to be an excellent spokesman for the Republican Party," Bush said. "He'll be a person who'll be able to carry our message as we go into an important year in 2008."

Martinez will keep his U.S. Senate seat representing Florida and be the voice of the Republican Party going into the presidential election campaign season.

The day-to-day operations will be run by Mike Duncan, who will be chairman. Both have to be formally elected by the Republican National Committee in January.

Martinez said the contest should be about "a battle of ideas" and not partisanship. He said there was an agreement not to show preferences for any candidate in the 2008 presidential campaign before the party's nominee was chosen, allowing the field to sort itself out.

"One of the things that I made clear as I discussed this job role with the president is I was not going to be an attack dog, and I don't intend to, and I wasn't asked to be one," he told reporters at the White House.

"It's not an easy time for our party. It's time for us to come together and pick ourselves up and look to the future and be the party of hope and opportunity that we've been in the past," he said.

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To: adgirl
I miss Newt Gingrich. I want him back!

Well, I miss Lee Atwater and I want him back!

51 posted on 11/14/2006 9:08:34 PM PST by Fairview
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To: NeoCaveman
True it was in January 1989 with the old pet GOP. But a New pet GOP was found at the pound in late 1994 adopted and was given a good home. However to the horror of the nation Dr Moderate Bob and his two Liberalette assistants preformed a radical neutering procedure on the new GOP back at the 1996 GOP National Convention. After that no more aggressive Conservatives were allowed to be adopted. You can not adopt a new Conservative GOP without agreeing to this procedure. The Liberals at the animal shelter won't let you keep them if you don't.

Actually they prefer you adopt the new Liberal GOP critter born with no need for such a procedure. Cloned in the labs of the Dems just for this specific purpose to hold national office. The initial cells come from a RINO :>}

52 posted on 11/14/2006 9:14:49 PM PST by cva66snipe (If it was wrong for Clinton why do some support it for Bush? Party over nation destroys the nation.)
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Martinez...said on Tuesday he would not be an "attack dog"

Heck no, an attack dog has a use.

Let's recap what the R's have done in reaction to the election:

  1. Bush has welcomed the Dems, saying that unlike the Republicans they share his only priority, amnesty for criminal aliens and a slave-labor program for industry.

  2. He's named a guy who won't even be able to hold his own seat as RNC head.

  3. House R's have committed to the same, ethically challenged leadership that threw their majority away. Including Boehner, whose priority is... defending earmarks, and...

  4. Blunt, who was out of the office... schmoozing with the lobbyists who own him.

They must be supremely confident that the Democrats are going to mess up by the numbers. Or perhaps they're perfectly happy to be in the minority. They could, as Denny Hastert's impassioned defence of William "Freezer Bag" Jefferson made clear, care less about party or principle, as long as they personally got their share of the loot.


Criminal Number 18F

53 posted on 11/14/2006 9:18:07 PM PST by Criminal Number 18F (Build more lampposts... we've got plenty of traitors.)
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Cubans are a solid conservative voting block, but their numbers are shrinking as non-Cuban minorities in Florida grow.

Central Florida is booming with non-Cuban Hispanic folks (Puerto Ricans, South/Central Americans)....guess who voted for Gore in 2000 and Kerry in 2004? Central Florida. Same place Martinez calls home.

The "Hispanic" last name does not necessarily deliver the "Hispanic" vote.

54 posted on 11/14/2006 9:23:27 PM PST by stainlessbanner
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To: oceanview
Reagan had Lee Atwater, Rove's mentor, we need another with the balls of Atwater (as he was when he was chairman of the RNC!)

There is questionable things written about Lee in later years, which may or may not be true, but regardless he is the one that turned our party around. IMO

Newt is the only one today who gets it like Lee did!

55 posted on 11/14/2006 9:23:43 PM PST by Repub4bush (Tony is STILL the Best Press Secretary Ever!!!!! PMWBB06')
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To: Fairview
How weird!

I was posting about Lee, and got a call and had to stop and there you mentioned him too!!!


56 posted on 11/14/2006 9:24:42 PM PST by Repub4bush (Tony is STILL the Best Press Secretary Ever!!!!! PMWBB06')
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To: stainlessbanner

You have hit on something that none of the others are talking about. Numbers. We are losing, folks, because the number of voters who will be frightened, bribed, coerced or just cajoled into voting for the Dem candidate are growing. In the meantime we are appealing to the educated voter. Good luck. It used to be that way, but the numbers I hate to say are favoring those who don't know Jack about our political system.
As a poll watcher for 13 hours this last tuesday, I can tell you I saw folks voting the Dem ticket who don't know squat, but will vote not knowing the consequences of their votes. Sad, but their votes knock out ours.
In the field of PR, our party sucks badly. In the field of educating the voting public, our party sucks badly.
Until these things change, we will be fortunate to not lose more. Our hope is the Dems will self destruct.


57 posted on 11/14/2006 9:53:27 PM PST by Islander2
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And .. who the heck is Mike Duncan?

58 posted on 11/14/2006 10:00:46 PM PST by CyberAnt (Drive-By Media: Fake news, fake documents, fake polls)
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Another rason why Martinez was a horrible choice.

59 posted on 11/14/2006 10:03:00 PM PST by TBP
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To: oceanview

Well put! Kumbaya strikes again!

I am so sick and tired of Kumbaya that I could scream.

60 posted on 11/14/2006 10:11:29 PM PST by PhiKapMom ( Go Sooners! Rudy for 2008)
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To: alicewonders

When the President brought the new tone to D.C. -- better known as kumbaya!

I want our nominee to be out front, willing to go on the attack if necessary and not be laid back and basically tell the RNC to pound salt. I am not donating another dime to them -- will donate to the candidate. RNC was worthless in 2000 and now we are going back to that same worthless mentality.

61 posted on 11/14/2006 10:14:04 PM PST by PhiKapMom ( Go Sooners! Rudy for 2008)
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To: oceanview

Get a grip. There will be plenty of attacking going on out thayah.
Martinez job is to be the friendly face of the Republican Party for the huge mindless chattering class that determines election winners. Also, it is important to keep in mind there's lots of Latinos out thayah. The Democrat Party leadership, meanwhile, remains pasty white.

62 posted on 11/14/2006 10:15:50 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Criminal Number 18F

As many of you know on here, I have asked for donations for the RNC more than one time during the election cycles. I am now asking each and every one of you to close up your checkbook and save your money to donate to candidates. RNC does not deserve our support if this is how it is going to be run. Kumbaya does not win elections when you let your opposition run you down.

Please contact your National Committeeman and woman along with your State Chair and tell them to vote no on Martinez. They have the final say not the President.

63 posted on 11/14/2006 10:19:09 PM PST by PhiKapMom ( Go Sooners! Rudy for 2008)
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To: Lancey Howard

He is not dynamic. You can be dynamic and nice and still get your point across. Why not Henry Bonilla if you want an Hispanic -- he is nice and much better looking IMO if looks are what sells on TV.

A sitting Senator has no business being head of RNC IMHO because he has a lot to do in the Senate to combat the Dem controlled Senate. Putting someone else in charge while Martinez has responsibility dilutes who is in charge IMO.

There are a lot of people that would have been a better choice IMHO.

64 posted on 11/14/2006 10:22:46 PM PST by PhiKapMom ( Go Sooners! Rudy for 2008)
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Of course he won't be an attack dog. Because he's simply a token. An affirmative action pick by an administration that seems to have come around to the view Liberals are on the right track in elevating people based on skin color vs qualifications. 'Cause those darn naive Hispanic commoners are going to see Mel leading the RNC in name only, and well, Republicans will get 60% of the Hispanic vote gosh darn it! Just like they locked up that Jewish vote with Mehlman in charge, right? Because ideas and actions mean NOTHING at all compared to ones bloodline and skin color.

For the record I thought Mehlman did a good job with what he was given to work with, but the point is that this tactic by the admin disgusts me. A person's race is NOT supposed to be the main criteria for their advancement. It's a reverse discrimination that makes Washingtonians FEEL good but in reality is a mockery of the so called equal rights they claim to champion.

I supported Condi because she was capable. I don't like Powell's beliefs, but he was qualified. I supported Steele because he was certainly qualified. Ditto Estrada. I've seen NOTHING to recommend Martinez's selection. He didn't win his election so much as Jeb won it for him. Since then he has done nothing to recommend himself in the Senate, unlike other freshman such as Thune and Coleman. Everyone knows why the President has selected him, and it is more obvious by the fact they are letting it be known the daily operations aren't in his hands.

So much for looking past one's color, race or religion.

65 posted on 11/14/2006 10:31:30 PM PST by Soul Seeker (Kobach: Amnesty is going from an illegal to a legal position, without imposing the original penalty.)
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To: Txsleuth

Unfortunately in these situations, the general chairman (in this case, Martinez) is supposed to be the guy who does the TV.

A piss-poor choice. A political leader who won't attack isn't a political leader but a bureaucrat.

66 posted on 11/14/2006 10:39:04 PM PST by California Patriot ("That's not Charlie the Tuna out there. It's Jaws." -- Richard Nixon)
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To: oceanview


That word in not in the Republican playbook.

67 posted on 11/14/2006 11:57:35 PM PST by taxesareforever (Never forget Matt Maupin)
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Martinez is a strong supporter of amnesty for illegals and that is why Bush appointed him. Bush is determined to obtain amnesty for illegals even if it means destroying the Republican Party.

68 posted on 11/15/2006 1:09:35 AM PST by subrosa sam (subrosasam)
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Great, another Casper Milktoast...exactly what is needed now.


69 posted on 11/15/2006 5:49:24 AM PST by truthkeeper (It's the borders, stupid.)
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To: icwhatudo
God forbid we run a decent humorous attack ad. Pass the milk toast and Bob Dole please.

My thought exactly. People really GET witty, incisive zingers. Am I the only one on Planet Earth who remembers W's "risky scheme" rap directed at Gore during the 2000 debate? And the fact that Gore never again used that obnoxious phrase after that night? W got him, and got him good. And the people got it, and Gore KNEW they got it.

Sorry for raising my voice, you people, but sheesh, this isn't rocket science, is it??

70 posted on 11/15/2006 6:00:03 AM PST by truthkeeper (It's the borders, stupid.)
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To: MaineVoter2002

I supported Iraq also. I feel we haven't been tough enough over there, but then I'm not military so my $0.02 is really worth just that, $0.02.

71 posted on 11/15/2006 6:57:26 AM PST by kalee
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To: PhiKapMom

Brava, Brava, Bravissima. I am done with RNC, RSCC and RCCC forever. (Or at least until they pull their heads out of you-know-where -- which I estimate as, forever). This election cycle they spent their money in the primaries protecting mobbed-up insiders from reformist primary challengers.

Liddy Dole's dreadful RSCC quashed outsider campaigns and spent fortunes on various might-as-well-be-Dem forlorn hopes. I give you Lincoln Chafee as a prime example -- a man who immediately repaid this generosity with disloyalty, which was about as surprising to Chafee watchers as sunrise is to a ship's navigator.

The congressional committee was even worse, if such a thing is possible.

Now we have Mel Martinez, a man who would lose his own seat if he had run in this cycle, and will probably lose his seat when he does have to run.

I will still give to individual races, but the committee is untrustworthy. It's a gang of Washington insiders whose focus is on lining their pockets and helping other insiders do likewise.

I recommend to everybody that you do not give to any of the national committees. Their argument is that they know better than you how to spend the money -- funny, we've heard that argument somewhere before, haven't we?

Oh yeah, it's what Democrats say about taxes! Democrats, and those Republicans who went to DC and went native.

One last point -- your local Congressional candidate will thank you for a contribution and put it to use (I got an email from one challenger two districts over, whom the Committees did nothing to help, not one dime or word of assistance. My small contribution enabled him to run TEN radio ads. Send the same amount to the RNC and they will blow it on lunch at someplace with snails on the menu and a $450 bottle of plonk, if they don't give it to some quasi-Democrat Washington eunuch).

The national committees are for people who are content with minority status, as long as the congenial, clubbish atmosphere remains.

I am, I guess you would say, a former donor, and I have the autographed (autopen I'm sure... I'm not THAT big a donor) pictures of Reagan, George I, Reagan AND George I, Bob Dole, etc. to prove it. The National Committee is dead to me. Just my opinion, as someone who has voted (and given) Republican with few exceptions since 1976.


Criminal Number 18F

72 posted on 11/15/2006 7:22:47 AM PST by Criminal Number 18F (Build more lampposts... we've got plenty of traitors.)
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To: Criminal Number 18F

If all goes well, we will have some good news. My Congressman is up for the NRCC Chair. He was a consultant long before he ran for Congress and is one of the best I have ever met. He is one of these people that knows what needs to be done and will do it. I firmly believe if they would have elected him to NRCC for the last election, we wouldn't be looking at Nancy Pelosi because in a tight race, we would have won with his leadership. He stays on message, will take it to the Dems, and we will take back the House. He is a very good fundraiser and will put the money in races they need it the most.

He had a consulting firm here that won race after race, but after he decided to run for Congress and is out of day to day activities, they do not have as good of track record.

He has forgotten more about consulting and winning races then some people will ever know. Now to sit back and see if he gets that Chairmanship because the Republian Congress could not elect someone better IMHO. If he doesn't get the post, my checkbook is shut as well. Going to take someone like my Congressman to pry it back open!

As for RNC, they can forget about any donation with this pick! If I was going to pick a Senator, it would have been Norm Coleman who should have headed NRSC instead of Dole which was the absolute worst pick ever. We went from Frist to Allen and picked up seats including Daschle's. This time we had no message out of NRSC. The lady cannot organize and is tone deaf as to what is happening throughout the Country IMHO. She put money in the wrong races IMHO.

73 posted on 11/15/2006 7:55:57 AM PST by PhiKapMom ( Go Sooners! Rudy for 2008)
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So, in typical Bush fashion on most "hispanic" and immigration issues - he paries back and forth between immigration reform and immigration security by doing things that are just done for appearances. Yes that's a cynical view, but its accurate. (the 11th hour decision to support "the fence").

74 posted on 11/15/2006 11:26:28 AM PST by Wuli
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"Attacking our own .. before they're even on the job?"

I know Martinez. I lived in Orlando when he was there, and sttill live in Florida. Was married to a cuban woman, and hired many latins over the years.

There is no such thing as a latin caucus. I am not slamming latins at all, but I do know this:

Latins are very prejudiced against other latin countries. Cubans hate mexicans, columbians hate mexicans and cubans, argentinians hate them all.

Neither Martinez, nor anyone, will unite the latins, although that is his dream, and Bush's. Mel hates the fence.

75 posted on 11/15/2006 2:46:49 PM PST by MonroeDNA (Libertarians are more conservative than pubbies. Strictest interpretation of the constitution,)
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