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Ideology Steers RNC Chairman Race
The Hill ^ | December 27, 2008 | Reid Wilson

Posted on 12/27/2008 9:57:48 AM PST by St. Louis Conservative

A battle for the soul of the Republican Party has spilled over into the contest for national committee chairman, as conservative members are prodding candidates to shift their way.

Now that the presidential campaign is over and the congressional leadership elections are settled, conservative activists are turning to the race for chairman as their next chance to shape the party.

Already, one candidate has come under fire for his association with a centrist organization, while a group of prominent RNC members is set to put others through an exhaustive test of their personal conservatism.

"It's important that the chairman be in line with the principles of the Republican Party as expressed in its platform, and that means the person is a conservative," said Indiana National Committeeman Jim Bopp, a prominent Republican lawyer. "It's important that the chairman wants to unite all strands of conservatism, because that's where we went wrong. We went wrong by not being faithful to our conservative principles."

Bopp, along with nearly half the voting members of the committee, has established the Conservative Steering Committee, which will meet with candidates Jan. 6 and hold a straw poll to determine whether each candidate is conservative enough to serve as chairman. The group is semi-exclusive, with some RNC members invited to join while others have had to ask to be let in.

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My vote (if I actually had one) is for Ken Blackwell.
1 posted on 12/27/2008 9:57:49 AM PST by St. Louis Conservative
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To: St. Louis Conservative

ME TOO!


2 posted on 12/27/2008 9:59:34 AM PST by Coldwater Creek ("There is no insanity greater than electing a pathological Narcissist as president.")
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To: St. Louis Conservative

We went wrong by not being faithful to our conservative principles.”

How very well put. The wallet stays closed as long as McLame, Powell, and the likes have any influence.

They can call when they are conservative. Again.


3 posted on 12/27/2008 10:01:40 AM PST by reefdiver (How do you keep the Conservative a Conservative, in Washington DC ?)
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To: reefdiver

I don’t even answer the phone when they pop up on the caller ID.


4 posted on 12/27/2008 10:04:41 AM PST by bill1952 (McCain and the GOP were worthless)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

Micheal Steele is fine too. This article is making hay over nothing.


5 posted on 12/27/2008 10:06:55 AM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: St. Louis Conservative

I’m also for Ken Blackwell although I’d like to hear what all the candidates have to say in that Jan. 6 meeting.


6 posted on 12/27/2008 10:08:53 AM PST by Al B.
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To: KC_Conspirator

Micheal Steele...he’s got my vote!


7 posted on 12/27/2008 10:09:45 AM PST by FES0844 (FES0844)
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To: reefdiver

**They can call when they are conservative. Again.**

The Republican’s behavior over the last 8 years say that ...”I’m NOT WELCOME at the GOP!”

With that said, not only has my wallet closed, my GOP membership card has been RETURNED. IF I cannot admit without embarassment that I’m a GOP, I am now an INDEPENDENT CONSERVATIVE!!!


8 posted on 12/27/2008 10:13:22 AM PST by gwilhelm56 (Orwell's "1984" .. to Conservatives- a WARNING, to Liberals - a TEXTBOOK)
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To: gwilhelm56
"With that said, not only has my wallet closed, my GOP membership card has been RETURNED. IF I cannot admit without embarassment that I’m a GOP, I am now an INDEPENDENT CONSERVATIVE"

This is exactly my own position, and has been since the Contract With America went south some years ago. (Let's hear it for Caller ID!!)

9 posted on 12/27/2008 10:16:50 AM PST by redhead (If you want real PEACE, work for PROSPERITY.)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

There is nothing centrist about someone who wants to promote abortion rights or sexual activism. It is one thing to say I do not feel comfortable or compelled to fight the battle but another thing entirely to be leading the charge the other way.

Whitman’s group is the problem. They aren’t merely centrist on social issues they would have tax payers funding abortions, and promoting the gay agenda as well as move us back towards the “compassionate conservatism” crap that led us to the sad state we are in.

There should be a litmus test and that is one of integrity and honor and one can not have that and promote the ugly behaviors and procedures that are destroying not only the unborn and the weak but destroying the sense of humanity and decency that places man above the common animal. We should not aspire to the lowest common denominator. We should not seek to make those who choose bad decisions feel better about them. There is no compassion in becoming a nation of enablers.


10 posted on 12/27/2008 10:18:14 AM PST by Maelstorm (Ignorance is bliss. When no one knows what you are doing you can do what you want.)
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To: gwilhelm56; freekitty; ZULU; Clintonfatigued; justiceseeker93; BossLady; MinuteGal; oswegodeee; ...

I agree wholeheartedly with your comments. We need a strong leader who will face off against Liberals, the MSM, and RINO’s. If not, our beloved country will be no more. It’s that dire and that imperative!!!


11 posted on 12/27/2008 10:18:36 AM PST by ExTexasRedhead
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To: St. Louis Conservative

Bopp is a sellout. He’s Romney’s straw boss.

Wake up conservatives. They’re setting you up for more mere lip service.


12 posted on 12/27/2008 10:22:05 AM PST by EternalVigilance (We are partisans only of what is right: America's Independent Party, www.AIPNEWS.com)
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To: redhead

****(Let’s hear it for Caller ID!!)****

NO, I answer it so that I can TELL THEM

** IF I cannot admit without embarassment that I’m a GOP, I am now an INDEPENDENT CONSERVATIVE**


13 posted on 12/27/2008 10:22:17 AM PST by gwilhelm56 (Orwell's "1984" .. to Conservatives- a WARNING, to Liberals - a TEXTBOOK)
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To: ExTexasRedhead

I agree. We need a leader and so far I have seen none.


14 posted on 12/27/2008 10:22:54 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: gwilhelm56
I am now an INDEPENDENT CONSERVATIVE!!!

So am I.

15 posted on 12/27/2008 10:23:38 AM PST by EternalVigilance (We are partisans only of what is right: America's Independent Party, www.AIPNEWS.com)
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To: St. Louis Conservative
I say throw out the whole concept of the RNC. I don't trust these elitist in the party to select my leader.

They remind me of the leaders of the Presbyterian Church, completely out of touch with the grass roots of the organization.

Who holds the charter for the Republican Party and has anyone ever seen it?

16 posted on 12/27/2008 10:28:29 AM PST by Mark was here (The earth is bipolar.)
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To: EternalVigilance

“Bopp is a sellout. He’s Romney’s straw boss.

Wake up conservatives. They’re setting you up for more mere lip service.”

Oh for heaven sakes, can it for once with your Romney hatred. You make me sick.


17 posted on 12/27/2008 10:35:31 AM PST by flaglady47 (Four years of captivity, no relief in sight)
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To: Mark was here
I say throw out the whole concept of the RNC. I don't trust these elitist in the party to select my leader.

Overstated.

Remember, even after the soi-disant Republican Richard Nixon, who instituted wage-and-price controls for god's sake, not to mention Watergate and Gerry 'wipe my drool' Ford's pardon, the Republican Party re-captured the Presidency with Ronaldus Magnus. Of course, 4 years of Jimmy 'I never saw a oil crisis I didn't like' Carter had something to do with it.

I'm not sayin' Zero will govern down to the standards of Carter, but ya gotta admit the possibility is there!

The question is, can we survive that long?

Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

18 posted on 12/27/2008 10:40:11 AM PST by Right Winged American (No matter how Cynical I get, I just can't keep up!)
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To: St. Louis Conservative
established the Conservative Steering Committee

This is very good news.

19 posted on 12/27/2008 10:40:58 AM PST by Lucius Cornelius Sulla (Just because I am an Oogedy-Boogedy kind of guy!)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

As if this is a bad thing..this is why YOU (and I and anyone) should ~never~! listen to the liberal media (including The Hill comentators..).


20 posted on 12/27/2008 10:43:27 AM PST by JSDude1 (Like the failed promise of Fascism masquerading as Capitalism? You're gonna love Marxism- Nephi)
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To: flaglady47

Romney “Hatred” to oppose his rank liberalism-OK can we PLEASE cut the adhominim and converse on issues instead!?

Romney is a liberal, I don’t want his friend as RNC chair as well..


21 posted on 12/27/2008 10:46:32 AM PST by JSDude1 (Like the failed promise of Fascism masquerading as Capitalism? You're gonna love Marxism- Nephi)
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To: JSDude1

Romney “Hatred” to oppose his rank liberalism-OK can we PLEASE cut the adhominim and converse on issues instead!?

Romney is a liberal, I don’t want his friend as RNC chair as well..

Your “friend” was not talking issues, he was talking the same Romney hatred he spews on every thread that Romney is mentioned on. He is a Romney hater. If you want to wear blinders, feel free. But facts are facts. Look up EV’s track record of comments for proof. But something tells me you already know this. You are of his same ilk, I suspect. Ok, now YOU go back to the issues, and YOU can the Romney talk.


22 posted on 12/27/2008 10:57:45 AM PST by flaglady47 (Four years of captivity, no relief in sight)
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To: FES0844
Micheal Steele...he’s got my vote!

You might want to check Steele's record. Check his voting record and also check on some of the things the says. He is pretty much a RINO IMO.

23 posted on 12/27/2008 11:00:38 AM PST by calex59
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To: Right Winged American

**the Republican Party re-captured the Presidency with Ronaldus Magnus. **

After the debacle of the Carter Regime, a trained CHIMPANZEE could have beaten CARTER.

Therefore, the presidency of Ronald REAGAN was a DIVINE BLESSING, and a DIVINE INTERVENTION sent by GOD To straighten us out. I guess the USA did NOT want to listen.


24 posted on 12/27/2008 11:01:43 AM PST by gwilhelm56 (Orwell's "1984" .. to Conservatives- a WARNING, to Liberals - a TEXTBOOK)
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To: flaglady47

So attack me now..real class.

No I don’t personally know “my friend” neither did I know his supposed alleged ROMNEY hatred record.

I DO however believe Romney a liberal (backed by his record, and statements).

I wouldn’t want him as our nom, nor controlling the RNC.

Thanks.


25 posted on 12/27/2008 11:13:39 AM PST by JSDude1 (Like the failed promise of Fascism masquerading as Capitalism? You're gonna love Marxism- Nephi)
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To: Coldwater Creek
Blackwell's the "Real Deal."

He's a soft-spoken gentlemen (as in the Ronald Reagan tradition) but no push over.

Conservative Republican to the core; faithful Christian husband and loving father; stood down corrupt democRATS attempting to steal elections as Sec'y of State for Ohio and would wonderfully represent all Republicans without selling out to the "mod" RINOs.

26 posted on 12/27/2008 11:23:53 AM PST by zerosix (native sunflower)
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To: St. Louis Conservative
First the Party needs a cleansing of the RAT infestation.
27 posted on 12/27/2008 11:40:24 AM PST by Cheetahcat (Osamabama the Wright kind of Racist!)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

If there actually is serious fighting among all of the candidates for RNC Chair, then bring it on, please, and let all of them successfully resolve all of their problems asap! It really is much better to get everything that may be controversial out of the way asap, so that the best person and best candidate for RNC Chair really will be picked, I seriously hope and pray!


28 posted on 12/27/2008 11:45:54 AM PST by johnthebaptistmoore (Conservatives obey the rules. Leftists cheat. Who probably has the political advantage?)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

Bookmark


29 posted on 12/27/2008 12:14:33 PM PST by GOP Poet
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To: flaglady47
You make me sick.

Anyone who would call themselves a conservative and still support the most liberal Governor in the history of the republic, and his takeover of the Republican Party, is already sick. I'm simply diagnosing the disease.

30 posted on 12/27/2008 12:37:45 PM PST by EternalVigilance (We are partisans only of what is right: America's Independent Party, www.AIPNEWS.com)
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To: calex59
I listened to him host a show on America Right. He is no Conservative... he is a black mccain.

LLS

31 posted on 12/27/2008 12:54:14 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!! so sue me!)
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To: Mark was here
I say throw out the whole concept of the RNC. I don't trust these elitist in the party to select my leader.

Just how do you think we got the RNC? They're elected by those attending conventions in each state. If you're not happy with who they elected, then you have to look at the grassroots for someone to blame.

32 posted on 12/27/2008 1:01:59 PM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma (When the righteous rule, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule the people mourn. Proverbs 29;2)
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To: Conservativegreatgrandma

Well I hate to admit it but I have no idea was elected from my district. I bet I’m not alone.


33 posted on 12/27/2008 1:52:31 PM PST by Mark was here (The earth is bipolar.)
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To: Mark was here

Do you know who are your national committee woman and national committee man from your state?


34 posted on 12/27/2008 2:54:06 PM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma (When the righteous rule, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule the people mourn. Proverbs 29;2)
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To: flaglady47

Grow up.


35 posted on 12/27/2008 3:17:38 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: EternalVigilance

You gave us McCain and hence Obama. I don’t think you got much room to throw stones.

While it’s true that Romney is not an Alan Keyes clone in terms of defending conservative principles, it is equally true that he was not the most liberal Governor in U.S. history. Romney was a statist. He will do want the people want who elect. In Massachusetts, he was elected to be fiscally conservative and socially moderate. And guess what he was!

Gay marriage was forced on the people of Massachusetts and Romney strong armed the legislature to fight aganst it, and filed several lawsuits to prevent it. However, he did not take the Alan Keyes approach and override the legislature. The Alan Keyes approach, while from a different political perspective, is identical to what the gay mobs want to do in California, ignore the process outlined in their state’s constitution to right a wrong because the greater good is at risk.


36 posted on 12/27/2008 3:28:36 PM PST by nowandlater
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To: reefdiver

I don’t pay much attention to what these guys say, more to what they do. With high echelon politicos(even ours) it’s not what they say but their actions that count.


37 posted on 12/27/2008 3:28:52 PM PST by rodguy911 (HOME OF THE FREE BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE--GO SARAHCUDA !!)
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To: johnthebaptistmoore
Absolutely, lets get the hissy fits out of the way now. Seems the RNC may finally be seeing the light! However once again its ,b>actions that count</b> not rhetoric.
After “McCain” these guys are had to trust.
38 posted on 12/27/2008 3:33:18 PM PST by rodguy911 (HOME OF THE FREE BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE--GO SARAHCUDA !!)
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To: nowandlater
Romney was a statist.

Right. And you support him. That's about all I need to know.

39 posted on 12/27/2008 3:44:25 PM PST by EternalVigilance (We are partisans only of what is right: America's Independent Party, www.AIPNEWS.com)
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To: nowandlater
Gay marriage was forced on the people of Massachusetts and Romney strong armed the legislature to fight aganst it, and filed several lawsuits to prevent it. However, he did not take the Alan Keyes approach and override the legislature. The Alan Keyes approach, while from a different political perspective, is identical to what the gay mobs want to do in California, ignore the process outlined in their state’s constitution to right a wrong because the greater good is at risk.

What a load of bunk.

The legislature did nothing in response to Goodridge, which was the proper course. Romney, although nothing obligated him to do so whatsoever, used Goodridge as an excuse to institute gay "marriage." Thereby making a mockery of constitutional governance and fulfilling his campaign promises to the gay lobby in spades.

You are clueless about what happened in this particular case, and the constitutional duties of the respective branches of government generally. Which makes you a perfect Romneyite. Such ignorance is Mitt's stock in trade.

40 posted on 12/27/2008 3:51:45 PM PST by EternalVigilance (We are partisans only of what is right: America's Independent Party, www.AIPNEWS.com)
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To: LibLieSlayer
I can't speak to Michael Steele, but I heard Ken Blackwell on the Andrew Wilkow show and he struck me as someone with balls who will fight the socialists tooth and nail.

This Duncan and his ilk should be tarred and feathered for the unbelievably horrible job they have done.

They ought to be made to face the consequences of their actions, instead they will continue to line their pockets and hang out at the country clubs collecting their congressional pensions.

41 posted on 12/27/2008 3:55:01 PM PST by Rome2000 (Peace is not an option)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

Blackwell and Katon Dawson stand out as the best candidates.


42 posted on 12/27/2008 11:05:18 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Rome2000

I agree 100%. I want a Conservative Partisan Patriot... and nothing less.

LLS


43 posted on 12/28/2008 5:35:42 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!! so sue me!)
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To: gwilhelm56
After the debacle of the Carter Regime, a trained CHIMPANZEE could have beaten CARTER.

Therefore, the presidency of Ronald REAGAN was a DIVINE BLESSING, and a DIVINE INTERVENTION sent by GOD To straighten us out.

Point.

The fun part is; this is where I came in...

44 posted on 12/28/2008 8:28:13 AM PST by Right Winged American (No matter how Cynical I get, I just can't keep up!)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

“Grow up.”

I wouldn’t want to be as old mentally as you are, ever.


45 posted on 12/28/2008 12:16:25 PM PST by flaglady47 (Four years of captivity, no relief in sight)
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To: EternalVigilance

“Anyone who would call themselves a conservative and still support the most liberal Governor in the history of the republic, and his takeover of the Republican Party, is already sick. I’m simply diagnosing the disease.”

No, you and your constant disgusting crusade against Romney is sick. Live with it.


46 posted on 12/28/2008 12:18:07 PM PST by flaglady47 (Four years of captivity, no relief in sight)
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To: St. Louis Conservative
Ideology Steers RNC Chairman Race

What a novel idea!

47 posted on 12/28/2008 12:21:02 PM PST by gitmo (I am the latte-sipping, NYT-reading, Volvo-driving, no-gun-owning, effete, PC, arrogant liberal. -BO)
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To: flaglady47
"I wouldn’t want to be as old mentally as you are, ever."

Hence your problem.

48 posted on 12/28/2008 1:13:49 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

“Hence your problem.”

No problemo. You ARE the problem.


49 posted on 12/28/2008 3:30:12 PM PST by flaglady47 (Four years of captivity, no relief in sight)
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To: flaglady47
Darling, if there is any reason why the IL GOP is in the state that it is currently in, I think we need look no further than you. Proof positive some people will truly elect any unaccomplished nincompoop or absolute fraud to a party position or office of trust. But you do have a nice day now. ;-)
50 posted on 12/28/2008 4:02:00 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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