Marc Ambinder and Chris Cilizza have been following the names being considered for the next RNC Chair. Among them have been current Republican National Committee Chair Mike Duncan, former Maryland Lieutenant Gov. Michael Steele and Chip Saltsman, the former chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party and the presidential campaign manager for former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
Steele would be a very solid choice. As current chairman of GOPAC, he’s a solid conservative with quality communication skills. He has no future in Maryland politics so the Chairmanship of the RNC would be appealing to him.
But there is one name that these journalists haven’t been floating: Newt Gingrich.
“As Georgia Republican Leadership meet today to plan for the expected run-off of Saxby Chambliss against Jim Martin, my sources tell me Gingrich is having meetings to discuss his own race.
Newt is best known for leading the charge for the Contract with America. It is this famed Contract that has been credited for the Republican take-over of the US House and Senate in 1994. It is also well believed among traditional Republicans that it has been the abandonment of this contract by elected Republicans that has lead to their downfall.”
Newt is an idea man. While his American Solutions organization did an amazing job invigorating the ‘Drill Here, Drill Now’ campaign, the time is now to get him back as a major player on the inside, rather than the outside.
Currently, the Republican Party is lacking in big and creative solutions. This can be remedied by providing Newt more influence within the Party. As Chairman, he will oversee organization and candidate recruitment. With his ideas, tenacity and skill, he could provide the RNC with a strategical, rather than tactical direction.
Is he a polarizing figure? Of course he is. But that may be just what we need to help Americans understand our vision for America. A vision that was so clearly not displayed in this Presidential campaign.
Newt for RNC Chair.