RedState Sorta-endorses Mike Duncan
The editors of RedState.com are telling Republican National Committee members that if they can’t support Ken Blackwell, they should re-elect Mike Duncan.
In key areas of vending and contracting at the RNC, many documents were signed before Mike Duncan could get a team in place. It may not be well known, but it is a fact that Duncan, by and large, had to live with decisions made before he got there. In fact, there is only one area where Duncan could fully stretch his legs as Chairman of the Party unhindered by either a de facto party head in the White House and a Presidential campaign calling the shots — fundraising. In that area, Duncan thrived.
This has the ring of truth. We forget this, but circa May and June Duncan was viewed as a low-key whiz kid, a mega-fundraiser who had solved the Florida and Michigan primary crises (which roiled the Democrats for months) with a Solomoniac solution: Give each rogue state half of its delegates.
I’ve heard a number of DC Republicans and McCain campaign vets credit Duncan’s fundraising for keeping them in the game with President-elect Barack Obama. They stress, though, that the RNC chairman isn’t ever going to become the face of the opposition.
Still it’s interesting to see this (which follows from this) at RedState. It’s becoming the grassroots conservative site that makes no real demands from the Republicans, as long as they win.