[Miami, Florida] Growing up in Chicago, I learned a few things about machine politics from Mayor Daley and Saul Alinsky, and one of the ground rules of the Chicago Outfit is: “Don’t Back No Losers!” Second place is not good enough in politics, because it’s an elimination tournament - - win or go home. Business can be a positive-sum game, but politics is always a zero-sum game.
The Republican National Committee is scheduled to vote this month on its next Chairman for the 2024 election cycle. The incumbent, Ronna Romney McDaniel, who was first elected with President Trump’s support in 2017 and retains his support, has led the party through three consecutive losing elections in 2018, 2020 and now again in 2022, but nevertheless she is seeking re-election. She has no shame, because if she did, she would resign quietly and head into richly-deserved obscurity. She is a loser, and losers do not deserve to be kept on, for any reason. Some people say that she is a good fundraiser, but the purpose of a political party is not to raise funds, but to win elections. It raises funds in order to win elections. She raises plenty of funds, but doesn’t win elections.
In 2018, she presided over the voluntary early retirement of around 50 Republican Congressmen, and the humiliating surrender of the House by Speaker Ryan They would rather lose the House than serve with President Trump. In addition, Democrats flipped governorships in Wisconsin and Michigan that had been Republican for two prior terms.
In 2020, she neglected election integrity efforts, while Democrats deployed legions of lawyers nationwide, and Zucker Bucks flowed into blue districts. As a result, not only did President Trump lose re-election, but also Democrats regained control of the Senate. While Republicans made gains in the House, they failed to deny another majority to Speaker Pelosi.
In 2022, she presided over an expected red wave that fizzled, despite the Democrat record, actually losing ground in the Senate and barely winning a majority in the House. In addition, Democrat governors were re-elected in Wisconsin and Michigan, the Democrat governor of Pennsylvania was succeeded by another, and Democrats flipped the governorship in Arizona for the first time in at least four terms. After these dismal results, she called for party unity, but there is no evidence to expect that she can turn the situation around, so the only party unity should be to replace her. It may not have been totally her fault, but it happened on her watch.
The director of the Centre on U.S. Politics in University College London, Thomas Gift, told Newsweek: “In any functional party, heads would be rolling after such a monumentally disappointing election as Republicans had in November. Instead, what we see is a doubling down on a losing strategy.” The Texas GOP, however, has voted unanimously for Ronna to be replaced. If she were in a profession that values accountability, like college football coach, she would have been fired a long time ago. The Republican Party of Florida is holding a straw vote on Friday, January 20 in Sarasota, and both candidates for Chairman of the RPOF oppose Ronna.
Too many Republicans are comfortable playing the Washington Generals to the Democrats’ Harlem Globetrotters. The Republicans get to wear snazzy uniforms, travel around the country, and get paid for doing something that they love to do, but they are also paid to lose. We should not shoot losers, but we cannot tolerate them either. Term limits are also useful. The Chairman of the Republican National Committee must be held accountable for failure. They are not unionized government bureaucrats like Doctor Fauci and the National Institute of Health.
We cannot tolerate losers, because we cannot afford to lose - - there is nowhere to go from America. As Winston Churchill observed, our objective must be victory, because without victory, there is no survival. We are in a war of cultural extermination, facing a cultural revolution by socialist totalitarians. If you think that I exagerate, consider that Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) and his wife (owner of Strand used bookstore in Manhattan) spent their winter break (the holiday formerly called Christmas) with the totalitarian thugs in Havana.
If Ronna wants to stay in politics, she should return to fix her home state of Michigan, which is turning into another Illinois (while Chicago turns into another Detroit). The re-elected Democrat governor, together with the newly-elected Democrat majorities in both the state senate and house, threaten to repeal their new right-to-work legislation, and to further hobble election integrity. If Ronna can’t win for her party in her home state, then she doesn’t deserve to run the national party. #NeverRonna!
Eduardo Vidal is a lawyer and political activist. His family brought him when he was nine years old from Cuba to the USA, but now the rule of law has been eroded in the USA as well, and we are turning into Cuba and the rest of Latin America.