Is a post-collegial Good Old Boy network killing the Virginia GOP?
Business leaders know the primary characteristics of a healthy organization:
• Innovative – respond to changing conditions
• Centered – remain committed to their core principles
• Renewable – grow their leadership from within through a merit-based proving process
• Competitive – capitalizes on its unique advantages to retain an edge in the marketplace
Virginia’s grand old party has many strengths. It is the party best aligned with the principles of hard-working Virginians. Virginia Republicans are blessed as well by many competent candidates – past, current and future – who have risen through our ranks.
So, what’s the problem?
Is it that RPV hasn’t paid enough attention to the blogsphere?
The blogsphere is increasingly relevant as traditional media viewership declines and more people seek news and analysis online. And, it is true that its Democratic cousins rather have the edge on the GOP in this respect. But improving official recognition of or interface with the Republican blogsphere is hardly the GOP’s greatest concern.
Is it poor fundraising?
Anemic fundraising is a serious concern for the GOP in Virginia. But rising revenues follow, rather than precede, other indicators of organizational health. Without a popular product and a strong team, no organization can hope for a vigorous balance sheet.
Is it Jeff Frederick?
This charge has rung hollow at every repetition. People who never supported Frederick are using the occasion of John McCain’s loss to attempt to depose him. It’s a petty move, but hardly unexpected given the sometimes vindictive personality politics that is played in this Commonwealth. Frederick has had six months on the job – hardly enough time to ruin or rebuild the Virginia GOP. Given how much turnover the state Republican party has experienced in the chairman department, this blogger thinks it is time to give stable leadership a chance.
So what IS the problem?
Leave your comments and check back for Part II – coming soon.