Weekly Opinion Editorial
UNITY NOT GROUP HUG!
by Steve Fair
On Friday, the
Republican National Committee (RNC) voted 111-51-4 to re-elect Ronna Romney
McDaniel as Chairman. With her election
to a fourth term, McDaniel becomes the longest-serving RNC Chair since the
Civil War. She faced a formative
challenge from Harmeet Dhillon, the National Committeewoman from California and
Mike Lindell of My Pillow fame. After
her victory, a relieved McDaniel invited Dhillon and Lindell to the stage as a
show of a sign of unity. “With us
united, and all of us working together, the Democrats are going to hear us in
2024,” McDaniel declared.
reporters immediately after exiting the stage the GOP is not united. “Nobody’s going to unite around the Party
the way it is, which is seemingly ignoring the grassroots,” Dhillon
said. Lindell, who had predicted he
would win the race but got only four votes, had no comment on his poor showing.
Even in a show of solidarity, the GOP was ungracious. Three observations:
GOP is historically a Party of disunity.
The modern Republican Party seems to always have tension and unrest. Whether its pro-life Republicans being
dismissed by pro-choice Rs or fiscal conservatives being trivialized by other
GOPers, turbulence and strife are more the rule than the exception in the Party
of Lincoln. Agreeing to disagree is not
practiced. Demonizing fellow Republicans
is the sport of choice. From precinct
level to the RNC, debating and attacking those who only agree 80% of the time has
been the main reason Republicans haven’t dominated politics for decades.
Democrats can disagree and still unite. A
classic example is the recent Speaker of the House race. Speaker Kevin McCarthy, (R-CA) was elected on
the 15th ballot. Every single
Democrat House member voted every single time for minority leader, Rep. Hakeem
Jeffries, (D-NY). They epitomized
steadfastness/unity. They are willing to
focus on the majors in governing, unlike some Republicans, who are willing to
lose in order to make a point. The Dems
have come a long way since Will Rogers declared he was a not a member of an
organized political Party- he was a Democrat[S1] .
loses, when Republicans govern with a disagreeable penchant. Holding out for nothing when you could settle
for something is irrational, yet time and time elected Republicans can’t seem to
come together. When the Grand Ole Party
is in power, being contentious keeps the country from moving forward.
registered Republicans have no idea the job responsibilities/duties of the RNC
Chairman. Unifying the Party is not a
specific function of the job. The rules
of the Party are clear; the Chair’s job is to conduct a fair and impartial
presidential primary every four years(and raise tons of money). Therein lies the problem. Ronna McDaniel was hand-picked to lead the
RNC by former President Trump. Will McDaniel
run a fair primary with objectivity? Will she be neutral and give every
candidate equality or will she attempt to ‘tilt the table’ to help Trump? The 168 members of the Republican National
Committee’s job now becomes to hold McDaniel accountable to adhere to RNC Rule
11(no endorsing in primaries).
of the Party,’ that job is on individual Republicans, not the RNC Chair. The Republican Party claims to be ‘bottom up/grassroots’
driven. True unity happens when a fair primary
is conducted, a nominee chosen(at whatever level) and grassroots Republican
voters coalesce around the nominee and help get them elected. Unity is not some group hug on a national