Everything Old is Anuzis Again
10-27-2009
If you didn’t get a chance to catch Republican politico Saul Anuzis on New Hampshire Public Radio’s The Exchange earlier today, I recommend that you check out the show here. Anuzis was recently a contender for chairman of the Republican National Committee, a position which ultimately went to former Maryland Lieutenant Governor Michael Steele. Anuzis, who is in New Hampshire to talk with Granite State Republicans, referred to himself this morning as a recovering Republican (from eight years of President Bush, I assume). So, I was interested to hear whether he would have some sort of new take on how the GOP should go about rebuilding itself.
 
Other than a call for a greater use of technology to reach young voters through social networking sites, however, I didn’t hear much that I would consider fresh thinking about how to reorient the party. Incidentally, Anuzis chairs the RNC’s technology committee, but I am not sure how much responsibility he bears for the party’s recent problematic launch of its revamped website. As best I could tell from his conversation with Laura Knoy, Anuzis buys into the conservative belief that the problem for Republicans in the 2006 and 2008 elections was not their message, but only how it was delivered to voters. In essence, the issue was style, not substance.
 
I have written previously about why I think the message is actually their bigger concern, so I was disappointed to hear Anuzis fall back on standard conservative themes. It sounded to me like the Republican strategy for the 2010 midterms is to hope that Obama will create enough problems for himself (particularly with independents) to help Republicans pick up some number of seats in competitive districts or states. Beyond that, there wasn’t much of a coherent long-term strategy, especially for winning back seats in the difficult political terrain of New England.


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