From NBC's Mark Murray
Saul Anuzis, the Michigan GOP chair who's running for chairman of the Republican National Committee, has issued a 24-page "Blueprint for a GOP Comeback" to RNC members that details his agenda and vision for returning the party to political power.
In the document, Anuzis envisions the party being a "grassroots-up relationship of equals," not a DC-down "paternalistic relationship; advocates for a "50-state strategy" to appeal to voters in the Northeast, Midwest, and West as well it does in the South; stresses that the party do a better job of reaching out to Latino and black voters; contends that the GOP begin harnessing the latest advancements in technology to advance its message; and argues that it search for ways to better compete against the Democrats financially.
While he says that the Republican Party needs to do more organizationally, financially, demographically, and geographically, Anuzis believes the party is fine ideologically. "On November 4," he writes, "the Republican Party lost, our ideas didn't. Unfortunately, the American people lost faith in our commitment to those ideas."
He goes on to say that the party must "stand proudly" on its core principles. "When Democrats try to raise taxes, we'll mobilize the American people to stop them. When the Democrat spending spree begins, we'll end it... When the Democrats try to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in Iraq, hollow out our military, dismantle our missile defenses and appease dictators, we'll block them..."
(But if these GOP ideas are winners, then why do 70% in a new Washington Post/ABC poll say that Obama should fulfill his campaign promise to withdraw US troops from Iraq within the next 16 months; why did exit polls from the presidential race show a majority wanting the government to do more rather than less; and why did just 3% say in the latest NBC/WSJ poll that taxes are the most important economic issue facing the country?)
Anuzis isn't the only candidate for RNC chair who's trying to win the ideas primary. Chip Saltsman, who was Mike Huckabee's campaign manager, has posted a "plan for victory." Ken Blackwell, who unsuccessfully ran for Ohio governor in 2006, is writing columns on National Review Online. And current chair Mike Duncan, who has decided to run for re-election, has discussed his own comeback plan. We'll flesh out these proposals -- and others -- in the coming weeks before the next RNC chairman is selected in late January.
*** UPDATE *** The folks backing South Carolina GOP chair Katon Dawson remind us that he has unveiled his own plan two weeks ago.