Reince Priebus has done such an amazing job rebranding and uniting the Republican Party that, if a newly elected Republican president doesn’t name his successor as Republican National Committee chair, there will be quite the race to fill his shoes. Who wouldn’t want to be in charge of rebuilding the party after the Year of Trump? What may be most interesting, though, are the types of candidates being talked up.
First, of course, the eternal Republican efforts to do ladies’ outreach, especially if Hillary Clinton has been elected president. Carly Fiorina couldn’t get regular voters to support her, but maybe she can get RNC committee members to do so. Or:
Other women who could be in line for the job include House GOP Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), the party’s highest-ranking female member of Congress, and Ronna Romney McDaniel, Mitt Romney’s niece who serves as chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party.
A woman who’s failed in two runs for office, a woman who quickly had to abandon her effort to move up from being the fourth-ranking House Republican, and Mitt Romney’s niece. That sounds about right. McDaniel has the benefit of falling into a second category being considered for RNC chair: state party chairs, several of whose names (mostly Matt) are apparently being floated. And then there’s a final category: current RNC officials. They have a challenge, though:
Being a Priebus ally, however, might not be beneficial if the GOP gets routed this November.
“If we go down as a party, I can’t see people running on the Chairman Priebus record,” said one GOP national committeeman. “Those close to chairman might not be seen in a good light.”
Gee, you think? On the flip side, you kind of have to wonder about the people who even want the job, considering the scenario they’ll likely face.