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RNC Chairs: Empty rhetoric over real results

Reince Priebus is following the well-worn path of previous RNC Chairmen, including Michael Steele, Mike Duncan, Mel Martinez and Ken Mehlman who all pledged and failed to bring the Republican Party into the 21st Century. It’s clear that Priebus and his predecessors value empty rhetoric over real results.

On The RNC Reaching Out To People Of Color…

Then:
“I want to make sure that we take that message to the broader Hispanic community, to the African-American community and to all communities that may never have believed that Republican ideals spoke to them… So they, too, understand that if they care about education for their children, accountability in their schools, if they care about entrepreneurship, about beginning a small business and growing it into a large business, if they care about a party that stands for less government but more individual freedom, then we are the party for them and their American dream.’” -  Mel Martinez on his RNC in 2007

Now:
“The RNC will be testing voter contact efforts with controlled experiments and fine-tuning their engagement efforts with African-American, Asian-American and Hispanic communities who are firmly entrenched in the Democratic camp.” - Today’s CNN story on Reince Priebus’ RNC

On the RNC Helping Build Strong State Parties…

Then:
“No dollar amounts or staffing commitments were announced as part of the announcement today. Steele simply promised to empower the states to compete everywhere. Aides say that the RNC political operation will work with state parties to determine their needs.” - ABC on Michael Steele’s RNC in 2010

Now:
“Instead of taking rigid marching orders from Washington, RNC staffers in the states will be given a longer leash in order to understand local players and issues, and adapt accordingly.”  - Today’s CNN story on Reince Priebus’ RNC

On Pursuing A 50 State Strategy…

Then:
“For the first time in history, we had a 50 state strategy.” Michael Steele on his tenure as RNC Chairman

Now:
“In the coming months, the RNC will continue to hire staff in all fifty states and build the most expansive infrastructure of any party to date.” – Reince Priebus Statement Today