Of course, every man can understand why John Mark Reynolds would engage in whatever diplomacy is necessary to avoid sleeping on the couch, but is placating Mrs. Reynolds really a burden that all Conservatives should have to bear? We’re talking about RNC Chairman, not poster child. Newt has proven his ability to build a successful Republican Brand, and the only other person who can make that claim went to heaven four years ago, so Newt’s the best we’ve got.
All too frequently some Republican, like John Mark Reynolds or Dr. Dobson, bellows above the din, “I’ve got a bomb! Everybody do what I say and nobody gets hurt.” There is a human impulse to halt, aghast at the threatened carnage, and try to strike a lifesaving bargain, but we must never negotiate with “terrorists,” even if they are our ideological allies; it leads to electoral failure.
Mr. Reynolds is also worried that college students won’t like Newt because he is yesterday's news. What kind of ‘60’s "Generation Gap" psycho-babble is that? Shall we recruit Leonardo DiCapria or some other powder puff who hasn’t yet had his first shave to chair our Party in the hour of need? Young people who are disposed to be attracted to Conservative ideas can learn from and be led by a grown up, young people who cannot be attracted to Conservative ideas cannot be attracted to Conservative ideas, and young people who are in the mushy middle don’t know any more about the history of Newt Gingrich than they do about William Ayers, The Cold War or (by the time of the next Presidential Election) 9/11.
We're supposed to worry about Newt’s identification with the Clinton Era? Does John Mark Reynolds think that's what undecided voters obsess over? The reason they're undecided is that, when it comes to politics, they don't obsess over anything! I think Mr. Reynolds needs a vacation from Washington inside baseball, and maybe some therapy. “And how are we this morning Mr. Reynolds, did you sleep well? Ready for another cleansing? Good, take a deep breath and repeat after me, slowly, ‘Nobody knows who’s RNC Chair, nobody actually cares.’ Good, and again…” Well, of course WE care who chairs the Party, but none of the People who we are trying to win over to voting for Republicans (with the exception of the volatile Mrs. Reynolds, who Newt will drive into the arms of the Democrats) knows or cares.
Moreover, Reynolds misses the simple fact that WHOEVER becomes leader of the Republican Party will be vilified by Democrats and their media lackies (or is it the other way around?), and if we pick a leader who doesn’t have any baggage Democrats and the media will MAKE UP some (e.g. Sarah Palin), so you may as well put your best players on the field and play your game. Can you imagine John Mark Reynolds on General Eisenhower’s staff? “But General, this plan will never work, if we hit the beaches at Normandy the Germans will be there shooting at us.”
On a winning team guys like John Mark Reynolds get sent out to pick up some Starbucks (“and Reynolds, don’t forget the cream and sugar this time!”) while guys like Newt Gingrich plan and execute strategies that win wars.