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FRC, Focus Battle For Soul of the GOP

Jim Burroway

January 5th, 2009

There is a battle going on right now for the soul of the Republican Party — at least for the chairmanship for the GOP. At least six contenders are in the race right now, including former Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell, and former Mike Huckabee campaign manager Chip Saltsman, who are battling for the top spot in order to steer the party to a much harder social-conservative line. The other contenders include former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, Michigan Republican Party Chairman Saul Anuzis, and current RNC Chairman Mike Duncan are vying for votes among the GOP’s more secular, fiscally-conservative members.

Saltsman has come under fire for having sent out a Christmas greeting to RNC members with a music CD containing a song called “Barack the Magic Negro.” That pretty much leaves Blackwell standing unscathed among social conservatives. So over the weekend, Focus On the Family and the Family Research Council have weighed in Blackwell as their favored candidate. Not too surprising, since Blackwell is already an FRC employee, serving as a “Senior Fellow for Family Empowerment,” whatever that means. But for good measure, he has also picked up James Dobson’s endorsement.

We know Blackwell for his heavy involvement in Ohio’s draconian anti-marriage amendment campaign, during which he compared gays and lesbians to “barnyard animals.”

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AJD
January 5th, 2009 | LINK

I really hope Kenneth Blackwell wins. That, mixed with a huge dose of ridicule, will ensure that the Republicans become the new Dixiecrats.

Dave
January 5th, 2009 | LINK

AJD,

That, mixed with a huge dose of ridicule, will ensure that the Republicans become the new Dixiecrats.

Why? Because of a perfectly sensible parody of Al Sharpton?

Jim,

Michael Steele, was, I believe, Maryland’s Lieutenant Governor.

me again
January 6th, 2009 | LINK

Soul of the GOP — or control of the GOP?

Ephilei
January 6th, 2009 | LINK

Actually, he was comparing heterosexuals to barnyard animals.

Ben in Oakland
January 6th, 2009 | LINK

I wasn’t aware the GOP had a soul

Dave
January 6th, 2009 | LINK

Ben in Oakland: “I wasn’t aware the GOP had a soul.”

They don’t.

Neither do the Democrats.

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