I’ve said in the past that from my perspective, Mike Duncan has done a good job under very difficult circumstances. He’s right to tout, especially, his fundraising stats. He has it on his side. RNC has done it well these past 4 years that he has been the chairman.
Here’s the thing, though – It doesn’t matter.
That’s why it’s such a yawner to see that he’s officially kicked off his re-election campaign.
If he thinks for a minute that reformers and youngbloods are going to sit around and watch 2006 and 2008 happen and then turn around and support the guy who was RNC chair during that time, he’s crazy. Mike Duncan will not be the chairman when he’s done with this term.
Let me say it again, though, for good measure. He did a good job under very difficult circumstances. How about this? It’s not his fault. Under other circumstances, Duncan could do well at RNC for 40 years. Not these circumstances.
The game has changed, and Republican method will not change until everybody feels like it has changed. W’s leaving. A lot of Republican bureaucrats are finding new lines of work, and good for them. Whatever. To fight the fight that needs to be fought, a leader who is captivating has to emerge and captivate people wherever they go. They have to energize other capable and potentially willing people, and that is an absolutely impossible task for someone who has been in a leadership position for the past 4 years.
Think of it as SEC football. It doesn’t matter if you’re the head coach who won the national championship four years ago. If you’re 5-7 at the end of the season you’re going to have a bunch of angry people with big guns calling for not only your head, but the heads of all of your assistants also. You are going to be fired. Sure, there’s a chance you might sneak by for one more season if the A.D. wants you there for recruiting continuity, but after that it’s sayonara.
If you’re Mike Duncan and you’re coaching a political organization instead of a sports team, you need to recognize that the never give up, perennially optimistic spirit that is necessary for a head ball coach is not necessary for you. What you should do is retire gracefully. You should recognize that it would serve everybody, yourself included, best if you would let someone else give it a go, take a job at the top of a private company (if you don’t want to retire), and share your knowledge with the next chairman when you can.
What you should not do is run for another term.
He’s running, though, so go on everybody – pretend to care.