Michael Steele has thrown his name into the mix. Newt Gingrich for the time being has taken his name off the list. Mike Duncan, the current RNC chair, has tipped his hat that he may run for re-election. Fred Thompson seems to be sending out signals that he would take the job.
Tonight it appears that Mike Huckabee will back his former campaign manager, Chip Saltman for the position. He has not begun making formal calls on Chip's behalf, but has made a statement that Chip has his support for the position.
Angered by the results of the Presidential election in his state, current Michigan Republican Party Chair Saul Anuzis took an original approach at announcing his desire to run for the position. Mr. Anuzis took the liberty of announcing his intention to run using the "Obama strategy" using Twitter, Facebook, and emails before a formal release tothe MSM. Mr Anuzis is a techie who blogs on his website "That's Saul, Folks!"
Each have their own pros and cons, but regardless of who takes the position it is more important what they actually will do with the position. The Republican party doesn't need new principles or ideas. It needs a party that actually lives up to the ones they always have had.
The next RNC chair is going to have to be savvy. They not only have to be the voice of the party, but they will also have to be the marketing, advertising, CEO, and community organizer (sorry..couldn't help myself) of the "new" Republican party. Republicans are going to have to be smarter and more energizing of their base than they have been in the past. They are going to have to target groups of voters that they have severely neglected in recent years.
Can the new chair save the GOP? Let's see who wins and who the reach out to when they do!