I first met Saul Anuzis at the Conservative Leadership Conference in Las Vegas back in 2008. He was an affable guy who made me feel welcome.
Then I saw he was running for RNC chair. I hoped then he would be chosen, but for some reason, the powers that be thought Michael Steele would better represent the party than Saul.
Perhaps they’ve learned something since then and will give Saul a second chance:
Given my involvement and efforts to help over the past two years, it was not an easy decision for me to seek the post. As someone who believes in loyalty, my natural instinct would be to sit this out. But the simple fact is that the overriding challenge we face is winning back the Presidency in 2012 and we will not accomplish that objective unless there is dramatic change in the way the RNC does business.
We cannot be misled by our victories this year. In 1994 we won the House and Senate yet just two years later Bill Clinton cruised to re-election. As we’ve seen in the past two years public opinion can change with breathtaking speed.
We can’t rely on our wins in 2010 to carry us to success in 2012. We also can’t win in 2012 unless the RNC re-establishes itself as the powerful force that put us over the top in 2000 and 2004.
But to be a force, the RNC must change and that requires new leadership at the top. I am offering you an alternative, a choice, a different approach to the leadership and stewardship of our party.
Chairman Steele’s record speaks for itself. He has his way of doing things. I have mine.
So how will an Anuzis party differ from a Steele party? Saul lays it out:
We will only win in 2012 if the Chairman of the RNC steps out of the limelight and allows our elected officials and presidential candidates to be the face, voice, and agenda setter for Republicans.
My philosophy of how the National Committee should be run is simple: to use a football analogy, I believe we should do the “blocking and tackling” for the candidates.
He also goes into what he will do, point by point, but it’s long and you can read it all here.
Personally, I supported Saul two years ago. Not much has changed in my opinion since.