Time to “Rebuild the Party”

A coalition is forming led by some great future thinkers in the Republican Party: Patrick Ruffini, Erick Erickson, Justin Sayfie, Michael Turk, Mindy Finn, and more.

It’s called Rebuild the Party:

As Republicans, we face a choice.

Either we can spend the next several months — or years — trying to figure out what just happened, excusing our defeat away as a temporary blip or the result of a poor environment, and waiting for Barack Obama to trip up. Or we can refuse to take this defeat lying down, and start building the future of our party now.

2008 made one thing clear: if allowed to go unchecked, the Democrats’ structural advantages, including their use of the Internet, their more than 2-to-1 advantage with young voters, their discovery of a better grassroots model — will be as big a threat to the future of the GOP as the toxic political environment we have faced the last few years.

The time is now to set in motion the changes needed to rebuild our party from the grassroots up, modernize the way we run campaigns, and attract different, energetic, and younger candidates at all levels.

I wholeheartedly support this effort.

Look at their Plan:

  • Recruit 5 million new Republican online activists (and you know how I’ve written that the Internet is blue)
  • Hold campaigns and local parties accountable for investing in new technology
  • Open the GOP technology ecosystem to let trusted entrepreneurs and volunteers develop applications to help the party
  • Rebuild the grassroots infrastructure through year-round activism and greater responsibility
  • Develop a new fundraising model, focus on the strength of the message — to attract more small and high dollar donors online and off
  • Train a 25,000-strong Nationwide Campaign Force to run races and form a permanent volunteer corps
  • Reorganze the RNC and use the Internet to transform how it does business
  • Follow a “435 district strategy” – don’t let Democrats win without opposition
  • Build the Republican bench by fielding candidates in 100% of state legislative races
  • Follow the “40 Under 40” initiative, where 40% of challenger or open seat candidates are under-forty, to rebuild the party’s brand among America’s youth.

It is time to change, to believe in the power of “we.” It is time to Rebuild the Party.

About Jim Johnson

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3 Responses to Time to “Rebuild the Party”

  1. griftdrift says:

    Not a bad plan.

    Just curious. Does it include Erick’s “Operation Leper”?

  2. BGS says:

    Great idea. Thanks for posting this. I signed up.

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