Meet Your New RNC Chairman: He Probably Won’t Be As Good As The Old RNC Chairman

As you may have heard, Florida Senator Mel Martinez is going to replace Ken Mehlman as the new chairman of the RNC.

On the upside, Mel Martinez had a 100 rating from the American Conservative Union in 2005 and he’s an immigrant from Cuba who made good.

On the other hand, he’s a diehard advocate of amnesty for illegal immigrants and bizarrely, he’s going to keep his Senate seat while a RNC staffer (Mike Duncan) will handle some of the duties that a Chairman normally handles. This has been done before, but that doesn’t make it a good idea:

President Reagan once chose Sen. Paul Laxalt of Nevada to be general chairman while Frank Fahrenkopf was chairman, and President Clinton initially had Sen. Christopher Dodd of Connecticut and Don Fowler share the Democratic Party role in the same fashion.

Quite frankly, replacing an effective RNC Chairman like Mehlman with Martinez and Mike Duncan is probably a step backwards. It’s too bad that Michael Steele or someone else who could at least do the job full time, wasn’t selected instead of Martinez.

PS: I talked to more than a half dozen bloggers and congressional aides tonight about the selection of Martinez and there was not one soul who was the slightest bit enthusiastic about his selection.

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