By Rob Nikolewski
As featured in The Santa Fe New Mexican
Last September, conservative radio host Laura Ingraham said of the national Republican leadership, “If you can’t beat Barack Obama with this record, then shut down the party. Shut it down, start new, with new people because this is a give-me election, or at least it should be.”
But Obama beat Mitt Romney 52 percent to 47 percent, and in the wake of that defeat, the GOP is doing plenty of soul-searching, which was in evidence two weeks ago when the chairman of the Republican National Committee spoke to the New Mexico GOP at its annual Lincoln Day dinner in Albuquerque.
Reince Priebus told the crowd of 300 that the party’s problem is not necessarily its message but how the message is delivered.
“We have to be a full-time, year-round party,” Priebus said. “You can’t compete if you’re running a five-month operation when the other party is running a five-year operation. … Republicans had 80 employees in 2011. The Obama campaign had 800 in Florida.”
Well, sort of.