01 June 2007

The RNC Fires Its Phone Solicitors

The Washington Times is reporting that the Republican National Committee let its entire staff of telephone solicitors go last week.

The Republican National Committee, hit by a grass-roots donors' rebellion over President Bush's immigration policy, has fired all 65 of its telephone solicitors, The Washington Times has learned. [...]

Several of the solicitors fired at the May 24 meeting reported declining contributions and a donor backlash against the immigration proposals now being pushed by Mr. Bush and Senate Republicans.

"Every donor in 50 states we reached has been angry, especially in the last month and a half, and for 99 percent of them immigration is the No. 1 issue," said a fired phone bank employee who said the severance pay the RNC agreed to pay him was contingent on his not criticizing the national committee.
I can't say that I'm surprised. I left the Republican Party a little over three months ago. I have continued to receive solicitations through the mail from the RNC, and I sent the most recent one back with a print-out of the zero peso as my contribution. I have heard some people talking about changing their party affiliation on their official voter registration, several who will not send in a cent, and many more who are just fed-up and walking away from the Republican Party altogether.

The Republicans had better get the message soon, or they will fare quite poorly in the next election. In fact, if the Republican Party doesn't change, and if a few big names or incumbent Republicans decide to switch to a third party or run as independents, then the party could go away altogether.

RNC Chairman Mike Duncan should probably start working towards getting the policies of Republican politicians in line with the conservative base, instead of just taking swipes at the Democrats. There's only so long that the threat of Democratic victories will push voters to select the lesser of two evils. It stopped working for the Republicans in 2006, and they'll get the same lesson in 2008 if they don't get their collective heads wired to their collective tails.


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