Monday Morning Politics

Welcome to Monday and Monday Morning Politics. Today I take a look at Rehberg’s new job, the Republican National Committee’s Growth & Opportunity Project, the Conservative Political Action Conference, and how the U.S. Senate office space nightmare ended. There’s more so read on!

Rehberg Finds Work:

The Montana media were downright excited that former Congressman Denny Rehberg came out of his long winter’s nap to take a job with a Washington-based public strategy firm called Mercury/Clark & Weinstock.

You can read the Great Falls Tribune story HERE. Lee Newspapers HERE. Associated Press HERE. MTN News HERE. It’s the best media coverage Rehberg’s received in a year!

Best of luck to Rehberg.

Retooling the RNC:

Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus talked about the future of the Republican Party to Bob Schieffer of “Face the Nation” Sunday.

I did not see any indication that the new strategy would include using Clint Eastwood and his empty chair to motivate voters.

Seriously, Priebus did mention several ideas to help the party – like limiting the number of Presidential debates, moving up the convention date, and placing paid staffers in communities to develop relationships and work on campaign issues far ahead of election day (the ground game).

The “Growth & Opportunity Project” (GOP) report was released this morning and it can be accessed HERE (PDF).

These are good ideas, but the I.D. of the Party needs some work. Is the GOP going to align itself with the Tea Party and allow the moderates of the Party to be chased away, or will they actually open up the tent to moderate folks?  The GOP must actually believe that a person who agrees with them 75%-80% of the time is actually a friend and not an enemy or a RINO (Republican In Name Only).

The leaders of the Party also need to come up with some plan to deal with the ignorant wackos who spew hatred toward others and make bizarre remarks.

The National Party may be too far gone to be helped…

CPAC Straw Poll:

In case you missed it, U.S. Senator Rand Paul beat U.S. Senator Marco Rubio and several others in the Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll Saturday.

I’m going out on a limb here, but I don’t think Rand Paul or Marco Rubio will ever be President of the United States.

The other fun thing from CPAC was Sarah Palin sipping on a big gulp and slamming Karl Rove. I imagine the Democrats would like to see more backbiting between Republicans.

Senate Office Space Nightmare is Over:

Roll Call reported, “Nevada Republican Sen. Dean Heller has lost the office suite his staff tried so hard to keep to Sen. Jerry Moran, the Kansas Republican’s office confirmed Friday.”

At the beginning of each new congress, members may switch offices. It is based on seniority. Senior members like Max Baucus get the offices with saunas, hot tubs, wet bars, a full buffet, plus they share an office masseuse with another senior member (just kiddin’).

Heller and his staffers apparently failed to read the memo about seniority ruling in the U.S. Senate. Duh…

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