I will be talking with some of the key coalition builders and message managers. The folks from HealthCareCompact.org will be there and on my show. I will also talk with Bruce Cook with OneCentSolution.org and of course as many Tea Party attendees as possible. As opposed to Beltway bigs telling the Tea Party netroots what they ought to be saying and thinking, this is an exercise in asking the people who drove November 2 for a mid-semester grade on the new GOP majority.
To his great credit, GOP Chair Reince Priebus will be back on the program for the second week in a row, asking callers and in this case convention goers what they expect the RNC to be doing. Priebus has already grasped that the vast network of new groups and new leadership wasn’t a passing phenomenon of 2010, but that a new conservative infrastructure of groups like TPP as well as AMAC, the Center for America and many more have allied themselves with each other and are willing to help the Congressional delegation for so long as that delegation is moving decisively towards the reform of the Obama-bloated bureaucracy and the federal budget.
So technical problems and background noise aside, today’s broadcast will be one that all the GOP consultants should be listening to, and not just listening to, but hearing and responding to. The Tea Party patriots are far from the only constituency that matters. I believe in the old Reagan three legged-stool, and the gatherings of the social conservatives and the national security-minded will matter a great deal as well.
But on matters fiscal, this is the group for which the sale must be closed and the credibility of the GOP established and nurtured. It has been a rocky start. How rocky we will see and hear later today.