The Republicans Regroup as a Party after the 2008 Presidential Election
After the Republicans lost the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives in 2008 the R.N.C. unveiled this site, republicanforareason.com, which was meant to be a grassroots platform for Republicans to “reflect on what we have done well and what we can improve upon as we move forward.”
Content is form the site's 2008 archived pages, as well as other outside sources.
Welcome to our newest grassroots Web site, Republican For A Reason.
As we regroup as a Party after the presidential election, we must reflect on what we have done well and what we can improve upon as we move forward.
The Republican Party has always been the Party of hope and the Party of ideas. I strongly believe we will continue in this tradition as we work to the future.
I thank everyone who volunteered their time, resources, and energy to elect John McCain, Sarah Palin and Republican candidates up and down the ticket. While we must acknowledge 2008 was a challenging year, we were able to hold critical House and Senate seats, raise more resources than ever before, and make gains in critical areas that would not have been met without your tireless efforts.
Moving forward and right here, you have the opportunity to reflect on the reasons why you are a proud Republican. Please tell us what you would like to see the Party focus on and address in the coming weeks and months. To learn more about the principles of the Republican Party, read our Party rules and Party platform ratified during the 2008 Republican National Convention in Minnesota.
I look forward to your input and your ideas.
Robert M. "Mike" Duncan
Chairman, Republican National Committee
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BE IT RESOLVED, That the Republican Party is the party of the open door. Ours is the party of liberty, the party of equality, of opportunity for all, and favoritism for none
It is the intent and purpose of these rules to encourage and allow the broadest possible participation of all voters in Republican Party activities at all levels and to assure that the Republican Party is open and accessible to all Americans.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the following be and hereby are adopted as The Rules of the Republican Party, composed of the rules for the election and government of the Republican National Committee until the next national convention, the rules under which delegates and alternate delegates shall be allotted to the respective states in the next national convention, and the rules under which such delegates and alternate delegates shall be elected and under which contests shall be considered, and the rules of business of this national convention.
THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE
(b) Where the rules adopted by a state Republican Party do not provide a method of election of the national committeeman and the national committeewoman, and where state laws do provide such a method of election, they shall be elected pursuant to such method provided by state laws.
(c) Where neither the rules adopted by a state Republican Party nor state laws provide a method of election of the national committeeman and the national committeewoman, the national convention delegation from such state shall elect them.
(d) At each national convention, the roll shall be called and the delegates from each state shall report, through the chairman of the delegation, the names of the elected national committee members whose election shall be ratified by the national convention if otherwise in accordance with these rules.
RULE NO. 3
Term of Office for National Committee
(a) National committeemen and national committeewomen shall serve from the adjournment of the national convention until the adjournment of the following national convention, and until their successors shall have been elected and ratified. For seniority purposes, newly elected committee persons shall be ratified in order of the date of their individual election.
(b) The duly elected and acting chairman of each state Republican Party shall be a member of the Republican National Committee during his or her term in office.
RULE NO. 4
Vacancies of Members and Officers
(a) Election of members to fill vacancies in the Republican National Committee shall be ratified by the Republican National Committee after their election by the state Republican Party in and for the state in which the vacancy occurs.
(b) The Republican National Committee shall have the power to declare vacant the seat of any member who refuses to support the Republican nominee for President of the United States or Vice President of the United States.
(c) In the event of the death, resignation, disqualification, or disability of any officer of the Republican National Committee or member of a committee of the Republican National Committee, such vacancy shall be filled by the same body and in the same manner as provided herein for the election of such officer or officers or committee members in the first instance. In the case of a vacancy in the office of either secretary or treasurer of the Republican National Committee, the chairman shall appoint an acting secretary or acting treasurer until the next meeting of the Republican National Committee, when an election to fill such vacancy shall occur.
(d) In the event of the death, resignation, disqualification, or disability of any member of the 3 of 41 Republican National Committee, the vacancy shall be filled according to adopted state Republican Party rules. If no rule exists, vacancies shall be filled by majority vote of the Republican state committee.
(2) Eight (8) vice chairmen who shall be elected at regional caucuses by the Republican National Committee members of the four (4) regions and shall be residents of and Republican National Committee members from their respective regions. The election shall take place in January of each oddnumbered year. The election of vice chairmen shall not require confirmation by the Republican National Committee. The eight (8) vice chairmen shall be composed of one (1) man and one (1) woman from each of the following four regions:
(i) The Western States Association: Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Northern Mariana Islands, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming; (ii) The Midwestern States Association: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin; (iii) The Northeastern States Association: Connecticut, Delaware, the District 4 of 41 of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont, and the Virgin Islands; and (iv) The Southern States Association: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.
(3) A secretary, a treasurer, and such other officers as the Republican National Committee shall deem necessary, all to be elected by the Republican National Committee. Such officers need not be a member of the Republican National Committee.
(b) The chairman, co-chairman, and all other officers shall be elected in January of each oddnumbered year. All officers, except the vice chairmen, shall be nominated from the floor and shall have at least the majority vote of the Republican National Committee members in each of three (3) states in order to have their names placed in nomination. There shall be no nominating committee.
(c) The chairman shall appoint a general counsel for the Republican National Committee, who also will serve as counsel to committees and subcommittees of the Republican National Committee, and a chairman of the Republican Finance Committee, both of whom shall be confirmed by the Republican National Committee and shall serve at the will of the chairman. Neither the general counsel nor the chairman of the Republican Finance Committee need be a member of the Republican National Committee. In the event of the death, resignation, disqualification or disability of the chairman of the Republican National Committee, the general counsel for the Republican National Committee and the chairman of the Republican Finance Committee shall continue to serve in office until such time as the vacancy in the chairmanship has been filled pursuant to Rule No. 4(c) and his or her successor is appointed by the new chairman of the Republican National Committee and confirmed by the Republican National Committee.
....finishing at Rule 42
A lot has changed since 2008 and the sentiment expressed in the preamble is now in tatters.