Skip to comments.J.C. Watts mulls bid for RNC chair
Posted on 12/03/2012 1:57:15 PM PST by SeekAndFind
After the shocking loss in the November election, Republicans are once again considering whether to change leadership at the top. Reince Priebus wants a second term as RNC chair and still has considerable support for another go, but apparently some committee members have begun recruiting alternative candidates, among them former Congressman J.C. Watts. Watts tells Politico that he's not sure he'll run, but he's interested:
Watts, an African-American conservative who served in the House from 1994-2002, said the GOP defeat on Election Day demonstrates that Republicans need to broaden their appeal to minority voters, and cannot continue on their current path if the party is to be successful in presidential races.
My concern right now, and I dont say this necessarily as a candidate [for RNC chairman], my concern is that as a Republican, every single Republican in America ought to be concerned about what has happened in 2008 and 2012, Watts said in an interview with POLITICO. In this business, if youre not growing, youre dying.
Watts would not identify who is lobbying him to challenge Priebus, and reiterated that he has not made a decision to definitely jump into the race.
Watts also says that he believes the RNC needs to fundamentally rethink its “ad hoc” approach to outreach:
Watts complained that Republican efforts to reach out to minority groups have not been sustained or consistent during his 20-plus years as a politician, but rather are executed on ad hoc basis – usually in election years. In Watts view, and that of many other Republican leaders and party operatives, if the GOP doesnt dramatically improve its image with black and Hispanic voters, it will not be able to win back the White House.
These old, tired, pathetic models of saying, Okay, in the black [community], when theres a presidential election, we will form an African-American Coalition for [Mitt] Romney or [Sen. John] McCain, Ill never do that again. That is a joke, that is so tired, Watts said. Its window dressing to say, African Americans for Romney or African-American Coalition or African-American Advisory Council. Thats insulting to the people that they ask to do it when you dont put an permanent infrastructure in place to give it credibility.
I think Priebus did a pretty good job, considering the state of the RNC when he first took over. The organization was deeply in debt, and fundraising was in disarray. The RNC didn’t have a credible GOTV effort in 2010 in the week before Election Day in those midterms, and ended up relying out outside groups to drive their message. They were better prepared in this cycle, but just got out-organized by Team Obama and the DNC.
That said, I’m a big fan of J. C. Watts for precisely the kind of insight he has here. Republicans cannot compete with the kind of lackluster effort that has been made in urban centers. It isn’t just the infrastructure that’s the problem, though; it’s also a lack of vision and specific policies from candidates and the party to put conservative principles to work in these communities to make the lives of voters better. We need both infrastructure and policies, on an ongoing basis, and not just — as Watts says — in the last few months before an election. Republicans have to make themselves part of these communities, not just occasional tourists.
Perhaps Watts won’t run for RNC chair, or the RNC will think someone else will serve better. They’d better find a way to put Watts in position to make his insights a reality, though, if the GOP wants to compete in future elections.
J.C. Watts would be a brilliant choice!
“J.C. Watts would be a brilliant choice!”
Correct, however, that is also the reason there is no chance in hell of it happening.
The Republican party really hasn’t made a smart decision in well over 20 years.
JC Watts has more IQ in his big toe than the Obamadork has in his entire family tree.
In 2008, on Hannity’s radio show, Watts said he was voting for Ozero because it was historic.
‘nuff said when one chooses based on skin color.
In a heartbeat. I was disappointed when he left the House. He is one we should groom over the likes of Rubio and fat a__ed Christie and the likes.
All things equal many folks voted Romney cause he is white. In ‘08 I was a breath away from not voting at all, for either hack, for the first time in my life and just couldn’t, mainly so I would have the right to complain.
Excellent choice. He would inject some much needed conservatism back into the Party of Stupid.
I am sick of this phony-baloney guy.
Support it, only because we will have an RNC chair that sounds exactly like Dave Chappelle.
“In 2008, on Hannitys radio show, Watts said he was voting for Ozero because it was historic.
nuff said when one chooses based on skin color.”
Now JC is mulling over whether on not to lend his blackness to the GOP, for a price of course.
Baloney! 2010 was a great election and was driven by the Tea Party. The GOP spent the next two years suppressing the Tea Party and 2012 was the result. Romney couldn't even win his home state.
So did Herman, he got a radio show.
I second that!
So it won't happen.
Between folks who will claim he said he voted for Obama(he didn't ever say that) and any other host of trumped up sins we will keep courting failure instead.
Conservatives don't need the left to be beat us, we beat ourselves over and over...
Didn’t he also mull over voting for Obama in 2008? No thanks.
I heard Watts Speak at an event in 2007....I was very impressed.
Then, if I recall correctly, he descended into identity politics and supported Obama?!?
J.C. Watts endorsed and voted for BO in ‘08! Unacceptable!
Money talks, but in a decision like this, it screams...
Fingers crossed anyhow.
I live in his old District in Oklahoma. Heck, he’d STILL have that job if he had kept running for re-election.
Best Congressman EVER. J.C. could do this job in his sleep.
—— oh, and one more thing. Ever looked at the racial breakdown of Oklahoma’s 4th?
watts voted for obama.. he’s a rino
I'm extremely frustrated watching members of the Republican party scratch and paw for voters based upon either watered down values, or shifting to demoncRAT values (or rather, the lack of values).
Didn’t know he voted for Obama, but I do know he criticized the Sharptons et al of Washington and called them “race baiting poverty pimps”. Best description ever.
IIRC J C Watts was going soft his last few years in office.
Voting for Obama is, obviously, a disqualifier—and enough to call into question JC’s motivation.
Too bad, because I’d like to see someone other than Priebus in there.
Yeah, I can’t remember specifics, but he did say some things that I couldn’t support. Somebody will dig them up. I second Allen West.
I would love to see this. Reince is okay...but he still lost. Time for fresh blood. J.C. would be an excellent choice.
Sean, Rush, morning shows should ALL get him on the airwaves. Do it. Do it tomorrow!
Watts would be a good guy to have as head of the RNC, but I`m not seeing the difference he`d be able to make. The disadvantage for the Repubs is far more structural in terms of the political orientation of the country than the tactical nature of the RNC chair election..
It looks like he contributed to McCain’s campaign. Did he vote for Obama? I only remember him criticizing the GOP for not going into the black community to engage them.
He is a good man.
LOL, yep, if everybody is looking for just another suck-up, then J.C.’s probably not the guy they’ll want.
If it must be a black man, make it Ken Blackwell.
Not because he’s black but because he’s a fraud fighter.
Now your talking real leadership, I do wonder though if the RNC is ready for such a concept, it seems leadership and discipline scares them quite a bit.
improved version here
If someone didn’t mention this I would’ve. Sadly there are a lot of people on our side that want a conservative veneered black man on our side.
BTW: I agree with the drift of your comments too.
That would solve a lot of our problems is why it will never happen without us screaming & throwing a fit to make it happen!!!
“watts voted for obama.. hes a rino’
That would contradict everything I have heard and seen of the guy, and I did hear him speak in person once. I was able to find this:
“Is Watts serious about Obama?
Well, no, I didnt say that, he told Sean Hannity on his national radio show today. What I said in the article was that I was a free agent. No one should assume that J.C. Watts should vote one way.
Watts, a former Southern Baptist associate pastor, blasted the Republican Party for taking both blacks for granted and evangelical Christians.
Pastors need to be careful in this endorsement game, he said.”
And as far as his criticism of McLame goes, I will fully admit that even with the delightful Sarah, pulling the lever for McLame was one of the most difficult decisions of my life. Without Sarah I would have seriously considered staying at home - that’s how little regard I have for the guy.
Great Choice! Go for it! He would shake things up! He’s a great speaker too.
Watts, Steele, what’s the big difference?
I nominate my dog to head the RNC.
Black Lab. We’ve got the racial identity politics portion taken care of.
Female. We’ve got the gender identity politics portion taken care of.
Well trained. She obeys the commands of the conservative base (in this case, me).
Intelligent. They say a smart dog has the IQ of a three year old. That puts her light years ahead of anyone that has been running the RNC for a generation (human years, not dog years).
Back when - J C Watts came out of a meeting on the impeachment of Clinton, and a reporter asked him about a letter he supposedly sent out. He looked at the guy and told the reporter, I just came out of a meeting to impeach the President of the United States, and you ask me about a LETTER?! The reporter didn’t answer back, and it was dropped. That answer worked then and if he could give those kind of retorts, he might be ok for Speaker.
J.C. Watts would be a great choice!!
Sorry, but Watts is very much a racist and will abandon anything he says he stands on to vote for someone just because of his color.. he proved that in 2008 when he gladly voted for Obama. He’s part of the GOP establishment and part of the problem, America does not need him in office. I would never trust anyone who would stoop to vote for Obama or any of the other dems. No thank you!!
He may very well be.
But, NO CONSERVATIVE with at least a semblance of a clue EVER voted for Barry Soetoro Hussein 0baMao.
So, yeah, ol' J.C. may be exactly what the RNC is looking for in a chairman: another wishy-washy, malleable black RINO. Then, hopefully he can preside over the death of the statist GOP.
If the Republicans are going to let the voter fraud go on and do nothing. If the Republicans can’t explain anything to the public. If the Republicans think they can play fair with the left. If the Republicans are scared to stand for anything but what the Dems want. It’s no wonder they lost. I, for one, am SO disappointed in those who are supposed to represent us. They stand closer to the Dems than they do the conservatives out here. They can’t win without us...and they aren’t going to get votes from the left.. so what are they thinking?