by Ron Nehring in the Flashreport
State Republican committees across the country are electing new leaders and Republicans are looking for those who will lead the party to victory in 2014.
It’s helpful for interested Republicans to understand just what a party Chairman can control and influence so that expectations can be realistic and two years from now people can accurately judge whether the new Chairman has been successful.
Put another way, if you’re going to measure success, you need the right ruler.
There are many ways to judge a Chairman’s tenure, and most of the popular metrics are absolutely wrong.
A party chairman, like any other leader, can be held accountable only for performance in those areas under the chairman’s control. It’s neither fair nor accurate to gauge a chairman’s success by developments – good or bad – that he cannot directly influence.
The most common erroneous measurement of a party chairman’s success is whether he “won elections.” It’s a common mistake based on an assumption that a party chairman controls far more than he really does.
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