The fight for the RNC chair

Is being fought by how many Facebook friends they have.

Today’s funny, from TNR’s Chris Orr:

Dana Milbank hilariously tallies invocations of Ronald Reagan at [Monday]’s debate between the candidates for RNC chair. He comes up with a total of 16, which is fewer than the 22 guns that four of the contenders boast of owning in a comical display of yardsticking. But the most delightful burst of one-upsmanship has to be this:

“Let me just say that I have 4,000 friends on Facebook,” contributed Blackwell, putting his hand on Dawson’s and Anuzis’s knees. “That’s probably more than these two guys put together, but who’s counting, you know?” Acknowledged Saltsman: “I’m not sure all of us combined Twitter as much as Saul.”

Anuzis claimed he had “somewhere between 2- and 3,000″ Facebook friends, which prompted Blackwell to remind the audience that he has 4,000 friends on the social networking site by waving four fingers behind Anuzis’s head.

Damn, they’re cool.

Damn straight. Have I mentioned that I don’t “Facebook”? I have a page there, which I haven’t even looked at since shortly after I first set it up, way back when. I also don’t own any guns and try not to invoke Reagan (and certainly not in any positive way). Count me out for RNC chair!


Then this.

Less than 48 hours after a Republican National Committee chairman candidates’ debate, during which contenders sang the praises of high tech and Twitter, the RNC held a meeting that was closed to non-members and electronic media.

GOP tech guru Patrick Ruffini tried to enter right after giving a presentation on his organization, Rebuild the Party. He tweeted:

Entered RNC meeting then they closed the room to nonmembers. Entering again so on supposedly


Wow… No quorum and they’re closing the forum to nonmembers=FAIL

Conservative blogger Adam Schmidt:

After losing an election to a candidate running on a platform of transparency the RNC needs to open up the process not bar press

Conservative blogger Jason Tolbert:

Where that welcome mat go?

RNC member Tom Wilson tweeted to cryptically explain that they “opted not to” make the forum public. Saul Anuzis, a candidate for RNC chairman and the party’s tweeter-in-chief, electronically reported on the meeting anyway. Doesn’t seem like the hoi polloi missed much.

I wish I was surprised by this.

His page would get more hits if he made up his own racist parody song.