A question I often get with Rebuild the Party is how we intend to get from Point A to Point B. That we have admirable and oftentimes lofty goals, and what we need is a roadmap for accomplishing them.
Let me give a great example of how the bit about five million new Republican online activists gets done in real life, and it has to do with the first outrage of the Obama era: the auto bailout.
With all deference to our friends in Michigan, a functioning RNC would be able to take a hard line against the bailout-of-choice for the auto industry. Or against insert-Obama-outrage-here. It doesn't really matter. We'll have plenty of issues once these guys actually get in.
Practically, this means that the RNC needs to be able to publicly stick its neck out on core issues where 80 or 85 percent of our House and Senate conferences agree. Currently, this is very difficult because even when Congressional Republicans take a good, populist position, the White House has to take the Responsible Presidential Position, which usually serves as a wet blanket as far as firing up the base goes.
But without a White House, the RNC can align itself with galvanizing positions on key issues. And one by one, it can start launching online petition drives around them, of which the good ones can get in the hundreds of thousands of signatures. The auto bailout would be a good prototype, but again, the specific issue really doesn't matter as long as the RNC is bought into the basic idea of aggressive recruitment based on opposition to specific Obama policies, not just vague direct mail boilerplate against the "Obama-Biden Democrats" I got during the campaign.
Not all of them will catch fire. Not all of them will be Drill Now. But some of them will be. Even Eric Cantor's "Call Back Congress" petition during #DontGo got 35,000 signatures based on little more than recruitment to the blogosphere -- just imagine if the RNC had gotten involved and put its list to work? And every little bit helps in getting to the goal of five million.