Posted originally on the CTH on December 4, 2022 | Sundance
In a move that could have considerable consequences for the future of the Republican party, Politico is reporting that Harmeet Dhillon is considering a challenge to Ronna McDaniel for the RNC chair position.
Mrs Dhillon is a current RNC national committee member from California and her legal firm Dhillon Law is a current contractor to the RNC. A little more than a week ago Harmeet Dhillon announced she was going to be partnered with the notorious and corrupt DC insider Henry Barbour from Mississippi. Barbour, a man of extremely sketchy political disposition, is also a national RNC committee member, and together they were to perform an RNC autopsy in the aftermath of the 2022 midterm election.
Ronna McDaniel said she was going to run for reelection to the RNC chair post despite dismal performance by the national organization against the DNC ballot gathering operation. Additionally, the trust factor between the RNC and the voting base of the party, specifically the MAGA base, has completely evaporated. The RNC has focused more on raising money than supporting elections and candidates.
Previously, New York Congressman Lee Zeldin said he was considering a challenge, and MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell announced his full intent to challenge McDaniel for the role and responsibility. Into this dynamic now steps Harmeet Dhillon.
As a party insider, Harmeet Dhillon would represent a significant threat to the Ronna McDaniel wing of the RNC as many members who may not support Zeldin or Lindell would likely support Dhillon over McDaniel.
Arguably, Ronna McDaniel was motivated by self-preservation and using a proclaimed reformer, albeit RNC contracted legal advisor, Harmeet Dhillon, to put a coat of new paint over the corrupt and failed RNC vehicle. Dhillon and Barbour playing a role for the RNC as a failed institution similar to the tamp-down efforts of Bill Barr and John Durham at the DOJ.
In their article, Politico avoids mentioning the financial relationship between Dhillon Law and the RNC. By the time 2022 is completed, the Republican National Committee will likely have paid Dhillon Law over a million dollars for services rendered.
We previously wondered how Harmeet Dhillon was going to vote against the reelection of Ronna McDaniel who is effectively her employer. Obviously, there is a conflict of interest inside the financial dynamic overall.
Ms. Dhillon, claiming all of her work for the RNC was/is voluntary, was furious at criticism over her self-promoted relationship with the notoriously corrupt Henry Barbour, and then secondarily angered by public knowledge about her financial relationship with the RNC.
(Politico) Ronna McDaniel is about to draw a challenge to her post as Republican National Committee chair.
Harmeet Dhillon, a RNC committeewoman whose firm represents Donald Trump, is prepping a bid for party chair, according to two people familiar with her planning. Dhillon has been talking with fellow RNC members about a prospective run, and those close to Dhillon say a formal launch could come within the next few days.
“After three successive terms of underwhelming results at the polls for the GOP, all the while with leaders congratulating ourselves for outstanding performance, I feel that we owe it to our voters to have a serious debate about the leadership of the party and what we must change to actually win in 2024,” Dhillon said in a statement.
A Dhillon candidacy would mark the most serious challenge to McDaniel to date.
Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.), who ran an unsuccessful bid for New York governor, has also said he is considering a bid, though he has yet to declare his candidacy. Mike Lindell, the MyPillow executive and Trump backer who has risen to prominence through his denial of the 2020 election outcome, has launched a longshot campaign for the post.
The committee’s 168 members will hold a vote to determine the RNC chairmanship at the committee’s annual winter meeting, which is set to be held in late January in Dana Point, Calif. A McDaniel representative declined to comment on Dhillon’s anticipated candidacy.
McDaniel, who has been RNC leader since 2017 and would be the longest-serving chair in more than a century should she be reelected to a third term, may be tough to unseat. Her allies say she has already received commitments of support from more than 100 members — more than the majority of votes she would need. On Friday, McDaniel received an endorsement from David Bossie, an influential Maryland RNC committeeman once seen as a potential contender for the chairmanship. Trump himself has not endorsed.
People close to Dhillon, however, insist that McDaniel’s support is soft and that she could win over those who are unhappy with the party’s disappointing showing in this year’s midterms. (read more)
It is likely that Harmeet Dhillon could fracture the support base for Ronna McDaniel at the RNC.
What is lesser known is the difference that might exist within the organization if Dhillon replaced McDaniel.
The DNC wants power. The RNC wants money. The DNC uses money to get power. The RNC uses power to get money.
The ideology of the DNC drives their donor activity. The donor activity of the RNC drives their ideology. This is the essential difference.
The priority of the DNC is to win elections, assemble power and by extension control the mechanisms that deliver them wealth. The priority of the RNC is money, and by extension winning elections is not the most important thing. The priority of the RNC is the accumulation of wealth for itself.
The DNC has ideology as their core mission objective, that focus drives their fundraising and ballot collection. In this approach the ideology remains consistent. However, the RNC has monetary gain as their core mission objective, and that drives their ideology. The RNC ideology is therefore subject to being purchased by the desires of the current biggest buyer.
The democrats want power. The republicans want money. The DNC uses money to get power. The RNC uses power to get money.
Every single decision by Ronna McDaniel emphasized this RNC dynamic over the past six years. Would the RNC prioritization of money change under Harmeet Dhillon? Some might say yes, but Dhillon’s aversion to sunlight on her paid role for the RNC points to an answer by itself.
The biggest issue within the dynamic of the RNC is the lack of honesty, transparency and clear-thinking stewardship. The RNC regards republican voters as annoyances to be overcome and managed in the assembly of their priority, money. Harmeet Dhillon has expressed on her social media she wants to change this dynamic. However, change comes first by looking in the mirror and dropping the conflicts of interest.
Ronna McDaniel, Harmeet Dhillon, Mike Lindell and possibly Lee Zeldin.
If honesty, integrity and a willingness to take slings and arrows in defense of the country are the main organizational attributes desired in an RNC leader, you can look at the names and make the prediction. However, if the priority of RNC members is the desire to continue business operation for maximum financial gain, that too is predictable.
Money, it’s what the modern RNC is all about. Nothing else has mattered in the past 15+ years.
Given the outcome of the November election, I don’t see that priority changing. However, given the outcome of 2016, 2018, 2020 and 2022, maybe there is enough pressure now to change it.
We will find out late January.