As far as relating to the media, I think you're just honest and go out there with confidence and a smile on your face and tell them this is a great party and this is what we stand for. Michael Steele was great at conveying that and was very relaxed on camera and good at instilling confidence. I think when people get to know me and see me on camera and see I can go toe to toe with the liberal media that will speak for itself, so I'm not too worried about that.
As far as managing the party, you've got to be the kind of guy who isn't afraid to let people go who aren't doing their job and promote those who are. It can take some time, but in any organization there's some dead weight, and you have to cut the fat to make the organization work better. What I want to do is go in and assemble a team and talk to them and tell them that the current top-down approach of selling policy to the grassroots is the exact opposite of what we should do, and we should be listening to the rank and file Republicans because they know what they want and are thirsting for leaders who speak the same language and will listen to them and hold the line on the issues which matter to them and do what they're supposed to do when they get to Congress.
I believe that New Hampshire and Iowa should always be first in line and keep their first in the nation primary status, but beyond that I don't think states should be penalized or lose delegates if they don't have their primary or caucus within the RNC's timeline. Give them a window to get their primaries done and let them decide when within that timeframe. We need to instill the managerial message that state parties are sovereign and we're here to help facilitiate and provide them with support, running debates and settling disputes or solving problems, but generally letting them run their own business. Questions like whether states shoudl be proportional or winner take all or hold primaries or caucuses, should be left for the states to decide and the RNC should stay out.
There are groups out there like FairPrimary.org which are concerned with party groups like the RNC, NRSC or NRCC spending money and resources on primary elections, picking winners and losers from the top-down. The RNC has done a particularly bad job with this, blowing money on losing candidates who were not popular with the voters or who even turned on the party as was the case with Charlie Crist or who ended up not being very credible like Todd Akin. Would you consider ending the practice of picking winners and losers in primaries?