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Outgoing Florida Republican Party chairman Tom Slade is trying to unseat Republican National Committee chairman Jim Nicholson of Colorado. His chances are slim, but Slade says he'll fight it out until midmonth, at least, before seeing if he has the necessary 83 votes.

With the Clinton impeachment backfiring, what's Slade's prescription for GOP revival? "The message is already clearly in place, we just need to dust it off from the 1980s of the Reagan era ... and go back to the American people with a sensible message of common sense," he says.

On Dec. 30 he launched a website with more bon mots: "Perhaps nothing is more important to our success than rebuilding and expanding our party's reliance on small donors. Millions upon millions of dollars must be raised ... because we know we will once again face overwhelming resources from Big Labor and the Left." Big what??

Slade also pledges to live by the "Ronald Reagan code of conduct," meaning he'll trade arms for hostages and ... just kidding. It means he will not speak ill of fellow Republicans.


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