Grassroots grousing over the plan to install Senator Mel Martinez as Republican national chairman reflects the new reality facing President George W. Bush and his top political strategist, Karl Rove: The party faithful aren't as faithful any more.
The choice of the Florida lawmaker represents both the president's penchant for picking long-time Bush family loyalists and Rove's view that Hispanic voters are vital to the future of the party.
The move is running up against party activists who since the Republicans' Nov. 7 election drubbing are far less susceptible than before to Bush's and Rove's control. Read on...
Guess who is objecting to this appealing to potential Hispanic voters? That's right, Tom Tancredo. Surprise, surprise, surprise.