Friday, August 9, 2013

Reince Priebus Has His Foot In His Mouth

Every time I here the name Reince Priebus I think about David Letterman's list of the top ten ways to mispronounce his name.  My personal favorite was "Rented Prius".

Reince Priebus was RNC chairman when Mitt Romney lost to Barack Obama, but Reince now has the way to defeat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential campaign.  Never mind that Hillary Clinton has not announced her candidacy yet and never mind that the republications have not nominated an opponent to tun against whomever the democrats nominate.  Priebus has put his foot in his mouth.  Unfortunately he has also put his foot in his party's mouth and the mouth of the party's candidate in 2016.

Reince Priebus is running scared of a potential candidate.  He has taken the stand that his party will not participate in presidential debates aired on CBS and CNN if those networks air a miniseries about Hillary Clinton.  Perhaps he should wait to see who the 2016 democratic nominee for president is before he formulates a strategy to avoid debating the nominee?  Right now, he just looks like he is afraid to have his candidate debate anyone on CBS or CNN.

In the interest of full disclosure, I have no idea who I will vote for in the 2016 presidential election, for a very good reason.  I have no idea who is running yet!  With respect to Hillary Clinton, I am not her most avid supporter, but let's give the lady her due.  She was First Lady, Senator from New York, Presidential Candidate and Secretary of State.  My resume is not that impressive and neither is the resume of Reince Priebus.

Maybe he is just upset because he does not have a resume worthy of a miniseries about him, unless his top ten list on The David Letterman Show qualifies him for a miniseries.  Of course, his current whining sessions will probably make it to the miniseries.  That will be an "ah shit" moment for the RNC and the Republican Party.  Reince clearly does not think before he opens his mouth.

Reince was on Fox News, The Sean Hannity Show, whining about the proposed miniseries.  Reince definitely picked the right venue for whining.  Sean Hannity is as far to the right as Chris Matthews is to the left.  Sean was happy to give Reince time to air a "bitch-fest" about Fox News competitors.  

Reince announced the republicans will not participate in presidential debates on CBS and CNN in 2016 if those networks air a miniseries about Hillary Clinton.  If CBS and CNN do not play by his rules, he will not play the game?  What if the eventual republican nominee disagrees with Reince's position regarding the debates?  How does Reince manage to remove his foot from his mouth then?

Right now he just looks like a man who is running afraid of Hillary Clinton, but there may be more to it than that.  He may just be using that as an excuse to get his candidate out of debating.  If his candidate does not agree with him in 2016, Reince may be the man whose party's nominee will not even listen to him.  Perhaps Reince Priebus should work on a campaign strategy that does not include running from debates.

There is no question that some of the 2012 debates were biased, in favor of democrats.  Reince does have a point with respect to having some say in picking the moderators for 2016.  However, I believe the moderators for 2012 debates were all approved by republicans.  Did he play any role in approving those moderators?  If so, should republicans question his judgement as their chairman?

Reince has a platform to discuss the issues now, such as the economy, jobs, the debt ceiling, etc.  I guess those things are not as important to him as a miniseries about a person who has not yet announced that she is a candidate for president in 2016.  Reince, if you do not have a plan that reaches beyond whining, bitching and moaning about a miniseries, do your party a favor and use the time to come up with more ways to mispronounce your name.  Letterman will be happy to air them.

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