In an interview with Bloomberg TV, Republican National Chair Reince Priebus countered his Democratic counterpart with a positive spin for Republicans on the Iowa caucuses.
Priebus’ point was simple, but very well taken: It shouldn’t be a cause for concern that Republicans haven’t yet overwhelmingly settled on a nominee — because tough primaries just strengthen the eventual candidate.
“It is a process,” he said. “It is a primary. This is not unusual on both sides of the aisle for that matter. As far as the RNC is concerned, we have a lot to be excited about today. We have voter registration. We are outpacing the Democrats 2-to-1 in Iowa. We had the biggest record turnout last night in the Iowa caucus – over 123,000. While that may not sound like a lot of people, that’s a lot of people for an Iowa caucus. That’s a record. Those are the things I am focused on. That is what we have to do in connecting the dots and making sure we help save this country from a president that has underperformed.”
That sheds a little more light on Debbie Wasserman Schultz’ claim that last night was a “great night” for Democrats. The record turnout alone serves as a potent reminder that Republicans are excited to pick someone to challenge Obama. Meanwhile, on the Democrat side, folks are so disenchanted that they’re still clamoring for a Clinton-Biden swap on the Obama ticket.