Another term for Reince Priebus?

posted at 6:31 pm on November 11, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

Under the rules of the party, the RNC Chair must stand for reelection every two years, and the time for Chairman Reince Priebus’s first term is drawing to a close. Will he run for a second? The early signs would seem to indicate he will.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus will make an announcement next week about whether he’ll seek another term, but he’s leaning toward launching a second campaign at the helm, sources told POLITICO.

Questions about Priebus’s intentions come as the party starts to look inward after a shellacking at the ballot box in the presidential race, and in a wide swath of Senate contests last Tuesday.

There are a variety of duties which the Chairmen must perform, and not all of them can be measured with pure math. He is occasionally called upon to speak for the party, address the media and build effective teams around the entire nation for the purpose of winning races up and down the ticket. There are also some of the aforementioned hard metrics as well. These include fundraising and the actual winning of elections. He’s had a very impressive record on the former, but as to the latter… well, see last Tuesday.

More on the pros and cons from Matt Lewis.

Ironically, the argument for Priebus’ re-election is similar to the case Obama’s re-election: “He inherited a mess at the RNC,” says Henry Barbour.

Sound familiar?

Interestingly, former Chair Michael Steele — despite the drama — had much better success (in terms of actually getting Republicans elected.) But comparing a midterm election to a presidential is like comparing apples and oranges.

There’s something to be said for that. The demands of the national race are different than a patchwork of individual contests. And on the subjective matters I have been continually impressed by Priebus’ performance. Frankly, I see no reason to consider tossing him under the bus. But as Matt noted, there is no denying the reality of the 2012 election results – not just in the Presidential race, where the candidate bears the brunt of responsibility, but also for the Senate and House races where the party underperformed as well.

Could Priebus have done anything better or differently? Do you guys think we need to be shopping around for a new chair or stick with the experienced hand we have on the wheel now?


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Luis Fortuño, he’s not doing anything these days.

JPeterman on November 11, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Where was Palin at the convention? Where was the Tea Party? RNC bluebloods scared of them, Romney hubris and instead put Christie the Backstabber as keynote???????…….why should I give any more money to this party?

Starlink on November 11, 2012 at 6:53 PM

They dissed Palin and theTeaParty so they could run to the middle, and look how that turned out.

idesign on November 11, 2012 at 6:58 PM

They totally dissed the conservative wing because they feared PALIN and Cheney threw her under the bus not too long ago.They never reached out to the middle class and made the argument for their case.Bo worked the college campuses like the bs artist that he is, never telling the truth. We need to fight the ballot box stuffing that the dems were doing which is why they kept screaming voter supression.Maybe Palin will come out and retake the Senate in 14, we can only hope.

tim c on November 11, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Defund NBC News, CBS News, ABC News, etc. with your remote control.

Defund NYT and WaPo with your non-attention and DON’T reward these liars with cling through to their respective websites.

Starve the MSM.

They are the problem, along with the domination of the educational system by the vapid, self-centered liberals who insist “it’s for the children.”

We’ve got a lot of work to do, folks.

hillbillyjim on November 11, 2012 at 7:55 PM

cling?

WTF? s/b “clicking through”

hillbillyjim on November 11, 2012 at 7:57 PM

After a post like that, you have to offer at least a couple of suggestions ;)

Lawdawg86 on November 11, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Sorry. I don’t have any suggestions, but the GOP better find such a man fast if they want to be in the game at all. They need to find the dirtiest, most corrupt and dishonest, shameless scumbag they can find, and load him up with money to burn. In America today, dirty, corrupt, dishonest, shameless scumbags win elections. It is, quite literally, a job requirement now.

Rational Thought on November 11, 2012 at 7:57 PM

I blame Bush, and my keyboard.

hillbillyjim on November 11, 2012 at 7:57 PM

What to do? Demagogue the hell out of every single opponent. Seriously, its the only way.

Speakup on November 11, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Agreed. DNC, you want to talk about rape? Let’s talk about the rape (and murder) of our Ambassador in Benghazi on the anniversary of 9/11.

monalisa on November 11, 2012 at 7:57 PM

I blame Bush, and my keyboard.

hillbillyjim on November 11, 2012 at 7:57 PM

LoLz..You could be POTUS..:)

Dire Straits on November 11, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Not a big fan of RP, but until I would know the alternatives, I am willing to cut him some slack. The Repubs need to have been messaging and communications. Quit playing on the MSM’s terms and fight.

They allowed Romney to be defined in this election and did not fight back properly. Same thing that happened to Bush. I am done turning the other cheek.

Conservatism is alive and well. Some of it just stayed home for the different reasons.

The Ron Paulians sat this one out. This libertarian group is well orginized and rabid. They will work hard to get out the vote. The problem is that some of their ideas don’t jive with conservatism. We mist find a common ground where we can and bring them in. A lot of republican Yutes are more libertarian then conservative. It would be helpful if Dr. Paul was more of a team player with Repubs.

Those who stayed home because Romney didn’t pass their purity test. Whether he wasn’t their candidate in the primaries, or he was a RINO, too rich, too moderate, too Mormon…you name it…those folks need to get over it and fall in line when the future of the country is at stake. The Dems would rally around Satan himself (and possibly have) if he was their nominee.

Fight back and quit letting themselves be defined by the Dems and left wing media. Learn better media strategies. Don’t play on their terms or by their rules. More conservative media outlets are needed. Conservatives need leave the leftist media’s grip it had on you. Don’t watch their shows, go to their movies, by their music. I could puke when I hear conservatives talk about watching the Daily Show, SNL or worst of all Bill
Maher. Read a book! Remember those who have taken our good money in the name of entertainment and worked against us from their elitist lives not based in reality and looking down on is.

Don’t cave on amnesty! Reach out to the the 25% of Hispanics who care more about God, family, jobs and their future, instead of those who just want to see more brown faces in the country.

Reach out to the white blue collar workers. Which means no more rich old guys. The blue collar workers have an inferiority complex against the well to do. They don’t admire those guys. Envy rules the day and they hate them.This is why they couldn’t relate to Romney, but voted for Bush because he was relatable and because he acted like them.

The Republican party doesn’t need reconstructive surgery, just a little makeover.

Rockshine on November 11, 2012 at 8:00 PM

But if you want to replace him and want a real deal conservative, advocate for Trey Gowdy from South Carolina.

Greyledge Gal on November 11, 2012 at 8:01 PM

it is never a good idea to read Andy McCarthy when you are in a foul mood anyway…but i did…so here’s to the R party…grow up

The brute fact is: There are many people in the country who believe it makes no difference which party wins these elections. Obama Democrats are the hard Left, but Washington’s Republican establishment is progressive, not conservative. This has solidified statism as the bipartisan mainstream. Republicans may want to run Leviathan — many are actually perfectly happy in the minority — but they have no real interest in dismantling Leviathan. They are simply not about transferring power out of Washington, not in a material way

As ZeroHedge points out, we now pay out $250 billion more on mandatory obligations (i.e., just entitlements and interest on the debt) than we collect in taxes. Understand, that’s an annual deficit of a quarter trillion dollars before one thin dime is spent on the exorbitant $1.3 trillion discretionary budget — a little over half of which is defense spending, and the rest the limitless array of tasks that Republicans, like Democrats, have decided the states and the people cannot handle without Washington overlords.

and he sticks it in deeper and twists the blade:

Jonah..2004

A few quick facts. George W. Bush has:

increased federal spending on education by 60.8 percent;

increased federal spending on labor by 56 percent;

increased federal spending on the interior by 23.4 percent;

increased federal spending on defense by 27.6 percent.

And of course he has:

created a massive department of homeland security;

signed a campaign-finance bill he pretty much said he thought was unconstitutional (thereby violating his oath to uphold, protect, and defend the constitution);

signed the farm bill, which was a non-kosher piñata filled with enough pork to bend space and time;

pushed through a Medicare plan which starts with a price tag of $400 billion but will — according to every expert who studies the issue — go up a gazillion-bajillion dollars over the next decade;

torched Republican — and American — credibility on trade, in both agriculture and steel;

got more people working for the federal government since the end of the Cold War;

not vetoed a single spending — or any other bill, and he has no intention of eliminating a single department;

sold out like a fire sale at Filene’s on Title IX, a subject I know a little about because my wife is the foremost expert in the universe on it;

pushed to send more Americans to Mars while inviting a lot more illegal immigrants to hang out here in America.

And that’s all before Bush went into reelection mode.

http://old.nationalreview.com/goldberg/goldberg200401211053.asp

http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/333135/voters-who-stayed-home-andrew-c-mccarthy

and peggy noonan doesn’t like the rage…well, sorry honey, but enjoy the AA rating…and then the AA- rating…and well…enjoy your new overlords

r keller on November 11, 2012 at 7:54 PM

This is the problem the Republican party has. It’s Republican yes, but liberal and not conservative in any real sense. Not fiscally conservative, and its socially conservatism is rhetorical only.

sharrukin on November 11, 2012 at 8:03 PM

and has no business in American politics.

FloatingRock on November 11, 2012 at 7:42 PM

…maybe you have no business in politics either…it’s the sos every day…after day…after day…after day…after day…after day…you’re like a ‘fluken’ broken record for months on end!
…oh and hey!…this was a nice response…

Of course, cheating is the only way POS like you can win.

FloatingRock on November 11, 2012 at 7:46 PM

KOOLAID2 on November 11, 2012 at 8:04 PM

He’s not the problem. The GOP is the problem. Not because they’re to dominated by the establishment. Because they refuse to adapt to the times. I’m not talking about throwing away foundational principles to get votes. I’m talking about learning how to market their message and speak with a single voice. I’m also talking about purging the loonies. Sorry, but Akin, Murdock, O’Donnell, Angle and the rest are not acceptable. Nor Bachmann or West for that matter. They tarnish an already tarnished brand and make it impossible for respectable candidates to disassociate themselves from their ilk.

When you hear a Dem speak, any Dem, you hear the same stupid buzzwords. The word “tax” has been eradicated and every, single one of them says, “revenue” instead. The phrase, “tax cuts for the rich” is uttered by every, single donkey every time they open their mouth. Yes, it is vacuous and dishonest. But it gets through and people respond to it. The latest “dumb” buzzword is “austerity” and it is having its desired effect. People feel good about selfishly demanding their goodies because the alternative is mean, old “austerity.”

The GOP needs to learn this lesson. Great solutions and even great leaders do us no good if they can never attain office. The GOP needs to dumb it down, use “Mad Men” talk and lose the loons. They ALL need to do it in unison. They need to repeat their own cliches ad nauseum and those cliches need to be what people want to hear.

MJBrutus on November 11, 2012 at 8:06 PM

Those who stayed home because Romney didn’t pass their purity test. Whether he wasn’t their candidate in the primaries, or he was a RINO, too rich, too moderate, too Mormon…you name it…those folks need to get over it and fall in line when the future of the country is at stake.

Rockshine on November 11, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Asking the GOP to be conservative is not a ‘purity’ test.

Read what r keller posted.

If that is all the Republicans can offer then why bother showing up? If more goodies are what a voter wants then they will get more from the Democrats.

There is no place in politics for a stingy Santa Claus.

sharrukin on November 11, 2012 at 8:07 PM


They allowed Romney to be defined in this election and did not fight back properly

Romney allowed Romney to be defined without so much as an “I know you are, but what am I” school-yard taunt during Romney’s Summer of Love 2012 when Romney chanted soft nonsense to musings of a lute about how nice a fellow this Obama person is while the Obama machine fanned out in all directions with stacks of absentee ballots in hand.

Anyone associated with Romney should be purged from party leadership.

casuist on November 11, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Kick him out. We have some serious problems not only with dissing Conservatives, but it’s beginning to look like this election was stolen. What happens next? Who is willing to fight? Anyone? How do you fight a stolen election? I don’t know. The one thing I do know is that if we keep letting them then they will continue to steal. I’m pretty much done with wimpy Republicans that are worried about what the MSM thinks of them.

BetseyRoss on November 11, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Rockshine on November 11, 2012 at 8:00 PM

I honestly don’t believe that there were more than a handful of such people. I think that those who stayed home did so out of apathy and self-defeatism rather than from discontent. Too many people just don’t give a sh-t. They feel like the situation is hopeless and that no politician is going to change that.

MJBrutus on November 11, 2012 at 8:11 PM

Time for Preibus to go, he failed the GOP in 2012. No WH, and he lost a winnable senate majority. No excuses.

nazo311 on November 11, 2012 at 8:12 PM


Sorry, but Akin, Murdock, O’Donnell, Angle and the rest are not acceptable.

Apparently you don’t know how a party works. Right or wrong, good bad or indifferent, Akin, Murdock, Angle and O’Donnell won their party’s nominations, just like that other unacceptable lunatic, some freakjob establishment goofball named Romney, won his party’s nomination.

casuist on November 11, 2012 at 8:13 PM

http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/333135/voters-who-stayed-home-andrew-c-mccarthy

r keller on November 11, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Thanks for the link.

FloatingRock on November 11, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Priebus is horrendous on TV.

Does the GOP have a smart, articulate charmer–woman or minority or someone getting the GOP into different precincts?

Priebus may have done considerable cleaning up after his predecessor, but the GOP needs a face other than his. Frankly, whether it’s his sneer or the pitch of his voice, he projects a sour and negative attitude. He’s comes across as a talking-point tool.

BuckeyeSam on November 11, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Priebus is an awkward nerd. Apparently, the First District of WI produces those in spades. However, he is better on TV than DWS. Also, the RNC tried the charismatic minority route in 2009 and that didn’t work out very well.. Priebus had to clean up his mess.

Illinidiva on November 11, 2012 at 8:16 PM

casuist on November 11, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Learn the lessons of history or face the doom of repeating it.

MJBrutus on November 11, 2012 at 8:17 PM

…oh and hey!…this was a nice response…

Of course, cheating is the only way POS like you can win.

FloatingRock on November 11, 2012 at 7:46 PM

KOOLAID2 on November 11, 2012 at 8:04 PM

Annoyinglittletwerp enthusiastically supported cheating and vote rigging during the Republican primaries and national convention and doesn’t deserve to be treated nicely.

FloatingRock on November 11, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Priebus lied to Mark Levin live on the air when he told Mark they would help Bachmann if she found herself in a tough race. They didn’t give her a dime, and she nearly lost the seat. He also said they wouldn’t abandon Akin because that seat was so important. Yeah, we know what happened there too, don’t we?

With the amount of capitulation by Republicans that has gone on before the dust from the election has even settled, I’m beginning to think the goal was to lose all along. And it becomes easier to believe that more and more each day. Some folks believe the dems stole the election. I gotta tell you, at this point, I think it’s more likely that the republican’s stole it for them. They certainly had a hand in it.

xblade on November 11, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Take a Flying F’n leap! Azzhole!

Tbone McGraw on November 11, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Learn the lessons of history or face the doom of repeating it.

MJBrutus on November 11, 2012 at 8:17 PM

So true…

McCain 2008

Romney 2012

idesign on November 11, 2012 at 8:43 PM

Rockshine on November 11, 2012 at 8:00 PM
I honestly don’t believe that there were more than a handful of such people. I think that those who stayed home did so out of apathy and self-defeatism rather than from discontent. Too many people just don’t give a sh-t. They feel like the situation is hopeless and that no politician is going to change that.
MJBrutus on November 11, 2012 at 8:11 PM

Unfortunately, I know a lot of those people that I wrote about in my post. I agree that you can also add the apathetic to the list. Far too many felt that there was little or no difference between Romney and Obama, so why bother.

Rockshine on November 11, 2012 at 8:48 PM

idesign on November 11, 2012 at 8:43 PM

Exactly. Two completely different candidates. One a Senatorial, war-mongering blowhard and the other a brilliant and experienced industrialist. Same result. The problem is not the candidate, it’s the party.

MJBrutus on November 11, 2012 at 8:52 PM

I’m also talking about purging the loonies. Sorry, but Akin, Murdock, O’Donnell, Angle and the rest are not acceptable. Nor Bachmann or West for that matter. They tarnish an already tarnished brand and make it impossible for respectable candidates to disassociate themselves from their ilk.

MJBrutus

Not that I disagree in general, but no one is perfect, and anyone can slip up a say something stupid. Romney’s stupid 47% comment was as dumb a comment as anyone’s, and was as much a dagger in his back as any of the others. Maybe more so. Akin and Mourdock’s comments gave people a reason to vote against them; Romney’s 47% comment gave people a reason to vote against him.

But I’m just curious….when will the libs be required to purge their loonies? How come their brand never tarnishes from the absurd things that come out of their mouths? You might want to think about that, because there’s a lesson to be learned there. I’ll give you a hint: They don’t eat their own, and they don’t tie their side’s hands with ridiculous rules of engagement the way our side does.

xblade on November 11, 2012 at 8:59 PM

Exactly. Two completely different candidates. One a Senatorial, war-mongering blowhard and the other a brilliant and experienced industrialist. Same result. The problem is not the candidate, it’s the party.

MJBrutus on November 11, 2012 at 8:52 PM

Wrong. One, A war hero, who was to much of a gentleman and not a true Conservative. The Other, a core-less, it’s my turn, establishment pick.

idesign on November 11, 2012 at 9:01 PM

xblade on November 11, 2012 at 8:59 PM

When they start losing elections they will no longer have the luxury of their having their loonies hanging around.

I agree that Mitt’s 47% comment was off key. The difference is that every lib who could find a mike repeated it and cried the same crocodile tears about how Mitt doesn’t care about you, reinforcing the same smear they used through the entire campaign. When Obama slipped up we did not have every one of our people repeating the same cliches over and over. The most damaging analog was the “You didn’t build that” remark. It hurt Obama. If we would do that more often I think that it could have made a difference.

Yeah, only an idiot is moved by such obviously manipulative BS. Unfortunately, that seems to describe over 50% of those who show up at the polls.

MJBrutus on November 11, 2012 at 9:07 PM

idesign on November 11, 2012 at 9:01 PM

You merely reinforced my point. Whatever the relative merits of the 2, they were very different candidates. Same result. It’s the GOP, stupid.

MJBrutus on November 11, 2012 at 9:09 PM

You merely reinforced my point. Whatever the relative merits of the 2, they were very different candidates. Same result. It’s the GOP, stupid.

MJBrutus on November 11, 2012 at 9:09 PM

The point was, neither were Consevative….

idesign on November 11, 2012 at 9:14 PM

idesign on November 11, 2012 at 9:14 PM

That was YOUR point not mine. Mine is right :-)

MJBrutus on November 11, 2012 at 9:16 PM

He got Shellacked!!
4 more years, 4 more years

james23 on November 11, 2012 at 9:20 PM

There’s not a lot of sense in doing anything right now, let the wounds heal first. Next, it’s time to find a way to reign in the MSM. It’s hard enough to beat the Democrats but, when you’re never talking about issues because the MSM keeps throwing Democrat talking points at you, you can never win a campaign.

The Democrats have, for 2 years, been trashing the tea party. They’ve been trashing any conservatives who don’t agree with them, like the Koch Brothers. On the Senate floor, you’ve heard both of them brought up. You can’t get away with that stuff without the support and collusion of the MSM.

I want to see a group of conservatives, like the Koch Brothers, pull all their advertising from the MSM, every single bit of it. then I’d like to see them cut their charitable donations in half. It’s not to be mean, it’s to make the point that they do a lot of good out there and the press has done nothing but allow the Democrats to trash them without calling them on it. I believe if people knew the good the Koch Brothers do, if the MSM knew their collusion could affect their bottom line, next election we just might be able to have a battle of ideas. The Democrats can not win a battle of ideas and Republicans have to find a way to get in one. That’s going to take leadership and Boehner isn’t it.

bflat879 on November 11, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Priebus lied to Mark Levin live on the air when he told Mark they would help Bachmann if she found herself in a tough race. They didn’t give her a dime, and she nearly lost the seat. He also said they wouldn’t abandon Akin because that seat was so important. Yeah, we know what happened there too, don’t we?

Akin was denied money after the stupid comments on rape and Priebus followed through with it. Akin really damaged the brand with his stupid comments and helped Obama perpetuate the war on womenz and lady parts! He should have resigned, but was too self involved to. As for Bachmann, she’s a loud mouth who really damages the party.. m’kay. Priebus is fine with the Tea Party guys as long as they don’t make stupid pronouncements about shots giving children autism.

Illinidiva on November 11, 2012 at 9:33 PM

I want a chair who advocates for a total overhaul of the primary process. I want the first votes to be in states like Oklahoma where every single county went red. And they need to be closed. We will never be rid of the McCain and Romney POTUS candidates if we don’t weed them out in the true red states first. Our candidates are chosen in New England. Doesn’t take a genius to figure out what the problem is there.

tdpwells on November 11, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Freakin’ Jazz Shaw

Who the heck is this guy — and what Planet is he from?

Not one single solitary glowing review on HotAir since Reince Priebus took over as RNC Chairman — and what do we get after the arse whooping we just got pummeled by?

on the subjective matters I have been continually impressed by Priebus’ performance. Frankly, I see no reason to consider tossing him under the bus.

One link to GOP.com as a source for ONE MONTH’s worth of fundraising in Feb. 2012 and Reince Priebus is just simply the man to stand at the helm — again — and steer this fast sinking ship.

Hey, Jazz — Reince Priebus didn’t raise any money. Everyone who donated to the RNC and the Romney Campaign just wanted Barack Hussein Obama to kick rocks because he is an abject failure destroying this country and he is the very antithesis of Conservative leadership. As stands true for Obama’s entire ilk.

Reince Priebus was otherwise all but MIA in national and local races from coast-to-coast. What we DO NOT need is more of the same old same old.

House Speaker John Boehner too. An Oompa-Loompa orange weepy toady ready to bend over and spread em on a mere suggestion much less a standing order.

Both of them — are worthless to the Republican party.

So is Jazz Shaw — increasingly.

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FlatFoot on November 11, 2012 at 9:40 PM

Dems 2 (2008 and 2012)

Tea Party 1 (2010)

RINOs 0 for 3

faraway on November 11, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Dems 3 (2006 2008 2012)

Tea Party 1 (2010)

RINOs 0 for 4

Just expanding your point faraway

Has the establishment admitted the pushing of Chris Christie was a mistake yet?

Or not mentioning the word Tea Party at the convention? Or not inviting Palin? Or not focusing on Obamacare? Seems like they are doing the exact opposite. Especially Boehner.

With amnesty they think that 31% of 18% is better then 27% of 11%. They don’t even know math.

And instead of apologising for rigging the proccess and shoving a bad establishment candidate down our throats and stating we will have a real primary this time where the best candidate wins, they are repeating the proccess ALREADY by pushing Bush or his protege down our throats 4 years in advance.

Maybe they should figure out that the base and working class voters don’t like country club Republicans. And that “DEM light” with low taxes for the rich is not such a great message.

Some are saying we should no longer be the party of life.

The commercials this campaign were useless and a waste of money. The GOTV was pathetic. What use is money if it isn’t spend wisely?

Or that the establishment liked how the media was biased against conservatives. This is why they have never gone aggressively against the media. The media was doing their dirty work for them. Of course the media also props up “moderate Republicans” until they are a threat. This is why the establishment has never gone to war with the media. It helps the establishment MOST of the time.

Somebody needs to be canned. Reince, McConnell, Boehner. Whoever. But if its only Romney then you know nothing has changed and no lessons have been learned.

KMav on November 11, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Here’s an example of what we could have done. We could have demanded that no interview of any GOP candidate or representative occur without saying that Obama is a “blame shifter.” Anything like that would do, but it does help when the charge is true. From there, every time Obama says anything about “his predecessor” or “headwinds” or any other excuse just repeat the words, “blame shifter.” If EVERY GOP spokes mouth and candidate would just repeat that nonstop like a mantra I think that it would penetrate. Ignore anything that might go against that description and make hay out of every time Obama says anything to reinforce it. When he tries to “take responsibility” to buck the charge, show how he really is just deflecting and is actually “blame shifting.”

MJBrutus on November 11, 2012 at 9:45 PM

The only way we are going to win this war is to let it burn. Republican chairman needs to be a strong leader who can deal effectively with the old media. The person who comes to mind is Newt. He could come out and say, “We will work with the President to teach you a lesson in economics. We are tired of the President blaming all the unintended consequences of his policies upon us, so we will give him what he wants while warning you of what will come. You wanted this, now you’ll see what happens.” Then he can continue using buzzwords for the simple-minded to explain Conservative principles and prophetically show how the laws of economics will result in specific consequences. Then, when the President still tries to blame Republicans, go back immediately and hit him with more buzzwords and reminders that the Republicans gave him what he wanted. Let. Them. Own. It!

Decoski on November 11, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Decoski on November 11, 2012 at 9:46 PM

When he accuses the House of blocking his wonderful plans, EVERYONE in the GOP should be required to repeat “blame shifter!”

MJBrutus on November 11, 2012 at 9:50 PM

It is great to see the metaphorical firing on Ft.Sumter beginning … enjoy your GOP civil war …but sorry extreme right wingers /hot Airers it appears the desire to move the GOP more to the center is currently winning … Personally I will be cheering for your lunatic fringe …We Democrats appreciated your help in the last two Presidential elections with your crazy political positions and senseless non stop poll deconstructing …

the Democrats have now won five out of the last six popular vote portions of the Presidential elections … I just love the GOPers who say they just have to tweak their message or even just stay the same … please do ..

there is a comforting thought for you … there will be a Romney/Ryan rally in Cincinnati, Monday night with a big crowd ,amazing enthusiasm,and it will begin the repeat of the 1980 election you have constantly been promising each other …

U2denver on November 11, 2012 at 9:56 PM

MJBrutus on November 11, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Good point. Newt will be the lead-in, and then the GOP will get out front and remind everybody that they went along with Obama’s desires, now he can own it. We warned you this would happen. The re-education of the public begins when the gravy train stops. Burn it down!

Decoski on November 11, 2012 at 10:10 PM

If the GOP had any balls, they would see this and hire Newt. I have my doubts. They are still stuck on being Dem-lite and will go the way of the Whigs.

Decoski on November 11, 2012 at 10:11 PM

Read the DeToqueville quote, and take a look at Greece, Spain, USSR, etc. The system will collapse and take your Santa Claus Party down with it. If the GOP doesn’t learn, then it should go down too!

Decoski on November 11, 2012 at 10:15 PM

I want a chair who advocates for a total overhaul of the primary process. I want the first votes to be in states like Oklahoma where every single county went red. And they need to be closed. We will never be rid of the McCain and Romney POTUS candidates if we don’t weed them out in the true red states first. Our candidates are chosen in New England. Doesn’t take a genius to figure out what the problem is there.

tdpwells on November 11, 2012 at 9:35 PM

No.. they have to appeal to people in Ohio who are vapid prima donna indies.

Illinidiva on November 11, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Anyone who agreed to these debate formats, beginning with the primaries through the general election, should just go away. To even agree to go on MSNBC is the high of lunacy. The RNC is an idiotic and self-destructive organization. I absolutely refuse to give them one cent.

Ken James on November 11, 2012 at 10:33 PM

Koster’s campaign manager, Larry Stickney, said the state Republican party gave Koster less than $10,000 and the national committee less than $80,000.

“To be frank, we were on our own. Yet thanks to people such as you, we nearly overcame the odds,” Koster said in a message to supporters.

State Republican leaders said they wanted to see Koster meet certain campaign goals before they offered more money.

“We tried everything we could to work with him. He refused to meet us halfway,” state Republican Party Chairman Kirby Wilbur said. “John Koster lost this race. Nobody but John Koster lost this race.” (Writing by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Alex Dobuzinskis and Lisa Shumaker)

Priebes pretty much screwed our Tea Party supported candidate. This was in a newly defined district that favored a Republican.

Mr. Arrogant on November 11, 2012 at 10:34 PM

Where was Palin at the convention? Where was the Tea Party? RNC bluebloods scared of them, Romney hubris and instead put Christie the Backstabber as keynote???????…….why should I give any more money to this party?
Starlink on November 11, 2012

My thoughts exactly.

The Republican party needs a complete make-over.

EL on November 11, 2012 at 10:49 PM

At this point we need to ELIMINATE EVERY Republican WORLD-WIDE, starting with John Boehner and THIS Ass-Clown “Wince”, with EXTREME PREJUDICE!!

And I DO mean EXTREME Prejudice!!

williamg on November 11, 2012 at 10:55 PM

My thoughts exactly.

The Republican party needs a complete make-over.

EL on November 11, 2012 at 10:49 PM

Rubio should have probably gotten the keynote slot and Ann Romney should have introduced Mitt… At least with a Rubio keynote perhaps they would have fashioned some new material for him. Rubio’s a great speaker; his speech is getting boring because I’ve heard it about seven times.

Illinidiva on November 11, 2012 at 11:03 PM

Rubio’s a great speaker; his speech is getting boring because I’ve heard it about seven times.

Illinidiva on November 11, 2012 at 11:03 PM

You mean his American dream speech? Hehe. Yah. In some ways, he is a bit of a one trick pony.

KMav on November 11, 2012 at 11:07 PM

You mean his American dream speech? Hehe. Yah. In some ways, he is a bit of a one trick pony.

KMav on November 11, 2012 at 11:07 PM

Yep. Does he have another speech? Because that is the only one that I’ve heard. There are some gorgeous turns in there that will stay in every single major political speech that he ever gives.. the my father worked at a back of the bar anecdote would be powerful if recited on the steps of the Capitol on January 20, 2017, but he really does need some new speeches. Matt Scully is probably salivating over the speeches he could craft for Rubio, so why that hasn’t happened is beyond me.

Illinidiva on November 11, 2012 at 11:17 PM

Rubio’s a great speaker; his speech is getting boring because I’ve heard it about seven times.

To me, I’d rather listen to Rubio than listen to Obama and his “balanced approach” whatever the heck that means. The only thing I can figure out is a balanced approach is everything he wants and nothing you want.

bflat879 on November 11, 2012 at 11:19 PM

re: Bush 43 legacy.

Next time you see an article about a 85 year old Granny getting her breasts fondled by some TSA charmer and forced to take out her colostomy bag to make sure she doesn’t have a bomb hidden in her excrement……

…..think George W Bush and his not wanting to offend Muslims.

PappyD61 on November 11, 2012 at 11:42 PM

re: Bush 43 legacy

And when the doctor comes in under ObamaCare with a packet of “pain pills” for you instead of the life saving treatment you can thank Chief Justice John Roberts……….and the man that appointed him.

George W. Bush.

PappyD61 on November 11, 2012 at 11:45 PM

To me, I’d rather listen to Rubio than listen to Obama and his “balanced approach” whatever the heck that means. The only thing I can figure out is a balanced approach is everything he wants and nothing you want.

bflat879 on November 11, 2012 at 11:19 PM

Just because Obama’s speeches are vapid doesn’t mean we cannot hope for more variety in Rubio’s speeches.. m’kay. If the guy’s the Latino version of Reagan, then perhaps he should offer something more meaty than a variation on the same speech. It’s a wonderful testament to “I believe in America;” however, it loses its impact when you’ve heard it seven times. I think that a lot of conservatives were a bit meh on Rubio’s speech at the RNC while the MSM raved about it because we’ve heard that speech before quite a bit. Let the speech retire in peace.

Illinidiva on November 11, 2012 at 11:46 PM

MJBrutus on November 11, 2012 at 8:06 PM

And, you’re the moron that kept telling us that all we had to do was nominate a moderate like Mitt Romney to win?

For two straight elections we’ve run modeates and lost both times.

Why don’t you just become a Democrat? That’s where you belong.

bw222 on November 12, 2012 at 12:14 AM

No. The GOP nomination should have ended by January and non-Republicans like Paul, should have been excluded.

Basilsbest on November 12, 2012 at 12:34 AM

Those who stayed home because Romney didn’t pass their purity test. Whether he wasn’t their candidate in the primaries, or he was a RINO, too rich, too moderate, too Mormon…you name it…those folks need to get over it and fall in line when the future of the country is at stake. The Dems would rally around Satan himself (and possibly have) if he was their nominee.

Rockshine on November 11, 2012 at 8:00 PM

No. I will not and have never voted for any gun-grabber, D or R.

Dunedainn on November 12, 2012 at 1:15 AM

Defund NBC News, CBS News, ABC News, etc. with your remote control.

hahahahahaha.. oh wait you were serious.

NBC is owned by Comcast, so I hope you like broadcast tv. But you don’t like any of the broadcast stations except fox so.. hope you only like watching fox, or you can watch Time Warner cable I guess but.. oh snap – then you’d be funding CNN instead. You’re screwed.

CBS is owned by viacom and.. yeah, good luck defending them with your right-wing blogosphere commenter blackout. No, really. You’ll do great.

ABC is Disney, which just dropped 4 billion on star wars. I’m sure your boycott will work though! Keep fighting the machine!

triple on November 12, 2012 at 1:47 AM

Minor correction, I guess CBS actually IS viacom. (CBS Corp)

triple on November 12, 2012 at 1:49 AM

Lets shoot for mediocrity…

deedtrader on November 12, 2012 at 1:51 AM

Personally, I think he is a better chairman that what we have had recently. I do have some criticisms, though.

Too much focus on letting the Romney campaign run things and all resources seemed to be focused on the Presidential race. The whole party relied on the Orca project from the Romney campaign, it seems and it looks like that cost them voter turnout for the down-ticket races. Not enough focus on the down-ticket races in general. Relying on the PACs to do ads isn’t the same as knocking on doors. Nobody from my local area called me or knocked on my door to see if I was planning to vote or even still alive.

The PARTY needs to develop and maintain a GOTV system that it owns and that evolves over time.

A deliverable on the day before the election was, in the technical vernacular, stupid. This should have been tested during the primaries or at least in early voting. It should have been delivered on the first of October. That isn’t Reince’s fault per se and he has probably learned a huge lesson from it.

I’m inclined to give him another shot for 2014.

crosspatch on November 12, 2012 at 1:58 AM

Don’t know and don’t care. As far as I’m concerned the GOP establishment can go “f” themselves.

tkyang99 on November 12, 2012 at 2:26 AM

The Dems would rally around Satan himself (and possibly have) if he was their nominee.

Rockshine on November 11, 2012 at 8:00 PM

I couldn’t see them rallying behind Evan Bayh. They also had trouble falling in love with John Forbes Kerry.

Punchenko on November 12, 2012 at 3:10 AM

Priebus is an awkward nerd. Apparently, the First District of WI produces those in spades. However, he is better on TV than DWS. Also, the RNC tried the charismatic minority route in 2009 and that didn’t work out very well.. Priebus had to clean up his mess.

Illinidiva on November 11, 2012 at 8:16 PM

Steele is kind of an idiot.

I could really go for a dynamite, intelligent, happy-warrior woman who has the right skill set. I don’t know who that might be, but can’t we get someone to compile a binder full of them so that we can start interviewing?

If we were to go racial minority, would this be up Artur Davis’s alley?

Look, I want someone who thrives on the fundraising and can get the behind-the-scenes effort mobilized. But I also want someone–right now, I want a woman–who finishes up interviews leaving even the nuts at MSNBC floored by her intelligence and charm.

Believe me, I don’t know the players. But here’s a woman I really like: Kelly Anne Conway. She was part of Gingrich’s primary team, and she has her own polling or PR firm. She’s an attractive mother of four (I think), and she has great communication skills. She’s firm, no shrinking violet, but she always has a smile on her face. Just a suggestion.

BuckeyeSam on November 12, 2012 at 3:26 AM

Defund NBC News, CBS News, ABC News, etc. with your remote control.

hahahahahaha.. oh wait you were serious.

NBC is owned by Comcast, so I hope you like broadcast tv. But you don’t like any of the broadcast stations except fox so.. hope you only like watching fox, or you can watch Time Warner cable I guess but.. oh snap – then you’d be funding CNN instead. You’re screwed.

CBS is owned by viacom and.. yeah, good luck defending them with your right-wing blogosphere commenter blackout. No, really. You’ll do great.

ABC is Disney, which just dropped 4 billion on star wars. I’m sure your boycott will work though! Keep fighting the machine!

triple on November 12, 2012 at 1:47 AM

Where do they get that money from? All that money doesn’t just come off the Obama Money Tree. It comes from our pockets. It also comes from advertisers.

Are you suggesting that because the task is hard or has a chance of not being successful that we should just roll over and give up?

It’s not hard. Don’t buy what they’re selling. Don’t buy what their advertisers are selling. Tell them. We spend time reading Hot Air. Take 5 min of that time and email the advertisers and explain why you aren’t buying anymore of their product. If 100,000 people do that then you don’t think they’d notice.

Don’t know about you, but I don’t like grabbing my ankles. I’d rather go down standing than spend my life bending over.

kim roy on November 12, 2012 at 3:44 AM

Does it really matter anymore who is manning the bar on the Titanic? This broke ass “nation” is dying and I for one am taking my young family to higher ground. Call me unpatriotic, whatever I don’t care. You don’t have to fend for me and my loved ones, I do.

Kakalak Pundit on November 12, 2012 at 4:02 AM

Priebus did show a mean streak I liked. I think we need more of that. Romney needed more of that.

Sherman1864 on November 12, 2012 at 4:34 AM

Until the Republican Party can start nominating people inside the party who speak fluent Breitbart, the pain will continue.

For whatever organizational skill Priebus has, he is unable to speak in Breitbart and, thusly, is played by the MFM.

After the last cycle there are only one or possibly two individuals who know how to do this as seen in the Primaries. One of them was Newt Gingrich which, although he lacks some of the organizational skills, is able to speak Breitbart and confront the MFM very well. Not a great choice, true, but those combative and confrontational qualities with the MFM are now a mandatory part of being the head of the Republican Party. If you do not have them, then you will fail in your job.

ajacksonian on November 12, 2012 at 6:51 AM

Could Priebus have done anything better or differently?

Yes, but what he could have done is something only God knows. I personally can’t think of a thing. However Reince Priebus did nothing wrong. You can do everything right and still lose.

As a member of the Republican Party Of Lake County Florida (and not just as a register voter), I would welcome Reince Priebus to stay on as RNC chair.

BigGator5 on November 12, 2012 at 6:59 AM

Reince Priebus wasn’t responsible for ORCA, and nobody wants to take the chance of getting another Michael Steele.

David Blue on November 12, 2012 at 7:30 AM

Steele is kind of an idiot.

I could really go for a dynamite, intelligent, happy-warrior woman who has the right skill set. I don’t know who that might be, but can’t we get someone to compile a binder full of them so that we can start interviewing?

If we were to go racial minority, would this be up Artur Davis’s alley?

Look, I want someone who thrives on the fundraising and can get the behind-the-scenes effort mobilized. But I also want someone–right now, I want a woman–who finishes up interviews leaving even the nuts at MSNBC floored by her intelligence and charm.

Believe me, I don’t know the players. But here’s a woman I really like: Kelly Anne Conway. She was part of Gingrich’s primary team, and she has her own polling or PR firm. She’s an attractive mother of four (I think), and she has great communication skills. She’s firm, no shrinking violet, but she always has a smile on her face. Just a suggestion.

BuckeyeSam on November 12, 2012 at 3:26 AM

The main responsibilities of the RNC chair is to fundraise and organize behind the scenes. Priebus did a good job on the former, but screwed up on the latter in this election. I think that the Romney team took over the ground game efforts and should be mostly blamed for the efforts, but Priebus should have started building an organization in 2011.

As for your suggestion of a woman or a minority, I think this is the same thinking that has people slobbering over Marco Rubio before he’s actually done anything. Being charismatic and good on the TV programs is why Michael Steele became RNC chairman. So let’s actually make sure that the person put in charge has skills rather than being the token affirmative action candidate.

Illinidiva on November 12, 2012 at 7:31 AM

That you even have to ask this question displays an ignorance of facts.

Reince did a horrible job with this election. The contest should not have been close- yet Republicans were trounced. The consequences for that will span many future elections.

The much vaunted GOTV “machine” was nothing of the sort. It is at a minimum embarrassing, if the GOP can’t motivate party members during this type of election- that alone should force Reince to resign.

What was our message anyway? What do we stand for? What were our principles and proposals? Yeah, I don’t remember them either.

Reince didn’t even bring the GOP his home state.

Honestly. do I need to go on? If Reince stays it is a self-serving, selfish move.

Marcus Traianus on November 12, 2012 at 7:33 AM

Do I seriously see people suggesting Newt as head of RNC. Newt would be a disaster. The man has no organizational skills and no loyalty to anyone other than himself. His former colleagues in Congress all despise the man because he backstabbed all of them multiple times.

AngusMc on November 12, 2012 at 7:37 AM

I can’t think of anyone, not a one, that would be more exciting, more dynamic or more of a winner than this guy. What’s his name again?

Pardonme on November 12, 2012 at 7:50 AM

Where was Palin at the convention? Where was the Tea Party? RNC bluebloods scared of them, Romney hubris and instead put Christie the Backstabber as keynote???????…….why should I give any more money to this party?

Starlink on November 11, 2012 at 6:53 PM

They dissed Palin and theTeaParty so they could run to the middle, and look how that turned out.

idesign on November 11, 2012 at 6:58 PM

This!

And when we lose they blame the TEA party and Rush and wave the chicken crap white flag of surrender to their friends across the aisle.
When it was obvious Romney was going to win the nomination, I swore for a month I would not vote for him. But I came around because of the alternative. Sometimes he sounded so good. But it was never from his heart! He was simply getting better at convincing people like me he was a better alternative than a full blown communist! But in the last week I heard what I know others heard. Speeches that repeated “I’m going to reach across the aisle!” What the heck is he saying this for? Is he this stupid or does he think we are?

Yeah, freaking Chris Chistie as the keynote! And how did that work out? RINO’s are not even loyal to each other! Romney would have been no better to all of us! He would have appointed God knows who to the Supreme Court and where would we have been in 2016?

I voted for Romney. But he did not make it easy in the last week.
But besides… how much voter fraud took place?

Nobody is taking seriously about it! We don’t want to go there. We see the stories. We see the undercover videos of Democrats planning fraud. We see the postings of Democrats bragging about voting 5 times. We hear the stories of poll watchers being thrown out onto the streets and yet we still act like it doesn’t matter?

Do you actually think Democrats do this because they think it doesn’t matter? Do you actually think they are going to waste their time engaging in some kind of fraud that isn’t going to have any effect?

Our freaking Republican leadership sits on their hands doing nothing! We should start by getting rid of them! Boehner needs to resign! We need House hearings on voter fraud!

JellyToast on November 12, 2012 at 7:53 AM

It is time for conservatives to ditch the GOP and only give to individual candidates and conservative PACs.

The GOP leadership cannot see past their collective noses. We have tried for years to change the RINO leadership to no avail. Let them implode. They don’t know how to win and I don’t think they really want to. They are more comfortable being losers and not having to make hard decisions.

Sporty1946 on November 12, 2012 at 8:09 AM

What did Reince do to help? The GOP managed to lose seats, and the White House, in a historically bad environment for Obama. If you can’t improve on John McCain’s results, then you talents may not be suited to running the GOP.

The one thing we did well in this election was raise money. Maybe move Reince over to fund-raising. But the GOP’s only consistent message this cycle seemed to revolve around rape-induced pregnancies. I mean, can’t the party bosses make sure senators know how to answer questions like that without sounding like zealots?

The GOP is still running the party from smoke-filled rooms. The Dems are way ahead on organization and message discipline.

hawksruleva on November 12, 2012 at 9:38 AM

The NRSC is in charge of candidate recruitment and I think that everyone thinks that the guy in charge is out of there. The House is much better at recruitment than the Senate. A lot of the freshman House members will be returning, so give Cantor and Ryan alot of credit for recruiting good candidates that don’t spout off about dumb things.

Illinidiva on November 12, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Decoski on November 11, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Yeah good pick, but I gotta tell ya, my GaS bottle is empty. I held my nose 3 times and look where we are now. I won’t remain in the party of socialist lite.

dogsoldier on November 12, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Anyone who doesn’t think a DOS attack on Orca or some other tech vandalism of that system should think again.

Techies are drawn to statists/top-down political ideas. I think because computers allow so much control over them it spills into people’s psyche that you can “program” society to do what you want it to.

Well, thats my theory anyway.

DavidM on November 12, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Priebus needs to go. He didn’t do the job. Isn’t that obvious?

love2rumba on November 12, 2012 at 12:19 PM

The fundamental problem with the GOP as a political party is that it keeps around establishment figures who have failed at their jobs.

Therefore, he has to go.

Joseph Russo III on November 12, 2012 at 12:42 PM

This is why we need a TRUE Conservative to lead the party.

Palin 2016

ChuckTX on November 12, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Sorry, but Akin, Murdock, O’Donnell, Angle and the rest are not acceptable. Nor Bachmann or West for that matter.

MJBrutus on November 11, 2012 at 8:06 PM

Bullcrap. Akin was a mistake that amended state election laws will fix(we now have veto-proof majorities at the state level). Mourdock would have won if not for Akin. O’Donnell and Angle were the one-offs from 2010, and deserve to be in the company of Carly Fiorina and Meg Whitman who also lost. I’m no Bachmann fan but West was shafted by his own party in redistricting and has been nothing but a force for good in his one term in congress to date.

alwaysfiredup on November 12, 2012 at 4:00 PM

As a former Repbublican, I have to say someone has to take the fall. While Romney may not have been the best candidate in the world (realistically was he any better than McCain?) and Aikens and Mourdock were both bad choices, Republicans still should have taken the Senate. Lets face it, he blew it. Time for him to go, and let someone else take the reigns and have four years to get their act and that of the party together. I’m not sure what Preibus concentrated on beyond revenue but it didn’t work.

georgeofthedesert on November 13, 2012 at 11:27 AM

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