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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I liked Priebus until last Tuesday. Where were Republicans on GOTV? I gave not just to Romney, but to the RNC and I want to know what they did with that money. How could they get so much wrong?

earlgrey133 on November 11, 2012 at 6:35 PM

He was better than I expected.
Maybe that’s not a ringing endorsement we’re talking about Republicans.

vityas on November 11, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Doesn’t matter. Unless we can find a way to effectively combat the DNC media, it’s just shuffling chairs on the Titanic.

changer1701 on November 11, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Ask the blue blood Republican establishment in DC.
They make all the decisions for the rest if us.

purgatory on November 11, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Republicans–never missing an opportunity to miss an opportunity.

vityas on November 11, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Here’s my problem with Priebus — he seems like a good caretaker when the main strategy and communications leadership is coming from elsewhere.

In situations like we have now — with no identifiable sources of national leadership either for strategy development or communications, except for Boehner (and to a lesser degree McConnell) — we need someone more convincing in presenting the conservative case and with real proven ability to plot the way back to power in 14 & 16.

Being a good fundraiser, though important, just doesn’t seem sufficient.

Of course, I have few ideas about who should replace him, although I’d be very happy to give Haley Barbour the gavel again, or even Jeb Bush.

Robert_Paulson on November 11, 2012 at 6:41 PM

After his boast about the Wisconsin GOTV, where the results ended up not all that close, he needs to go.

SAZMD on November 11, 2012 at 6:41 PM

We have no party.

I am switching affiliation to either “independent” or “unaffiliated” depending where the course of the next 2 years takes me.

It’s not about Republicans or Democrats. This generation is broken. It’s the people. We are the problem.

nitzsche on November 11, 2012 at 6:42 PM

What are the alternatives?

Neuro-conservative on November 11, 2012 at 6:42 PM

What shellacking? The GOP kept the house and lost the presidential election by 330k votes.

The balance of power is the same as Nov 5th…

DavidM on November 11, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Go.

We need a kickboxing, multidisciplined street-fighter, not a two dimensional checkers player.

Shaughnessy on November 11, 2012 at 6:45 PM

How much can we blame Priebus for GOTV fiasco? ORCA was a Romney campaign project, not RNC. RNC still should’ve had a good plan though.

Mark1971 on November 11, 2012 at 6:45 PM

The Right has only problem and one problem only, PR!

A dem can do the most heinous thing and the PR machine covers, a GOP’r appears at a charity event and they’re portrayed as Satan.

Mitt didn’t do much wrong and a lot right, we’re all victims of a machine that has no positive contribution to make and has no play but to demonize.

Conservatism did not lose, smear politics won.

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

He lost, he needs to go.
No losers. No RINOs.
We need someone who will fight.
I’d say Newt, but his ego writes checks that my ass can’t cover.

Iblis on November 11, 2012 at 6:47 PM

This shouldn’t surprise anyone. eSTAB-Conservatives-in-the-Back repubs, just like leftists, do not admit they are wrong! They blame anyone and everyone else for their failures! They are Democrats in Republican clothing! I hope they continue to act like Libs and alienate all but rinos. So, please repubs, continue to act like Democrats, it makes it sooo much easier, to get you out of power!
Fight the Obama Enemy media or Kiss the Constitution Goodbye: http://paratisiusa.blogspot.com/2012/09/an-open-letter-to-those-who-should-know.html?spref=tw

God Bless America!

paratisi on November 11, 2012 at 6:47 PM

I don’t hold Preibus responsible for the loss on Tuesday as much as I do the voters that stayed home and allowed an obvious failure to retain his office. Not standing up, going down to the polling place and casting a vote for the candidate most likely to remove Jugears from office did a greater disservice to our country. Was ORCA a flop? Unquestionably! But should it even been necessary to need a GOTV effort beyond the already known and well documented disastrous results of Obama’s policies? Hell no!!!

rmel80 on November 11, 2012 at 6:47 PM

How much responsibility did he have for “Orca”? As far as I’m concerned, that’s the deciding factor.

Mr. Prodigy on November 11, 2012 at 6:48 PM

They need to hire some people from the real world aka outside the beltway.

I think he did an admirable job in most areas but they have improve the GOTV and ground game.

gophergirl on November 11, 2012 at 6:48 PM

He raised enough money to keep Mitt competitive and was fine with his media appearances. Big improvement over Steele. Keep him.

Revenant on November 11, 2012 at 6:50 PM

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?

He should have dealt with the Akin matter more quietly and behind the scenes, trying to convince him to step aside and sweeten the deal for him rather than going the slash-and-burn route.

I don’t blame him for Romney’s shellacking, because I think Romney himself was fatally flawed. However, the party establishment did quite a bit to try and skew things in Romney’s favor (time at debates, altering of primary rules, and highly skewed coverage and analysis). He probably should have been a bit more proactive in terms of keeping the pundits on the sidelines during the primaries so that primary voters could make up their own minds.

Priebus also comes from the consultant culture that thought by speaking only about the economy the GOP would be golden, rather than engaging on all of the issues.

Past that, to lift a line from Obama, he inherited a mess (from Michael Steele) and has turned around the RNC’s finances. I’ll also give him credit for sticking to his guns in interviews when the press gave him “opportunities” to reverse himself. We could do better, and we could do worse. He’s a good money manager, but a poor strategist.

All-in-all, we should be open to considering other candidates for the job, but we don’t necessarily need to kick him out on his rear.

Stoic Patriot on November 11, 2012 at 6:50 PM

I like Reince Priebus. I think he did a good job, excellent in some areas. His biggest failing though, and maybe this is just typical of presidential elections, is how much of the national effort was in the hands of Romney’s campaign. The RNC should be in charge of GOTV efforts, voter registration, etc. and it should not wait to begin until after a nominee is chosen. It should start right now.

I think the main reason 20120 was so much better than 2012 is no one was waiting around for someone “nationally” to do things. The RNC should have these people’s backs ever day and not just show up around September 1st.

Rocks on November 11, 2012 at 6:51 PM

Pribus should stay. Boehner should go. McConnell should definitely go. Cronyn should get as far from the NRCC as possible.

dczombie on November 11, 2012 at 6:54 PM

What shellacking?

DavidM on November 11, 2012 at 6:44 PM

I agree. It was just wonderful how well the GOP did. Who could possibly have expected anything more than the stunning campaign of excellence they showed us?

sharrukin on November 11, 2012 at 6:54 PM

I didn’t say we did great, thanks for putting words in my mouth.

So it either a complete blowout or a total victory.

No wonder our party has problems.

DavidM on November 11, 2012 at 6:57 PM

But should it even been necessary to need a GOTV effort beyond the already known and well documented disastrous results of Obama’s policies? Hell no!!!

rmel80 on November 11, 2012 at 6:47 PM

So we should abandon GOTV efforts?

What about ads? Shouldn’t people already know about the well documented disastrous results of Obama’s policies?

sharrukin on November 11, 2012 at 6:57 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

Ultimately, the job of being the face of the party does not belong to the RNC. Right now, that belongs to Congressional Republicans. In two years, it will belong to the people who start running for President. The RNC is the money-machine, not the campaign. Priebus has acquitted himself well raising money for the party and the RNC has mostly stayed out of the primary fights under his watch; he deserves another term.

Lawdawg86 on November 11, 2012 at 6:58 PM

He has a very republican name.

meci on November 11, 2012 at 6:59 PM

MASSIVE GOTV fail

Priebus – NO

faraway on November 11, 2012 at 6:59 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

Why does it matter of she’s there or not? Crikey, I don’t understand why people have put her on a pedestal.

changer1701 on November 11, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Why does it matter of she’s there or not? Crikey, I don’t understand why people have put her on a pedestal.

changer1701 on November 11, 2012 at 7:00 PM

I don’t understand why people think so highly of Ron Paul as a presidential candidate, but that doesn’t mean you treat his supporters poorly, and then turn around shrieking that they are filthy traitors for not wanting to reward those who despise them.

It’s called leadership.

sharrukin on November 11, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Tell you what. You stay, I’ll go.

MikeA on November 11, 2012 at 7:05 PM

…flip a coin!

KOOLAID2 on November 11, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Don’t country clubs usually take a vote or something?

faraway on November 11, 2012 at 7:10 PM

Doesn’t matter……the gop is finished as a viable opposition party.

Dead, Dead, Dead.

Look at the ongoing blue sweeping across state after state. Every election the gop has to cede more electoral votes and re-districted areas to the Communist/Democrats.

It’s right there for all to see…….that can.

It’s TEATERMERICA time.

Forward!

PappyD61 on November 11, 2012 at 7:10 PM

He raised enough money to keep Mitt competitive and was fine with his media appearances. Big improvement over Steele. Keep him.

Revenant on November 11, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Doing a solid job. Let’s not replace him with someone worse.

talkingpoints on November 11, 2012 at 7:10 PM

Only if you become more pro-abort, pro-amnesty, listen attentively to Peggy Noonan should you stay and watch the total decline of America, otherwise there’s the door.

Fuquay Steve on November 11, 2012 at 7:10 PM

I don’t understand why people have put her on a pedestal.

changer1701 on November 11, 2012 at 7:00 PM

…I put her there!…with Christie as the pedestal.

KOOLAID2 on November 11, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Speakup on November 11, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Nail–head

bluealice on November 11, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Not just Reince Priebus, the entire “leadership” of the GOP needs to go!

They deserve another chance about as much as The Won deserves one.

#beyonddisgust

RedPepper on November 11, 2012 at 7:12 PM

…I put her there!…with Christie as the pedestal.

KOOLAID2 on November 11, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Heh.

changer1701 on November 11, 2012 at 7:12 PM

Doesn’t matter……the gop is finished as a viable opposition party.

Dead, Dead, Dead.

Look at the ongoing blue sweeping across state after state. Every election the gop has to cede more electoral votes and re-districted areas to the Communist/Democrats.

It’s right there for all to see…….that can.

It’s TEATERMERICA time.

Forward!

PappyD61 on November 11, 2012 at 7:10 PM

Yep. All the organization in the world won’t help a party that spends most of its time trying to be like the opposition party instead of making the case for conservatism. Let the party die.

KickandSwimMom on November 11, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Ask the blue blood Republican establishment in DC.
They make all the decisions for the rest if us.

purgatory on November 11, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Priebus – No

Boehner = cave

Mitchell = cave

GOP pollsters = delusional

McCain / Palin 59.9 million 2008

Romney/ Ryan 57.8 million 2012

Obama 9 million less than 2008

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

The gop ruling class would RATHER LOSE and keep the hicks and hayseed true Conservatives out of leadership in the party.

Election after election after election proves it.

Bush and his progressive, big government, faux Conservatives OWN THIS PARTY. And there is NO ONE to take away that ownership.

The gop is over.

PappyD61 on November 11, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Dems 2 (2008 and 2012)

Tea Party 1 (2010)

RINOs 0 for 3

faraway on November 11, 2012 at 7:14 PM

He has a very republican name.

meci on November 11, 2012 at 6:59 PM

…like hair around a private area?

KOOLAID2 on November 11, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Ask the blue blood Republican establishment in DC.
They make all the decisions for the rest if us.

purgatory on November 11, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Yep.

I don’t care who they put in. GOP is dead.

davidk on November 11, 2012 at 7:15 PM

NO … NO … NO … NO …NO!

Find someone who will Fight … I’m sick and tired of pablum puker’s.

ORrighty on November 11, 2012 at 7:17 PM

GET RID OF HIM!!! GET RID OF BOEHNER!!! GET RID OF THE ENTIRE ELITIST REPUBLICAN ESTABLISHME!!!

williamg on November 11, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Doing a solid job. Let’s not replace him with someone worse.

talkingpoints on November 11, 2012 at 7:10 PM

Agreed. People are easily forgetting the rolling two-year, debt-ridden embarrassment that was Michael Steele’s tenure. They are forgetting the heartburn it caused when he suggested that he might run for another term. Reince and the RNC did well, especially given the lousy performance of Romney’s campaign and the NRSC. It erased Steele’s deficit and raised a ton of money. And Priebus has kept the RNC out of the primary fights, for better and worse. What more do you really want?

Lawdawg86 on November 11, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Who cares who runs the rnc? It is worthless. Unless the go to the left of the dnc, they won’t see a dime from me.

tom daschle concerned on November 11, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Doing a solid job. Let’s not replace him with someone worse.

talkingpoints on November 11, 2012 at 7:10 PM

Mrs. Priebus, please. :)

faraway on November 11, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Keep Prebius-dump the wailer from O-HI-O.

annoyinglittletwerp on November 11, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Doing a solid job. Let’s not replace him with someone worse.

talkingpoints on November 11, 2012 at 7:10 PM

I agree. It wasn’t his fault. He fought the good fight. Don’t forget Walker and Wisconsin…

sandee on November 11, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Look at the ongoing blue sweeping across state after state. Every election the gop has to cede more electoral votes and re-districted areas to the Communist/Democrats.

It’s right there for all to see…….that can.

It’s TEATERMERICA time.

Forward!

PappyD61 on November 11, 2012 at 7:10 PM

If the votes are real (unknown), and if the voters understand what they are voting for9doubtful in many cases), the country is shifting far to the left. This is due to many factors; the media, changing demographics, and secularization to name a few. The Republican party has to chose its positions, which will determine whether it retains any viability.

Do they want to abolish birth control?

Do they want to limit all abortion, including in cases of rape and incest?

Do they want to abolish homosexualtiy?

Prevent Civil Unions?

Keep gays from serving openly in the military?

Outlaw gay marriage?

Some of those positions will alienate 99% of voters.

Perhaps it would be better to focus on economic issues-a balanced budget, reducing the national debt-and Constitutional Freedoms-free speech, freedom of religion and the right to bear arms.

Perhaps a focus on improving legal immigration would also benefit the party.

talkingpoints on November 11, 2012 at 7:22 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on November 11, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Can’t spell.

annoyinglittletwerp on November 11, 2012 at 7:22 PM

What are his plans for GOTV efforts and how can we make sure we’re victims of poll denial again?

amazingmets on November 11, 2012 at 7:23 PM

I liked Priebus until last Tuesday. Where were Republicans on GOTV? I gave not just to Romney, but to the RNC and I want to know what they did with that money. How could they get so much wrong?

earlgrey133 on November 11, 2012 at 6:35 PM

It all hangs on if he can explain what happened and if he has a rational solution.

the_nile on November 11, 2012 at 7:23 PM

Keep Prebius-dump the wailer from O-HI-O.

annoyinglittletwerp on November 11, 2012 at 7:21 PM

DITTO the O-I-H-O…!!!

KOOLAID2 on November 11, 2012 at 7:25 PM

Hey Priebus!

Let. It. Burn.

JPeterman on November 11, 2012 at 7:26 PM

He did a good job with finances.

And that resulted in not winning the White House…

…losing ground in the Senate…

…and losing the total vote count in the House. By 500K.

But, Michael Steele. Wow. He stunk. Terrible finances.

And held co-ordinate a national ralignment, that is it didn’t occur, we would have lost the House, too.

So, yeah. Fire the black guy who lead a massive win, but keep the white guy who got us decimated. Because he’s good with fundraising.

Please.

I said at the time the removal of Steele was more bigotry than business. And damn if this second-chance call for Reince just doesn’t prove it.

budfox on November 11, 2012 at 7:27 PM

I think it is highly unlikely that the GOP will ever win another national election in this country. But if the party wants any kind of fighting chance at all, Priebus must be replaced with a ruthless, cutthroat, vicious, contemptible, corrupt, vote-stealing, lying, thieving SOB of the highest order. Just to make things even. And I would support such a man whole-heartedly.

Rational Thought on November 11, 2012 at 7:28 PM

When you lose your ship, you lose your command.

Oh, and his name is so crazy I mean try to spell it, I after c except after oh screw it!

esnap on November 11, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Unquestionably! But should it even been necessary to need a GOTV effort beyond the already known and well documented disastrous results of Obama’s policies? Hell no!!!

rmel80 on November 11, 2012 at 6:47 PM

If democrats can win by grooming zombie voters by micro targeting, it has to be countered.

the_nile on November 11, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Reince Priebus is a lying, cheating scumbag who rigged a vote at the Republican National Convention!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-bE8Pr8r9s

FloatingRock on November 11, 2012 at 7:31 PM

I think it is highly unlikely that the GOP will ever win another national election in this country. But if the party wants any kind of fighting chance at all, Priebus must be replaced with a ruthless, cutthroat, vicious, contemptible, corrupt, vote-stealing, lying, thieving SOB of the highest order. Just to make things even. And I would support such a man whole-heartedly.

Rational Thought on November 11, 2012 at 7:28 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

The media is always going to portray Repbulicans unfairly. We must do a better job of calling them on their bias and unfairness. Reince may be a nice and competent guy, but he plays into the biased media perceptions about Republicans. He has a name no one can pronounce and he comes across as an over-priveledged, wealthy trust fund kid, whose family is enourmously wealthy. He looks like he went to elite schools and would be more comfortable at a broadway show than an NRA event.

We need someone who comes across as a regular guy and does not perpetuate the blue blood image. We need someone who can fight the media and is not afraid to put those biased liberals in their place. Sununu and Gringrich, like them or not, are two of the very few people I ever see challenge the media narrative. I don’t have any names in mind, but there has to be someone more relatable to then Reince.

rwisemanr on November 11, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Alan West for chairman?

meci on November 11, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Whatever.

We need to find a way to hold the media to account or it makes not one damn bit of difference whose doing what in the GOP.

hillbillyjim on November 11, 2012 at 7:33 PM

whose s/b who’s

Oops.

hillbillyjim on November 11, 2012 at 7:34 PM

utter failure to GOTV means he should be replaced, but it all depends on the alternative choices

commodore on November 11, 2012 at 7:35 PM

like Reince Priebus. I think he did a good job, excellent in some areas. His biggest failing though, and maybe this is just typical of presidential elections, is how much of the national effort was in the hands of Romney’s campaign. The RNC should be in charge of GOTV efforts, voter registration, etc. and it should not wait to begin until after a nominee is chosen. It should start right now.

I agree with you. Romney’s campaign basically superseded the RNC and its more traditional tactics, so I’m willing to give Reince Priebus a pass on this. The key is that the RNC needs to learn lessons from the last election and really keep those offices in the key swing states open now. I want them beefed up and lots of dedicated volunteers knocking on doors for the next four years. If there is some community organizing guru out there, then I’m more than willing to ditch Priebus for him or her, but I don’t see that now. More intriguing to me is if Priebus will stay in 2014. Priebus and Ryan are friends and I think that if Ryan runs for President that Priebus would probably be in charge of his campaign. So look to that as a clue about what Ryan is thinking.

Illinidiva on November 11, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Wasn’t Mitt Romney himself, not too long ago, urging America to “fire” Barack Obama like a coach after a losing season?

Reince, I’d respect you a lot more if you’d acknowledge that it’s not about you, and exit stage left with as much grace as you can muster.

RedPepper on November 11, 2012 at 7:36 PM

He did a good job dealing with the huge debt Steele left him and he was an effective fundraiser. But in terms of getting Republicans elected, he was a miserable failure. I say he needs to go.

Doughboy on November 11, 2012 at 7:37 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

It wasn’t just dissing , it was active sabotage.

GOP didnt defend their base then they were accused of the Gifford shooting . They saw it as an opportunity.

the_nile on November 11, 2012 at 7:39 PM

Reince Priebus is NOT a RINO. I have heard him give amazing speeches in the last days of the campaign about family values, love of country, and all the things we prize.

The RNC was undercut by the Romney people and their supposedly sure-thing Project Orca. The Romney campaign told RNC they would be responsible for all the Victory Offices, all the GOTV, everything.

If you were the head of the RNC and told that Romney had 37,000 volunteers up and ready to go, what would you do?

Reince raised amazing amounts of $ as opposed to what anyone gave to RNC in 2008 or 2010.

In 2014, there will be no Romney folks to stand in the way and Priebus can do things the way he would have had the campaigns people not taken charge. Instead of kicking him to the curb, let’s help him show what he can really do?

Greyledge Gal on November 11, 2012 at 7:39 PM

If Republicans think Reince Priebus, the vote rigging crook bastard, did a good job then you’re certain to lose again in ’14 and ’16.

I hope that your landslide defeat in ’14 leads to remaining American citizens that are still loyal to the Constitution and Bill of Rights to abandon your sinking GOP ship in ’16 and vote for freedom and liberty instead.

FloatingRock on November 11, 2012 at 7:41 PM

no! losing has to be pubished and Rince is a LOSER!

nathor on November 11, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Reince Priebus is NOT a RINO.

Greyledge Gal on November 11, 2012 at 7:39 PM

I have no idea and don’t care, the guy is a vote rigging crook and has no business in American politics.

FloatingRock on November 11, 2012 at 7:42 PM

FloatingRock on November 11, 2012 at 7:31 PM

You don’t like him?
Now I most definately want Preibus back.

annoyinglittletwerp on November 11, 2012 at 7:42 PM

If republicans sit home and don’t vote what difference does it make? I’m with Nitsche, going indie. The problem is that the people want more than they can have…dems want everyone’s money, reps want the perfect candidate who “cares about people like me”. I guess that means someone who parties with celebs and golfs a lot, not someone who spent his life tithing and donating time and money to others.

Heck in a handbasket.

clnurnberg on November 11, 2012 at 7:43 PM

Keep Preibus. What put him on the map in the first place was his rebuilding of the DEM party in Wisconsin. While it may have turned blue for Obama, it stayed red for Walker.

Priebus did inherit a huge mess, and I think the fact the RNC was even a player at all in this election is a testament to him. The RNC had completely collapsed under Steele.

I’d like to see another two years before I make a decision that he should go.

Be patient with Priebus for one more term, and don’t lump him in with the Romney consultants or Karl Rove. There is no connection. Rove’s American crossroads was Rove’s attempt to bypass the RNC altogether.

Also one other thing to keep in mind, Priebus represents us well on television, he doesn’t pander, doesn’t cave, and challenges media premises.

JB-STLMO on November 11, 2012 at 7:43 PM

Whatever.

We need to find a way to hold the media to account or it makes not one damn bit of difference whose doing what in the GOP.

hillbillyjim on November 11, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Yep.

kim roy on November 11, 2012 at 7:43 PM

Correction above, Priebus didn’t rebuild the dem party in WI, he rebuilt the GOP in WI. Walker wouldn’t have survived without the work of Priebus.

JB-STLMO on November 11, 2012 at 7:43 PM

no! losing has to be pubished and Rince is a LOSER!

nathor on November 11, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Most coherent thing you have ever managed to mash out on your keyboard…

tom daschle concerned on November 11, 2012 at 7:44 PM

Priebus must be replaced with a ruthless, cutthroat, vicious, contemptible, corrupt, vote-stealing, lying, thieving SOB of the highest order

Rational Thought on November 11, 2012 at 7:28 PM

So you’re advocating for the “prophet” Mohammed?

Nutstuyu on November 11, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Doesn’t matter. Unless we can find a way to effectively combat the DNC media, it’s just shuffling chairs on the Titanic.

changer1701 on November 11, 2012 at 6:36 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

Now I most definately want Preibus back.

annoyinglittletwerp on November 11, 2012 at 7:42 PM

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

FloatingRock on November 11, 2012 at 7:46 PM

The GOP ground game must change..:)

Dire Straits on November 11, 2012 at 7:47 PM

He’s not as gaffe-tastic as Michael Steele, but…Next!

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on November 11, 2012 at 7:47 PM

What shellacking?

DavidM on November 11, 2012 at 6:44 PM

True. The media says that the GOP lost seats in both the Senate and House, plus missed the Presidency. But once you unskew that to adjust for media bias, President Romney is preparing for his inauguration and ready to work with the GOP majority in the Senate.

AngusMc on November 11, 2012 at 7:48 PM

Alan West for chairman?

meci on November 11, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Alan West for the pres. candidate of a third party.

davidk on November 11, 2012 at 7:50 PM

I like Capt. Ed’s idea..Marco Rubio..:)

Dire Straits on November 11, 2012 at 7:51 PM

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

BuckeyeSam on November 11, 2012 at 7:46 PM

David Petraus/

JPeterman on November 11, 2012 at 7:52 PM

David Petraus/

JPeterman on November 11, 2012 at 7:52 PM

LoLz..:):)

Dire Straits on November 11, 2012 at 7:53 PM

Keyser Soze for RNC Chair

portlandon on November 11, 2012 at 7:54 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

I’m not sure if one could do better than Reince Priebus but he sure is a monstrous improvement over the previous clown. I’ll likely not send any more money to RNC, though, until they prove that they have a pair.

Archivarix on November 11, 2012 at 7:54 PM

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