Priebus describes Trump as part of “varsity” team, promises to be honest broker at convention

posted at 1:21 pm on January 11, 2016 by Jazz Shaw

I don’t know that this is going to allay many of the concerns raised by the base over the prospects of what will happen in Cleveland this summer, but Time Magazine did an interview with RNC Chairman Reince Priebus on the subject and put a few relevant questions to him. Of particular interest is his take on how he views the current frontrunner, how Trump might fare in the general election and, perhaps most importantly, if Trump would get a fair shake at the convention.

The first comment was in response to the question of how Trump would fare in the general election.

So you need the right candidate to get you in field-goal range. Are you worried that any candidates now can’t get there?

No, I think it’s the opposite. I think that we’ve got sort of the varsity team of candidates out there. I think any one of our candidates can plug into what we’re building and win a cultural vote in this country. And that’s our job. Our job is to make sure whoever that they’ve got something that’s far better than what we had four, eight years ago, and we do.

To be fair, the reporter doesn’t actually say Trump’s name in that question, but from the ones leading up to it you can see it’s pretty obvious that’s who they’re talking about. I thought Reince did a pretty good job of making it clear that he still just intends to be the referee and isn’t going to play favorites. And if Trump’s the guy, then he’s going to take the ball and run with it.

But that all depends on Trump not only winning the most votes and delegates in the primary battles, but actually getting the nomination. If The Donald doesn’t have enough for a clear win on the first ballot we may wind up in a floor fight. What happens then?

Some supporters of Donald Trump and others have suggested that the RNC could rig the convention. Either way you’re putting a lot of faith in the convention committees.

Any candidate can come and get a lesson on what the rules are — the RNC and the convention. The rules are the rules, they’re written, they’re clear, and they’re going to be followed. There really isn’t — if someone has a majority of delegates in order to win the nomination, they’re going to be the nominee. The only question is if that isn’t the case, then you’re taking floor votes. And I think that’s highly unlikely, but that’s what would happen if it did.

What of those concerns about fixing the system?

Ultimately if you’ve got the votes on the floor, you’re going to be the nominee. And I think people who’ve known me as chairman — now in my sixth year — I’m about as straight up as anyone that’s anyone that’s ever sat in this office. I don’t think too many people look at me as a game player, and I’m certainly not hanging out on K-street at cocktail receptions.

Again, it’s a good answer but probably not exactly what the base was looking for in terms of clarification. Yes, there are rules in place which anyone can read and the Chairman can (and presumably will) ensure that those rules are followed. But the rules allow for a lot of shenanigans in the event of a brokered situation. Let’s say that Trump (or even Cruz) came into Cleveland with 44% of the awarded delegates. There are still a lot of other votes out there. On the first round they would theoretically have to vote for the person assigned in the primary, but if nobody gets to fifty all bets are off. A deal could be struck where they all jumped behind Jeb or Marco or Christie or whoever and the next round of voting would put the outsider out on the sidewalk and set an establishment choice in as the nominee.

What would Reince Priebus do in that event? Or perhaps more to the point, could he even do anything if he wanted to? It doesn’t sound like it to me.

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Schadenfreude on January 11, 2016 at 1:23 PM

The author had two tours in Vietnam as a junior officer and subsequently served as command Intelligence briefer in Hawaii where he updated CINCPAC, John McCain’s father, on POW matters.

http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2015/07/trumps_trump.html

Schadenfreude on January 11, 2016 at 1:23 PM

The author had two tours in Vietnam as a junior officer and subsequently served as command Intelligence briefer in Hawaii where he updated CINCPAC, John McCain’s father, on POW matters.

http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2015/07/trumps_trump.html

Schadenfreude on January 11, 2016 at 1:23 PM

How many times are you going to post that…he was some guy who served time in the military…hardly an “expert”…

You closet liberals are getting irritating with your duplicate posting of the same article over and over again…

right2bright on January 11, 2016 at 1:27 PM

I think any one of our candidates can plug into what we’re building

That’s what worries me, Priebus. What are you building?

Because this is what most are thinking today…

“…two-thirds of the party is in one of those guy’s pocket (Trump and Cruz). One-third is in the establishment lane.” – Castellanos

In other words, it seems the electorate is walking away from what your building by a clear 2/3rds majority.

thatsafactjack on January 11, 2016 at 1:28 PM

This assumes the delegates didn’t want to vote for Trump or Cruz to begin with and would be happy to switch to a party hack. So the question is, what kind of people are delegates? Are they establishmentarians? IF they are, I’m afraid that is exactly what they will do.

Sure the revolt will result in a massive voter rebellion, but since the party has already stated they much prefer a Clinton win than a Trump or Cruz win, then their plan will work.

HugoDrax on January 11, 2016 at 1:30 PM

right2bright on January 11, 2016 at 1:27 PM

Anyone might reasonably think this experience would give you some perspective and a little empathy for those who still read your monotonous posts.

Nevertheless…there, there… poor thing.

Poor, poor, thing.

thatsafactjack on January 11, 2016 at 1:34 PM

What Donavan said!

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 11, 2016 at 1:34 PM

It’s all a moot point if Trump doesn’t win.

Get out and vote, folks.

Magicjava on January 11, 2016 at 1:35 PM

Part 1

This explains it, for the morons, part 2.

Conservative grandma of the USA

Schadenfreude on January 11, 2016 at 1:35 PM

Is this the same RNC that puts its support behind every incumbent during primary season.

RickB on January 11, 2016 at 1:36 PM

Magicjava on January 11, 2016 at 1:35 PM

It’s a moot point if Trump does win. Only if he does not win an outright majority, does this scenario play out where they could give all their votes to a guy polling at 3%. In this scenario Jeb Bush could win the nomination.

HugoDrax on January 11, 2016 at 1:37 PM

Sure the revolt will result in a massive voter rebellion, but since the party has already stated they much prefer a Clinton win than a Trump or Cruz win, then their plan will work.

HugoDrax on January 11, 2016 at 1:30 PM

They can assure it by other, less obvious and belligerent, means: leaking GOTV data to the Dems, conceding a few key lawsuits over voting rolls, appointing corrupt precinct overseers, and so on.

Rix on January 11, 2016 at 1:37 PM

and the rejected 1/3 will try to steal the nom by using crooked, rigged convention rules and backroom deals to disenfranchise the 2/3 majority base

Senator Philip Bluster on January 11, 2016 at 1:37 PM

“Conservative grandma of the USA“

Schadenfreude on January 11, 2016 at 1:35 PM

She’s a liberal in conservative clothing – R2B

RickB on January 11, 2016 at 1:38 PM

Schadenfreude on January 11, 2016 at 1:23 PM

Spamming is a violation of blog rules.

myiq2xu on January 11, 2016 at 1:38 PM

How many times are you going to post that…

Stop me, you incredible fool, with NO awareness of your affliction.

he was some guy who served time in the military…hardly an “expert”…

Says an incredible idiot, who hires illegals and lies at HA, again and again, then runs to HA’s mommy as a victim :)

You closet liberals are getting irritating with your duplicate posting of the same article over and over again…

right2bright on January 11, 2016 at 1:27 PM

The more you are irritated, the better. Stop us, you illiberal thugs. Imagine, this creepy shithead of a liar pretends to be “conservative”, while telling others what to do, when they are over 18.

Thank you Lord for this season. None have ever been this amusing and amazing.

Schadenfreude on January 11, 2016 at 1:38 PM

Rix on January 11, 2016 at 1:37 PM

Good afternoon, Rix.

Yes…tainted elections. ineligible voters, and questionable election oversight. They built that.

thatsafactjack on January 11, 2016 at 1:40 PM

Pretty sad that the party chairman has to promise to be an honest broker at the convention.

Flange on January 11, 2016 at 1:40 PM

Spamming is a violation of blog rules.

myiq2xu on January 11, 2016 at 1:38 PM

Look up spamming then.

It’s totally on topic. Just because it irritates you means nothing.

not2bright/myiq2xu — 2016, for we don’t have enough idiots in the race, already.

Schadenfreude on January 11, 2016 at 1:40 PM

It’s a moot point if Trump does win. Only if he does not win an outright majority, does this scenario play out where they could give all their votes to a guy polling at 3%. In this scenario Jeb Bush could win the nomination.

HugoDrax on January 11, 2016 at 1:37 PM

One battle at a time. Vote, please.

Magicjava on January 11, 2016 at 1:41 PM

Part 1

This explains it, for the morons, part 2.

“Conservative grandma of the USA“

Schadenfreude on January 11, 2016 at 1:35 PM

Wait a minute, just a couple of months ago, they were “thugs” by your definition…

Those grandma and grandpa thugs at the Reagan library who booed Trump?

Closet liberals, coming out of the closet…

right2bright on January 11, 2016 at 1:42 PM

Good afternoon J.

They ran out of ideas :)

Schadenfreude on January 11, 2016 at 1:42 PM

thatsafactjack on January 11, 2016 at 1:28 PM

If it comes down to a floor fight at the convention,
one of the establishment candidates will be crowned. I don’t think Christie has the resources to hang on till then, barring a huge surge, but, the others……..yep….Ohio and Florida electoral votes will be used as a lever.

butch on January 11, 2016 at 1:42 PM

Thank you Lord for this season. None have ever been this amusing and amazing.

Schadenfreude on January 11, 2016 at 1:38 PM

From the one who had to be shown what flip flop means?

Yeah…you the closet liberal…

right2bright on January 11, 2016 at 1:43 PM

myiq2xu on January 11, 2016 at 1:38 PM

Perhaps you mean ‘Terms of Use’.

If any spamming was occurring management would address the issue, not a self appointed hall monitor.

thatsafactjack on January 11, 2016 at 1:44 PM

I think any one of our candidates can plug into what we’re building

That’s what worries me, Priebus. What are you building?

Because this is what most are thinking today…

“…two-thirds of the party is in one of those guy’s pocket (Trump and Cruz). One-third is in the establishment lane.” – Castellanos

In other words, it seems the electorate is walking away from what your building by a clear 2/3rds majority.

thatsafactjack on January 11, 2016 at 1:28 PM

Great observation.

What is Reince building? Take a look at what the GOP majority led Congress did between November 2014 and the present. Go along to get along. Collaboration. Enabling. Being liked / feted by the media for reaching across the aisle. Loyalty to the US Chamber of Commerce, K Street lobbyists, and special interests as opposed to the people who vote. It’s not what Reince is building, it’s what the establishment is building and has built.

Athos on January 11, 2016 at 1:45 PM

The author had two tours in Vietnam as a junior officer and subsequently served as command Intelligence briefer in Hawaii where he updated CINCPAC, John McCain’s father, on POW matters.

http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2015/07/trumps_trump.html

Schadenfreude on January 11, 2016 at 1:23 PM


Folks interested in a change from McCain should go here.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on January 11, 2016 at 1:45 PM

butch on January 11, 2016 at 1:42 PM

A brokered convention has been my primary concern this cycle. The Establishment isn’t going to want to lose this fight gracefully. They may decide that disenfranchising an enlightened electorate is ‘the hill to die on’. If that’s the case the GOP, as a viable party, is finished.

thatsafactjack on January 11, 2016 at 1:48 PM

A deal could be struck where they all jumped behind Jeb or Marco or Christie or whoever and the next round of voting would put the outsider out on the sidewalk and set an establishment choice in as the nominee.

A brokered convention is, by definition, a convention in which the candidates and party leaders negotiate a resolution. That’s how politics works. And it is absolutely done behind closed doors. Anyone who’s ever whipped a vote in a state or local party committee knows that.

So Reince is right. He, as Chairman, will conduct the convention according to the official rules, Roberts Rules of Order, and etc. They will not make a special rule where the RNC national committee members can vote in secret and pick the nominee, or decapitate a chicken to choose the next nominee. Everything done and seen in public will appear on the up-and-up.

The real question will be, will the Trump and Cruz people have a level playing field in that process? And I doubt it. The establishment candidate will have the inside track to all the national committeemen and state party chairs and those people will be predisposed to support them and NOT Trump or Cruz. So the only way Trump or Cruz win a floor fight is to directly appeal to the delegates, which requires a major whipping operation on the floor of the convention. That’s not easy to pull off. (On the plus side, there hasn’t been a true floor fight since 1964 or contested convention since 1976, so NOBODY will have “hands-on experience” dealing with such an eventuality. Hopefully that levels the playing field for them).

Outlander on January 11, 2016 at 1:48 PM

right2bright on January 11, 2016 at 1:43 PM

Um…if there’s a closet liberal in this little tete a tete, it would be you

Rogue on January 11, 2016 at 1:48 PM

Schadenfreude on January 11, 2016 at 1:42 PM

Good afternoon, Paladin. Interesting link. I hadn’t seen it. Thanks for posting it.

thatsafactjack on January 11, 2016 at 1:51 PM

I was NEVER worried about the behavior of TRUMP.

It has always been The GOPe who has a “Trustability” issue.

Nat George on January 11, 2016 at 1:54 PM

you the closet liberal…

right2bright on January 11, 2016 at 1:43 PM

Idiot, read this slowly.

I am a registered independent, since long ago, and I am classically liberal.

You are an illegal moron, who hires illegals, and is proud of it. You’re also a big fat liar. A few of us have the links where you lied your stupid head off. You’re the one who spams HA with lies and inanities, then runs to HA mommy. We just laugh at you, leftie victimizes puerile shithead.

You need to look into this, along with a few others around here, you losers in full desperation.

You’ve run out of ideas against Trump and now you’re just circle-jerking, but you do entertain us.

Schadenfreude on January 11, 2016 at 1:54 PM

If wanting to deport Mexicans and stop muslims from coming in is what makes someone a liberal, closeted or otherwise, then that is what I am. Big time. That is what America needs, the American Liberal Party. Great name too. Would attract a lot of LIV voters.

HugoDrax on January 11, 2016 at 1:56 PM

Well it looks like the uncontrollable renegade puppy has his frightened masters on the leash now….

Don L on January 11, 2016 at 1:59 PM

leftie victimizesd puerile shithead.

Schadenfreude on January 11, 2016 at 2:01 PM

Priebus(sp) needs to get his resume in order. Perhaps Michael Steele will hire him.

Mr. Arrogant on January 11, 2016 at 2:01 PM

So Reince is right. He, as Chairman, will conduct the convention according to the official rules, Roberts Rules of Order, and etc. They will not make a special rule where the RNC national committee members can vote in secret and pick the nominee, or decapitate a chicken to choose the next nominee. Everything done and seen in public will appear on the up-and-up.

Buy any bridges lately ?

F X Muldoon on January 11, 2016 at 2:04 PM

This is reverse psychology on the part of Preibus.

Btw, this just out:

The Professional Political Machine Says: “Donald Trump is Not Conservative” (Part 2)…

http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2016/01/11/the-professional-political-machine-says-donald-trump-is-not-conservative-part-2/

It’s ironic that it’s all the RINO squishes that are the ones maintaining that Trump is a RINO squish.

2 posts outlines Trump’s conservatism in:

Part 1 reviewed the Trump Policies on: ♦Immigration ♦The Second Amendment ♦Taxes ♦Trade ♦Energy Policy ♦Education ♦Military and ♦Foreign Policy

Part 2:

♦ Healthcare Policy – we are able to assemble the outline: Trump has committed to a full repeal of ObamaCare with a replacement policy proposal consisting of patient-centered, market-based reform. [much more…]

♦ On Social Security – at least [my paraphrase:] Trump is open to cutting off benefits for those making over $250k annually. Yuge. No welfare for the rich!!

Immigration is the #1 issue of concern to conservatives now.

Trump is the MOST conservative on that issue.

Much more so than the double talking Cruz. http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2016/01/10/ted-cruz-rejects-trump-plan-for-mass-immigrant-roundup/

anotherJoe on January 11, 2016 at 2:06 PM

If a political functionary has to promise publicly that he will be an honest broker in the future, it means:

1) He has not been an honest broker in the past, and people know it.

and

2) There is no way in hell he is going to be an honest broker in the future.

He will do what he is going to do. We will do what we are going to do.

Subotai Bahadur on January 11, 2016 at 2:07 PM

Classic of HA and of the season

You FILTHY CLOSET LIBERAL HOWLER MONKEYS are going to cost us the election, with your support of your Silver-Backed Pack Fuhrer!

Real Conservatives, sober, serious, Conservatives such as fosten, Redstone, Bishop, Right2bright, & I are in the game for the long run….we see what needs to be done & who to support.

Not you FILTHY CLOSET LIBERAL HOWLER MONKEYS! Real, serious Conservatives are backing real, serious, sober Conservatives like McConnell & Ryan…..we & they understand how you have to give a little, compromise a little to advance your cause. Omnibus is JUST the vehicle….with the Omnibus we removed the ability of Democrats to accuse the GOP of “Extremism” by giving htem pretty much everything they wanted! NOW, the Democrats cannot say that the GOP h8tes womyn, or the poor, or UnDocumented Americans or any other group, because we’ve given them everything they wanted! BRILLIANCE, we have disarmed our Opponents! Now they have NOTHING to campaign on….That’s what serious, sober Conservatism can achieve!

Now you FILTHY CLOSET LIBERAL HOWLER MONKEYS, have ruined it all! Now Womyn, Undocumented Americans, and others are upset, & all our hard work of this Fall is wasted…..

Our ONLY hopes are now to INCREASE the Omnibus spending levels by 5-7% AND to support a real, sober, serious Conservative for President!

FILTHY CLOSET LIBERAL HOWLER MONKEYS, please understand we love you, but all us Serious, Sober, Conservatives are getting behind…..

KASICH/THE van der Plaats 2016!

Either get on the bus or get back into your “closets”-you FILTHY CLOSET HOWLER MONKEYS!

JFKY on January 11, 2016 at 1:48 PM

Schadenfreude on January 11, 2016 at 2:08 PM

http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2015/07/trumps_trump.html

Schadenfreude on January 11, 2016 at 1:23 PM

How many times are you going to post that…he was some guy who served time in the military…hardly an “expert”…

You closet liberals are getting irritating with your duplicate posting of the same article over and over again…

right2bright on January 11, 2016 at 1:27 PM

1. I have been on HA since forever, but I have LOTS of other activities, so I had not seen this article before — thanks for re-posting, Schad. The hijrah is the biggest threat to Western Civilization, and if Trump were not running, Americans would likely follow Europe in its death throes.

2. The author was a PROFESSIONAL intelligence briefer, accomplished in researching facts and organizing them for his superior/readers — which is what he did in the article.

3. I promise never to feed the ignorant amateur scribbler r2b again.

fred5678 on January 11, 2016 at 2:09 PM

For all you losers

Monmouth University Poll

TRUMP’S LEAD GROWS
Cruz, Kasich, Rubio in second tier as Carson fades

Schadenfreude on January 11, 2016 at 2:09 PM

Gee, the Establishment prefers Trump to Cruz.

I am SHOCKED they prefer a left-leaning crony capitalist to a small government conservative. SHOCKED!!!

DRayRaven on January 11, 2016 at 2:16 PM

right2bright on January 11, 2016 at 1:42 PM

Proving again that you are deranged and illiterate, but not aware of it.

Schadenfreude on January 11, 2016 at 2:20 PM

Donald J. Trump [email protected] 8m8 minutes ago

.@RinglingBros is retiring their elephants– the circus will never be the same.
260 retweets 553 likes

ZING!

fred5678 on January 11, 2016 at 2:20 PM

New publicity photos of Cantor and Boehner for their K Street interviews.

fred5678 on January 11, 2016 at 2:25 PM

New publicity photos of Cantor and Boehner for their K Street interviews.

Wrong picture. This is the right one.

F X Muldoon on January 11, 2016 at 2:42 PM

He will do what he is going to do. We will do what we are going to do.

Subotai Bahadur on January 11, 2016 at 2:07 PM

.
Subotai, too bad about Ogedei Khan and that ‘Gates of Vienna’ thing, but in these political climes, you are ‘check zero!’ level correct. Concisely stated as well.

meerbock on January 11, 2016 at 3:59 PM

What a friggen joke.

He obviously isn’t aware enough to understand that by making such a statement he automatically raises trust flags. Not even considering his history.

I wouldn’t trust this guy to tell me the right time of day.
He is perfect for the Establishment GOP. Liars and losers, all of them.

Voodoo Chile on January 11, 2016 at 4:50 PM