No, that’s not the answer at all: this presidency would be much worse without Priebus.
Priebus’ biography helps explain why. He not only converted Wisconsin’s Republican Party into a model for state parties, but he also assisted Governor Scott Walker in overcoming one liberal assault after another. He then assumed command of the Republican National Committee at a time when it might easily have imploded from infighting. Instead, the GOP miraculously emerged with the presidency, the House, and the Senate.
His reputation hinges on keeping things from devolving into chaos. He’s like Han Solo flying the Millennium Falcon―the hyper-drive may not always work, and there’s always a risk of everything falling apart, but he’s going to get everyone where they need to go.
Aside from excelling at the thankless (and damn hard) task of keeping things together while others try to tear them apart, Priebus serves as an indispensable bridge to his friend, Speaker Paul Ryan, as well as to establishment Republican leaders. Moreover, Priebus’s very presence in the White House comforts both establishment Republicans and mainstream conservatives.