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Monday, August 05, 2013

Reince the Whining Priebus Can't Find a RNC Candidate

Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus reminds me of a school yard bully who seeks friends by trying to intimidate others.  Rather than find electable, credible, popular and charismatic candidates for Republicans to support in 2016, Priebus is picking on CNN and NBC news media, trying to intimidate them for producing biographies about the popular Clintons.

Aaron Blake reports in the Washington Post that Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus called on CNN and NBC to rethink their decisions to film documentaries about Hillary Clinton, calling each a “thinly veiled attempt at putting a thumb on the scales of the 2016 presidential election.”  

But, Reince, at this point, there's no viable Republican candidate for 2016, to film a documentary about.  Of course, Governor Christie of New Jersey would be an interesting guy, but, oh yes, then you'd have to live through the 2012 Hurricane Sandy, all over again, in a documentary. Not so good for the the RNC.

Your "veiled attempt" statement is an infringement on free speech as well as just plain stupid.  CNN and NBC are big businesses. Both companies want to sell advertising and attract viewers.  There's simply no Republican candidate you and the RNC can create who can assure advertising and attract viewers.

Poor Reince.  He can't find friends to help his Republican team to win in 2016, so he's picking on the media.  

As a matter of fact, Reince acts like he's so jealous of the CNN and NBC Clinton biographies, he's even  threatening not to play in the Presidential debates.  "Oh, Reince, you mean those debates where your Republican candidates must answer questions about women's access to reproductive health, so everybody gets to hear the answer?" Of course, Republican candidates might threaten to boycott the highly anticipated Presidential debates, because it's when they must look into Americans' living rooms and give truthful responses to uncensored questions.  Entirely too much candidate transparency for comfort, right Reince?

Even Reince knows that any national candidate running in 2016 president in 2016 must be prepared to face an experienced Democratic slate of political super stars.  Mrs. Hillary Clinton is a front runner, but even if she decides not to run, her peers are certainly experienced debaters.  Besides being experienced, Democratic contenders are seasoned by whatever scandal the Republicans cooked up against them in the past, so there'll be nothing but issues to discuss. Throwing personal stuff won't bully the Democratic candidates, Reince.  Play nice.

It even looks like spoiled Reince is might be threatening some kind of a Supreme Court battle to make his case against undue publicity for the Democrats.

“It’s appalling to know executives at major networks like NBC and CNN who donate to Democrats and Hillary Clinton have taken it upon themselves to be campaign operatives,” Priebus said in a statement. “Their actions to promote Secretary Clinton are disturbing and disappointing.”  

Oh my, Reince, are you saying these media executives like Mrs. Clinton more than they like you?

Letters from Reince were sent to Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, and Jeff Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide.

Priebus notes that Democrats complained when Citizens United planned to air a pay-per-view documentary about Clinton on the eve of the 2008 election. The spat resulted in a landmark Supreme Court case that freed up donors to give large political contributions to so-called super PACs.  This sounds like a veiled threat to me, right Reince? You're going to run to the Supreme Court where, of course, Justice Scalia and Justice Thomas are waiting to take sides with you and the RNC.

What Reince is really complaining about, but won't say, is "money".  When CNN and NBC gives the Clinton's air time, this publicity creates a giant sucking sound for the Republican National Committee.  There isn't enough money in the universe to waste on trying to re-create the Clinton biographies.  They are, simply put, political rock stars

Obviously, Reince and the RNC would be delighted if the CNN and NBC Clinton biographies were flops.  But, even he knows how media giants won't invest without consulting marketing gurus.  

Rather than whine about the Clinton's and their anticipated Neilson ratings, Reince should seek out Republican candidates in the field of Grumpy Old Party politicians who can stand up to a progressive agenda, with a straight face.  Presidential candidates don't have the comfort zone of appeal to only their party base, those who might be frothing at the bit for their person to win.  A Presidential candidate must appeal to all voters.  Republicans have a difficult time discussing immigration reform, or describing how poor people are supposed to access health care or whether women are entitled to confidential reproductive rights.  Reince needs to find Republican candidates who can appeal to Hispanic voters while defending the GOP's anti-immigration positions.  Where will Reince find Republican candidates who can explain how poor people are supposed to access health care, when Medicaid is destroyed in budget cuts? Reince must explain to women voters why Republican social policies are good for women and families, when many GOP candidates are voting to restrict women's access to reproductive health care.  

Whining about the proposed Clinton documentaries is really Reince deflecting the pressure he must feel by not having a RNC candidate he can hold up for public appeal. 

Unfortunately, lack of electable, popular, charismatic and truthful Republican candidates won't stop the RNC bully behavior on the political playground.  

If Reince were a real leader, rather than a grumpy party man, he'd find ways to be seen with Governor Christie of New Jersey.  

In fact, the Jersey Shore is still open for business, thanks to Christie's leadership.  Reince and Chris could play arcade games together, like the enormously popular image of the Governor when he stood alongside Prince Harry of Great Britian, while playing nice.  Surely, it won't hurt for the RNC bully Reince to be seen associating with popular politicians like Governor Christie.

And, it can only help any potential RNC candidate running for president to have the party chairman spending campaign money for winning elections, rather than creating wasteful negative publicity. 

In other words, Reince, stop whining and find a 2016 Republican candidate who can lead all Americans and support progressive social policies.  Otherwise, take your right wing extremist followers and find the exit off the political playground.

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