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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Reince Priebus critique - another American who sold his soul

"...put the supposed good of the party over that of the nation. Trump would make a miserable, dangerous president — and Priebus must know it. A warning label should be affixed to Trump’s forehead."- Richard Cohen
Reince Priebus has joined others who have put the rhetoric of the GOP before the best interest of the nation
His name is difficult to associate with his rather dull personality. Nevetheless, "Reince" (or, as Rachel Maddow would say "rrrreeeeeeeenccce" with a rolling "r") is the robo talking head for the Republican National Commitee (RNC). In his role, he's asked to speak a lot on television. Unfortunately, the more "Rrrrreeenccce" speaks, the less people are inclined to listen to him.

Finally, an astute observer has publsihed an analysis about Mr. Priebus with which I agree, in The Washington Post.

By Richard Cohen Opinion writer May 16

I don’t know Reince Priebus, the head of the Republican Party (such as it is). He may be a very nice guy, what with a wife and kids and probably a car or two. Still, after watching him on the Sunday interview shows, I have concluded that the man has no pride, no shame and, almost certainly, no future. After Donald Trump loses the presidential election, the name Priebus will, like Quisling or even Boycott, take on a separate meaning: fool.

Priebus went from TV studio to TV studio, four in all, on a trudge of abasement, a ride of shame. He was asked about Trump’s womanizing, his attempts in the past to pass himself off as someone else (“John Miller,” “John Barron”-in other words, Trump's multiple personality disorder), his misogyny and his plan to bar all Muslims from the country (details to follow). The Mexican wall, did that come up? His belittling of John McCain, was that mentioned? His mockery of a physically handicapped reporter, did someone mention that?

There is so much to offend, so much to defend: the king’s ransom of insults and moronic plans, the childish take on torture, the misunderstanding of the Constitution, the veritable conviction of all Mexicans on the charge of rape, the distrust of NATO, the off-the-cuff suggestion that Japan and South Korea get their own nuclear weapons, and, for a moment or two, the notion that women who seek abortions should be somehow punished.

And so poor Priebus bobbed and weaved. Sometimes he said none of this mattered. Sometimes he said the people didn’t care (he could be right about that) and often he said Hillary Clinton was worse — worse about women, worse about honesty and worse in ways that Priebus didn’t mention but that Trump has. 

Clinton, it turns out, is a woman, and so during a break at one debate, she used the time to go to the bathroom and returned to the stage a trifle late. “I know where she went — it’s disgusting,” Trump said some days later. “I don’t want to talk about it. No, it’s too disgusting. Don’t say it, it’s disgusting.”

By the third or so Sunday show, Priebus had melded into Don Draper, the central figure of “Mad Men,” the long-running and quite wonderful television series. But instead of selling cigarettes, he was selling Trump. Both products are unhealthy, one for the body, one for the nation. Just as Draper put his own welfare and that of his advertising agency before that of cigarette smokers, Priebus and others put the supposed good of the party over that of the nation. Trump would make a miserable, dangerous president — and Priebus must know it. A warning label should be affixed to Trump’s forehead.



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