These days, RNC National Chairman Reince Priebus must feel like Colonel Sanders refereeing a mud wrestling match between two pigs. No matter who wins the match, his suit will no longer be white at the end of it. It seems Priebus can’t make a speech without arousing the ire of millions of Republicans, whether they are Trump supporters or Cruz supporters. On Friday, Priebus suffered from his latest bout of foot-in-mouth disease and, unfortunately, his confused words just might have given Hillary Clinton the keys to the White House.
On Friday, Priebus addressed RNC members in Florida and stated that it doesn’t matter how close a candidate comes to attaining the necessary 1,237 delegates needed to secure the nomination. Even if he falls short by one measly delegate, the party will pick its nominee at a contested convention. Even if the front-runner has hundreds more delegates than the guy in second place.
In essence, Priebus has just condemned the GOP to failure. It’s no secret that millions of Trump supporters will stay home in November if Trump is denied the nomination via contested convention. Even worse, many of them have vowed to vote for Hillary Clinton out of spite, believing that the nomination was “stolen” from Trump. And let’s not forget the millions of Cruz supporters who have created a whole movement based around the motto “Never Trump”. If Kasich manages to secure the nomination, there’s a good chance that neither Trump nor Cruz supporters will show up at the polls in November’s general election. It appears that no matter who gets the nomination, Priebus is going to need to take his suit to a dry cleaner once the dust settles in Cleveland in July.
Somehow, Priebus has managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
Clinton, saddled with more baggage than the lost-and-found at LaGuardia, is perhaps the weakest and most vulnerable Democrat to seek the Oval Office in a generation. After two terms of Barack Obama, it appeared that the 2016 presidential election was ripe for the picking, gift-wrapped and served on a silver platter. And yet, the GOP may lose the general election because millions of disgruntled and disenfranchised Republicans will stay home, and thousands more will vote for the opposition just to make a statement.
Ever see those Facebook memes displaying a picture of a simple task that somehow got goofed up, with the caption “You had one job!” Reince Priebus is the living embodiment of that meme. He started out with a roster of 17 candidates, comprised of governors, business leaders, senators and a brain surgeon– and now he’s down to three finalists whose followers are about as willing to commingle with the supporters of a rival candidate as Old Order Amish are willing to commingle with robots.
You had one job, Reince.
Priebus also offered this following gem during the same speech:
“The balloting process is nothing new to our party. It’s the way we have done things since the 1800s.”
With millions of disgruntled Republicans, and many conservative pundits like Sean Hannity, expressing their fervent desire to see a change in the way the process works, Priebus’ words seem rather out of touch. The disconnect between the GOP establishment and the average voter couldn’t be any more evident and, much like a frustrated mathematician trying to teach calculus to a squirrel, you just want to look at Reince and say, “You just don’t get it, do you?”
Using the “it’s the way we have done things for hundreds of years” argument does absolutely nothing to address the concerns and desires of millions of angry Republicans. That argument didn’t work when plantation owners said it to the abolitionists, and it doesn’t work now.
While many Republicans feel that the GOP establishment is corrupt and diabolical, RNC National Chairman Reince Priebus might just prove that the establishment isn’t corrupt at all– it’s just horrible inept and incapable. Incapable of listening to the the complaints of voters, incapable of preventing dissension and division within its own ranks, and incapable of progress. You know, for hundreds of years, if you wanted butter you had to churn it yourself. But, like most people living in the 21st century, I’d much rather buy some at the grocery store.
The GOP needs to realize that its system is broken. Not rigged, just broken. Like a buggy whip it has become obsolete, and every speech Mr. Priebus gives offers proof to the modern Republican voter that Reince is “out where the buses don’t run”. In a world of progress, he and his establishment cohorts are too busy practicing butter-churn buggy-whip politics to realize that the Republicans had the 2016 presidential election all sewn up. All they had to do was pick out a candidate we could all get behind– even if that candidate does fall one or two delegates short of the magical, mystical 1,237.
You had one job, Reince.