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Reince Priebus elected new RNC chairman

The new chairman of the Republican National Committee is Reince Priebus.

Priebus won the post after seven rounds of voting at the RNC’s winter meeting, besting four other candidates – including outgoing chairman Michael Steele.

Okay, campers! Time for a pop quiz:

Who the fuck is this guy?

(this is an open thread)

137 Responses

  1. Duh, he’s the head of the RNC!

  2. Reagan Son Claims Dad Had Alzheimer’s as President

    2011 is a big year for Ronald Reagan fans, being the centennial of his February 6 birth in Tampico, Ill. But youngest son Ron Reagan is spoiling the good cheer with a new book that suggests the Gipper suffered from Alzheimer’s disease while in the White House, a claim dismissed by Reagan’s doctors and outside experts.

  3. Reince Priebus? Really? That’s his real name?

  4. Ok, I googled him. ThinkProgress had this to say about him (I’m not liking because I have no idea how reliable TP is, so I’m cutting & pasting). Summary: same old, same old GOP & it looks like Haley Barbour will be the 2012 nominee. I guess TPTB really, really want Obama to serve a second term:

    – Priebus’s (an attorney) law firm sought funds from Obama’s stimulus package: Connecticut GOP chairman Chris Healy noted that Priebus’s Wisconsin law firm helped its clients obtain federal stimulus funds, citing the fact that Priebus’s name was attached to the “Stimulus and Economic Recovery Group.” Priebus immediately responded to the story, claiming he had never worked with his firm’s “Stimulus and Economic Recovery” group.

    – His law firm says the recently passed health care bill is constitutional: Priebus’s law firm not only says the law is constitutional, but has touted its benefits to clients.

    – Implicated in voter caging: While Priebus was chair of the Wisconsin GOP, the state party engaged fomented voter fraud conspiracies and hatched a voter caging plot with well-funded right-wing allies to suppress minority votes. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross said, “When voter suppression allegations have surfaced in Wisconsin for the past decade, the name Reince Priebus isn’t far behind.”

    – He has the backing of many of the Barbour clan: Henry Barbour, a committeeman from Mississippi and the nephew of Gov. Hale Barbour (R-MS), enticed Priebus into running for the RNC chair. Also, Nick Ayers, a close Barbour associate and executive director of the Republican Governors Association, reportedly gave behind-the-scenes support to Priebus, leading many to believe Priebus would favor Barbour for president in 2012. Priebus responded by saying, “I’m not Haley’s choice, I don’t think that Haley has any horse in the race, and he’s made that pretty clear on the record.”

    – Priebus had close ties to former chairman Michael Steele, then stabbed him in the back: Priebus was Steele’s general counsel and frequently served as Steele’s top liaison to committee members. In a memo sent to RNC members, Connecticut Party chairman Chris Healy said that Priebus is partly responsible for the RNC’s poor performance. Commenting on Priebus’ run, Steele recently said, “It’s disappointing, you would hope that the bonds of loyalty were thicker than they apparently were.”

    – Priebus mistakenly called for Obama’s execution: In a media conference call about Osama Bin Laden, Priebus slipped and accidentally called for the “execution” of Obama three separate times. “My guess is he would believe that Obama should be executed and he oughta be treated as a war criminal,” Priebus explained.

    Priebus has said that he is dissatisfied with the 20 million dollar debt ran up by Steele, but as has been shown, Priebus worked closely with Steele during his tenure. So there’s a new face, but it’s still the same old party.

    – Paul Breer

    • Wow, that’s pretty bad. The big bosses are running the show. Even more than I would have thought. I’d say Palin is definitely out, no matter what that parties voters want. Just like the Dem party shenanigans. Same old, same old.

      • The fix is in. Obama til 2017, unless Palin shakes the old boy network. Can she do it? The media has done everything it can to invalidate Palin, but she’s done a good job at invalidating the lame-stream media. I want a good theater. Barbour and Obama is too boring.

        • Can we please NOT cheer on Palin simply because she isn’t Obama?!?
          I don’t want this blog to become Palin central. Working class liberals and Palin have very little in common.

          • I’m not cheering. I said I want theater. She makes better theater than Barbour, that’s all.

          • I rechecked. I’m cheering, but for selfish reasons. The statement about the theater is true. I won’t care to follow the election if it’s Barbour and Obama. With Palin on the other hand we have sarcastic witty cut downs, such as: “Good OLD Letterman” and “How’s that hopey changey thing working out for you”. About the economy she said: “Are you feeling stimulated?”

            See what I mean? She never retreats, but reloads.

          • I get that. I love watching her yank the chains of the Village media who wouldn’t dream of being anywhere near the working class, liberal or otherwise.

            Versailles doesn’t mix with the serfs, you know. 🙂

          • (That was supposed to nest under Dario)

          • Once again, Mary, I don’t give a flying fuck what the media gasbags have to say about ANYTHING. I don’t care who yanks whose chain and don’t want thus site to devolve into one where we are providing color commentary for the political media celebs.

          • You told Mary not to post stuff on your threads. Now you’re flaming her on one of mine.

          • The media should report the news accurately, listen to and reflect the people. Their job should not primarily be to shape people’s perceptions and opinions. When they do this, we have a right to push back, ask questions and even criticize. The media have become too elite and too interested in mind control. They have forgotten they work for the people, same as government.

          • Thank you, myiq.

          • The media works for the people? C’mon 3W…you know better than that. You are thinking about an actual Free Press. This is not journalism, just a bunch of corporate patsies who want to hang out at fancy cocktail parties and summer in the Hamptons.

      • The republicans funded the tea party. Maybe they don’t want her as president but I think they kinda like the idea of the tea party playing the part of Sig Pi Little Sisters. They form their own coalition with two voting blocs while Democrats still have their heads up their asses backing Barack Obama as Messiah, the sequel.
        We’ll see.
        It’s still early.

    • ahh now I get it. They need their own version of Obama’s voter fraud squad.

      – Implicated in voter caging: While Priebus was chair of the Wisconsin GOP, the state party engaged fomented voter fraud conspiracies and hatched a voter caging plot with well-funded right-wing allies to suppress minority votes. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross said, “When voter suppression allegations have surfaced in Wisconsin for the past decade, the name Reince Priebus isn’t far behind.”

  5. Stephen Colbert explains:

    This was Jan 5.

  6. Really, is it so difficult to see that the GOP is rewarding Priebus? He is state party chair in Wisconsin; he led the effort that beat Feingold.

    Priebus now will ensure that funding rolls into the state from outside interests again. Wisconsin, crucial in the Heartland strategy, is gone for the Dems in 2012. This makes it a done deal.

    • Good to see you around. You’re not the first person that has said WI is gone for Obama in ’12. I think the entire midwest is going to be a problem for him with his problems with white working class voters. He’ll lose the entire south, carry the northeast, maybe not even do Kerry’s numbers in ’04 without MI and WI and perhaps even PA.

      • Hi, Ga6thDem! So good to see you, too.

        You know that I said eons ago, to hoots from others on that other blog, that Feingold was in trouble. We know our home folks, whether me in Wisconsin or you in the South. But we also know when to lissen up to those in the know, and you must be listening to the right folks about the Midwest.

        Of course, once Senator Johnson opens his mouth for his maiden speech in the Senate, the rest of the world will see that he’s an idiot. But that hasn’t stopped Wisconsin before from re-electing idiots; Johnson does have Joe McCarthy’s old seat!

        As for Priebus, his allegiance is not the Barbours. They’re lining up for Priebus’ favorite rightie, who also owes Priebus so much in Wisconsin: the new power of the party, and in the House: Paul Ryan.

        I hope that you shuddered when you read that. Fear the snakey Ryan, folks.

    • It’s going to be close in 2012. Barbour will have a difficult time winning swing states, especially the one G.W.B took as if it belonged to him in 2004, OH.

    • HI Cream City — great to see you here!

    • Good to see you CC!

      I’ve learned so much from reading your comments these past couple of years, so I hope (yes I can, heh) you’ll stick around! 🙂

  7. Just watched The Mentalist. It’s one of my favorite fluffy pleasures. Lately I imagine that Riverdaughter is Teresa Lisbon & myiq2xu is Patrick Jane.

    I’m just sure that’s how they look.

  8. Went thru the scanner at SD airport and now they know I am not wearing a bra.

  9. Remeber back when we didn’t care who the RNC chair was?

  10. Alec Ross on facebook.

    Here’s something my boss, Secretary Clinton, said just yesterday, “If leaders don’t offer a positive vision and give young people meaningful ways to contribute, others will fill the vacuum .”

  11. Arggg! I cracked the glass on my iPhone.

    • How? Is it replaceable?

      • I dropped it about 2inches. I have no idea if it’s replaceable. Probably still covered by warantee. They’ll probably give me a refurbished one for a price.

        • sucks: It really does. I’m so sorry. I went around and around with refurbished Nooks from Thanksgiving ’till about a week ago. The staff at a local B&N eventually traded my (3rd) refurbished Nook for a New One. It was a HUGE relief!

          • It’s the pain in the ass genius bar appointments I can’t stand.
            Maybe I can stop by the apple store on the way home from Newark tomorrow morning.

          • pain in the ass genius bar appointments


          • I could have saved myself A LOT of grief if I’d gone to the store in the first place. They would have given me a new one to replace the original. My problem was getting into the Refurbished scene. It was a trap.

          • First, you have to track down the website for the particular store. Then you make an appontment. THEN, you can take the broken apple to the apple store for a genius to look it over and say, “yeah, it’s broken alright. That’s going to cost you. Let ne see if we have a refurbished one. Ooo, not a single one in the entire state of NJ. But if you want to drive 2 hours out if your way to the store in Lancaster, PA, they can give you one. Otherwise, you can wait 5 business days until the next shipment. No, that doesn’t include MLK Day. So, that means Monday. NEXT, Monday. After this Monday. Next. Um, could you please move? I need to help this other customer.”

          • Plane boarding soon.

          • Yep. Multiply that by Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Years & a multi-state blizzard and that’s why I didn’t have my Nook for all those weeks.

            Oh, and shipping UPS (and they don’t do weekends at all)

          • Explain that you dropped it a mere 2″ inches, and cry on their shoulders. I’m serious. Sometimes the person who listens to the sob story has compassion and will replace it as a defective phone.

        • $200.00
          How old is it?

        • How did you get a warranty on your iPhone? I was told they don’t come with any warranty each and ever time I’ve gotten one (I started with the first & upgraded to the 3G & then the 4G) and I got each one from the AT&T store (not some sketchy internet site).

          • The standard warranty is for 1 year. You can extend it to 2 years for $69. I haven’t read the fine print to see how the warranty may be limited however.

          • F*ck me — it isn’t the warranty I couldn’t get (I did get the 2 year one) it is the g.d. insurance they wont sell you for the iPhone. DandyTiger’s post made me look it up for mine.

            Nevermind my previous post. Sorry.

          • Ah yes, insurance. Good question. I didn’t get it for mine. But I just assumed they had it.

            For warranty, I just looked it up. An accident is not covered by the limited warranty. So “out of warranty” service for most any accident is $199. Sucks.

          • I’ve always gotten insurance for my cell phones because the insurance (unlike the warranty) does cover the accidents like dropping your phone. I’ve actually used it in the past & it was great — for only a few bucks a month extra they gave me a brand new phone after I dropped my phone & broke it.
            But the insurance is not available for the iPhone — I guess cause it is so easy to break in an accident, they’d be replacing them all the time.

          • I just went to the Apple store because my 3GS was acting funky, and they checked my 1 year warranty and immediately replaced it for free, no q’s asked. Sounds like AT&T store is scamming you angie.

  12. When do we get to see the guy in the red underwear with the glock? Maybe someone could photoshop that old fake Palin swimsuit picture one more time…..

  13. Charles M. Blow on the The Tucson Witch Hunt.

    Immediately after the news broke, the air became thick with conjecture, speculation and innuendo. There was a giddy, almost punch-drunk excitement on the left. The prophecy had been fulfilled: “words have consequences.” And now, the right’s rhetorical chickens had finally come home to roost …..

    The only problem is that there was no evidence then, and even now, that overheated rhetoric from the right had anything to do with the shooting. (In fact, a couple of people who said they knew him have described him as either apolitical or “quite liberal.”) The picture emerging is of a sad and lonely soul slowly, and publicly, slipping into insanity …..

    Great. So the left overreacts and overreaches and it only accomplishes two things: fostering sympathy for its opponents and nurturing a false equivalence within the body politic. Well done, Democrats. Now we’ve settled into the by-any-means-necessary argument: anything that gets us to focus on the rhetoric and tamp it down is a good thing. But a wrong in the service of righteousness is no less wrong, no less corrosive, no less a menace to the very righteousness it’s meant to support.

    You can’t claim the higher ground in a pit of quicksand. Concocting connections to advance an argument actually weakens it. The argument for tonal moderation has been done a tremendous disservice by those who sought to score political points in the absence of proof.

    • and most of it, in the paper in which he writes.

    • “You can’t claim the higher ground in a pit of quicksand.”

      What a great line! I don’t usually care for Charles Blow, but I’m impressed. Says it all.

    • The picture emerging is of a sad and lonely soul slowly, and publicly, slipping into insanity …

      As so often before this Beatles quote comes to (my) mind:

      “All the lonely people, where do they all come from?
      All the lonely people, where do they all belong?”

    • He’ll get a visit from the Kool-Aid man shortly, I’m sure.

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