As I watched "This Week's" George Stephanopoulos interview Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus, my jaw dropped. Not only did Priebus sound like he was hung over from a bad night on Ambien, but he also carried on Team Romney's tradition of spouting blatant hypocrisy and provable lies.
That was after he had to make excuses for his own candidate's demeaning remarks about 47% of Americans.
He was right about one thing:
"This was the defining week in both campaigns."
It certainly was, and the polls tipping President Obama's way prove it. He went on to say:
"What type of America do we want? Do we want the cradle-to-grave, life-of-Julia, Obamacare-will-take-care-of-you-from-pre-school-to-death America...?"
In other words, do we want the tried and true programs like Medicare keeping us alive, do we want our kids to be covered under their parents' health care plans until they are 26, do we want to be cared for even if we have pre-existing conditions, do we want support from a leader who will help "take care of" us from birth through end-of-life? Or do we want privatized, for-profit vouchercare, we're-on-our-own schemes under a Romney/Ryan administration?
And this gem:
"Barack Obama's made everything worse, George!"
The fun didn't end there:
"I think that this is a different kind of campaign, George."
And by "different" he meant abysmal.
"I think that we had a good week last week."
And by "good" he meant abysmal.
He went on to lie about that pesky $700 billion and how the GOP will "save" Medicare. And by "save" he meant kill.
"As far as specifics go, we're the only ones talking about how to save Medicare. The president's the one that raided Medicare by $700 billion. I mean, we've got specifics coming out of our eyeballs."
And by "specifics" he meant evasion.
"These are kind, compassionate, extraordinarily generous people."
And by "kind, compassionate" he means entitled, insulting. And by "generous" he means Romney "did not declare all his charitable deductions — effectively paying more in taxes than required, and effectively disqualifying him from holding the office of president, per his own words."
And then Priebus actually had the nerve to call out Obama for taking time for "debate prep"? Ahem:
As Democrats wind down their national convention, Mitt Romney is wrapping up several days of intense debate prep at a home in the rural woods of Vermont.
Since Tuesday, Romney and several of his senior aides have been holed up at a vacation home owned by Kerry Healey, who was Romney's lieutenant governor in Massachusetts. All week, Romney has been doing mock debates with Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, who played Barack Obama for John McCain's debate prep in 2008 and is doing the same for Romney this time around.
It's a change of pace for the Republican presidential candidate who has made no secret of his distaste for debate preparations.
Great interview, Reince! And by "great" I mean epic fail.