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GOP state chairmen support Priebus demand for networks to drop Hillary Clinton movies or lose 2016 GOP debates



Common Cause:

During the 2008 election, a conservative non-profit organization named "Citizens United" produced Hillary: The Movie, a documentary critical of then-Sen. Hillary Clinton. Because of the political nature of the movie and the fact that Citizens United intended to purchase airtime on a video on-demand service on cable television, the movie was deemed an "electioneering communication" by the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and was therefore subject to the rules governing the production of political ads, including limitations on who may fund them. Citizens United sued in federal court to overturn the decision, lost and appealed to the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court held two hearings on the case and its ruling ultimately went far beyond what the plaintiffs had sought. The 5-4 decision permits corporations, unions and other special interests to spend as much as they like to advocate the election or defeat of political candidates. Laws that bar those interests from contributing directly to candidates remain in place but the ruling lifted controls on political giving that had been in place for decades.

Five years later...

The Hill:

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus threatened to pull the group’s partnership with NBC and CNN for 2016 GOP presidential primary debates if the networks moved ahead with plans to air films on Hillary Clinton. [...]

In individual letters to CNN President Jeff Zucker and NBC Chairman Robert Greenblatt, Priebus called the documentaries “a thinly veiled attempt at putting a thumb on the scales of the 2016 presidential election.” [...]

This suggests a deliberate attempt at influencing American political opinion in favor of a preferred candidate,” Priebus wrote. “I find this disturbing and disappointing."

I find this hypocritical and ironic.

And cowardly.

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Of course, if I were chairing the RNC, I'd be running scared, too.

The Hill posted a sequel: GOP state chairmen endorse Priebus call for networks to drop Clinton projects.

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The circumstances are different, but I still found it oddly entertaining. Oh, and by the way Reince, via LiveWire:

"NBC News is completely independent of NBC Entertainment and has no involvement in this project," Communications Director Erika Masonhall tweeted.


What I will not write about today



Sometimes I get so frustrated and/or disheartened and/or annoyed by some of the news stories of the day that I can’t bring myself to write about them. Here are a few recent reports that made my blood pressure hit the roof. I am avoiding delving into them at length out of concern for my physical and mental health.

  • ‘Thanks W!’: RNC Asks Supporters To Sign Thank You Card For Bush-- Reince Priebus is so grateful for GW Bush that he's circulating a thank you card. Thanks for what? Ignoring a daily brief that reported that an al-Qaeda strike could be “imminent"? Allowing thousands to be killed by terrorists? For getting us into a fraudulent war so that thousands more would die? For sinking our economy? For war crimes such as torturing other human beings? For being an all-around dick?

See what I mean? So who’s up for a couple of Margs or a trough of wine?

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AUDIO-- Former RNC Chair Michael Steele on Reince Priebus: "Pure B.S." He is "crapping" on my legacy.


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It's time for another episode of Republicans Eating Their Own! Weee!

When we last joined the GOP, we interrupted their rather messy implosion already in progress. A very public one, in fact.

It's been getting mighty personal between the former Republican National Committee Chairman, Michael Steele, and the current one, Reince Priebus. Here is Steele calling Priebus "numbnuts" in an interview with radio host Andrea Tantaros (audio at the link):

"I was laughing at some of these numbnuts after the election talking about, 'Oh, well we need to do a 50-state strategy.' Dude, where were you for 2009 and 2010? That’s exactly what we did."

Now here he is (h/t: The Hill) on WMAL’s "Mornings on the Mall":

Michael Steele:

“The bottom line: Reince Priebus was my right hand. I mean, what annoys the heck out of me is that for two years Reince Priebus was in every room I was in, a part of every major decision I made for how much money we would spend, what we would spend that money on, what the priorities of the RNC would be.

“And for him to stand up there and pretend as if he wasn’t in the room, that he had no say in the decision-making process, and that the so-called debt that he inherited was the one that, A, as a member of the RNC, he voted for, No. 1. No. 2, he recommended to me to go into debt. And for him to then sit there and act like he had nothing to do with it and that somehow he inherited this mess that he helped create, to me is just pure B.S.”

"And I kept my mouth shut for two years because, hey, I’m a party guy. But you know what, at the end of the day, you say to yourself, they’re dumping on you, they’re crapping on your legacy, they’re giving you crap for stuff that they didn’t want to do in the first place... coalitions, expanding media, social media networks."

“You spend $10 million dollars to find out that we have a problem? Hello? You know? Don’t get me started.”

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Oh come on, Michael, don't hold back.

And that concludes today's episode of Republicans Eating Their Own.

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RNC Chair Reince Priebus now wants to play hero with minorities GOP hasn't wanted to touch with a 10-foot car elevator


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President Obama won 93 percent of the black vote, 71 percent of the Hispanic vote and 73 percent of the Asian vote in the November election. Mitt Romney didn't do his party any favors with his secretly taped "47 percent" remarks, saying they were “dependent on government” and “victims” who were “entitled to healthcare, to food, to housing, you name it.”

As Rick Perry would say:

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Recently the Texas GOP Chairman said his state could become a battleground in 2016. Stories like that one have Republicans spooked.

Now delusional RNC chair Reince Priebus wants to play party hero and win the hearts and minds of the very people he and his fellow Republicans disenfranchised, treated as inferior, disparaged, vastly undervalued, and designated as "the others."

His new mission is to convince all those formerly icky-poo people-- whom his party hasn't wanted to touch with a ten-foot car elevator-- that they're suddenly worth an abundance of time and effort.

Authentic expressions of right wing appreciation and recognition on the other hand... But let's not get greedy.

He says it will take years but insists that reaching out to voters whom the GOP regularly alienated "can move the numbers in a significant way for us in the future.”

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There it is, that's what it's all about: Moving numbers. It's not about caring, not about truly changing from within and becoming genuinely inclusive, not about making civil rights, human rights, and equal rights a priority. No. It's about "moving the numbers."

Priebus added, “And it’s not just to move the numbers – it’s to do the right thing.” That he had to tack that on, lest anyone misinterpret his motives, speaks volumes. Afterthought much?

This is all about his legacy.

The Hill:

Reince Priebus is staking his legacy as Republican National Committee chairman on improving the party's performance with minority voters. [...] Priebus says he plans on being remembered as the Republican chairman who changed things for his party. [...]

Speaking to a room full of predominantly black businessmen, community leaders, party activists and dignitaries, Priebus said he was committed to “building long term, lasting, genuine, and authentic relationships” in places where the Republican Party “just hasn’t been.”

[W]e’ve got a lot of ground to make up with the black community.” [...]  On the grassroots side, Priebus acknowledged that “our contacts are lousy” [...]

The RNC’s grassroots overhaul will address everything from “technology, data sharing, demographic issues, voter outreach and inclusion, to our primary system and the debate calendar,” an effort that Priebus said would be “extraordinarily expensive.” [...]

The second initiative is improving the GOP’s message to and image with minority groups.

If I sound a little skeptical, it's because, well, as President Obama lays out plans for immigration reform and says, “We forget that most of us used to be them,” top Republicans like Karl Rove say to the GOP: Just don’t *sound* intolerant, Bobby Jindal said, “If we want people to like us, we have to like them first,” and Yep, still a pig, Reince Priebus.

Meantime, growing Latino clout forced the GOP hand– including evangelical pastors, US Chamber of Commerce– on immigration reform. A strategy memo released by a GOP pollster revealed that “Republicans have run out of persuadable white voters.”

So yes, Republicans are forced to "move the numbers," stat!  Sure, they can try to do that while they simultaneously try to suppress the vote, bust unions, and deport and/or exploit undocumented immigrants.

Please proceed.

Here are a few more little issues that Reince thinks the right words and cosmetic fixes will overcome:

VIDEO: Rep. Lewis was “shocked.” He was also there in 1965. “You’re going to suggest that [the right to vote] is some racial entitlement?”

AUDIO– Fox mocks 102-year-old who waited hours to vote: “What’s the big deal? She was happy.”

If new GOP laws pass, it will literally be easier to legally buy a firearm in Virginia than it will be to vote

Graph: How long it took blacks, whites, Hispanics to vote in 2012. One guess who waited in line the least amount of time.

If you can’t win, cheat: Pennsylvania GOP to introduce election-rigging legislation

VIDEO– Andrea Mitchell to Haley Barbour on election-rigging schemes: Are Republicans “trying to game the system?”

At least 201,000 did not vote in Florida because of frustration with long lines

VIDEO– Republican consultant: Voter ID laws, long lines “help our side.”

Former Florida GOP leaders: Voter suppression was reason for new election law