"It's official. Stick a fork in racism -- it's done."
Here's a political reality: The fights you pick are as important as the way you contest them. To wit: The war the Republican National Committee has opened up against CNN and NBC.
In going hard after the networks for developing programming about former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, the RNC has picked a three-pronged fight against Clinton (and the idea of her running for president), CNN and NBC.
During the past several weeks, the last chairman of the Republican National Committee has made it abundantly clear that he doesn't think too highly of its current boss.
"It's not a question of evolving, it's a question of devolving," former RNC chairman Michael Steele said of his relationship with current RNC Chairman Reince Priebus.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said Friday that he will seek another two-year term for his current job and says he has far more support than he needs to keep it.
In an e-mail to supporters, Priebus said he has commitments from 130 of 168 members.He only needs the support of a majority of members -- 85.
The national Republican Party this week sets out on a quest to label President Obama a “hypocrite,” seeking to contrast his 2008 message of hope and results with his 2012 campaign’s already more combative and negative tone.
It begins this week with a new web video from the Republican National Committee titled “From Hope to Hypocrisy” and promises to be a defining GOP message for the now-starting general election campaign.
So does a president who spent much of the 2008 campaign talking about a positive vision for the country pay a price for going negative?
The battle over women voters in the 2012 presidential campaign reached a fever pitch early Thursday, with Democrats crying foul over Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus’ comments using an insect — a caterpillar, to be exact — to call into question Democratic tactics.
Because there’s already so much spin out there about the comments, let’s first look at exactly what Priebus was asked and what he said.
Here’s the exchange from a taping of this weekend’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt” on Bloomberg TV:
And, here’s the transcript:
HUNT: Let me ask you this. The Democrats of course say you are waging, the GOP is waging a war on women. I know you don’t agree with that, but looking at the polls, you have a gender gap problem. Recent polls show a huge, huge margin for Democrats among women voters. How big a problem is it? How do you close it?
PRIEBUS: Well, for one thing, if the Democrats said we had a war on caterpillars, and mainstream media outlet talked about the fact that Republicans have a war on caterpillars, then we have problems with caterpillars. The fact of the matter is it’s a fiction and this started a war against the Vatican that this president pursued. He still hasn’t answered Archbishop Dolan’s issues with Obama world and Obamacare, so I think that’s the first issue.
Democrats immediately jumped on Priebus’s comments, accusing him of comparing women to caterpillars.