Reince Priebus may have the toughest job in Washington, D.C.  — aside from House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). He’s got to drag his party into the 21st century, keep the base engaged, set up a primary system that won’t destroy the GOP’s own candidates, avoid the perception of favoritism and keep the right wing in the tent.

Reince Priebus Reince Priebus in January 2011, after winning election as Republican National Committee chairman (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press)

This week he did some of all of that. The debate boycott of CNN and NBC was unanimously approved by the Republican National Committee. The move puts these outlets on the defensive, sends a warning to others, unifies the party and gives him some maneuverability on other issues. It is noteworthy that in the same resolution the RNC authorized the party to “bring more order to the primary debates and ensure a reasonable number of debates, moderators and debate partners are chosen.”

He also chided anti-immigrant loud mouths without antagonizing anyone specifically. In remarks on Friday he scolded Republicans for using a phrase like “self-deportation,” which he said hurts the GOP.

For all of this, we can say, well done, Mr. Priebus.