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EXCLUSIVE - Priebus Fires Back: "Spitting" Chris Matthews "The Biggest Jerk in the Room"
Townhall.com ^ | August 27, 2012 | Guy Benson

Posted on 08/27/2012 3:30:17 PM PDT by Kaslin

In an exclusive one-on-one interview with Townhall, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus blasted MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews over their contentious on-air exchange earlier today.  Priebus said Matthews seemed "intent on taking the banner of being the biggest jerk in the room," described Matthews' delivery as "spitting," and disparaged the host's nightly program as "not serious" with an audience of "ten viewers:"
 

Guy Benson Interviews RNC Chairman Reince Priebus From Tampa

On today's Morning Joe, Matthews accused Priebus and the GOP of engaging in racial politics to demean President Obama's reputation.  (We've addressed his two supporting "evidence" here and here).  When the chairman dismissed the accusation as "garbage," Matthews relied, "you're garbage."  Other NBC News personalities on set appeared visibly uncomfortable with Matthews' line of questioning and acrimonious style.  Priebus also discussed the the severe weather affecting the convention and currently bound for gulf states, as well as the running debt clock unveiled during this afternoon's brief session.  As of this writing, the US federal government has accrued more than $270 million in debt since 2:00 pm ET today


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: chrismatthews; msnbc; racecard; rnc

1 posted on 08/27/2012 3:30:29 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Because name-calling always works?


2 posted on 08/27/2012 3:35:05 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (You didn't build that. The private sector is doing fine. We tried our plan and it worked.)
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To: Kaslin

Did Priebus gets Romney’s permission to talk mean about Mathews?


3 posted on 08/27/2012 3:36:14 PM PDT by Terry Mross (To all my relatives and former friends: Do not contact me if you still love obama.)
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To: Uncle Miltie

What’s his name, Pribar, or whatever? He can start showing some smarts by NOT taking interviews on MSNBC. Just cut them off. Matthews is so mentally unbalanced there cannot possibly be any advantage to it.


4 posted on 08/27/2012 3:37:45 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Kaslin

I have never had the desire to attend a party to which I was not invited. I’m sure that it’s great fun to be there, but I am not interested in watching it on TV.


5 posted on 08/27/2012 3:42:40 PM PDT by Ouderkirk (Democrats...the party of Slavery, Segregation, Sodomy, and Sedition)
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To: All

6 posted on 08/27/2012 3:50:12 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Kaslin

I refuse to watch anything Chris Mathews is involved in, However I cannot wait to see the Utube one day when Mathews calls a real man garbage, and that man gets up and slaps the piss out of the mountain of feces named Chris Mathews.


7 posted on 08/27/2012 3:59:58 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Kaslin

I saw the video. Rince needs to watch Newt’s handling of Chris for pointers. He did poorly.


8 posted on 08/27/2012 4:01:32 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Funny but creepy!)
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To: Kaslin

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus is not going to sit back and take it from the opposition. Here is his statement on how he will hit back:

“The nice thing about going first,” because the RNC is a week before the DNC, “is that whatever they’re going to do to us we can do 10 times over to them. I’m a big believer in if they punch us, we put on the brass knuckles and punch back.”


9 posted on 08/27/2012 4:06:44 PM PDT by jonrick46 (Countdown to 11-06-2012)
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To: Lazamataz

I just watched it and thought nearly anyone could have done better. He was dreadful. Damn shame because there was a lot of potential there.

Here’s an idea- someone force Chrissy to sit down and watch 2016 ;) THAT’s where all the “European Stuff” comes from. Uhmmmm... Europe.

Regardless- the European argument was ineffective for both sides as presented.


10 posted on 08/27/2012 4:09:37 PM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: Lazamataz

Exactly.

Could we possibly find a bigger dumbass to be RNC chair?

Matthews is a jerk, but Priebus is a dimwit. He was defenseless against Matthew’s sophomoric talking points.


11 posted on 08/27/2012 4:49:14 PM PDT by Retired Greyhound (.)
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To: Terry Mross
Reince Priebus can take care of business without Romney's leave.

GOP Leader Priebus: If They Want to Punch Us We're Going to Punch Back With Brass Knuckles:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ht3u0w8JBho

12 posted on 08/27/2012 6:48:39 PM PDT by GVnana
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To: muawiyah
What’s his name, Pribar, or whatever?

His name is Priebus, Reince Priebus.

13 posted on 08/27/2012 8:20:43 PM PDT by Isabel C.
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To: Terry Mross
He may have sniped at Chrissy on some other show, but he was mum when he was getting shellacked the first time. JUST ONCE, I wish one of the republicans would find the balls to ask; "If Obama is a natural born American citizen why is he using a stolen social security number?"

It's just me, but I think that question is off limits because it would prove Obama is an identification thief and therefore a felon and therefore all of his executive orders are in question as to validity.

14 posted on 08/27/2012 9:11:55 PM PDT by Baynative (A man's admiration for absolute government is proportionate to the contempt he feels for others)
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To: Kaslin

Mathews and Beckel seem to be suffering from the same ailment.

Big Pharma will be rolling in the dough with the anti-depressants all the libs will be swallowing come November.


15 posted on 08/27/2012 9:19:13 PM PDT by Scotswife
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Priebus is good. Not as good as Newt, but then who is?


16 posted on 08/27/2012 9:22:07 PM PDT by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: D-fendr

pribar is as bad as i expected him to be back when he was picked.


17 posted on 08/28/2012 5:27:09 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

Well, I guess I can be relieved that you aren’t experiencing any disappointment in your expectations.

:)


18 posted on 08/28/2012 11:01:27 AM PDT by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: D-fendr
Priebus was one of the guys Walker knew needed a job FAR AWAY from Wisconsin. So he offloaded him.

Some politicians are so cynical you know.

19 posted on 08/28/2012 1:07:08 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

I like his work. His rapid response and spot ads are very good IMHO.


20 posted on 08/28/2012 2:49:55 PM PDT by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: D-fendr

But does that scale up to the job of the RNC? So far he’s made some serious mistakes ~


21 posted on 08/28/2012 3:09:14 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

I’m not sure what you’re asking about scaling up. Free media and paid advertising is part of the job of the RNC. Fundraising, campaign support and candidate recruitment would be, I think, the main jobs.

What do you see as his ‘serious mistakes’ ?


22 posted on 08/28/2012 3:56:52 PM PDT by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: D-fendr
What? Where've you been.

First off, this convention, this location, at this time of year.

He almost lost the whole show ~ inexcusable.

A smart guy would have made sure the convention itself was safe from climatological anomalies!

23 posted on 08/28/2012 4:01:24 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

LOL!

Bush’s fault.


24 posted on 08/28/2012 5:56:29 PM PDT by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: muawiyah

In the off-chance you were serious:

Florida is at the top of the must-win states and the ‘season’ for conventions is fixed.


25 posted on 08/28/2012 5:58:24 PM PDT by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: D-fendr
The "season' is anywhere from JULY to SEPTEMBER ~ and the specific date can be changed. Over the years I"ve been in a number of "HALLS" where party conventions were held ~ and I know that because there's a historic marker up, and this particular week is not carved in stone.

BTW, Florida goes either way depending on how well they've cleaned their voter registration files.

Turns out Virginia is hyper critical this year, and they were given the mailed fist greeting last Spring.

Would have been an easy state for Republicans to win too ~ just given up without a thought ~ they laughed even.

26 posted on 08/28/2012 6:14:27 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

Hurricane season is June - Oct/Nov.

Florida is an absolute must win for Romney even over Virginia.


27 posted on 08/28/2012 6:24:57 PM PDT by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: D-fendr

Hardly ~ without Virginia he loses.


28 posted on 08/28/2012 6:50:29 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: D-fendr

BTW, the season I referred to was the CONVENTION season, not hurricane season. Up here that merges into Noreaster season ~ which you guys don’t get ~ but the Constitution has dates for the elections and it’s considered necessary to get your stuff in one pile by end of August or thereabouts.


29 posted on 08/28/2012 6:52:26 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

We disagree on whether FL is more important than Virginia and therefore which is the better choice for the convention.

Yes, I understand you meant Convention season. My point was that hurricane season overlaps both ends of convention season, so there’s not a choice of scheduling outside of it.


30 posted on 08/28/2012 7:17:35 PM PDT by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: muawiyah

Looking up the facts and dates, I found that this argument is irrelevant as far as Priebus anyway.

The decision selecting Tampa was announced on May 12, 2010 by the Site Selection Committee. Priebus was not a member of the committee.

Priebus was elected chair on jan 14, 2011.


31 posted on 08/28/2012 7:31:36 PM PDT by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: muawiyah
without Virginia he loses.

FL has more than twice as many electoral votes as Virginia. Romney can win without Virginia much more easily than the converse.

For example if he wins FL and some of the toss ups, he can lose VA, WI, CO, NV, PA and still get over 270.

Map

Switch the win in FL with Virginia in this scenario and he loses.

32 posted on 08/28/2012 8:16:53 PM PDT by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: D-fendr

HIs sin, then, is in not seeking a revision. He took the job of RNC whipping boy ~ he’s gotta’ stand up to it.


33 posted on 08/29/2012 3:53:46 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: D-fendr
No, we are not disagreeing on who has the most electoral votes (which I believe you equate with "imortance") ~ the disagreement is on how critical each state is given the narrow division between the parties.

Virginia is TIGHT all up and down the ballot ~ with both major candidates falling below 50% ~ and not breaking through that ceiling. But they have been almost exactly even ever since April with small fluctuations up and down.

We have a very Conservative Republican base (with backstabbing RINOs in charge of the party at the top unfortunately), and a very well organized African-American electorate who are NOT going to vote for Romney under any circumstances ~ just give up that idea!

That leaves about 75% of the electorate extraordinarily locked into party identification, and then there's everybody else and either they are not going to vote, or they're not voting at the top.

That is tight ~ and worse, convincing people to vote for one or the other of two candidates is pretty easy compared to convincing people to vote at all when they are highly motivated to NOT vote.

Florida is a piece of cake compared to Virginia.

34 posted on 08/29/2012 7:44:32 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

Well, we disagree again. I think Florida is the right place and, further, whereever was chosen it would be a mistake to change it at a late date.


35 posted on 08/29/2012 11:41:15 AM PDT by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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