Skip to comments.EXCLUSIVE - Priebus Fires Back: "Spitting" Chris Matthews "The Biggest Jerk in the Room"
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
Because name-calling always works?
Did Priebus gets Romney’s permission to talk mean about Mathews?
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.
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.
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.
I saw the video. Rince needs to watch Newt’s handling of Chris for pointers. He did poorly.
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.”
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.
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.
GOP Leader Priebus: If They Want to Punch Us We're Going to Punch Back With Brass Knuckles:
His name is Priebus, Reince Priebus.
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.
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.
Priebus is good. Not as good as Newt, but then who is?
pribar is as bad as i expected him to be back when he was picked.
Well, I guess I can be relieved that you aren’t experiencing any disappointment in your expectations.
Some politicians are so cynical you know.
I like his work. His rapid response and spot ads are very good IMHO.
But does that scale up to the job of the RNC? So far he’s made some serious mistakes ~
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’ ?
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!
In the off-chance you were serious:
Florida is at the top of the must-win states and the ‘season’ for conventions is fixed.
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.
Hurricane season is June - Oct/Nov.
Florida is an absolute must win for Romney even over Virginia.
Hardly ~ without Virginia he loses.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Switch the win in FL with Virginia in this scenario and he loses.
HIs sin, then, is in not seeking a revision. He took the job of RNC whipping boy ~ he’s gotta’ stand up to it.
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.
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.