Diary

Preibus: "I don't think (er...I hope) Trump won't run as a third party candidate." Describes his job as "herding cats."

In case you missed it, RNC Chair Reince Preibus was on Greta’s show last night.

Here’s the link to the video. It’s 4 minutes.

I should note that in a diary I posted here yesterday I said that Preibus was a “dumb ass,” for which several mods called me out, saying that such language would discourage Preibus from taking me seriously. I will take their critique to heart, especially as I can now point out that Preibus’ interview with Greta was AFTER I posed my diary, so he obviously hadn’t read it.

But here’s the key take-away from the interview:

Greta is going on about all the GOP candidates, and the infighting, at which time Preibus mentions Reagan’s “eleventh commandment,” and his fervent hope that they’ll all some how manage to get along and play nice. At least he did not start humming “Kumbaya.” (Obviously [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ] didn’t get the message, as he eviscerated [mc_name name=’Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’M000355′ ] on the Senate floor yesterday morning.)

But when asked what would happen to the GOP if Trump ran as a third party candidate, Preibus weakly said he “didn’t think that would happen,” and that “only a ‘Republican’ could beat Hillary.”

Preibus had the perfect opportunity to step up and lead. What he should have said right there was that before ANY candidate appears at a GOP debate forum, he or she will have to sign a pledge promising that they will support the eventual nominee, and will NOT run as a third party candidate.

Leaders lead. They step up, assess  the problem, formulate a strategy, and act. Decisively. Preibus had the golden moment in his sights, and he blew it. He could have completely taken away the initiative from Trump, and also protected all his other candidates from having to deal with Trump making a spectacle of himself, and the GOP, on stage next month.

Trump wouldn’t sign such a pledge. Not after just describing himself as “identifying more like a Democrat in many areas.”  And that would have instantly enabled the other 15 in the race to stop talking about Trump, and to ignore all questions about what Trump said.

But Reince didn’t act. He failed. Utterly.

And we can now watch the  upcoming disaster continue to unfold before out eyes,when it could easily have been stopped.

So Reince, here’s my apology. I’m sorry I called you a dumb ass. It obviously upset you enough that you didn’t didn’t heed my warning that you had to stop Trump. Now.

Too bad.