The Priebus Ultimatum is not how you win votes

I just have a quick comment about Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus’ ultimatum to CNN and NBC on their plans to produce a documentary and television movie, respectively, about former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.  Mr, Priebus promises backlash during the debates if these two networks go ahead with what he considers a blatant bias toward Mrs. Clinton.  In my opinion, all Mr. Priebus is doing is showing a weak hand.

Mrs. Clinton has not announced that she is running, although she is considered by the main stream media as the heir to the Democratic Party’s nod for the nomination.  By overreacting to a couple movies that now one will remember by November 2016, All the GOP does is show how afraid they are of the fabled Clinton juggernaut.  When you combine this fear of a future with the GOP’s constant battle with the recent past, that being their display of anti-Obama Election 2012 posturing in the latter summer of 2013, the GOP is demonstrating that it still has nothing to offer the American public but well honed meanness.

It would good for the GOP to be mindful of an observation shared by former Speaker of the House and 2012 Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich who chided the party for still being anti-Obama:

“We are caught right now in a culture, and you see it every single day, where as long as we’re negative and as long as we’re vicious and as long as we can tear down our opponent, we don’t have to learn anything. And so we don’t,” Gingrich said. “This is a very deep problem.”

I have yet to see any serious government reform measures offered by House Republicans.  Outside of tax cut proposals and forty votes on repealing Obamacare, what have the GOP offered legislatively that would help spur economic growth or streamline government?  A bill eliminating a few agencies that prove themselves non-useful to our defense or economic development would be a start.

Given the tone of this GOP, a thoughtful approach to governance may be an ultimatum the GOP has chosen not to issue.

About Alton Drew

Alton Drew brings a straight forward and insightful brand of political market intelligence. Alton Drew graduated from the Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in economics and political science (1984); a Master of Public Administration (1993); and a Juris Doctor (1999). You can also follow Alton Drew on Twitter @altondrew.
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One Response to The Priebus Ultimatum is not how you win votes

  1. Ken Ciszewski says:

    ” By overreacting to a couple movies that now one will remember by November 2016, All the GOP does is show how afraid they are of the fabled Clinton juggernaut. ”

    Frankly, who would vote for a candidate whose party is afraid someone who isn’t even running yet, and may not?

    What’s worse is that this threat is an attempt at blackmail. Such behavior is not worthy of a national political party, or at least, should not be. I agree with Alton that the GOP should put together a more positive approach to creating a better nation, and explaining clearly why their approach is better. Right now, the are simply the party of “no”, and “it’s our way or the highway, not matter how much damage it does”. It’s not that the GOP is playing a weak hand, it’s playing a hand out of fear, and frankly, cowardice is not a virtue for leaders.

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