Reince Priebus is the chairman of the Republican Party, responsible for, according to GOP.com, “electing Republicans” and “lead[ing] the party toward victory in 2012.” These vague responsibilities, he clarified on The Situation Room this week, apparently do not include keeping the party message consistent or even sane, as he refused to “throw Rep. Allen West in a ditch” for comments he made claiming the President wants to make Americans “slaves.”
“What is that? You can’t justify that,” Wolf Blitzer told Priebus on his show Tuesday of Rep. West’s comments. Priebus claimed he had not heard them before, but “I’m not the police officer of the Republican Party, Allen can say what he is trying to say.” He tried to pin the comments to the Obama campaign website “Life of Julia,” but when asked if “Julia” was a slave, responded, “she is dependent on government… it’s semantics.”
“Allen West is an important member of Congress from Florida… I’m not going to throw Allen West in a ditch,” he concluded.
If Priebus does not fancy keeping the entire Republican Party on message part of his job, it is hard to imagine what he actually thinks party chairmen do.
The segment via CNN below:
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