- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Many have complained that the Grand Old Party has gotten “squishy” on policy and in demeanor, lacking the backbone of a more robust era. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus appears ready to challenge that perception, and likely will provide some show-stopping political theater in the near future.

“I think we have a right to protect the brand of the Republican Party and to protect our candidates,” he told Bloomberg TV, just a day after publicly threatening to boycott CNN and NBC for their plans to air programs about Hillary Rodham Clinton just as the 2016 presidential season gets rolling.

“I think we have to stand up for ourselves instead of sitting around and letting these networks do whatever they want, slap us around, and then depose our candidates in a 23-debate circus. That’s not going to happen. I’m not going to sit here and put up with it. That’s all,” Mr. Priebus declared.

The chairman picked up a fan right in the middle of the broadcast.


“I think that the Earth just stopped spinning on its axis, but I couldn’t agree with you more,” said fellow guest Leo Hindery, a New York City media executive who was under consideration to take over as Democratic National Committee chairman in 2004.

Mr. Hindery was also troubled by the prospect of the network’s well-timed programming.

“It is simply wrong to do this. I would have an attack if I thought a Rick Santorum documentary was being run, a bi-op was being run on one of the networks. I think it is inappropriate as a run-up,” he said.

“We have so commercialized — we’ve so televisionized — the political process, that I think, Reince, you’re highly, highly qualified and well-spoken on this issue. It shouldn’t happen on either party’s side — my side, your side — as a run-up to ‘16. This is a bad, bad trend. Again, I would hate it if Santorum had a bi-op on one of the nets, as Reince, I think, should be upset that there’s a bi-op about Mrs. Clinton,” Mr. Hindery concluded.

ROMNEY SIGHTING

At long last, Mitt Romney officially re-emerged onto very public radar. He was the starring draw for a sold-out fundraiser on Tuesday at a private residence hidden among the scented woods near the shores of sparkling Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire, not far from the former presidential hopeful’s summer compound in Wolfeboro. The genteel gathering commanded tickets costing up to $1,500 for “VIP couples” — the money destined for the campaigns of fiscal conservatives in the 2014 midterm elections, according to the New Hampshire Republican Party.

“We are grateful that Gov. Romney decided to headline one of his first fundraisers since the election. Ticket sales have exceeded our expectations and helped us raise the resources that we will need to compete with the Democrats,” says New Hampshire GOP Chairwoman Jennifer Horn, who adds that the locals are “energized and enthusiastic.”

ONLINE SHOPPING

Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com, told reporters today that his reported purchase of The Washington Post was a ‘gigantic mix-up,’ explaining that he had clicked on the newspaper by mistake. ‘I guess I was just kind of browsing through their website and not paying close attention to what I was doing,’ he said. ‘No way did I intend to buy anything.’” — parody news story by New Yorker columnist and comedian Andy Borowitz.

POLITICIAN IN WAITING

Looks like one former first daughter already is crafting a consistent message and talking points, a sure indicator she’s drawn to public life.

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