You’d think the Republican Party won the 2012 presidential election, the way Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus is carrying on about CNN and NBC airing Hillary Clinton movies. In case you were in a coma, the Republican nominee Mitt Romney lost the 2012 election in spectacular fashion because he failed to bother asking for minorities or women for their vote or even acknowledging them. Romney won more of the white vote than any candidate since 1988, yet he lost the election because he failed to appeal to browning face of America.
Never mind the fact, Priebus is focused on more important priorities than winning elections. For the past two weeks he’s been plastered all over the news media, declaring the RNC would NOT participate in any 2016 debates if either network airs their Hillary biopics because it shows how anxious the liberal media to support Hillary to run for president in 2016. I agree but there is something called the first amendment and any network has the right to air what it chooses.
But Priebus’ wish was the Republican National Committee’s command. During the RNC’s summer meeting in Boston, members voted on a resolution “barring the Committee from partnering with NBC or CNN on any GOP presidential primary debates unless they cancel their plans to air their pro-Hillary documentaries.” What tough talk from the party who lost the last two presidential elections.
“We did it!” the page cheers on the RNC’s website, asking people to sign a petition “to hold the liberal media accountable.” The page also prominently displays a picture of Hillary Clinton laughing out loud. She’s laughing all the way to the White House in 2016, if this is the best strategy the RNC has. Democrats and the news media too are howling at how desperate the RNC looks.
Maybe Priebus and company should spend as much energy on growing the scant number of minority and women voters to the party as he did on this exercise in stupidity. The RNC was simply “giddy” about its CNN/NBC debate blackout, posting so many tweets you’d think it did something great like win a presidential election. This really makes you wonder how out of touch with reality the RNC is?
The RNC wasn’t nearly as excited about reaching out to minority voters in March with the announcement of the RNC’s Growth & Opportunity Project, a 100-page report, promising $10 million to “outreach” to non-white voters. Where are all the giddy tweets on this effort? You know the stuff that really matters when it comes to winning elections.
Crystal Wright is author of the newly released book Con Job: How Democrats Gave Us Crime, Sanctuary Cities, Abortion Profiteering, and Racial Division. She is also the principal owner of the Baker Wright Group, LLC , a full service public relations firm, specializing in communications counseling, media relations, message development, media training and crisis communications. The firm’s approach is straight forward: an unvarnished approach to public relations.