Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Friday, March 4, 2016, in National Harbor, Md. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Reince Priebus is a Wise Choice

Reince Priebus often did not get the credit he deserved for navigating difficult times in the primaries. He actually cleaned up the debate process and to this day gets blasted for it. People forget the 2012 mess.

I have disagreed greatly with Reince for doubling down on Donald Trump after the nomination was secured. But I was wrong about the election and Reince was not only right, but far more gracious to many of his critics than they were to him.

With word that Trump is picking Reince as his chief of staff, I have more hope for the President-elect’s success as President. Reince has shown he can withstand the heat, deal gracefully with others in tense situations, and knows the inner working of politics to be able to shape policy. It will be doubly important to have a friend of Paul Ryan’s in the White House as the executive and legislative branches collaborate and collide over the next two years.

This was a profoundly wise choice by Donald Trump and everyone holding their breath should be able to exhale now.

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