Reince Priebus, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, speaks during the final day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Thursday, July 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Trump is Reince Priebus’s Tar Baby #QuitOrBeFired

As much as I personally like Reince Priebus, it must be pointed out that he, in part, owns Donald Trump’s implosion.

Many of us worked hard to try to get the GOP to reject Trump’s nomination at the convention. Reince opposed us every step of the way. He twisted arms and made threats to delegates to ensure they would not toss Trump’s nomination.

Even last night, Reince was begging Paul Ryan and Scott Walker not to disinvite Donald Trump from a Wisconsin event because he wanted a show of party unity.

Public statements critical of Trump are great, but they are completely masked by the unfailing active support for Trump and obstruction against those who tried to stop his nomination.

We all saw this coming. We warned it would happen. And still the RNC continues to prop up Trump potentially even at the expense of the House and Senate.

Reince Priebus is a good man in a difficult job, but at the end of the day he cannot claim to just be following orders when he is the Chairman of the Party. He knew what was coming and he blocked efforts designed to prevent what was coming. In the alternative, he did not know what was coming and should have.

I assume talk of a third term as RNC Chair is just confident bluster to distract from negative press stories. But I do not see how Reince can serve a third term as party chairman after this debacle. For him to do so would be an admission by party officials that the GOP has no more will to live.

I have backed Reince, defended Reince, and wish Reince well. But it is going to be time for him to move on after November. The GOP is going to need a reboot and such a reboot will not be possible when steered by the status quo.

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