Priebus Backs Trump On “Rigged” Debate Schedule: We’re Not Going To Disagree With Our Nominee

CBS News reports:

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus called Sunday for a renewed look at the schedule for presidential debates this fall, echoing GOP nominee Donald Trump in saying some of the dates have been set to suppress viewership.

“We’re going to be working with the commission in what they’re putting together,” Priebus told CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “Certainly we’re not going to agree with anything that our nominee doesn’t agree with.”

Still, Priebus stopped short of agreeing with Trump that the commission is “rigged,” which Trump suggested in a Saturday tweet and his campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, also implied in an interview with “Face the Nation” earlier Sunday.

“Listen, I don’t know about whether the commission is rigged, I just think there’s a lot of flaws with this commission,” Priebus said. “They’re working hard, I’m not taking anything away from them.”

The Commission on Presidential Debates, a nonpartisan committee that does not consult with either political party when putting together the slate of debates, announced the dates for the debates in 2015.

  • Rob T

    “Certainly we’re not going to agree with anything that our nominee doesn’t agree with.”

    How much did you get for your soul?

    • Hue-Man

      In his case, BILLIONS – it’s never been used!

    • leastyebejudged

      That would be disagree with.

  • moebym

    Coward.

  • SunsetGay

    Reince Priebus… The dictionary example of a total BITCH!

    Amazed he is able to sit down during these interviews.

  • Michael Rush

    OK bye bye now .

  • anne marie in philly

    rinsed pubes has no balls and no soul!

    • geoffalnutt

      A Republican with a soul? Impossible. They’d be a Democrat.

    • Cuberly

      He isn’t paid to be decent, and it shows.

  • bambinoitaliano

    You think one would have witness the lowest level of whoring a person can get in the name of money and power, Priebus is showing us many more levels to go yet.

  • That’s ridiculous. Priebus knew the schedule when it was set last September, nearly a year ago. He may well have been involved in coordinating with the commission to set it. It’s absolutely ludicrous for him to suddenly agree with Trump and complain now.

    • Bad Tom

      Ridiculous, Ludicrous, Republicans.

      All three words are starting to mean the same thing.

      • Robincho

        GOP!
        OMG!
        WTF?…

    • guest

      Proof there is a God. 100% proof. Proof she is a minority of color, Lesbian, with a wicked sense of humor.

      Reince Prebus

      The Vowels
      =
      RNC PR BS

      I can use the logic of the right and the religious too. How many cosmic forces must have had to come together that a family with that last name, named their kid with that first name, and that kid grew up to meet Walker, and Walker got him this gig fresh off the WI union busting popularity, etc.?

      I also like to refer to him as Rancid Prepuce.

      • FancyThat

        hey guest — that was REALLY clever! SRSLY! Who in the universe names their kid “Reince Prebus” ? That is truly the equivalent of putting a “Kick Me” tattoo on the back of the poor kid’s neck. But you nailed it — It was his ultimate destiny to be the sad mouthpiece of the RNC PR BS machine.

        and Rancid Prepuce… yikes. Are you that guy sitting at the end of the bar in Palm Springs who offers critiques of the fashion plates coming in the door? 😛

        • guest

          Just wanted to steal the lack of logic the right and religious use to claim there is a god. They cry that a tornado could not fully assemble a car, so evolution could not work.

          I have long pressed that our side needs a crazy group too. That was before Bill Maher did his Donnor Party skit back in about 2010, as a response for the Tea Baggers (not my fault they did not do a Google search on the term “tea bagger” to see if it had a prior meaning…so they are stuck with it.) We need a group that issues press releases and goes on radio and TV and blames everything on the evil Christians who have stolen the religion or changed the religion to include the Prosperity Gospel. We need a group to blame them for every natural disaster and ever bad thing that happens.

          I cannot take credit for the removing the vowels, because I saw it online in about 2010, when he came to power after they fired the black guy, Michael S. I just like it and share it when I can. But yes, the forces that had to happen are interesting.

          Never been to Palm Springs or Provincetown and always wanted to go to both. Generally, I ignore what people are wearing and generally I am a Target customer for cloths, and a few more expensive choices. But, I know the type, or at least think I know the type. LOL

          The rancid one is something I have used for years since it fits.

          • David L. Caster

            We need a group to blame them for every natural disaster and [every] bad thing that happens.

            There is another way:

        • B Snow

          His real first name is Reinhold. He gave himself the nickname of Reince at some point.

      • Robincho

        This is serious verbal felicity… Not since Lee Iacocca* (whose surname was an acronym of his résumé) has there been such fantastic coincidence!…

        * (“I Am Chairman Of Chrysler Corporation of America”)

  • KCMC

    perhaps a clinical mason jar…

    • Bad Tom

      There seems to be some extra stuff in there.

      • OdieDenCO

        not sure if its human

  • Bruno

    Say what you will about Wasserman-Schulz, but she would eat this guy alive in a match to the death.

  • Todd

    Talk to the BIPARTISAN group that planned the debates over a year ago, you stupid ass kissing moron.

  • greenmanTN

    Translation: “We know we have a real turd in our hands, but we’re going to fondle it anyway.”

    • Philly Mike

      but the turd is sooo shiny GOP must touch!

      • Randy

        What was the comment on Bill Maher a few nights ago? You may go to the cafeteria and not find the item you wanted, but that is no reason to order a shit sandwich.

  • Traxley Launderette

    Go ahead, Donald. Reschedule the debates. Hillary will be there, waiting with a smile and the key to your demise.

    • Jeffg166

      I don’t think she will have to say anything. He’ll do himself in.

      • Soren456

        He has so far given no clue that he understands what a debate actually is.

        If he were ever to open his mouth in a real debate, he would be disqualified on the spot—and escorted from the hall.

        It will be interesting to see the format these debates take—hopefully issue questions posed equally to each candidate. Clinton should be prepared to object because I suspect that the term “debate” is going to need those quotation marks.

      • Traxley Launderette

        And to further disappoint Trump, Hillary will NOT bring home-baked cookies to the event.

        • Jeffg166

          He’s suppling the baked ham and cooked goose.

  • Ernest Endevor

    Shameful.

  • Gustav2

    I am tired of rich white folk talking about “rigged” systems and how they are being “disenfranchised” or “suppressed.”

    • Corsair Tact

      Sometimes they’re right. Like when Hillary talked about the vast right-wing conspiracy. It’s not rich white folk. It’s Trump.

  • Chris H.

    He’s missing some vowels and his balls…
    RNC PR BS

  • delk

    Suppress viewership?

    LOL! You should hope for surpassed viewership!

  • Max_1

    Reince Priebus sounds ever more the venereal disease it should be…

  • Acronym Jim

    Considering it’s more beneficial to Trump and the Repubs rather than Clinton & the Dems to hold the debates on the same night as NFL games, I wouldn’t mind seeing them moved to a night when more people get to see what a President Clinton would look like vs. a President tRump.

    Of course, that’s not going to be easy with the fall TV season upon them.

  • Ninja0980

    The 2012 debates that were up against the NFL got an average of 55-60 million viewers.
    I would think a Trump/Clinton debate would get even more.

  • joe ho

    Trump will either try to get out of the debates completely or insist that johnson and stein be included–so the contrast will be muted.

    • Ninja0980

      He wants others to attack Clinton besides him because he knows he’ll get torn to shreds otherwise if it’s just one and one.

  • crewman

    This story is absurd on it’s face. Clinton, who has a vastly superior grip on all facts related to being a US President, has every reason to want a larger audience. Second, the claim that the NFL requested that Trump move the debate is also absurd. Beyond the fact that the NFL denied it, if they had wanted to make such a move, they would have made a request to both candidates to avoid getting enmeshed in politics, or they would have more likely gone to the debate commission directly.

    • another_steve

      Looks to me like he’s working up to flat out refusing to debate Hillary, period. This whole NFL thing is just a pretense. He has zero to gain by debating her and everything to lose.

      Can’t you see it?

      “The system is crooked. The Democrats are crooked. Hillary Clinton is crooked. I refuse to dignify her by debating her.”

      • canoebum

        No debates, no tax returns? Why bother running a campaign at all?

        • another_steve

          Many observers believe Trump had no expectation of being the Republican nominee when he announced a year ago. None whatsoever. This has caught him totally surprised and unprepared — as it did most in his party.

          So now he and they find themselves in that nightmare dream scenario — you know, the one where all of a sudden you’re on a stage and there are thousands of people watching and you have absolutely no idea what you’re supposed to say or do.

          • Ernest Endevor

            And you’re naked. At least, that’s how that dream goes for me.

          • douglas

            Oh please no! Don’t make me imagine The Trump thusly! !

          • another_steve

            I realize that’s part of the standard nightmare scenario, but it never plays out that way for me. I’m always clothed.

            May have something to do with my being a cultural Jew with 5,000+ years of Jewish genetic material in my being.

            Good Jewish boys don’t do naked.

          • bkmn

            You obviously have never been to the gay clothing optional resorts in Ft. Laud.

          • another_steve

            Lol. This is true. It may depend on how many dead rabbis contributed material to one’s personal genome.

            I, personally, in my being incorporate the genetic material of 5,000 years of dead rabbis in Poland and Lithuania.

            I don’t do naked on beaches.

          • Kruhn

            So you’re almost a Levite? Speaking about Jews and Baltimore, I was doing jury duty and there was this Yeshiva student reading and memorizing the Torah who looked to young to be a juror. And no, I was not having a Barbra at Yentl moment with a kid, just surprised at his age as he had no facial hair.

          • another_steve

            Baltimore has a rich history involving Jewish immigrants in the late-19th / early-20th Centuries. The city was a major area of settlement for many Jews of that time.

            Many decades before I moved to the area, I had ancestors here. As a kid I remember my maternal grandfather making trips from New York City to Baltimore to visit his siblings and their families.

          • Acronym Jim

            It’s good to know you’re only two thirds of that equation.

          • DesertSun59

            You’re really missing out…

          • JulieBL

            I usually can’t find my shoes.

          • madknits

            Oh, my dear, I have known some good Jewish boys who did naked very, very well.

          • Robincho

            What is it, then, that you DO do?…

          • Todd20036

            I’m not a Good Jewish boy.

          • I haven’t had the dream that I had shown up to school and realized I was naked since I came out. Make of that what you will.

          • That_Looks_Delicious
          • Lynettechunt1

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          • charemor

            Sorry, I should have read further down before I posted above. But great minds and so on…….

          • mrfy

            And he’s unlikely to put his assets in a blind trust if he did win. Either he thinks the rules won’t apply to him or he’s ignoring the issue. He won’t want to actually do the job, but the thought of winning just feeds his ego.

          • bkmn

            Which is why he has none of the normal backbone of a campaign operation, no fundraising plan, no plan to staff state campaign offices, etc. It was all about his brand.

          • canoebum

            Exactly…and you have to do it in foreign language.

          • tomfromthenews

            “The Actor’s Nightmare”

          • charemor

            To add to that nightmare, you are on stage, thousands of people are watching and you are stark naked.

          • I was looking for the clip from Buffy the Vampire slayer in which Willow is wearing a kimono and they push her out on stage to sing the duet from Madama Butterfly (which of course she doesn’t know).

            Does everyone have dreams like that or just performers?

        • BlueberriesForMe

          Drumpf is demonstrating again and again that he doesn’t have to follow the “rules”. Like Ol’ Turtle from Kentucky: “We’re not going to do our job and seat another Supreme Court Justice because we don’t feel like it”.

      • Carl

        That, and it seems like he’s trying to shift the blame for what he probably already sees as his inevitable defeat already. He knows he’s going to lose. He may even secretly want to lose. We’re dealing with a celebrity, not a statesman.

      • Brian Burleson

        I rarely find myself in agreement with you but when I do, I do so whole heartedly. 😉

        • another_steve

          Thanks, hon. It’s okay for us to be in disagreement with one another. As long as we remain civil toward one another.

          I hang with Daoist/Buddhist types and have remarked to my buds, “What a sad, depressing and boring world this world of ours would be, if we were all identical Buddhas — lined up in identical lines, chanting the same chant.”

          😉

          • juanjo54

            Namu Myoho Renge Kyo

          • another_steve

            Indeed.

            The complete awakening is, as T.S. Eliot put it, to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.

          • madknits

            Namu Amida Butsu.
            (I fancy Jodo Shinshu, myself)

      • Niblet58

        He’s a coward. That should be the mantra if he backs out.

      • Jeffrey

        I have been saying since it was obvious that he would be the nominee that he would not debate her. How could he? He’s already decided not to disclose his taxes, which should be mandatory. Now we are actually going to have an election with no debates. We are actually going to have Trump, with his murky finances and shadowy associations as a major party candidate in a an actual presidential election. I have a bad feeling about it as well as for what it means for future elections, even if he loses. It means that half the county truly doesnt care as long as their team wins.

        • Bruno

          That’s pretty much how it goes now. Elections are now won by protecting the candidates with lies and evasion with no accountability.

          • When was it not like that?

          • Bruno

            1896? Not sure.

        • another_steve

          It’s morning in America, hon. Get with the current Democratic (once, the Republican) drill, please.

          Trump crashes and burns. He gives the Democrats back control of the Senate. We get a very nice Supreme Court Justice to replace the very dead, rancid and rotting Scalia. Someone my now-dead mama would have been proud to make a nice brisket for.

          I’m feeling good.

          (And the fact that I’m sipping a Beefeater Martini, three baby olives on a stick, while I’m typing this has absolutely nothing to do with it!)

          😉

          • Yes. Plus Ginsberg resigns by mid 2017 so that Madam President can appoint her successor (that’s what she’s been holding out for) and Kennedy might resign as well. Finally a 5 vote liberal majority for the first time since….was I even alive the last time we had that?

        • IamM

          Trump being Trump is to be expected I suppose, but the near total lack of pushback from prominent Republicans no matter what he does blows me away. I don’t expect morals or decency from them, but how can they not get that supporting him is suicidal for them no matter how the election turns out?

          • Michael Angelo III

            Because they would rather go down with a sinking ship than admit defeat. Republicans, with a handful of exceptions, are a repulsive, arrogant lot.

          • I have greatly enjoyed watching Orange is the New Black. I love the characters and find some of them oddly sympathetic. (Oddly what with some of them being murderers and all.) The best part for me is when they show us that moment when they took the wrong turn. In hindsight we can see it. Getting in with the wrong person, committing a minor crime, etc. And from there every fork in the road that follows from that wrong turn is just a slight variation down the wrong path.

            That’s what happens when we make bad choices. You can’t just steer that back onto the right course without backtracking and starting over. I think that’s what you’re seeing with the Republicans who have denounced Trump or didn’t show up at the Convention. They know they fucked up and while they don’t know what to fix it they aren’t going any further down that road. I don’t know what they have to do to fix this. I think Trump is going to lose and then the Teabaggers and others are just going to complain AGAIN that the problem was that Trump wasn’t conservative enough and double down on everything that went wrong. Anyone with a future in national politics should be bailing now because that’s the crows that runs the party and no one is ever getting the GOP nomination without pandering to them at least as much as Trump did. The question is where the rest go. Libertarian? At least there’s something that resembles a party structure there (and they are on the ballot in most states). If they weren’t such a despicable bunch I’d feel bad for them but at the moment I’m enjoying my hot cup of Schadenfreude.

        • Same here. And people will say “But he has to!” No, he doesn’t. Regular debates were rare before 1976. (The one in 1960) is the only one before that I know of.

          And based on conversations I had yesterday, many Republicans do not care how bad Trump is so long as the president is not a Democrat. I also think every one of them liked his racist comments and just didn’t want to admit it in front of me. They’ve certainly never criticized him for any of them.

      • Steven B

        He figures he’s damned if he doesn’t and really fucked if he does. I think he sees backing out as the lesser of two evils.

      • Slade7

        I strongly disagree. Trump is going to in essence blow up the debate – mark my words. Hillary will be fully prepared with incredible detail & knowledge. Then Trump will TOTALLY ignore whatever the moderators question is and confront Hillary: “Will you apologize directly to the families of those soldiers who died in Iraq?”. He will probably ask her “yes or no, are you a lesbian?”. It will all be incredibly loaded explosive stuff & the idiotic NASCAR electorate will eat it up. Michael Moore is 100% right.

        • another_steve

          You may be right. The man is a lunatic.

          Who can predict what a lunatic is capable of.

          • Kruhn

            The best swordsman is not afraid of the second best, but the worst. You don’t know what the crazy guy will do. The same could be done about debaters.

          • That’s also why no one wants to debate third party candidates. They would derail a debate with topics no one else wants to talk about.

        • JohnnyToro

          No worries. The moderators can stop that. Oh. Wait, there are no “journalists” with a frigg’n spine who would be allowed near the debate. :-O

          • Have there ever been? I’m running the list of journalists with a spine. It’s a shorter list than Democrats with a spine. Once we turned news into infotainment, they are terrified of losing “access”. Trump took full advantage of this in a way no politician has before. The interviewed him like he was promoting the new season of The Apprentice, not running for public office. And here we are.

        • If she can get under his skin (which isn’t that hard as it’s paper-thin) he will implode on live tv. His base will love it because he will be “telling the truth” and “not being politically correct” but I think it will not go over with a significant number of voters. There are a lot of undecideds in polling numbers right now. I think some of them are Republicans looking for a way to justify voting for Trump.

      • Luddite

        Yep. It was the first thing I thought of when I read this article. Looks like Don the Con is shitting in his depends diapers thinking of Hillary mopping the floor with him.

        • She will just call him out every time he lies. And every time he takes two opposite positions in the same paragraph. Something the press should have been doing late last year but didn’t.

    • Brianna Amoré

      Damn, if only we had the technology to be able to watch both the debates and the NFL games at the same time, or maybe even somehow record the game for later viewing. I guess once it’s over it can never be watched again, ever.

      If only…

      • David L. Caster

        But..But..Then it wouldn’t be “live”. **snif**

        (/s:)

        • Frostbite

          Bah. “Live” tv is full of commercials. Thank the Flying Spaghetti Monster for TiVo and commercial skip. I have much sympathy for those without DVR.

          • David L. Caster

            Yeah, I almost never watch TV in real time for this very reason.

    • Frostbite

      One has to wonder about the hissy fit and lies that will fly if/when he loses the election. I’m guessing the lawsuit will be yuuuuuuge!

    • Cattleya1

      Which is more important – a debate which tells the voters something useful about the next POTUS, or a football game. It is about time we added a ‘Bill of Responsibilities’ to the Constitution. It is high time US citizens educated themselves about the issues and the candidates and voted based on more than tribalism and soundbites.

      • CanuckDon

        Ain’t that the truth! And if it does come down to the two, I think re-scheduling the damn football game would be the first thing to look at!

    • Michael Angelo III

      I agree completely. Trump should be thrilled that far fewer people will be watching these debates because he will be throttled in such a way that any Republican with a modicum of doubt about their November vote will be swayed to Hillary’s camp/to stay home. It is just baffling that not one idiot in his camp had the sense to explain this to him. I hope they reschedule the debates so that millions more can see just how inept, incoherent and uninformed this man is.

  • Gerry Fisher

    Rancid Pubis, why do you hate your country so much that you’d threaten it by backing Trump? You douche.

  • In 2012, one of the three presidential debates was scheduled on the night of Monday night football (which happened to be the Lions vs. the Bears, FYI). Did anyone complain then? Ridiculous.

  • Blake Jordan

    Do we think Putin is blackmailing or paying off Reince and Newt to degrade themselves for Drumpf…

  • Stubenville

    At this point, what’s one more lie, Rinse?

    • William

      Rinse, drink, repeat.

  • Randy

    And why in the world would the Democrats want to have less viewership on the debates? Oh, right, because she is afraid of being creamed by the ever-brilliant, witty, shrewd, and well-informed Donald Trump. Now I get it.

    • Bruno

      Well, I think Cheeto’s fear is that all his drones will be distracted by the NFL and not watch, while all everyone else does. That would skew the reaction polls. Or something.

  • rednekokie

    They’re not going to disagree with their candidate — no matter how low, slimy, or surly he already is, let alone becomes.

    And that will gain them what??? I thought it was an election they wanted to win.
    Fat chance!

    • Acronym Jim

      At this point, they’ve only lost their souls in an effort to gain the world. From what I hear, there’s no profit in that.*

      (ironic reference: Mark 8:36).

      • boatboy_srq

        The downside of the Prosperity Gospel in a nutshell.

        • The Prosperity Gospel: The temptations Satan offered Jesus during the 40 days in the deserted places.

          • William

            Jesus wasn’t eating store brand dog food while sending his Social Security checks to some huckster.

          • Because that crowd replaced Jesus with Ayn Rand in the late 70s. The two are practically polar opposites, and the typical Evangelical has no idea where their political ideas are coming from, but they’ve been sold a gospel of despising and resenting the poor and belittling anyone who wants to help them in any way more than a token gesture. Note Bloomberg and Buffett and Gates giving away billions to charities while Trump donates next to nothing but the GOP cheered him for occasionally feeling bad for a poor person in the newspaper and offering him a job. Nice for that one person but it hardly does anything about the overall societal problems. That is Evangelical charity. They do as little as possible and feel good about themselves and then resent that anyone points out that there are millions more that still need help.

    • clay

      What will it get them, particularly when NBCsports is already reporting that the Trump campaign is walking back their claims?

      Out front of the line of fire, empty handed.

  • Randy

    Never worry too much about anything Donald says one day, because by tomorrow he will be saying he didn’t mean it. And that’s to be the President?

  • Is this his excuse for avoiding any debates with Clinton? “They’re happening opposite football games” is right up there with “the dog ate my homework.”

    I hope the Commission stands firm. Either Donnie will show up and we get to watch him flail in a debate, or he’ll bail like a whiny bitch-boy and the moderators will just spend a charming evening interviewing Mrs. Clinton.

    • Gil

      If Mikey Pence stands in for Donnie, he won’t do much better… he’s also a idiot…( Wonkette )

  • crowTrobot

    Reince Priebus; my least favorite Star Wars bounty hunter.

  • boatboy_srq

    If there were any doubt that the GOTea is led by the most stupid people in the party, that doubt should now be dispelled thoroughly.

  • Wynter Marie Starr

    Priebus should ask for his balls back. He should also remember this schedule benefits the guy whose ass he’s kissing daily.

    • William

      As long as is liquor bills are paid, he’s happy.

      • Hue-Man

        Beware the return of the 18th Amendment.

      • GayOldLady

        I’ve seen Preibus on TV so loaded he was mumbling and slurring.

        • William

          That’s his baseline.

        • That_Looks_Delicious

          He knows that he’s going to be blamed for what happens and there’s no avoiding it now. The time for him to have gotten out would have been immediately after Super Tuesday. Now he’s stuck, so he might as well go on to the bitter end blotting out as much as he can with booze.

          I’m not sure if Steele, Martinez, Mehlman or any other GOP Chairman could have foreseen the year of Trump or could have avoided Trump, but I don’t think any of them would have handled it worse than Priebus. He’s basically completely abdicated and is just letting Trump run amok and do whatever he wants with the party.

  • David Patrick

    unfortunately they are not doing anything the Dem’s aren’t doing regarding answering direct questions. It sucks because they aren’t answering straight out lies and we are not answering any of Hillary’s email questions.

    • Quipster

      To which of “Hillary’s email questions” are you alluding? The ones where the FBI has cleared her of any criminal wrongdoing, or the innocuous ones that Trump’s master, Vladimir Putin, stole from the DNC servers?

      • David Patrick

        i am a firm Hillary supporter, I am referring watching Robby Mook on Meet the Press and how i thought his refusal to answer questions and say we are moving on, is evasive and disappointing to me, in the same way Trumps team doesn’t seem to answer the direct question. I understand the difference between Trump’s lying and his teams refusal to recognize it’s a lie and Hillary’s email debacles and teams refusal to rehash something that has been gone over and been dissected mercilessly, on substance but on broader look of answering questions, it looks like the same refusal and I think we can answer those tough questions. the questions were about 33k lost emails

    • Bruno

      False equivalencies hand elections over to homegrown demagogues. Keep at it, you’ll get your wish.

      • David Patrick

        i am a firm Hillary supporter, I am referring watching Robby Mook on Meet the Press and how i thought his refusal to answer questions and say we are moving on, is evasive and disappointing to me, in the same way Trumps team doesn’t seem to answer the direct question. I understand the difference between Trump’s lying and his teams refusal to recognize it’s a lie and Hillary’s email debacles and teams refusal to rehash something that has been gone over and been dissected mercilessly, on substance but on broader look of answering questions, it looks like the same refusal and I think we can answer those tough questions.

        • Bruno

          I didn’t see Robby Mook’s performance, though it sounds like it was evasive. I’m not above criticizing him, but he is her campaign manager, not the chair of the DNC. Big difference there. His job is to do what he thinks is best for his candidate, while the chair of the RNC shouldn’t be defending wild, provably false claims. Preibus basically looks like all his power has been stripped from him and he’s being dragged around on a leash by tRump. Kind of like a candidate does normally to their campaign manager.

          • David Patrick

            Lol, Trump advocates all do look like they have killed apart of themselves to defend him. My point is that the perception of not answering questions, can look the same from both parties. It’s a fine line to tread, especially when we feel the Trump is controlling the conversation but when we feel that the conversation is being manipulated, we can address that too in the answer. Saying, we just moved on from that, is not a tactic i think that will help us. Thank you for not calling me names.

          • Bruno

            You’re welcome. I usually try to hold off on the name-calling a bit until I’m sure where the other person’s coming from. Internet cross-talking and all. I do feel your point is valid, but I also think your first post was a false equivalency. Glad we’re on the same page.

    • Corsair Tact

      Can you cite a specific question about the emails that hasn’t been answered?

      • David Patrick

        i am a firm Hillary supporter, I am referring watching Robby Mook on Meet the Press and how i thought his refusal to answer questions and say we are moving on, is evasive and disappointing to me, in the same way Trumps team doesn’t seem to answer the direct question. I understand the difference between Trump’s lying and his teams refusal to recognize it’s a lie and Hillary’s email debacles and teams refusal to rehash something that has been gone over and been dissected mercilessly, on substance but on broader look of answering questions, it looks like the same refusal and I think we can answer those tough questions

    • JustSayin’

      More bernie bro trumpanzee whines. The email question is settled, only those trying to stir up non-existent shit are asking them. Replying with any statement is just more fuel formthe sniveling shitweasels to whine about

      • David Patrick

        i am a firm Hillary supporter, I am referring watching Robby Mook on Meet the Press and how i thought his refusal to answer questions and say we are moving on, is evasive and disappointing to me, in the same way Trumps team doesn’t seem to answer the direct question. I understand the difference between Trump’s lying and his teams refusal to recognize it’s a lie and Hillary’s email debacles and teams refusal to rehash something that has been gone over and been dissected mercilessly, on substance but on broader look of answering questions, it looks like the same refusal and I think we can answer those tough questions.

    • Oikos

      Both siderism-dismissed.

  • Phil

    I would think they’d want to suppress viewership and have as few people as possible see their blowhard candidate vivisected on national TV.

    • Tigernan Quinn

      That does raise an interesting question – when WOULD be the right time for Trump? Obviously he’s not going to really do it – he’s scared shitless of her (hi Bernie Bros, don’t miss you) – but okay, Wed? Sat at noon? What the hell.

      • RoFaWh

        Trump likes to pretend he controls the universe but we all — and Trump himself — know that just isn’t so. Trump, however, being the delicate snowflake he is, can’t be exposed to the horrors of being told NO. Hence, ass-kissy, ass-kissy by Priebus.

      • Bruno

        Whenever Putin says so. Sometime during the day Moskwa time.

  • Stubenville

    IMHO, the solution is simple; the debates go on as scheduled. The DNC and RNC agreed to the dates a year ago. There can simply be two podiums on stage and the Shrieking Cheeto can show up or there will be an empty podium during the Hillary hour.

    • William

      Let the carny-handed mango man pick the dates to accommodate his football viewing. Then he will have to come up with another excuse to bail out of the debates

  • justmeeeee

    But I thought Debbie Blabbermouth Schultz had been shit-canned? Isn’t she the big debate-rigger?

  • Cuberly
  • TheManicMechanic

    Another brownshi(r)t falls in line with Hair Furor.

  • Grow a spine, you sniveling milksop.

  • TuuxKabin
    • Martin

      I knew photographic proof of a Trump-Putin meeting would emerge!

      • Lumpy Gaga

        “My paws are YUUUGE!”

      • TuuxKabin

        Je je.

  • Gyeo

    “My leader right or wrong” – people following Hitler. (Godwining is acceptable when it’s accurate)

  • Carl

    It’s one self made crisis after another with the Trump campaign.

    • OdieDenCO

      free publicity is hard work.

    • PickyPecker

      Absolutely ANYTHING to be the top headline of the day!

      • BlueberriesForMe

        Negative publicity is always good. Just re-emphasizes the “values” of the Drumpfers.

  • Cuberly
    • Corsair Tact

      Love Martha!

    • Todd20036

      The fact that the debate commission wont be bullied by Trump must be maddening to him.

      If he doesn’t show, then Hillary will just have a Q&A by herself, which would probably be all the more helpful to her.

      • Being president is certainly not being CEO. Congress is not going to jump because he barked an order at them. He can’t fire them. In fact they will earn points for standing up to him when they run for re-election.

  • Blake Jordan
    • Gyeo
      • TuuxKabin

        Perfect, see my link, further along.

      • Carl

        It’s not even worth an argument. It’s Trump, stupids. We must stop, Trump.

    • TuuxKabin

      au contraire

      • Corsair Tact

        mon frère?

        • TuuxKabin

          si tu quieres. Si.

    • Bruno

      Think she should have left Sanders out of it at this point because he is no longer opposing her candidacy. Focus on your current enemies, not your current allies.

      • Blake Jordan

        It is probably there to tackle the idolized version that some bernatics have of Sanders…

        The “perfect Sanders” that the “falsely demonized Clinton” is being compared to…

        The need to realize that Sanders was largely smoke and mirrors and Clinton is the best reality!!!

        • Bruno

          It won’t convert any Sanders people, it will antagonize them. Not that I care much about them at this point, but if the goal is to get them to switch, in my opinion it’s an attempt that will backfire.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        Leftover enemies belong on the Brunch specials board.

  • TampaDink

    I am certain that ReiNCe PRieBuS is fully aware that to commit to not disagreeing with their candidate, he is committing to changing what they agree to from one minute to the next.

  • RoFaWh

    He’s a spineless fool.

    The only proper response to trump’s incessant whines is “oh, grow fucking up, Donnie!”

  • Martin

    So, some sportsball game is way more important than the future of our country. Got it.

    • Octavio

      If you don’t love football you don’t love
      MERICHU!!!!!!!

  • Max_1

    Shorter Reince Priebus:
    “We are the Party of Unity. We shall go down in flames, together.”

    • Carl

      Looks like when this is all over,the Teaparty will own the Republican party, leaving the establishment to start a third party. That’s my best guess. Something has to break soon.

      • Philly Mike

        I think if the Evangelicals are smart they would start their own party, then they would not have to twist themselves into horrifying positions to accept GOP candidates.

        • Martin

          They’re used to twisting things into horrifying positions; it’s business as usual for them.

        • TampaDink

          If evangelicals were smart, there would be no evangelicals.

      • Bruno

        I don’t know. Everything I’ve seen has shown the Tea Party winning and the evangelicals and much of the establishment doggishly following. There are some establishment figures crying about it and they may not fall in line, but for the most part Preibus’ actions today show that they will follow their new leader regardless of any sense of morality, principle, or decency.

        • Carl

          Could be. I just wonder how long this can be the status quo. Surely there’s a bottom somewhere.

          • Bruno

            I’ve been thinking the same thing since 2008. I don’t know how they keep it together…their ability to hold their nose in unity against Democrats is staggering.

          • Max_1

            The black hole of the GOP knows no bottom…

    • Martin
      • Carl

        Lol. Hugh.

  • Craig C

    Say it again Reince.

    • Martin

      Reince blather repeat?

    • Lumpy Gaga

      And for agreeing to sit on a TrumpThrone(tm) to conduct an interview, Lesley Stahl is dead to me.

      Would she have agreed to sit on a haystack for a faux-down-home candidate?

  • Pierre

    This fool always looks like he’s got a case of spastic colon, and gonna blow any minute!

  • JustSayin’

    Love the Barro tweet

  • PLAINTOM

    I am just following orders does have a familiar ring.

  • Jeffg166

    Imagine 4 years of this.

    • Carl

      It’s exhausting being a right wing douchebag. It’s like a full time job for some people.

    • TampaDink

      I try not to think of donnie winning….because whenever I do, envision nuclear winter within months of his inauguration.

  • AtticusP

    This is Trump we’re talking about here, folks.

    Mr. Smoke & Mirrors.

    There will be no debates.

  • Nax

    Isn’t Josh Barro a Republican?

    • Lumpy Gaga

      A homopublican who says enough moderate things to stay on MSNBC.

      Get his back up against the wall on core $$ issues (he began life as a Bloomberg reporter), and he’ll show his stripes.

      • another_steve

        I dunno, does he ever say offensive stuff? I’ve seen him many times on MSNBC and can’t recall ever having been horrified.

        (Plus, he’s SO adorable. When ya look that good, ya get a special pass… 😉

        • Lumpy Gaga

          No, he doesn’t say HORRIBLE stuff, on most topics, but he cannot wash off the Bloomberg-GOP training on $$ issues when they come up. Makes my dick soft.

          • another_steve

            Oh I dunno.

            I’m thinking that if he took his shirt off, I’d have a heart attack.

          • Craig C

            He looks good in a tank top. 🙂

          • another_steve

            Yes. He’s experimented with the facial hair. The gorgeous ones do that from time to time.

            Boy looks good, any old way.

          • Craig C

            This is what he looked like in 2005 before becoming a gym rat.

          • another_steve

            Good to know.

            The gym chains of America should make Barro’s “before and after” pictures a staple of their ads.

          • That_Looks_Delicious

            Confession: That makes him more attractive to me, not less.

            Am I weird about that? Does that happen to other people? For me, knowing that somebody who’s fit now used to be flubby makes them much hotter than somebody who’s always been a fit jock.

            I find that Youtube 10-week transformation guy an incredible turn-on, although there have been a lot of comments from knowledgeable people saying d that there is no way that he accomplished that transformation in 10 like he says, and that it probably took several years.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GST1W6Q5lug

  • ohbear1957

    I bet his breath smells particularly Trumpy today.

    • Bruno

      Hopefully for his sake, tRump didn’t have asparagus.

  • MikeBx2

    In reality, Trump and the Repub leadership don’t want people to see Trump getting pummeled by Clinton in a debate, but arguing the opposite easily fools his simple minded supporters. Just today, George Stephanopoulos made Trump look foolish. Imagine what Sec. Clinton will do to him.

  • DaddyRay

    This Trump SPOX on CNN defending Trump thinks he can bully his way through this talking over while anyone else speaks

  • Gigi

    “I know that the debates were scheduled last September by a non-partisan panel and that Trump’s totally lying (yet again), but I have to support him.”

    http://www.cnn.com/2015/09/23/politics/2016-presidential-debate-dates-set/

  • Bob Conti

    There’s lots of flaws but he’s not taking anything away from them. Typical GOP/Drumpf doublespeak.

  • WIGuy

    They should just refer to him as, “Trump’s Bitch”

  • trouble94114

    He really should have joined Melania Trump when she had her last Brazilian. That way Donald wouldn’t be leading him around by his short hairs.

    • Martin

      Donald doesn’t do three-ways. 🙂 (At least not if the combined age of the other two participant is greater than 25.)

  • EdA

    Just to state the obvious, this piece of trump, who heads the RNC, must PERSONALLY have agreed to the dates last year, long before Tax-Cheat Trump entered the race.

    Of course the sociopaths and psychopaths who actually run the Republiscum Party really embraced the study he commissioned to point out why almost nobody rational wants to vote Republiscum, didn’t they?

    • another_steve

      Rince My Pubic Area and his party thought they’d have a genuine nominee by this time in the election cycle. Maybe Bush. Gettin’ hard to remember, but all odds were on Bush the Bumbler to be the Republican nominee.

      Now they have complete dreck on their hands and are flailing about, hither and yon.

      • William

        If Trump’s hair spontaneously combusts under the bright lights, Jeb will quickly be installed as the nominee.

        • If that happens let’s hope JEB! learned his lesson with Terri Schaivo and doesn’t keep Bankrupt Donnie on life support.

  • Joe in PA

    Listen, I don’t know about whether the commission is rigged….

    Whenever anyone starts a sentence with “Listen” or “Look”, you know it’s going to be bullshit.

  • bob

    Clearly they don’t want trump to debate Hillary !

    • William

      Trump can’t function in an actual debate. He does not have the ability to stand and listen while anyone expresses an opposing viewpoint.

      • billbear1961

        He’d break down into incoherence.

        • William

          He will storm off the stage like a petulant child. I hope there are cameras to film his epic tantrum.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    We’re Not Going To Disagree With Our Nominee

    “We’re only following orders”?

  • Kuka

    Come on Reince, use your noodle. Just tell lil Donnie to purchase a DVR. He can watch the game AFTER he gets done debatin’.

    • TuuxKabin

      Ay, Kuka, lo que tiene dientes grandes, guapo. Woof!

  • Paige Turner

    Now its time to fall into line with Donald and his gaslighting. Can they last the distance?

    • Nick Stadler

      Even the Koch brothers can’t bring themselves to fall in line with Donald. That’s pretty low.

      • Paige Turner

        Its the acid test.
        Lets see who passes. Raince has already drunk the kool aid. Will the rest of them?

  • PickyPecker
  • PickyPecker
  • PickyPecker

    It just keeps burnin’ and a-burnin’
    https://media.giphy.com/media/26BoEmbTUmwGFplpm/giphy.gif

  • bkmn

    I wonder how Reince manages to walk upright since he has no spine.

    • trouble94114

      perhaps a strap-on?

  • Mike in Texas

    Pathetic …

    • Martin

      Prieposterbus.

      • TrollopeReader

        please see your local ER after four hours …

  • Gene

    oh Reince….whose parents wanted a prince and got a douche…

    there is a word for people who sell themselvs to get what they want.
    starts witha W….rhymes with door.

    most of your party is fitting this definition now

  • houstonray

    Great article, directly related to this topic. A list of all the top Republican’s supporting Hillary. Their comments about “why” are worth the visit.

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/meet-the-big-name-republicans-supporting-hillary-clinton/ar-AAhOzIr?li=BBnbfcL

    • Ross

      Thanks! I liked this one:

  • Cuberly

    Weird aside, watched Superman last night. The good one. Out of the blue it occurred to me that Superman is an illegal immigrant.

    The flying scene with Margot Kidder where they do that beautiful pass by the Statue of Liberty was what made me think of it.

    Yeah it’s fictional but thought it was interesting.

    • Zellaby

      I guarantee that if you put it to Trump he’d find something crass to say about Superman’s tights, cloak, general handsomeness . . . .

      • Cuberly

        …or make fun of his girl friend. Rate her looks etc…

      • Reality.Bites

        Speaking of which, this is a shot of Tyler Hoecklin (or however it’s spelled) as Superman on Supergirl.

    • Reality.Bites

      And she’s Canadian, so he was smuggling another one over the border when he did that.

  • TuuxKabin

    Peniusbus, you could have a mouth full of drumpf’s shit and you wouldn’t say shit. Get a pair.

  • Martin

    We all know the real reason he can’t debate Hillary is his absolute lack of knowledge about of foreign affairs. He actually said yesterday that Putin will not go into Ukraine…

    http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2016/07/trump-says-putins-not-going-into-ukraine.html

    • billbear1961

      He’s as ignorant as Palin.

      • Mike__in_Houston

        I think he may be even dumber than she is, and that is a statement I never thought I’d find myself making about anyone…

  • PickyPecker
    • TuuxKabin

      “In your heart you know he’s psycho” was an anti-Goldwater button I wore in SF for that election. Would apply to drumpf, for shore.

  • SoCalGal20

    OT: Stay safe out there, guys.

    http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-meningitis-men-20160729-snap-story.html

    L.A. and Long Beach health departments are now offering free meningitis vaccines to all gay men due to the current outbreak in Los Angeles.

  • OT: I was on Queerty and noticed a lot of pro-Trump pro-Putin comments and I couldn’t help but feel like they’re all the same person. And then this happened on Facebook: https://scontent-dft4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/13669163_1061170633918339_30985330596052344_n.jpg?oh=cc150b311580d758f1e4d4a3ae3b2a6d&oe=58188A92

    • bkmn

      I wonder if this is the work of trolls being paid for by Hair Furor or the Koch brothers.

      • SoCalGal20

        I doubt it’s the Koch brothers but somebody is paying for it.

        • The Kochs are not backing Trump. And for good reason. Nothing is worse for business and the markets than instability. Hillary may not be their ideal president but she’s stable and rational and won’t do anything stupid or irrational. They’ll be able to continue doing business. With Trump all bets are off. Will he screw up relations with other countries making it harder to business there? That seems likely. I would bet that will happen weekly. Will international markets go into panic? Like they did after Brexit only exponentially more so. That’s not good for people like the Koch brothers.

          • SoCalGal20

            I saw that Charles Koch refused to meet with Drumpf when they were both in Colorado Springs at the same time last week lol.

          • it could be a very smart strategic move for them to back the Johnson/Weld ticket. Johnson isn’t going to win but getting above 5% changes things a great deal in terms of ballot access. The Kochs are libertarians and not Republicans and that might help them either create or pull conservatives more of that bent into a party that isn’t run by Teavangelical loons. They may also be personally tired of getting flack for funding social conservatives in order to get what they want for their business interests. They can’t be the only business people tired of being yelled at for backing anti-gay, anti-women and anti-science candidates.

          • SoCalGal20

            Oh, interesting. Hmmm… Well, something has to rise in the place of the old GOP when ir goes down in flames.

      • mrfy

        Russian government, most likely.

        • Zellaby

          Is there some way of flagging this? Sorry but I’m not a FBer . . .

          • Not that I know of. Let’s just say FB’s flagging and reporting system is “imperfect”.

    • DaddyRay

      It is amazing how much they have in common /s

    • David

      Russia has a lot of pro-Drumpf trolls on its payroll.

      • Gotta love the mentality of some people though. “American media is all propaganda” but they follow RT which is blatant Russian propaganda. (Incidentally so is CCTV, Arirang, and to a lesser extant NHK but they’re not trying to influence elections in the U.S.)

        • That_Looks_Delicious

          I agree with you, and yet I have to admit that the vast majority of the English-language media did irreparable damage to their reputations during Bush’s build-up to the invasion of Iraq. With very few exceptions, notably the Guardian, RawStory and RT, they were almost all cheerleaders for the invasion and just kept unquestioningly repeating Bush/Cheney/Blair’s lies without actually investigating them, and actively downplayed or outright censored information from anywhere else that contradicted the story the Bush admin was telling. It was quite shocking and depressing to see the reports of what Hans Blix and Mohamed ElBaradei were saying about the supposed “weapons of mass destruction” in the foreign-language media (with Blix even calling Cheney a bastard) and then compare & contrast and see that information wasn’t getting through at all to most American and British readers.

          • I lived in Germany for much of that time (back from Christmas to the US). Most of the British press was good. Even the papers supporting the Iraq War had long articles (sometimes 2-3 full pages) detailing the history of Iraq, how things got to be the way they were, the ethnic and religious tensions inside the country, and what was likely to happen after Saddam Hussein. I tried to mix up what I was reading. Also, the foreign edition of the New York Times was much better at expanded coverage of issues involving the war. There was a concerted effort on the party of the US press not to oppose the war and given the not all that veiled threats W’s press secretary made more than once, I have to wonder if they weren’t just scared that they were being wiretapped (no idea if they were or not). The Judy Miller scandal destroyed all credibility of the Times for me. it’s just another rag now, just a glossier one.

        • JCF

          RT used to be (at least) interesting, before the Invasion of Ukraine. Then, the last independent reporters quit, and it’s been nothing except Putin’s agitprop since.

    • Cuberly

      You can see the same thing btwn Breitbart and Mediaite. Also, twitter trolls are working overtime as well. Again, cut and paste jobs attacking anyone that’s anti-trump.

    • William

      Some Kremlin trolls don’t have the English language grammar skills to write their own posts. Cut and paste works in any language.

    • SoCalGal20

      These are textbook sockpuppets.

      https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sockpuppet_(Internet)

      Since state-sponsored sockpuppets are a thing, I wouldn’t be surprised if this was from Russia.

      I see sockpuppets a lot on twitter speading media links to celebrity stories and things like that. Just do a twitter search on some actor that has a current story in the media and you’ll see a bunch of identical tweets from different people linking to said article.

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      Yeah, definitely. If it wasn’t for JMG I would have decided years ago already that all websites should just completely disable commenting. But I still want to read what all the wit and wisdom of you JMGers. Yes, even (every once in a while) BP.

      But there’s been no doubt in my mind that people/computers have been trolling massively online in comment sections for a long time now (and to game the ratings of businesses, movies, etc. on review websites, etc.).

  • Oikos
    • bkmn

      I thought this was the GOP chair…

  • BobSF_94117

    I can only assume Priebus had a hand in selecting the dates in the first place.

  • 2amor

    I know one thing, I love me some Josh Barro….

    • Zellaby

      O dear. I’m from the UK & I was unacquainted with Mr Barro. Damn! I am now . . . .

    • sherman

      Sometimes he can be a dick, sometimes good.

  • David

    Well, Herr Drumpf is the Fürher of the GOP.
    They MUST do what they are told. Orrrrr, it is 30 days in za cooler.

    GOP = America’s Stalag 13.

  • Translated Priebus: “We’re not going to contradict our Presidential nominee’s lies. What would be the point anyway, seeing as how he’ll have a different lie out there by tomorrow and you’ll be asking me address the new one. Our party is doomed.”

    Okay, I added that last part.

  • Robert Stultz

    What flavor Kool-aid are they serving these days?! He of all people should know that the debate schedule was set long before the eventual candidates were decided.

  • billbear1961

    Your candidate, up to his neck in hock to Kremlin capital, and refusing to release his tax returns because they would PROVE it, is a traitorous COWARD. IF he shows up, Hillary will wipe the floor with him.

    Here’s why he probably won’t–some questions he might be asked:

    In a debate, you boasted of your close relationship with Jordan’s King Hussein, who had died 20 years ago. What is your relationship with his son and heir, King Abdullah?

    You have confused Virginia’s Tim Kaine with New Jersey’s Tom Kean, as you did Hamas with Hezbollah, the Quds force with al Qaida, etc. Should a president have difficulty distinguishing things with similar names?

    The most respected nonpartisan fact-checking organization finds less than one out of every six things you say to be true. In one of your books, you wrote about the advantages of exaggerating, of saying things that are not true. Why should anyone believe what you say?

    You have said that you are 100% pro-choice. You even asked your pregnant mistress if she was going to have an abortion. More recently you said that the law should punish any woman who has an abortion. What do you believe now and why?

    You have accumulated wealth by stiffing contractors, saddling investors with the burdens of your bankruptcies, manufacturing products overseas, and importing workers for your casinos. How have you demonstrated your concern for American workers?

    Why do you think Americans will be safer if Japan and South Korea develop nuclear weapons?

    Why would you like Vladimir Putin to absorb the Crimean peninsula and the Baltic countries into Russia?

    If he is unwilling to put in the many, many days of preparation, including poring over briefing books prepared by his staff and participating in mock debates, he could easily say something disastrous that could dominate the news for days and give many voters the feeling that he is not ready for prime time. His primary debate strategy of mocking his opponents and trying to bluff his way through will never work against a skillful, well-prepared opponent, or with moderators not from Fox News. The foreign policy debate could be an unmitigated disaster for Trump since he will be debating a former secretary of state who visited 112 countries and is on first-name terms with every leader in the entire world.

    http://www.electoral-vote.com/evp2016/Pres/Maps/Jul31.html#item-6

    Tell me, you gutless little WHORE, do you support his request to Russia that they launch CYBERATTACKS on your country??

    Do you support his callous personal attacks on the Army Gold Star parents of a decorated Muslim American soldier who sacrificed his LIFE for his country??

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/07/30/chicken-hawk-trump-mocks-captain-khan-s-mother.html

    You and your party seem increasingly incapable of ANY decency.

    I don’t think you know or care what decency is.

    The GOP’s legitimacy as a political party is increasingly FORFEIT.

    I will not recognize the “authority” of such moral BANKRUPTS to govern this country.

    You’re UNFIT.

    • ohbear1957

      Thank you, bill. We could not have said it better than that.

  • Oscarlating Wildely

    With all of Trump’s money (note from Bloomberg: “Oh, how cute!”) you would think that he could buy his little poodle a spine.

  • David

    Yes we’ll all know Treason-Trump is your Lord & Master.

  • BlueberriesForMe

    Shorter Drumpf: “You’re not the boss of me!”

  • RickCabral

    Imagine being in Priebus’ position: having to explain why you bought a Yugo, and why you think it’s such great car.

    • Reality.Bites

      More like explaining why you got a Pinto to haul propane

  • Will Parkinson

    Dear Reince,

    Repeating a lie does not make it a truth.

    • sherman

      But you can get 90% of Republicons to believe it.

      • Ross

        99%.

  • Randy503

    Wow. This turd is going all in with Trump. Right from the start, he did nothing to oppose Trump. I’m sure the Republican estasblishment is furious that he has let this train wreck go on for so long. He is destroying the entire party.

    I’m not shedding any tears, mind you, but really, the GOP is dead and Reince shares a lot of the blame. When Trump goes down in flames, this guy will try to walk away from it and blame everyone else, as they always do, but he won’t be able to get away from it.

  • Cuberly

    OT: I’m running out of adjectives.

    https://twitter.com/TeresaKopec/status/759829616450211840

    • sherman

      SMH

    • William

      Trump “lost” his wives? More like he traded them in when the mileage got high. At the first sign of an oil (silicon) leak, time to replace.

      • Cuberly

        Like that time Trump and Ivana vacationed in Aspen, Marla had gone ahead. Basically to provide Trump a “diversion” while Ivana did her thing.

        Then Ivana ran into Marla in the hotel lobby. Basically it was a wife and mistress face-off. Wasn’t pretty.

        Yeah Dahnald is quite the martyr.

    • TampaDink

      During all of that hard work, he managed to find time enough for mistresses, since he went on to marry a couple of them.

      • Makes one wonder who his current mistress/es is/are….

        • TampaDink

          I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that, using his experience with the Miss Universe pageant, he hosts a secret contest called “the little miss mistress pageant” No doubt he has complete confidence in his pal & registered sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein as a talent scout, recruiter & judge.

    • Max_1

      He could sacrifice a clothing plant in India and China and Make America Great Again… But that will cost him in profits so that won’t ever happen.

    • Max_1

      Someone needs to rimind The Donald that both Bill and Hillary Clinton have been married longer than all three of Donald’s marriages combined… And they’ve worked a lot. Trust me.

    • moebym

      Like Newt Gingrich’s assertion that he cheated on one ex-wife because he loved his country so much.

      There really is no low for the Donald is there?

      • Cuberly

        Ha! That’s what I tweeted as a reply to the tweet above. lol….

    • Bruno

      I heard he also had to sacrifice his favorite golf club when he lost a bet over whether or not his 3rd wife’s French nudes would ever surface. Real world problems.

      • Reality.Bites

        They’ll be rebranded as Freedom nudes

    • Holy fuck… they’re trying to turn his divorces into a virtue?

      Friends, this is what campaign meltdown looks like.

      • Bruno

        The mice will follow their pied piper off the cliff if he goes there.

        • Good.

        • OdieDenCO

          let’s make sure its a tall cliff with the ashcan of history at the bottom.

  • Michael White

    They are all are a bunch of pussies. But damn, I am becoming afraid the dick will win.

  • Max_1

    If only rinsing my prebus cured what ails me…

  • sherman

    I’ve seen a lot of discussion about this, but not sure I’ve ever heard anyone state the obvious.

    Hillary would love to have the largest audience to debate Trump because she will mop the floor with him!!!

    If anyone benefits from lower viewership, it is Dishonest Don.

  • Robert Conner

    Spineless, toadying, craven, servile, obsequious, simpering GIRLY MEN. Be forewarned: this is what happens when you name a boy “Reince.”

  • iamvince

    I’m guessing they think Americans don’t know how to set the DVR to record one or the other so they can end up seeing BOTH of them?

    • William

      Many of these folks still have a VCR blinking 12:00.

  • UiscePreston

    This Priebus clown is going to be holding on to his ankles til the bitter end.

  • andrew

    In 2015 the nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates set the dates for the upcoming debates. Sure sounds “rigged” to me. LOL. Trump’s charge gives us yet another look into his twisted conspiratorial mind.

  • Max_1

    Will the Priebus be flying coach, then?

  • aagold76 .

    Hillary will eat him alive in the debates- she would want as many people watching as possible- she beat Obama in pretty much all of their debates- does anyone honestly think Trump stands a chance 1-on-1 against her on that stage?

    • William

      Trump has been surrounded by ‘yes men’ his entire life. He can’t debate.

    • another_steve

      What you say = word. Truth.

      She’d cream him. He’d say things that are sexist (e.g., “Stop shouting, Hillary!”) or just ignorant (too too many possible examples).

      I’ll be surprised if his handlers allow him to debate her.

      • debates don’t register new voters. that’s what we need b/c downticket is so much more important than she is. where is the DNC on GOTV right now? do you even know?

        meanwhile, Chunk Toad is paid $30M a year to tell you how to vote. should the dems spend more on that, or GOTV efforts? Debbie says you should give it to the toad. enjoy knowing your money is as well spent as it is on a tux for a party the HRC (pun intended) throws in DC.

    • OdieDenCO

      if he sticks to verbal abuse only, the orange menace will melt like grease in the sun. I would not put it past him to blow a fuse and turn physically violent. But seeing him taken down on live TV would be delish!

  • Bruno

    Meghan McCain: What kind of ‘barbarian’ attacks parents of fallen soldier?

    http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/289921-meghan-mccain-what-kind-of-barbarian-attacks-parents-of

    And where is JOHN McCain through all this?

    • TuuxKabin

      See my meme further along the line here. It shows where John McCain is.

    • TrollopeReader

      playing with Lindsey?

      • Bruno

        Gives the term ham biscuits a whole new meaning.

    • Cuberly

      Heh…and just last month she was fiddling her bean on Fox on how awesome the GOP was & how completely corrupt Hillz was. Even though there’s video of her daddy praising Clinton when she was a Senator.

      • Bruno

        I always get the feeling with Meghan that she’s just trying. so. fucking. hard to be a Republican but just hasn’t managed to do so in any kind of clean way. It’s not even that she’s a centrist who may diverge on some issues…it’s like there’s nothing there when it comes to her “Republicanism.” Some say there’s nothing there at all with her, but I disagree. She just needs to say it out loud and step over from the dark side.

        • Cuberly

          Yeah when she was hired on Fox and started appearing on the “panels” she didn’t come across as particularly invested in regurgitating the dogma.

    • TampaDink

      Her dad is very busy right now, seeking re-election…and reminiscing about when he was a POW, losing his right to be considered a war hero. Meanwhile, Sen. McCranky-Pants will support donnie the commie con man whose running mate disavows the use of name calling. Calling a former POW not a war hero is….apparently okey dokey with Mikey.

  • Max_1

    The GOP spox spoke…

  • 2patricius2

    Drumpf’s final step will be to reject all debates as being rigged. He’ll use some lame excuse or another to decline. He is a coward.

  • Daveed_WOW

    The story no one is talking about: the flavor and texture of Donald Trump’s asshole. It must be one of the most succulent morsels in Creation based on the number of tongues that park inside it.

  • Max_1

    Dear Rience,
    What does Donald’s dick taste like?

    • Cuberly
      • “Circus Peanuts.” Perfection.

        • Max_1

          Circus penis… Yes, the Trumpster is the ring leader.

      • TampaDink

        It probably looks like those too….although not nearly as yoog as they are depicted.

        • Cuberly

          I bet it’s more like a balloon knot. And about as pretty.

          • TampaDink

            Ew, but I suspect that you are closer to correct than I was.

          • Cuberly

            He he he,,,

  • Max_1
  • bambinoitaliano

    O/T Marge and Homer Simpsons cast their votes.
    https://youtu.be/tLSy8Tl2bjs

    • Max_1

      LOL… see below. Great eyes and minds… alike.

      And that’s how I became a Democrat.

  • Cuberly
    • bambinoitaliano

      It’s not just his wife. He would never allow anyone has an edge word wise. If there are cameras and microphone and a podium, he assumed its for him.

  • Slade7

    So frustrating because Hillary is allowing Trumpig to frame all these issues. The Repig scum HD Eil St nd demands on *ALL* debate criteria and scheduling. Yet 85% of the public now think Hillary somehow colluded & rigged the system. Trumpig is a MASTER at this type of propaganda. Hillary should be on the offense, not defense! This is Bush/Kerry all over again.

  • debates are so old-fashioned and pointless, they only expose what this whole mess is really about.

    $$$

    not for you, not for HRC, not for any of us. but for the media. oooh they get angry when you tell them they are not allowed to have a say in the process of how they should cover things (fairly).

    debates? gosh, i remember when people talked about those in the primary season. sometimes they happened, sometimes, not so much. the bottom line is that only a slim minority decides who to vote for, based on a TV debate. in fact, i think that number is statistically irrelevant. but gosh is this “issue” going to take up your TV “news” time for the next few months.

    intelligent people understand that if you want to know about a candidate, there is the internet. THOMAS, various major papers reporting on voting records, other sources where you can find out what a candidate has said, done, promised, gone back on…

    i didn’t watch or go to either convention, i don’t watch political TV ads, and i don’t care about “debates.” the last one i watched had… dan Quayle in it. wow am i not going to do that again. make up your own mind. voting is not (or shouldn’t be) your favorite episode of Survivor or whatever.

  • FAEN

    This reminds me of when Newt said-“If you quote me verbatim you’re lying”.

    • nowhereman

      And that’s the Truth. Pfffft!

  • Martin

    Retired Marine Corps Gen. John Allen said that if Republican nominee Donald Trump
    becomes president and follows through on some of the things he’s said
    on the campaign trail, the U.S. could face a “civil military crisis, the
    like of which we’ve not seen in this country.”

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/ret-gen-john-allen-donald-trump-credibility/story?id=41021091

    • nowhereman

      They’ve already told him that they would refuse to start torturing people again, but he just rolls right on past that…

      • Martin

        Who, other than the military, could round-up all the Muslims? Some of them would, but many, most, would not. It would destroy our forces overnight leaving us wide open to attack.

        • PickyPecker
        • FAEN

          What happens to the Muslims in the military? Do they have to round themselves up?

        • You can bet that there are lots of sheriff and police departments out there that would love to make militarized use of all that cast-off military equipment they are in possession of.

  • Kevin Perez

    Just look back to the debates before the Iowa Caucuses. Trump skipped the last debate because debate moderator Fox News was too liberal. Trump instead had a fund raiser for veterans where we stiffed the actual veterans. Trump ended up losing Iowa to Ted Cruz.
    If past is prologue, expect Donald Trump to have a competing fund raising event for veterans after which he will keep all the money for himself and he’ll lose the election to Hillary (which I believe he wouldn’t mind very much).

    • nowhereman

      I have a feeling that he doesn’t believe he’s actually gotten this far. He misunderestimated the stupidity of RWNJs

    • Martin

      I’d bet a thousand dollars right now that Trump quits at some point before the election. Maybe even within a few weeks.

      • David L. Caster

        I think he will just keep doing really unpolitic things all the way to the end. If (hopefully when) he goes on to lose, he will produce a ghost written book after the fact and sell a lot of copies. He won’t lose any money because all of his campaign expenses will come out of donations to the RNC and elsewhere, and his hospitality businesses will come out ahead in the deal.

      • Jerry Kott

        For some reason , I have always felt the same. He is an illusionist and will spin some excuse. Like Milania has a cummy ache.

    • PickyPecker

      First he needs to find a reasonable (in his head) excuse out of debating at all. My guess? Probably something along the lines of ‘I won’t participate in the debates unless ALL party candidates are involved. It’s RIGGED…..’ fill in the blank after that and toss reason aside.
      That will be turned down.
      THEN he will schedule his own sidebar event to raise cash.

  • nowhereman

    So some people will have to make that gut-wrenching decision on whether drink beer and watch football or to watch the debates. What to do, what to do.

    • David L. Caster

      Set the DVR to record one or the other and watch the other live. If one wants to watch both, watch the game and record the debate, you are going to do some double-takes as you work your way through the debate and will want to do your own instant replay.

      • Nowhereman–Berniecrat

        There’s always sports on. I’d just say grow up. I don’t follow sports much but I like to tease my baby brother by asking him questions like “Jeeze! They play basketball all year long now?”

    • TrollopeReader

      either way, it will be a big night for beer.

      • Nowhereman–Berniecrat

        …and popcorn.

  • Cuberly

    This is making the rounds. Trump’s training video for the debates.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSEYXWmEse8

  • Max_1

    O/T: Good news for Jon Stewart junkies like me out there…
    https://twitter.com/flavorwire/status/759783616847241216

    • Max_1

      edit: Now all I have to do is get cable… blech, ick, puke.

      • Acronym Jim

        Or you could just subscribe to HBO Go.

        • wehoho

          HBO Now. HBO Go requires a cable subscription.

          • Acronym Jim

            Thank you. I stand corrected.

          • Max_1

            HBO Pokemon Go?

  • coram nobis

    Donald is going to amaze people at the debates, with assertions like this one he just did on This Week With George Stephanopoulos’s Hair.

    http://crooksandliars.com/2016/07/trump-insists-putin-isnt-ukraine-and-would

    “[Putin]’s not going to go into Ukraine. Just so you understand, he’s not going to go into Ukraine,” he insisted.

    “You can mark it down, you can put it down, you can take it anywhere you want,” he added.

    Stephanopoulos gently pointed out that Putin is already there.

    “Well, he’s there in a certain way but I’m not there, you have Obama there …

    • Gianni

      Donald’s brilliance truly escapes me. I agree. His debate performances should be stunning. He might even rival Sarah Palin’s performances.

  • Mark

    Make no mistake, the repubs are going to play dirtier than anything we have ever seen.

    • David L. Caster

      The greatest danger is that everybody will be distracted by turning the race for POTUS into a tire dump fire resulting in the GOP retaining and possibly strengthening its control of both houses of Congress. That, like the election of Trump, must not be allowed to happen.

    • TuuxKabin
    • That_Looks_Delicious

      It’s beyond playing dirty now. It seems to just be unapologetic nonsense and blatant racism. I think they’ve given up on even trying to pretend to have higher motives or good intentions. That is how profoundly Trump has damaged the party.

  • shellback

    “We’re not going to disagree with our nominee”
    That’s just one of your many problems.

  • Max_1

    With CLimate Change on the Dem. platform… We should see it in the debates.
    https://twitter.com/MichaelEWebber/status/759819841746313220

  • Blake J Butler

    Simpsons parody of Hillarys 2008 “it’s 3am campaign” ad featuring trump.

    http://www.rollingstone.com/tv/news/watch-the-simpsons-scathe-donald-trump-in-campaign-ad-w431846

  • shellback

    Hey, Rinse, Donnie just told you to jump off a roof. You’d better not disagree with him.

  • Ross

    Corrected headline:

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Seriously?? The dates were sets months ago and the GOP was well aware. Let’s call this what it is, Trump trying desperately to find an excuse not to face Hillary in a debate. He knows she’ll wipe the floor with him. He’s a gutless, corrupt, untrustworthy, bloviating, cry-baby of a man child who’s terrified of a strong woman.

  • Bruno

    CBS poll shows Clinton with only a slight bump and slight lead: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/poll-clinton-answers-back-gets-slight-convention-boost-of-her-own/

    • Bruno

      I just realized this is a poll of battleground states, not a national poll.

      • Ninja0980

        Her leading in all of them is good, let’s hope it keeps up.

        • Bruno

          The Reuters polls were actually taken during convention week so aren’t fully accurate bounce-wise. There will be a few more tomorrow surely.

          • TrollopeReader

            gadzooks, they’re something like 123,908 polls released daily ! or it surely seems so ….. *sigh*

          • Bruno

            I guess the Reuters polls were actually released yesterday. Hopefully we’ll see bigger numbers in that one next time around.

  • JT

    We’re Not Going To Disagree With Our Nominee

    Rancid Penis: He can say 0=1 and we won’t disagree. He can say shit is good to eat, and we will eat shit. We are the ultimate sicko(ele)phants.

    • Reality.Bites

      On the other hand saying we’re not going to disagree with our nominee is also admitting they know he’s wrong.

      He could, after all, have said he AGREES with their nominee instead of using two negatives (not and disagree) to imply a positive that isn’t there

      • JT

        There’s no indication that they “know” he’s wrong.

        • Reality.Bites

          I consider this phrasing an indication of just that.

          Being committed to a stupid course because you find the other option too horrible to contemplate doesn’t mean you’re blind to the problems.

          I tend to think that most unelected political operatives are smart. They may be evil. They may actually have sincere beliefs I vehemently disagree with, or they may go against their own beliefs for political purposes.

          But most of them are pretty darn smart, regardless of party.

          • JT

            The phrasing could indicate only cowardice in not coming out and saying what he really believes: that a stupid, ill prepared candidate of his should not have to do something that makes him look that way. Such Rethugs are immoral scum who wish they could get away with saying what they really believe. Drumpf offers them a gift.

  • Bruno

    Don’t exactly know what to make of Reuters. They did 2 polls with different wording, one had Clinton up +6 where people could choose “other” and the other one has them tied with choices of Johnson and Stein. Just seems like a mess to me.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-poll-idUSKCN1092M5

    • Bruno

      And also to note that these Reuters polls were taken July 25-29 so mostly before Hillary’s speech.

  • Bruno
  • Ninja0980

    Trump is simply laying the groundwork for when he gets his clocked clean in the debates, IF he shows up.
    The mods were against him, the NFL blah blah and he will get away with it because his supporters will believe anything he says and the media won’t call him out on it.

  • Thorn Spike

    Spineless wonder.

  • Outlaw Woman

    I like football well enough, but not so enthralled that I can’t give up watching a couple games in favor of the debates.

    Those who would choose football over the debates are those more likely to be Trump voters anyway. One would think Trump would be in favor of anything that would suppress those folks seeing him get his ass kicked by Hillary.

    • TampaDink

      Your first sentence reminded me of a line from “Steel Magnolias”.
      Clairee Belcher (Olympia Dukakis): Well I really do love football but it’s hard to parlay that into a reason for living.”

      • Gianni

        😀

  • RainbowPhoenix

    Better boot up the time machine and go back to before either of them were running.

  • Claude Jacques Bonhomme
    • TampaDink

      Melanoma hopes to wear them for her official First(3rd) Lady portrait, along with a pair of “fuck me pumps”. Since she is a “simple designer & architect” from Slovenia & doesn’t wish to appear too flashy…the Priebus earrings & the shoes are all she plans on wearing when she poses.

    • Porkie

      Not to scale I appreciate, but aren’t they slightly too large?

  • Bob Conti

    What a tool. He must’ve gotten a really good deal, what with selling his soul and all, although if he made the deal with Trump, then he’ll probably get stiffed.

  • DesertSun59

    Unless someone has a time machine, this is proof that Priebus is a charlatan, too.

  • Sean

    What the sycophant meant to say is “Sieg Heil Herr Trump!”

  • i look at Rinsed and all i can see it a tool. a hole. two slightly pudgy lips and some doe like brown eyes begging anyone with money, “please, take care of me! i have no skills except with these holes you like to use.”

    i’ve known a *lot* of republican men who are gay. Rinsed is like… i’m struggling as a writer here, to come up with the right combination of pathetic, greedy, stupid, and so so very not going to make it to the real VIP party, oh, not ever.

    it’s sad when you didn’t join the Revolutionary Movement just to piss your parents off, for the extreme sin of naming you after a bathroom element, and a part of human genitals. i mean, i hate my mom, but i would hate her more, if this was what she did to me, instead of just disinheriting me for being queer.

    • lymis

      Renfield.

  • Robert Adams

    Trump — the Great Castrator of the GOP.

    What a bunch of eunuchs the “mainstream” Republicans have become.

    Considering Hilary doesn’t really have any, her pair is bigger than these guys’

    Mitch and the boys are all saying: “I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger “.

  • Robert Adams

    Hey, GOP leaders. Here is a heads-up.

    “My Country, right or wrong.” did not save anyone’s bacon at Nuremberg.
    “My Party, right or wrong.” won’t save your bacon in November.

  • Cuberly
    • Bruno

      Love it but should’ve been Trapper John, MD.

      • Snarky

        John Miller is the fake name Trump used when he was pretending to be his own publicist, to talk himself up.

  • ian

    Ok fine. If the dates conflict with football and the RNC is worried viewership for a Hillary/trump (not gonna capitalize his name anymore.) debate would be down, reschedule it so more can see your nominee. I don’t think the DNC or Hillary would object to that, indeed, lets add more debates to the schedule. I’m sure Hillary would be down for that.

    • TampaDink

      But, but, but….THAT is not the point! The point is that “crooked” Hillary cheated by forcing a bipartisan committee (that she was not on) to set the dates. He’d be more than happy to have her reschedule the debates & add as many more to the schedule as she would like….so long as there is no conflict with any program on any channel.

  • Gianni

    Mr. Priebus absolutely does not want to say anything that will fracture that party anymore than it already is. Crawling on your belly for party loyalty. Reince is proof positive that a person CAN live without a spine. I think his middle initial is W – for Wuss – Reince Wuss Priebus.

  • ‘Til Tuesday

    Then why did the RNC agree to the debate schedule in the first place? The debate commission brought in both the RNC and the DNC and they sat there and worked out the schedule. Why didn’t he object when it was being negotiated by his office?

    • SoCalGal20

      Because he wasn’t blowing Drumpf then?

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  • Joseph Miceli

    This is a GOOD thing! Let’s put those debates in prime time at the best possible time to make sure EVERYONE in the Western Hemisphere sees Hillary kick his ass!

  • Cuberly
  • JCF

    “Certainly we’re not going to agree with anything that our nominee doesn’t agree with.”

    This line should be in EVERY “contrast ad” that Dems run this year. Every single Dem running against a Rethug!

  • Paige Turner

    They are really going over the cliff in the bus with him aren’t they?

  • LiberalDeacon

    If you take away all of the vowels from the Chairperson’s name, one is left with RNC PR BS!

  • Good. Preibus is going down with the ship. Hopefully this will be the end of him. The GOP commissioned a study about what went wrong in 2012 and then doubled down (and then some) on every one of their mistakes.

  • karmanot

    It didn’t take long for Rancid Penis to become Dtrumpf’s assistant bitch after Christie.

  • Michael Hampton

    Perhaps he forgets when he and the rest of the GOP agreed to this schedule last year.

  • IamM

    Who’re you gonna believe, facts or the sociopath running your precious political party into the ground like a exceptionally tacky casino?

  • OPUS

    This is all about T-rump knowing he can’t stand toe to toe with Clinton. It really is that simple.