RNC Chairman Reince Priebus Talks Weiner: They Really WILL Say Anything!

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Yesterday, on Greta Van Susteren’s On the Record, Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee reared his priebus to discuss wieners.  Anthony Weiner’s, to be exact.  Reince was in high dudgeon, to be sure. . .                                                                For more on Priebus prattle, a revealing video, and a medical definition of a “reince priebus,” just click our beloved “Read More” nunny bunny at the right . . .                           

A tornado of botheration was he.

“VAN SUSTEREN: All right, you say [Weiner should immediately] resign.

PRIEBUS: Well, yes. Obviously, after all that, the man is a creep and an incessant liar, and I think that’s pretty obvious. You don’t need an investigation to figure that out.

What I think is more outrageous, though, Greta, is the fact that Nancy Pelosi, Debbie Wasserman Schultz of the Democratic National Committee is not calling for this guy’s resignation! I mean, the guy is an incessant liar. And listen, it was Nancy Pelosi, you might remember, who said that she was going to drain the swamp in Washington and clear the field of these kind of people. And what does she do? She calls for an ethics investigation.

Now, either she condones the behavior or she calls for his resignation. That’s her choice.

VAN SUSTEREN: Well, you know, he’s still — I mean, it still makes sense to go through a process and give him a hearing. I mean, we’ve all pretty much reached our judgment about him. I mean, the pictures are quite damning. But he’s hired by the people in his district, you know?

PRIEBUS: Oh, really? I mean, do we need to really, though, Greta, spend taxpayer dollars on an investigation to determine whether or not Anthony Weiner is a creep? I mean, we know what the story is. We know what he did. The guy lied. He brought reporters back in the hallway when he knew he was lying, came back outside into the hallway, lied again.

Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats ought to show a little bit of leadership and get this guy out of town.”  [Read the transcript or watch the video of Van Susteren’s excellent intereview here.  – first-time recommendation of a FOX presentation.]

The Persistence Of Memory.  Recall that Priebus, the man with a surname as dead-on a term for wiener as Weiner, launched no righteous indignation at Ex-Senator John Ensign whose skeedaddle from the Senate via resignation was a millimeter ahead of the posse he knew was about to expel him summarily.

Remember too, Reince Priebus – what is a “reince” anyway? (see photo) – had no particular concerns about then Louisiana’s Congressman David Vitter  whose prominence on the D.C. Madam’s “frequent rider” list might have garnered criminal solicitation charges in D.C. Vitter, for God’s sake, took calls from the Madam on the House floor, during votes! (Vitter, rather than resigning from the House, stayed on, then won his Senate seat in the next election. )

About Vitter, here’s what Priebus told Van Susteren , who, by the way, admirably held his feet to the fire:

VAN SUSTEREN: Is there a difference with Senator David Vitter, I mean, with the whole — with his whole little prostitution — he’s on a prostitution client list. Is that different?

PRIEBUS: Well, I don’t know if it’s different. I mean, this is…

VAN SUSTEREN: Well, nobody called…

PRIEBUS: Frankly, I’m not relitigating the David Vitter situation. We have…

“Relitigating”? The Vitter sex machine was neither litigated, nor prelitigated.  There’s the rub. Weiner, as far as we know today, is not alleged to have violated any law; Vitter, prima facie, many allege, appears to have done so.  Priebus has a very selective moral sense – the very “moral relativism” the GOP goes on and on and on railing against. Of course.

In any event, in Bashir’s interview Priebus sounds like a guy with three hookers in tow caught at the door to his house by his wife and mother-in-law. Sputter, sputter, sputter, and sputter. It’s not surprising. Even if only academically, he knows he’s a hypocritical liar. A creep, one might say. (I just did.)

Ensign, Schmensign!  Earlier yesterday, Priebus began his parade of hypocrisy. He appeared on MSNBC’s Martin Bashir show, calling Weiner a “creep,” as if creepiness were a violation of Senate rules. If that were true, how have Joe Lieberman, Mitch McConnell, and David Vitter remained senators? 

Priebus also rages about Weiner’s lying to the press and the American people as well. That apple doesn’t fall far from the Republican tree either – John Ensign brought the lie to Shakespearean heights. And Newt Gingrich? Who can define the infinite space his lying occupies? John Ensign? Oy!  Yet, of course, Priebus supports them all.

Here’s his Weiner rant on Martin Bashir’s show:

Stand Up For Weiner.  Anthony Weiner appears as of now to have violated no law. He’s likely examining his psychological and moral life overtime. He lied about a sexual peccadillo, involving adults, between adults. He harmed many – principally his wife, Hilary Clinton’s closest aide at State. Yes, he embarrassed Congress, yet, Congress, with few exceptions, is an institutionalized embarrassment.

Anthony Weiner does have some sexual issues (who among us dares throw that first stone?), and  he will deal with them; he did not, though, as Ensign did, canoodle with the wife of another man, both of them, mind you, members of his staff. Unlike Ensign, Vitter, Mark Foley, John Edwards, Newt Gingrich, and many others, Weiner never deemed to us about the superiority of his own “family values.”  Getting lectured by Ensign, Vitter, and Gingrich, is like getting ethical investment guidelines from Jack Madoff or Goldman Sachs.

Won’t You Stay, Just A Little Bit Longer.  Mr. Weiner ought not resign. Far worse have remained for more outrageous and potentially illegal acts.  The House banking scandal sent Kentucky Congressman Carroll  Hubbard to jail. Illinois’ Dan Rostenkowski went too. Real crimes; real disgrace; real candidates for expulsion.

Indeed, Mr. Weiner , as Congressman Weiner, has lost much of his legislative mojo. His inimitable rants at GOP congressloons may fall silent, although the boxer-tough congressman may fool us. For the progressive cause silencing the congressman would bring more silence to an already mostly passive Democratic House; for the GOP it would be a triumph. They do not happily abide news coverage of Mr. Weiner putting their hypocrisy, their incessant lies, and their simple meanness on display.

He’s in trouble now, and he’s a friend of the progressive cause, and thereby a friend of the lost middle class and all those who aspire for small successes and a decent wage. I’ll not abandon him in his neediest hour. Let the Priebuses prattle on.

[For more from They Will Say Anything! on this topic:

The Anthony Wiener Underpants Probe – UPDATE June 3, 2:00 a.m. — Senatorial Underpants Pop Up In Harry Reid’s Twitter Account!

The Anthony Weiner Underpants Probe, UPDATE #2, June 3, 2011 — Forensic Study Lifts Weiner]

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Michael Matheron

From Presidents Ronald Reagan through George W. Bush, I was a senior legislative research and policy staff of the nonpartisan Library of Congress Congressional Research Service (CRS). I'm partisan here, an "aggressive progressive." I'm a contributor to The Fold and Nation of Change. Welcome to They Will Say ANYTHING! Come back often! . . . . . Michael Matheron, contact me at mjmmoose@gmail.com

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