Influential right-wing talk radio show host Mark Levin is calling for Republican National Committee Chair (RNC) Reince Priebus’ ouster, after the CNBC debate fiasco on Wednesday evening. Levin, a right-wing radio host, who served as Attorney General Edwin Meese’s Chief of Staff during the Reagan administration, lashed out at Priebus’ leadership on his Thursday radio show.
The head of the RNC needs to go!…
I say Reince Priebus should be fired over there at the Republican National Committee…
That guy is an incompetent. He’s a boob! He’s another one whose tongue is tied all the time. And when he does talk, he talks in superficial gibberish.
The Republican National Committee has thrown the Republican presidential candidates under the bus. RNC Chairman Reince Priebus has allowed the media to distort and undermine the entire debate process so far. The highlight of the CNBC debate was most of the candidates joining together to face a common enemy: the media and ideologue moderators. TV networks only care about ratings, not the debate process, which is why they should have no control over the process. The individual campaigns need to get together and have Lincoln-Douglass style debates rather than be at the mercy of agenda-driven moderators acting as journalists. Priebus is responsible for the current disaster that is the Republican debate process and should resign.
Levin also praised Ted Cruz effusively throughout his show. Levin’s comments may not pressure Priebus to step down, but as influential as talk radio is with Republican primary voters, Priebus has reason to be concerned about his future as party chair.
The right-wing rebellion in the GOP has already pushed former House Speaker John Boehner from his leadership position. The outrage brigade shows no sign of slowing down as they seek the next Republican head to roll in their purge of party officials who do not meet their political demands.
What is truly comical is that Levin and other GOP whiners are complaining about “liberal bias” in a debate that was co-sponsored by the RNC and CNBC, a network that caters to wealthy investors. Furthermore, CNBC included on their debate panel Rick Santelli, whose 2009 on-air rant arguably spawned the modern tea party movement. The argument that Santelli is part of a liberal effort to discredit GOP candidates is laughable, but Republicans have so deeply internalized the notion that they are victims, that facts no longer matter.
Few right-wingers embody the victim mentality more thoroughly than Levin. Yet his whiny diatribes command a significant following among the aggrieved conservatives that make up the core base of the Republican Party. Irate conservatives toppled John Boehner for being insufficiently radical, and they could certainly generate enough momentum to overthrow Priebus as well, if they set their mind to it. Mark Levin has fired a salvo at Priebus. Reince’s days as RNC Chair may be numbered.
Keith Brekhus is a progressive American who currently resides in Red Lodge, Montana. He is co-host for the Liberal Fix radio show. He holds a Master’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Missouri. In 2002, he ran for Congress as a Green Party candidate in the state of Missouri. In 2014, he worked as a field organizer for Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick’s successful re-election bid in Arizona’s 1st Congressional District. He can be followed on Twitter @keithbrekhus or on Facebook.