The RNC's aptly named Reince Priebus was back on the air attacking Hillary Clinton and flinging as much mud against the wall as he could find to see what sticks. On this Sunday's Meet the Press, Priebus decided to go after Bill Clinton as well for chastising poor old downtrodden warmonger Dick Cheney for lying us into invading Iraq and blaming President Obama for not cleaning up his mess quickly enough.
Priebus told host David Gregory that the public is suffering from "Clinton fatigue" and when asked by Gregory why that doesn't apply to Jeb Bush as well, Priebus said it's because the Bushes aren't out there "being obnoxious" like Clinton was when he criticized Cheney. I don't know what kind of bizarro world Priebus is living in, but if there's Clinton fatigue out there or for political dynasties in general, it's not because someone said something bad about Dick Cheney.
He's also pushing the latest meme I've been hearing from the right more and more to attack Clinton, which is that Americans don't like it if someone makes their money by giving speeches -- yeah, as opposed to raiding workers' pension funds, busting their unions, shipping their jobs overseas like "hard working" Mitt Romney did.
Transcript via NBC:
DAVID GREGORY: We'll actually show you more of President Clinton, my interview with him, and a special panel I moderated discussing the economic challenges facing the country later in the program. I'm joined now however by Reince Priebus, he's the chairman of the Republican National Committee. Mr. Chairman, welcome back to the program.
REINCE PRIEBUS: Good morning, David.
DAVID GREGORY: A lot to get to on politics, for you to respond to the former president. Let's talk about this wealth issue. Is this an issue, and is this an impediment for Hillary Clinton's candidacy?
REINCE PRIEBUS: Well, I think it's an impediment because of number one, how they earn their money, how they talk about their money. Obviously, I don't think there's a problem with people being rich in this country. It's just sort of--
DAVID GREGORY: Mitt Romney didn't lose because he was wealthy, did he?
REINCE PRIEBUS: No, but I think that when you are perceived as being out of touch with people that are struggling, with people that are out there working hard, I don't think flying on private jets and collecting $250,000 for a speech is considered to be hard work. And so people respect folks that earn their money and work hard and they become rich.
But when you talk about being dead broke and when you try to make believe that you understand how average people live, but you made $105 million giving speeches, I think people are kind of tired of this show, quite frankly. I mean, I just heard the interview, I think there's Hillary--
DAVID GREGORY: "The show" meaning what? The Clintons?
REINCE PRIEBUS: There's Hillary fatigue already out there. It's setting in. People are tired of this story. And I just happen to believe that this early run for the White House is going to come back and bite them. And it already is. People are tired of it.
DAVID GREGORY: You sound a little bit like Barbara Bush. Would you send that same message for Jeb Bush? That the Bushes and the Clintons are--
REINCE PRIEBUS: No, because I don't think Jeb and the Bushes are being as obnoxious about all of this. I mean, you have Bill Clinton chastising Dick Cheney for speaking opinion, while Bill Clinton is out there speaking about his opinions on every subject there is under the sun. The guy's a hypocrite.