April 24, 2016

RNC Chair Reince Priebus went on ABC News “This Week with George Stephanopoulos" to once again pretend that things with the GOP are going along swimmingly. To show how desperate Priebus is getting to keep his job as chair, he tried to downplay the connection between the Republicans and the Koch Boyz (emphasis mine):

STEPHANOPOULOS: Mr. Chairman, it's pretty remarkable that someone who's done so much for your party would go that far, saying he's considering Hillary Clinton. And he's not alone.

Is the party really unifying behind -- behind Donald Trump or Ted Cruz right now?

PRIEBUS: Well, I mean it's pretty split. I mean obviously, you can see it out there. I mean it's a -- it looks like a, you know, on the delegate front, obviously Trump's got a little bit of a lead. But you look on the delegate selection front, it looks like a pretty split decision.

So I think it's going to be a close contest going into the next 60 days.

But look, Charles Koch -- and I know David and Charles, and Charles in particular has oftentimes gone out of his way to appear non-partisan. And maybe he is. I don't know.

But, you know, certainly they have their own activities that they work on. We have ours. There isn't actually that much intersection between the two.

We're prepared to win in November...

STEPHANOPOULOS: Well, they've funded Republican candidates...

PRIEBUS: -- but we're also prepared to...

STEPHANOPOULOS: -- all -- all down the ballot.

PRIEBUS: Well, sure they have.

STEPHANOPOULOS: All across the country.

PRIEBUS: But, yes, they have. But you have to admit that Charles, in the past, has gone out of his way to make the case for him being a little bit less partisan than people would -- would expect. I mean that's all I'm saying.

So, the Tea Party backed GOP chair says that there isn't much "intersection" between his party and its main benefactors. Right.

Yeah, I believe him even if hundreds of millions of other people don't.

All we have to do is ignore how the RNC, WISGOP, the Club for Growth, Americans for Prosperity and other Koch funded front groups all aligned together to defeat Donald Trump in Wisconsin. Stuff happens.

We also, of course, would have to ignore how Priebus' bestest buddy, Scott Walker, was coordinating campaign strategies and fundraising with the Club for Growth. That was pure coincidence!

Just like the coincidence that the GOP and the Kochs worked together to put a stop to the John Doe investigations into the illegal coordination between the two. Or that they are now trying to destroy Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm, the guy who started the whole investigation.

Yeah, all that doesn't mean anything.

The two most amazing things about Priebus' claims is that he made them with a straight face and that you could barely see the Kochs' lips move when he said them.

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