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Now, About That Car Elevator

On the podcast we recorded just now, Rob and I talked with Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee. (As he himself explained, by the way, “Reince” rhymes with “pints.”)

Reince explained that he had just visited Mitt and Ann Romney in San Diego. “I found out about that car elevator,” he said–and although I may have a word or two wrong, this comes from the notes I took while he was speaking:

I found out that the car elevator is just a $1,500 simple mechanical lift that’s required by the building code. Fifteen hundred dollars is still a lot of money, I know. But the real car lift is nothing like the picture of some fancy car elevator that the press painted.

I’m a big believer in correcting the record. If the press gets something wrong, we have to say so. We have to fight back.

It’s a pity the Romney campaign felt too defensive to correct to record itself, of course. (Romney’s house in Southern California is still worth millions, no matter what kind of car elevator he has, and the real pity is that the campaign felt defensive about Romney’s wealth, his career–really, about free markets.) But now we have an RNC chairman who, a) knows the press is against us, and, b) wants candidates and party officials that are willing to fight.

  1. Colin B Lane

    Maybe Priebus thinks he is advancing a political version of Mayor Guliani’s broken windows theory, but worrying about correcting the “car elevator record” following a campaign in which his candidate was portrayed by the President of the United States as a callous, woman-with-cancer-killing, greedy job destroying monster who wants to lock women up in chastity belts seems to be a little . . . um, off message.

  2. Colin B Lane
    Colin B Lane: Maybe Priebus thinks he is advancing a political version of Mayor Guliani’s broken windows theory, but worrying about correcting the “car elevator record” following a campaign in which his candidate was portrayed by the President of the United States as a callous, woman-with-cancer-killing, greedy job destroying monster who wants to lock women up in chastity belts seems to be a little . . . um, off message. · 1 minute ago

    Wait! Pathetic. That’s the word I was looking for.

  3. iWc

    I feel the lifetime political operators on this site do not understand that the world has changed forever. It no longer matters whether we have someone who we optimistically think will “fight“. This post is foolishly naive.

    The fact is that future national elections are not the battleground anymore. Our spending problem is too far gone for any fixes that can be implemented in the very limited time that remains.

    Thanks to the coming hyperinflation and eventual federal default, the only battleground that matters is the restoration of federalism (which is the nice way to say “the secession of the Red States.”)

  4. Tommy De Seno
    C
    Peter Robinson

    (As he himself explained, by the way, “Reince” rhymes with “pints.”)

    What’s Priebus rhyme with?

    No snark intended I really don’t know.

  5. Matthew K. Tabor

    Yes, let’s fight, make sure the record is straight, etc.

    And Mr. Priebus is so gosh darn good at it that it’s taken 2 full years to get his own side to begin pronouncing his first name correctly.

  6. Israel P.

    Bill Whittle had a fabulous defense of Mitt Romney’s wealth a few weeks after the election, but I think it has gone into the Members Only section of PJTV.

  7. dittoheadadt

    You don’t correct the record by fighting back on their terms.  You correct the record by fighting back on these terms.  Otherwise, you’re wasting your breath, your time, and your effort.

  8. dittoheadadt

    Has anyone ever seen Mr. Reince Priebus and Mr. Mike Murphy in the same room at the same time?  Just sayin’…

  9. Duane Oyen

    I appreciate the honesty, but Peter’s point is also correct about the house itself.  I add a couple of comments:

    1) There was no viable alternative this year to Mitt Romney as nominee.

    2) He was an excellent person, and a perfectly solid nominee (see Jay Nordlinger and James of England for more details).

    3) He did as well as he was going to do under the circumstances as we now know them- the Twitter 240 Character Deep Thought Society doesn’t welcome serious discussions or long answers, no matter what the question. No cute new media tactics or revised aggressive campaign approach would have made any meaningful difference.

    4) Romney could have won- but by one method only: not being himself.  He could have started in 2007 creating a new phony persona.  Close all retirement accounts and put everything into T bills paying max taxes, sell all vehicles except for a 5 year old Ford Explorer and a 3 year old Chevy, get rid of all real estate except for a 3500 square foot two-story in the Detroit suburbs, and be a volunteer community college business instructor.

    Only lefties get to define themselves via earned media.

  10. Western Chauvinist

    Well, I’ll give Mr. Priebus points for facing the critics here at Ricochet after that “disappointing” (dispiriting, pathetic, embarrassing…) performance by the RNC. But then, sometimes it’s hard to distinguish between courage and folly.

    Any chance I can get my money back? /pshaw – just kidding. sort of.

  11. Blue State Curmudgeon

    As for the imfamous car elevator, the left never let the facts get in the way of a good story.  We should stop using facts in our arguments because THEY DON’T MATTER.  Every Republican and conservative should be required to have the following tattoo etched on their forehead:

    We care about you

    From what I can tell it’s the only issue that the American people seem to care about.

  12. Frederick Key

     

    Frozen Chosen: Funny how the public thinks that car elevators are cool for Batman but bad for a presidential candidate.

    Silly people! · 2 hours ago

    I’d come to think of Mitt as sort of Batman in retirement–which would explain why he needed the car elevator, yes. After all, have you ever seen Mitt Romney and Batman in the same place at the same time? Me either. HMMMM

  13. Nick Stuart

    Priebus inherited the massive Michael Steele cluster-up of primaries and debates. We’ll see how serious he is in 2014, and how 2016 shapes up.

    Meanwhile the RNC can save the postage of sending me fund solicitations because I want to see real improvement before I give them any more money.

  14. BrentB67

    The republicans want candidates that are willing to fight? That’s a good start, now what exactly are the fighting for?

  15. James Of England
    Peter Robinson

    But now we have an RNC chairman who, a) knowsthe press is against us, and, b) wants candidates and party officials that are willing to fight. · · 8 hours ago

    I don’t understand this. Isn’t Priebus the same guy as the RNC Chairman who was in place while we were making this mistake? I thought that your two point mission statement was essentially the statement that got him the job.

    This isn’t to say that he’s a bad guy; I like him and hope that he stays (although I don’t want his proposal to give Republicans Abroad voting delegates to go through), but he’s not a new guy, or newly promoted. He’s the same good leader who presided over our numerous losses. He’s a baby in the bathwater, thankfully not thrown.

  16. Leigh
    James Of England

     He’s a baby in the bathwater, thankfully not thrown. · 1 hour ago

    This is one of the funniest phrases I have read in a long time.

  17. Duane Oyen
    Leigh

    James Of England

     He’s a baby in the bathwater, thankfully not thrown. · 1 hour ago

    This is one of the funniest phrases I have read in a long time. · 13 hours ago

    A lot of English flats are missing showers.  And the bathtubs are really narrow.

  18. Matthew K. Tabor

    Tommy, I’m sorry, but we’re talking about effective communication here — which means it’ll be another two years before you get to find out how to pronounce his last name.

    Tommy De Seno

    Peter Robinson

    (As he himself explained, by the way, “Reince” rhymes with “pints.”)

    What’s Priebus rhyme with?

    No snark intended I really don’t know. · 2 minutes ago

  19. Frozen Chosen

    Funny how the public thinks that car elevators are cool for Batman but bad for a presidential candidate.

    Silly people!

  20. Eric Wallace

    I’m surprised people still don’t know how his name is pronounced. I learned it before he was even elected to his position. It’s really not that difficult people!

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