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Farewell, Reince Priebus

Farewell, Reince. We hardly knew ye.

I don’t much care that Trump dumped you. I don’t claim to know (nor dare to hope) that the change will be for the better for our poor nation. (I doubt it, since I don’t believe you were exactly the root of the problem.)

But in marking your passage, I can’t help remembering a joke that Political Scientist (and Minnesota native) Norm Ornstein trotted out at a MinnPost post-election event last fall, just after Trump had announced that Priebus would be his chief of staff. It went thus: “Reince Priebus, without the vowels, is RNC. PR. BS.” 

Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 07/29/2017 - 10:38 am.

    So who’s next?

    Trump is not a fan of predictability; he prefers to have an ever shifting collection of loose cannons around him so that no one can challenge him as the center of attention.
    Priebus had a base (the RNC) independent of Trump so his days were numbered.

  2. Submitted by Tom Christensen on 07/30/2017 - 07:33 pm.

    Trump and Kelly are not a fit

    I have no idea what Priebus accomplished. I think he just tried to stay in his fox hole and keep his head down.

    Trump and Kelly won’t fit together. Remember Trump’s proclamation during the campaign, “I know more than all the generals!” That won’t sit well with an accomplished man like General Kelly who spent much of his career as top banana. Being in close proximity to Trump has ruined many careers. That is why all Trump has left that will work with him long term are kids, and they are becoming less and less visible. I’m sorry to see the General tarnish his marvelous career this way.

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