REPUBLICANS

Priebus Mulling Fourth Term as RNC Chairman

National Review looked at why the House Freedom Caucus never opposed Trump.

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Karyn Bruggeman
Aug. 16, 2016, 8:05 a.m.

Re­ince Priebus, “[t]he longest-serving chair­man of the Re­pub­lic­an Na­tion­al Com­mit­tee in his­tory is weigh­ing a re­turn en­gage­ment as head of the GOP…It’s a move that would come as a sur­prise to many. The 44-year-old Priebus, who was first elec­ted in 2011, had led many to be­lieve he would be fin­ished with the high-pro­file job fol­low­ing a ram­bunc­tious cam­paign sea­son — one that at times has res­ul­ted in fierce cri­ti­cism of Priebus and the com­mit­tee he leads. Already, sev­er­al would-be suc­cessors, in­clud­ing former Sil­ic­on Val­ley ex­ec­ut­ive Carly Fior­ina, have be­gun de facto cam­paigns for the chair­man­ship.” (Politico) Preibus is cur­rently serving his third two-year term as chair­man.

FREE­DOM CAUCUS QUANDARY: “In one of the strangest twists of 2016, the GOP’s most no­tori­ous col­lec­tion of arch-con­ser­vat­ives,” the House Free­dom Caucus, “known for run­ning to­ward in­tra-party fights and win­ning them by any means ne­ces­sary — did no­tice­ably little to op­pose or ob­struct the rise of” Trump, “a Re­pub­lic­an who has cam­paigned on ideas that are an­ti­thet­ic­al to mod­ern con­ser­vat­ism…Ac­cord­ing to in­ter­views with a host of Free­dom Caucus mem­bers — and a Na­tion­al Re­view ana­lys­is of demo­graph­ic trends and vot­ing pat­terns in their con­gres­sion­al dis­tricts — the ex­plan­a­tion owes both to par­tis­an self-in­terest and polit­ic­al self-pre­ser­va­tion.” (Na­tion­al Re­view)

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