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Cross posted from Blue Virginia, your one-stop shop for Virginia political news from a progressive perspective

Republican National Committee chair Reince Preibus came to Chesterfield, Virginia yesterday to open and office and make the case for Ken Cuccinelli. The problems are legion. First, Preibus has no credibility on anything, after his total #FAIL in 2012 (including blabbering about a "war on caterpillars", lying about pretty much everything, etc. Second, as the press release from the DNC (see on the "flip") notes, this is the guy who just 100 days ago (almost exactly) rolled out an "autopsy" of his party's disastrous 2012, the central thesis of which is to broaden the tent, hold primaries instead of conventions to bring more people into the process, and ultimately nominate more moderate and sane candidates. Now, just 100 days later, he's in Virginia celebrating the antithesis of his own autopsy - autopsy hypocrisy, if you will - in the extremist ticket (nominated by a few thousand hard-core right wingers in a convention, not a primary) of Ken Cuccinelli, EW Jackson (note that Preibus is standing right in front of a Jackson sign), and Mark "Criminalize Miscarriages" Obenshain.

By the way, note Preibus' Big Lie in this video, in which he claims that President Obama has instituted "European health care in this country." In reality, of course, "Obamacare" doubles down on the PRIVATE, FOR-PROFIT health insurance system. Perhaps because it's basically identical to the 1994 Republican alternative to "Hillarycare," as well as to "Romneycare?" Perhaps because it incorporates the conservative idea of an "individual mandate" in it, in order to compel people to purchase private, for-profit health insurance? This is about as far away from "European health care" (motto: "less expensive than America, but much better results!") as can be. But no matter, this is Big Liar in Chief Reince Preibus we're dealing with, so the truth is not even optional, it's an alien concept. And THIS is the clown they've brought in to attest how wonderful the corrupt, extremist Ken Kookinell is? What a farce.


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A little more than 100 days ago Reince Priebus and Republicans rolled out their “GOP Autopsy” to explain how they were going to win back voters who were alienated by the Republican Party’s policies and rhetoric. Today, NBC News noted that “Republicans have pretty much ignored that RNC “autopsy” report.” To mark the failure of the GOP’s report, today Priebus will campaign in Virginia for Ken Cuccinelli and E.W. Jackson, a Republican ticket that has alienated many Virginians, including the LGBT community, immigrants, and women with dangerous legislation and inflammatory rhetoric.

“Despite the RNC’s much publicized Autopsy report and pledges to change their ways and be a more inclusive party, it’s clear Republicans haven’t learned their lesson and are refusing to change their ways,” said DNC Press Secretary Michael Czin. “Reince Priebus claims he is reaching out to voters who soundly rejected the policies of Republicans last fall, but his actions speak louder than words. Today he is wholeheartedly embracing Ken Cuccinelli and E.W. Jackson and their extreme polices that have alienated women, the LGBT community, and Hispanic voters. Today’s GOP is the same old party that voters rejected last year.”

Ken Cuccinelli has claimed that allowing gay marriage is a slippery slope to polygamy, he proposed a bill to create “English-only” workplaces that would make it easier for bosses to fire non-English speakers, and he supports the controversial personhood amendment that would outlaw abortion and ban certain contraceptives. E.W. Jackson has said that homosexuality is a sin that “destroys” societies and he once claimed that Planned Parenthood was more lethal for African-Americans than the KKK. This is the face of Reince’s rebranded GOP, but it’s clear that it’s the Same Old Part that voters rejected in 2012.

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Originally posted to lowkell on Fri Jul 12, 2013 at 09:21 AM PDT.

Also republished by Virginia Kos.

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