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  • 4 Things You Won't Hear in Tonight's Reince Priebus Speech

    Reince PriebusThis is actually kind of heartening to report. In RNC Chairman Priebus' speech tonight, you won't hear:

    * Anything about limiting access to birth control.

    * Why same-sex marriage is bad.

    * Barack Obama's birth certificate called into question.

    * Jokes.

    Okay, so those first two are pretty much built into the current Republican platform. And their nominee recently made a funny about the third one. But still, they're not in the speech!

    What is in his speech is a lot of stuff about the economy

    President Obama's never run a company. He hasn't even run a garage sale or seen the inside of a lemonade stand. So it's time for a President with real experience in the real economy.

    Hey, I was wrong — that lemonade stand thing was a decent joke. And so is this…

    We will fight for a future where government spends tax dollars wisely. Where every American has the education needed to succeed.

    Wait, is a working knowledge of biology necessary for success? No? Phew.

    Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images News/Getty Images

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    Tags: Reince Priebus, Republican National Convention
  • Obama Hits Mitt Romney with a Seamus Joke

    A week ago, the candidates traded the insults "Romney Hood" and "Obamaloney." We can all agree that those are elementary school level taunts. Today is graduation day, because Obama just raised it up to middle-school level taunts. In a stump speech, he went for a Seamus joke. Sorry, did I say "Seamus?" I meant "shameless."

    Many hoped that Paul Ryan entering the race would signal a return to real issues. That the election might mature into a conversation about Medicare, the economy and the two parties' diverging solutions. Fortunately, right in the nick of time, Obama was able to put the real issues on the roof of America's car and let them diarrhea all over our back window. We're back to smack-talking! Expect more of this…

    Strap your kennel in. It's going to be a bumpy ride until November.

    Tags: Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Reince Priebus, Seamus Romney
  • Harry Reid a "Dirty Liar," Says RNC Chair Reince Priebus

    In a town full of politicians who peddle half-truths, partial-truths, quarter-truths, semi-truths, iffy-truths, eighth-truths and bald-faced lies (though, interestingly, hardly any full-truths), it's relatively rare for people to come right out and call each other on their bullshit in no uncertain terms.

    Which is why RNC chairman Reince Priebus' Sunday-morning appearance on ABC's This Week was somewhat noteworthy…

    "As far as Harry Reid is concerned, listen, I know you might want to go down that road, I'm not going to respond to a dirty liar who hasn't filed a single page of tax returns himself."

    A dirty liar! He didn't specify, but I believe that we can extrapolate that he meant of the pants-on-fire variety. And I'm not 100 percent certain, but I think he meant that as an insult.

    I've got to say, for once, I'm on Priebus' side. I think he's right. I just hope he doesn't immediately follow this up with an ad hominem mischaracterization of Reid's policies which having nothing to do with the argument and pull him down from the moral high ground…

    "[He] complains about people with money but lives in the Ritz Carlton here down the street."

    Oh well. It was nice siding with the RNC for a minute at any rate.

    Tags: ABC, Harry Reid, Mitt Romney, Reince Priebus, Senate, Taxes
  • Republican Actually Admits to "War on Women"

    Yesterday, RNC Chair—and IKEA chair—Reince Priebus denied that the GOP was waging a war on women. He claims it's just an invention of the media, like global warming, evolution and poor people.

    But that's not how all Republicans see it

    The men in the Republican Party may not think they're fighting a "war on women," but its female senators certainly do. Yesterday, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) joined Sens. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Kay Bailey Hutchison in criticizing the GOP's push for legislation to restrict access to contraception and other basic health care services:

    "It makes no sense to make this attack on women," she said at a local Chamber of Commerce luncheon. "If you don't feel this is an attack, you need to go home and talk to your wife and your daughters."

    Upon realizing that their loved ones back at home might actually be female, congressional Republicans emitted a collective gasp of horror and vowed never to oppress women again. Just kidding! They're still trying to ban funding for birth control, education and almost every other thing women care about.

    Fortunately for us gals, Republicans aren't very good at winning wars.

    Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    Tags: Contraception, Health Care, House of Representatives, Lisa Murkowski, Men and Women, Reince Priebus, Senate, Women's Rights
  • President Obama Needs New Material

    President Obama has a reputation as a wordsmith, a brilliant speechwriter who conveys his inspirational messages with clarity and clever turns of phrase. And it's not just his supporters who like to quote him.

    It seems the President is so enamored of his own words he can't stop repeating them. In a video posted to the RNC's Youtube page yesterday, President Obama is heard reciting the same speech about the House budget two years in a row. Watch

    Obama really has gone green. Conserving energy is so important to him, he's even recycling his own words.

    Maybe Obama needs some new material. Then again, the last time he tried testing out material on an open mic with the Russian President, it didn't go so well.

    Tags: Barack Obama, Budget, Paul Ryan, Reince Priebus, Republican National Convention, White House