In a recent interview, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus spoke great platitudes about how candidates must love their country first and not their own agenda. He said if a candidate—meaning particularly Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin—can step aside for someone with a better chance of winning, then they should step aside. Priebus then promptly and unwittingly showed his hypocrite badge:
Even if Akin—a Tea Party favorite, strong pro-life supporter, and victim of a recent GOP establishment shunning—showed viability in the race, the Party still would refuse to support him.
Even if the race was tied, and thus RNC support would most likely put Akin over the top, Priebus said, “We’re not going to send him a penny.”
In other words, it’s not about a viable candidate first, loving country first. For the GOP bosses, it’s about their favorites, their preferences, their agenda.