It's been nearly two years since Reince Priebus, the current clown in charge of the Republican National Committee, began talking about the need to re-brand the party. He wanted to pitch a bigger tent and include others besides just the extreme right-wingers. It hadn't been that long since Mitt Romney had had his ass handed to him in his hat by President Obama, and Priebus was bemoaning the fact that the party was too ideologically pure and had frozen other elements out of it membership. His disgust was clearly with the tea-baggers who routinely got out and controlled the low-voter-turnout presidential primaries.
Priebus wanted two things: a shorter primary season and for Republicans to stop saying "stupid" and "idiotic" things - things that invariably made headlines.
Well, Priebus got his shorter primary season - less chance for the fringe candidates to pull the establishment candidates down to their level, but the Chairman of the Republican National Committee is quickly learning the futility of trying to fix stupid.
This past week there was an excellent case in point out of South Carolina. Members of the state legislature and lobbyists were gathered at a Columbia, South Carolina, steakhouse when a male GOP state senator, between bites of lobbyist-purchased steak, commented that it had only taken him two years to get a female colleague to wearing shoes. State Senator Thomas Corbin, had also reportedly made previous statements indicating that women did not belong in state legislatures and should be home baking cookies - and "barefoot and pregnant."
The object of Senator Corbin's witticism, State Senator Katrina Shealey, also a Republican and the only woman in the South Carolina State Senate, was not amused. She asked Corbin where he got off attacking women. The jovial Corbin replied:
"Well, you know God created man first. Then he took the rib out of man to make woman. And you know, a rib is a lesser cut of meat."
If God had created Senator Corbin first instead of Adam, She would have probably capped the day off with a barbecue and started a whole different project in the morning.
How's that re-branding going for you, Reince?