Priebus is a reassuring presence to the establishment Republicans who may still be uncertain about what Trump’s White House will look like. Picking someone with a strong establishment history signals that the President-elect is looking to build bridges in the swamp that is Washington D.C. and keep continuity with longtime Republican-Elite agenda.
Priebus is seen as a peacemaker of sorts. He is also seen as a deal maker who will be eager to give the right amount of persuasion to the new president when it comes to compromise. Trump himself has even called the soon to be chief of staff “Reince Mr. Switzerland” during a May 17th interview adding, “he’s doing a great job as peacemaker.”
As RNC chairman, he was seen as competent and represented a fighting chance to climb out of the RNC debt. Most consider the job thankless, but Reince saw opportunity. As the longest serving chairman in history, the RNC many are singing his praises. “Terrific,” said former RNC finance chairman Mel Sembler, while a Georgia committee member called Priebus’ accomplishments “an unbelievable job”.
The soon to be chief of staff has been forthcoming when it comes to anything that could be threatening the party’s viability. The donor class gave Priebus added acclaim after the Growth and Opportunity Project was released in 2013. It reported on the strengths within the Republican Congress and statehouses, but was “honest” about the threat of grassroots anger when it came down to support.
While this approach may have caught a group of Republicans off guard, Priebus continued on his mission to make the GOP establishment again. “After Romney’s loss, every major donor was just distraught and ready to bail convinced that we would never win a national election,” admitted a Washington based strategist. Priebus followed through with what was necessary to gather confidence within the donor class again and now we have a Republican president-elect. What that new President-Elect will do, remains to be seen