As Rachel explained in a segment a couple of weeks ago, folks at the Republican National Committee just aren't great at their jobs. "Whether or not you are in favor of what they are trying to do," she explained, "they are not good at what they are trying to do.... [I]t does seem important that the party apparatus under Reince Priebus is kind of a mess."
Take this morning, for example. The RNC organized a media conference call to condemn the Obama administration for giving visas to a delegation from Cuba, which asked to participate in a panel at the Latin American Studies Association conference in San Francisco. To bash the administration, the RNC scheduled Rep. David Rivera (R-Fla.) to make the case.
What an odd choice: Rivera has been under investigation by the FBI, IRS, Miami-Dade Police Department's public corruption unit, the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office, and Florida Department of Law Enforcement over a variety of corruption allegations. He's not the kind of guy the RNC wants to give the spotlight to -- at least he shouldn't be.
By this morning, it turned out the RNC had some "scheduling" difficulties with Rivera, and he couldn't talk to reporters after all. Why the party thought it'd be a good idea to give Rivera a platform in the first place is unclear.