Is the Republican party leaderless?
That's the question Erin Burnett posed Wednesday night to Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, after watching four separate GOP responses to President Obama's State of the Union speech.
Priebus got pretty fired up over her question - as did a whole lot of you on social media.
BURNETT: That seems like a party that doesn't know who in the heck is in charge, it seems leaderless.
PRIEBUS: I think that's a pretty silly comment. And I know it's your first day back.
BURNETT: All right. Tell me why I'm silly, Reince.
PRIEBUS: Because there were probably 300 responses yesterday. Every member of Congress, when you say Rand Paul gave a response, I would imagine almost every senator gave some kind of response yesterday... this is just - it's ridiculous.
BURNETT: But doesn't a party usually come up with one -
PRIEBUS: Cathy McMorris Rodgers was the responder, and she gave the official response.
BURNETT: But official response and then there's all the other splinters. I mean, I'm not the only one - I'm not alone.
PRIEBUS: Every member of Congress is in the studio giving a response. Rand Paul was not the only senator giving a response.
BURNETT: I hear your point, but (INAUDIBLE) of BuzzFeed framed it this way. He said conservatives are competing for air time.
PRIEBUS: I don't care how he framed it.
So, who is the leader of the Republican party?
OutFront: Reince Priebus's communications director at the RNC Sean Spicer, and CNN Political Commentator Hilary Rosen.
Maybe they should back up Neel Kashkari in Cali more.
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