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"[W]hat annoys the heck out of me is that for two years Reince Priebus was in every room I was in, a part of every major decision I made for how much money we would spend, what we would spend that money on, what the priorities of the RNC would be," Steele told DC radio. "And for him to stand up there and pretend that he wasn't in the room, that he had no say in the decision making process, and that the so-called debt that he inherited was the one that -- as a member of the RNC, he voted for, number one. Number two, he recommended to me to go into debt. And for him to sit there and act like he had nothing to do with it and that somehow he inherited this mess that he helped create, to me is just pure B.S."

I haven't been following this spat very closely, and won't pretend to be able to adjudicate it. Just want to note the amazing irony of a former RNC chair shocked that a fellow senior Republican isn't providing a thoroughgoing history of the origins of debt. Bartlett's should use a screencap of Steele's tweet in its definition of hoist with his own petard.

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