Reince Priebus, the Republican National Committee unassuming head, on many occasions plays the piano late into the night, sometimes having a glass of wine close to him.
In recent times he has been doing that more often than usual, as he told Reuters, in an aim to reduce the pressure of the most combustible presidential race in generations.
The 44-year-old party chairman has had a tough time as he led a 3-day meeting of Republican officials in Florida last week.
One cause that has increased the piano-play is a conventional campaign that one Donald Trump is running. The billionaire has said that the rules of the party are rigged and that the party’s Ted Cruz may be given the ticket to be the Republican presidential nominee. He said that Priebus “should be ashamed of himself.”
From a private look, the two have started to relate well, according to what their aides say. The aides have said that Trump has called Priebus often to be informed about the party rules or just to be heard.
But Priebus has been feeling the heat from the anti-Trump campaigners who have been demanding that he stops being neutral and thwart Trump’s match towards the nomination.
In search of unity
If Trump proceeds to become victorious in the nomination, Priebus will have to do a thorough job to keep his party united or else loose in November.
On Friday Priebus urged the party to support whoever that will win the nomination and the anti-rump campaigners did not take his statements kindly.
“The best way for the Republican Party to unite, win and to grow is to reject Donald Trump,” said Rory Cooper, senior adviser to a group called #NeverTrump.
Adding to the Republican-party-leader dilemma is the job of choreographing a convention when it is uncertain to predict the outcome.
Priebus has to be ready for three scenarios: a traditional win in which Trump bags in the 1,237 delegates that he requires to walk away with a victory; a contested convention in which case Trump still wins; or selection of Ted Cruz or John Kasich on 2nd or 3rd ballot.
The Republican convention has not been contested since 1952 and Henry Barbour, an RNC member from Mississippi, noted it was “uncharted waters” for the party not to have presumptive nominee so late in the cycle.
Trump has been criticizing the party’s nomination rules and this could play negatively on the attempts to keep the party united.