If you believe burned up phone lines, overflowing email accounts, and a notoriously contentious closed door Capitol Hill meeting helped kill any shot establishment House Republicans had of passing amnesty this year, you’d be right. But equally compelling for GOP decision makers was the fact that donations that have historically gone to members of the Party establishment are now flowing to conservative candidates and conservative PACS.
By March 31st of each year, campaigns must file a report of donations with the Federal Election Commission. According to the numbers, Democrats outperformed Republicans in 2013, collecting some $200 million to $170 million for the GOP, certainly unexpected numbers given the very encouraging political landscape for Republican candidates in the upcoming election. But even more extraordinary is the news that Tea Party and conservative SuperPACs raised around three times as much as GOP establishment SuperPACs.
In 2013, Karl Rove’s Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies and 2 sister organizations raised $7.7 million, while the conservative FreedomWorks, Club for Growth Action Fund, Senate Conservatives Fund, and the Tea Party Patriots took in over $20 million. In addition to the 3-1 margin enjoyed by the PACS, David Koch’s conservative Americans for Prosperity spent $23 million between October and year end, attacking Democrat supporters of ObamaCare.
Compare the paltry 2013 numbers reported by Rove’s organization with the fact that Crossroads SPENT $300 million during 2012 in its pathetically misdirected effort to remove Obama from the White House and create a GOP majority in the Senate. Sure, it’s early in the election year, and the majority of funds expected by the Party won’t show up in campaign coffers for months. But the Republican establishment cannot be happy with an early trend that shows an unmistakable mistrust of Party moderates who campaign like conservatives yet govern like Democrats.
In 2012, Rove and the GOP establishment spent a fortune implementing John McCain’s formula of running scrupulously inoffensive and uncontentious campaigns designed to deliver the all important “undecided” vote. During the post mortem, Rove attributed the GOP loss to “… ‘flawed’ (i.e. too conservative) candidates.”
Naturally, the Party establishment would not CONSIDER assigning blame for their embarrassing showing to a Republican base that was less than excited about supporting untrustworthy, Democrat-lite candidates. Neither did they point to the fact that Rove and his treacherous minions spent as much time denigrating conservatives as battling Democrats!
This year, GOP leaders have doubled down on their mind-boggling assault on conservatism. Given the unparalleled corruption of the Obama Regime and the disastrous effects of ObamaCare, Republicans should easily win a senate majority as the Party extends its advantage in the House. But the inexplicable establishment crusade to betray the Party base could succeed in delivering yet another victory to an exceptionally vulnerable Democrat Party.
Does anyone know what in the world they are thinking?
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