One of the most laughable stories coming out of this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) is the hullabaloo about the “Stockman Party.”
In case you missed it, Texas Congressman Steve Stockman supposedly hosted an “awesome” hot tub party on the Saturday night after CPAC concluded.
The Washington Post characterized it this way: “The real-life CPAC party, held at a suite in the Gaylord Hotel, where the conference was taking place, featured an expletive-spewing congressman, Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Tex.), offering $20 to whoever would jump into the bathroom’s hot tub, according to Slate’s Dave Weigel. Weigel witnessed Stockman, the quirky challenger who was just crushed by Sen. John Cornyn in the state’s senate Republican primary, offer this eloquent toast: ‘F*** the left!’”
But truthfully, the party story is just another media hit job based on fabricated facts. And since Stockman launched his quirky and (according to some) ill-fated campaign against Senator John Cornyn (the reigning RINO of Texas politics and a close pal of Karl Rove), the media has been in a feeding frenzy.
Mainstream newspapers around the country are quick to publish any negative story about a Tea Party leader without even bothering to check the facts. Take the Houston Chronicle, for example. Numerous Chronicle stories would be considered libel if Stockman wasn’t a public figure.
The thing is, Stockman is misunderstood because he never cared about the perks of being in Congress. He isn’t obsessed with power like so many of the little people that populate the GOP caucus on the Hill. Instead, he’s frustrated by John Boehner’s do-nothing attitude and the pathetic leaders obsessed with protecting their jobs, the country be damned.
So why, then, did Stockman start a new campaign against John Cornyn? And did he actually fail?
I decided to set the record straight myself by doing something novel: I asked Stockman for an interview, which he happily granted.
And while he may have been crushed in the polls, Stockman did exactly what he set out to achieve.
Let me explain…
An Unusual Campaign Strategy
As a sidenote, many were shocked that I could even reach Stockman because the Associated Press (AP) was reporting him missing. But the AP story was miserably researched.
You see, Stockman was reported missing while on a trip with the Committee on Foreign Affairs to study emerging threats in the Middle East. He actually gave a news conference in Egypt around the time the missing story was published… that was attended by none other than the AP.
No wonder the mainstream media didn’t understand Stockman’s campaign – they couldn’t even find him!
Now, here’s what I learned during my interview with him…
Stockman knew Karl Rove meant to take him out in the Texas Congressional primary, so Stockman upped the ante and forced Rove to spend millions of dollars to protect his crown jewel, John Cornyn. Cornyn has been a Rove lackey from way back, and Rove uses him for information and access.
It’s hard to say exactly how many millions Rove had to spend, but it could’ve been as much as $10 million based on all the independent committees he had trashing Stockman.
And even though Stockman lost, Rove won’t have this money to spend against Tea Party candidates all over the country in upcoming primaries. Rove’s two biggest donors, Harold Simmons and Bob Perry, passed away in the last year. And Rove is a spender. His funds won’t last forever.
So in reality, Steve Stockman has done more for Tea Party challengers than they’ll ever probably understand.
This commentary originally appeared at CapitolHillDaily.com and is reprinted here with permission.
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