Skip to comments.How “Winning at Any Cost” Isn’t Really Winning at All
Posted on 07/01/2014 10:59:58 AM PDT by don-o
Its no secret that the establishment in Washington, D.C. is terrified of the liberty movement now now sweeping the Republican Party. Bilious quotes from figures such as Mitch McConnell, John McCain, and others in the Party leadership reflect the undisguised animosity towards those who want to put actual conservatives in office.
What most people dont realize, however, is the extraordinary lengths these people are willing to go to ensure a preservation of the status quo. In Mississippi, 41-year incumbent Senator Thad Cochran stooped to race-baiting and running as a de facto Democrat in order to defeat his grassroots-supported challenger, Chris McDaniel, in the Republican Primary.
But even apart from this kind of tactical desperation, there has been an overwhelming financial push from outside spending groups to crush the liberty movement out of existence. It hasnt work. In fact, it has failed rather spectacularly, but the sheer amounts of cash now pouring into the campaigns of multi-decade incumbents is astonishing.
According to Politico, establishment groups have already spent $23 million in the 2014 cycle - the kind of money usually reserved for presidential elections. Keep in mind, this is not money being used to defeat Democrats and secure a Republican majority in the Senate, as one might expect. Instead, it is being used to defeat other Republicans.
Ironically, this is the same charge the establishment has repeatedly leveled at the tea party. The major difference, though, is that liberty candidates are driven by grassroots support and voter enthusiasm, whereas establishment candidates rely on the Chamber of Commerce, the NRSC, and other special interest lobbies to fund their campaigns. The ostensibly pro-business Chamber alone has spent $7 million this year to defend candidates with a history of voting for cronyist policies and corporate bailouts. The NRSC is nominally supposed to represent Republicans, but they are directing all their resources towards defeating Republicans rather than going after Democrats as they should.
All this doesnt count what campaigns themselves are actually spending, an amount that totals tens of millions of dollars. Sen. Mitch McConnell alone spent $11 million dollars to fend off his conservative challenger, Matt Bevin, in the Kentucky Senate race.
When it takes this kind of money just to maintain a multi-decade incumbency, its clear that the establishment is not winning the war of ideas. To the extent they are winning, they are maintaining their power through sheer brute force.
Instead of trying to promote the ideas of limited government, lower taxes, less spending, and all the other things the Republican Party claims to stand for, establishment candidates are blowing all their cash trying to stop candidates whose values and convictions actually appeal to conservative voters
.At this point, the battle lines are clearly drawn. The establishment no longer maintains any pretense of representing the people. They only represent themselves, and that is why, in the long run, they will lose.
The base of enthusiastic conservative activism is growing all across the country, and its not going away. Money is fleeting, but principles never die. Lobbyists can spend all the money they like, but ultimately elections are decided by ideas, and thats something you cant buy.
Vince Lombardi never should have said winning is the only thing.
CWII Spark ping.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
The GOPe should not be counting on having control of the Senate between 2014 and 2016.
These are people who have lost sight of the basic foundations of freedom.
I like the next part, too. Particularly relevant to this discussion.
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
Who are “these people”?
The establishment in Washington DC, as noted in the article.
True; however I would say that the level of entrenched corruption, the level of 'deeming' things that are contraconstitutional to be constitutional, the sheer magnitude of the
I'm/we're the authority; so we must be (a) good, (b) worthy, (c) obeyed mentality bar it from being a
light and transient cause.
The GOPe doesn’t want to win.
Yep. They'll fall short... probably a gain of +3 or +4. Remember all that talk about a GOP "tsunami?" Not gonna happen.
True. The GOPe finds majority status too daunting, what with all the responsibilities that go along with it. They'd rather relax in the more familiar, comfortable climes of the minority. Life is simply more carefree.
What an understatement and way to burry the lead. That's why we have Barry. This should be the title or subtitle. The GOPe only cares about their tiny, comfortable little fiefdom.
Is it possible for Mitch to lose in Kentucky and Thad to lose in Mississippi and we still pick up enough seats to take the Senate?
AK: Begich (D)
AR: Pryor (D)
CO: Udall (D)
GA: Open (R)
IA: Open (D)
KY: McConnell (R)
LA: Landrieu (D)
NC: Hagan (D)
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
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