Skip to comments.Why Terry McAuliffe barely won (RNC pulled $ from Cuccinelli, gave it to Christie)
Posted on 11/06/2013 6:11:44 AM PST by jimbo123
How the heck did that happen?
Most public polls leading up to Election Day had Democrat Terry McAuliffe coasting to victory, some by double digits, in the Virginia governors race. Instead he squeaked by, beating Republican Ken Cuccinelli by less than 3 percentage points.
McAuliffe outraised Cuccinelli by almost $15 million, and he used the cash advantage to pummel him on the airwaves. A lack of resources forced the Republican to go dark in the D.C. media market during the final two weeks.
The Republican National Committee spent about $3 million on Virginia this year, compared to $9 million in the 2009 governors race.
The Chamber of Commerce spent $1 million boosting McDonnell in 2009 and none this time.
If the Republicans would have rallied around the nominee instead of refusing to support Cuccinelli, he would have won, said a GOP source involved in the race.
RNC spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski defended the committee, saying that it has to make hard choices about how to spend limited resources.
(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...
The Stupid Party strikes again. Hopeless.
The resources of the RNC are going o get a whole lot worse, as people stop giving to Dem Lite
We need to figure out how to win in states like Virginia without the RNC. On one hand, the money helps, on the other, I don’t want my elected officials owing the RNC any favors, which is the only reason why people like Ted Cruz can speak up.
The GOP is determined to remain a “centrist” party even if they have to lose to do it.
In 2008 the GOP stripped my “lost cause” incumbent conservative congressman of funds in the final weeks of the election. He lost the race by a whopping 2% of the vote and we got a democrat who immediately got on board and voted for Obamacare.
Fat and skinny had a race....
Levin's been ranting about this for days but it begs the question (that I had when listening so I can post it here),
if the whole plan is for conservatives to ditch the GOPe to beat Dems then does it make sense to blame lost elections like this on lack of help from them?
If we dont need them then how can we blame losses on them for not helping enough?
I am glad it wasnt a landslide for McAuliffe, that would have been a disaster.
Jeff Kuhner said this morning that Soros and Obama funded the Libertarian candidate’s campaign.
Not hopeless. Let Ken run for Senate and allow TEA across the nation to fund him. If everyone knew how close this was going to wind up beforehand, money would have flowed like a river and he would have gotten 50%.
I haven’t given money to them since ‘08. Finally not getting the calls and envelopes in the mail anymore. Not a dime. Until they change their ways.
The point is that we need to defund the RNC and Karl Rove and also send them a message by primarying McConnell, Graham, Cornyn, Alexander and the rest of the GOP-e sleazes.
It's the hypocrisy. WE need to unify with THEM, to support RINO primary winners, but it doesn't work the other way.
We need to figure out how to win in states like Virginia without the RNC.
It was an easy decision for the RNC to make:
Money for Obama Pal and establishment pol, Chris Christie?
Money for Ken Cuccinelli, favorite of the despised Tea Party?
The corporist pigs like the Chamber would rather have a Dem than a conservative. It’s all about pork to them. They have become nothing more than prostitutes at this point.
It should be the end of the Republican Party. Christie didn't need the money to win; Cuccinelli did. It's another negative against Christie...his responsibility was to say to the RNC: "I've got this one in the bag. My friend Cuccinelli needs our help in VA".
Why weren't the smart guys in the conservative movement out in front of this before the election? Are they in favor of us being forced into a hillary vs Christie situation?
Not sure that explanation helps.
We been doing that for a few years now, but if we are calling for defunding GOPe (as the past few years) then how can we blame lost elections of conservatives on not getting enough help from GOPe ?
This founds like a model for failure.
Jack Sprat would eat no fat, his wife would eat no lean.....
I hadn’t thought of that children’s nursery rhyme in years, but it applies here!
You think we need to unify with GOPe?
Absolutely sick, and the worst is that the GOP didn’t realize or didn’t care that there would be a huge backlash against Obamacare at this time.
They are running around trying to give about 50 million foreigners citizenship.
I'd like to see a breakdown of contributions to the RNC. Something tells me we'll find that individual contributions are nearly non-existent, but corporate and lobbyist donations make up the bulk of their funding. They sure do work hard to keep the crappy government-as-usual applecart from being tipped.
The RNC is not a friend of America. Nothing could be more obvious. This will not be solved until we can once again drink salty tea from the waters of Boston Harbor. Sic Semper Tyrannis! Don’t Tread on Me! etc. etc. etc! We can see the RED of their eyes...so its time to “Fire!”
The RNC, the national party bears THE ENTIRE BLAME FOR THIS LOSS.
The Tea Party nearly singlehandedly won this race, and if the national party, instead of kissing Chris Christie's butt, had put some EFFORT into backing a real conservative, this race could have been won.
We need a leadership change in the Republican party.
I quit giving to the national party several election cycles ago, giving only to candidates I agree with...wake up, RNC. I know you have trolls here....your hatred of conservatives isn't helping you.
The people will once again, get the Government they deserve.
The only way to get the GOP-e to start doing the right thing is to cut off the money and primary their RINO darlings. RNC donations have plummeted. So have donations to Karl Rove’s PACs. In fact, Karl Rove is running internet ads begging for money for his PACs since he can’t afford to run TV ads anymore.
The RNC’s abandonment of Cuccinelli isn’t an excuse. It’s another illustration that they are not on our side.
Can’t even get Cuccinelli elected over the turd MacClinton and you think we will get the old school primaried? I have begun to lose all hope for our dear republic. It is sinking in finally that we are beyond the tipping point and it will take some sort of conflict to right the ship.
It is shameful that being elected means having a bigger wallet. To hell with ideas and message, it is all about how much crappy signs and buttons you can buy I guess.
Forget about winning elections for now. First we must take control of the GOP. Then and only then will we have a chance at winning elections.
I’m glad the battlelines are becomeing more defined between Tea and GOP. This is a good thing.
Your family member living in Virginia should get a thank you note from Chris Christie and Karl Rove for the contribution.
See, they (RNC, GOPe types) had to spend more money on Christie - even though he’d have won anyway - to make sure he won by a large enough margin to still be seen as the presumptive nominee in 2016.
They (RNC, GOPe types) also didn’t like Cuccinelli being a Tea Party favorite.
I am not sure we can judge the RNC donations by what is said here in Free Republic.
I know the RNC will never again receive a dime from me, and that appears to be the message here.
However it would be nice to see where the monies they do receive come from.
I am a registered Republican now because I haven’t found another place to go, the party has left me. This latest with Cuccinelli has frosted my balls.
It is the way this post article is written. It says 'our guy lost because THEY didnt help enough' and Levin with same theme.
But to your post : on the Morning Joe they concluded that the ‘business’ wing of the GOP gave the Tea Party a schooling last night.
McAuliffe had 15 million dollars in his campaign.
How much of this money was from the Saudis or other foreign interests?
So it was really the Tea Party that caused the loss? /sarc
When I get those fundraising appeals in the mail from the RNC I print out a handful of McCain Pesos and send them back in the prepaid envelope.
“Skinny and Fatty sitting in a tree, K eye s s Eye N G!”
The Future-— according to Rove. Lord God please— help us.
What absolute MORONs.
Since you’re a Morning Joe viewer, has anyone ever asked Joe about the dead intern they found in his congressional office?
If the Republican party throws us Christie, like McCain and Romney, for presidential candidate, I will not vote for him regardless of the Democrat candidate. It won’t matter either way. I voted for the other two but no more. McCain has done everything but switch parties to cooperate with the Democrats. So give us a RHINO/CINO and I will not help them win. DC ruling class is like one big party and the Republicans are acting like the wall flowers so happy to be invited to the party they will do anything to get invited again.
If the business wing of the GOP-e gave the Tea Party “a schooling” then the business wing of the GOP-e is in for a rude shock in 2014 and 2016 when the Tea Party refuses to back their prefered RINOs and they go on to get crushed.
The GOP-e is aready trying to set the table for Chris Christie. There can be little doubt Christie is their next dream candidate following Bob Dole, John McCain, and Mitt Romney.
If the GOP-e manufactures a Christie nomination I will stay home and I publicly declare that I DON’T CARE if that means President Hillary.
Do you think any of the Koch money went to christie? Since they are branded as ultra-conservative satans by the lefties— would they not adhere to TEA principles and goals.
THIS is how to direct the funds. The problem is the “pro” morons like Rove. And. the. Bushes.
It’s not just the money, it’s the outright betrayal of a signifiant chunk of the GOP establishment in Virginia, starting with the Bollings, the Lieutenant-Governor who Cuccinelli defeated in the Republican primary. Take Boyd Marcus for example. He was the former Chief of Staff for Eric Cantor, who then founded the consulting firm Marcus Allen which both provided services to Cantor and to Bollings. When Bollings was defeated, Marcus Allen switched allegiences to MacAulliffe. The betrayal being complete, we can fully expect Boyd Marcus and his cronies to be back on Cantor’s payroll. Disgusting.
sure, that's the home of GOPe. They LOVE Christie. They were estatic over last nights results. “They were big in the “i told you soo’s’ They want him to run.
That's how to find out what they are saying.
Never trust a source who is trying to destroy another source to tell you what the second one is saying, no matter who its is.
This is no accident. The GOP-e would rather have a Clinton bagman as governor of VA than a TEA Party conservative Republican. The conservative voters in VA have Priebus and the Fat Cats to thank for having the worst character in its long and storied history ascending to the governorship of the home state of George Washington.