Elder Patriot – Establishment Republican Leadership refuses to acknowledge that ultra conservative Roy Moore’s victory in last week’s Alabama GOP primary indicates that the alliance of insurgent conservative groups, led by Trump’s campaign manager Steve Bannon, poses a serious threat of defeating more Republican incumbents.
Moore won despite having $30 million spent against him by the establishment candidate, Luther Strange, by some accounts that was at least 10-1 advantage. Looking back at Trump’s campaign, he was outspent at least three or four to one. The trend line does not favor the establishment.
Big bucks establishment strategists, who stand to lose highly lucrative consulting jobs, have convinced McConnell, Ryan and their fellow anti-Trump globalists that Moore’s victory was due to several factors that won’t be present in future races including:
- Strange was appointed to the seat Jeff Sessions had occupied under questionable conditions.
- Moore was uniquely popular for two controversial court showdowns. One in which he refused to remove a Ten Commandments statue and the other taking a stand against gay marriage.
This is the evidence McConnell’s super PAC Senate Leadership Fund (SLF) is relying on to sell establishment candidates on staying the course.
They are whistling past their own graveyard.
For one thing, incumbency, $30 million, and Trump’s endorsement far outweighed any imagined stink that may have accrued to Strange from something most voters were probably unaware of. Additionally, the SLF ran a sickeningly negative campaign against Moore that might’ve made Hillary Clinton blush in shame.
On the issue of gay marriage and the Ten Commandments, public opinion across the entire country overwhelmingly favors the conservative positions on these two issues. In fact, when California voters were presented with a referendum on gay marriage they voted 3-1 against it.
Tennessee’s Senator Bob Corker recognized the hopelessness of running on his establishment record even before the polls closed in Alabama announcing that he would not be seeking re-election.
SLF President Steven Law sent a post-election memo to McConnell’s establishment followers that read in part, “The massive resources that independent groups can deploy in races tend to obscure the paramount importance of candidate quality.”
Seriously? After outspending Moore 10-1, Law has the temerity to call into question “independent groups” for their ability to “deploy massive resources?”
“Quality of the candidate?” Didn’t Law’s memo blame Strange’s defeat on his lack of integrity? Does he think the establishment incumbents’ unwillingness to repeal Obamacare, or their opposition to providing border security, is going to be looked on kindly by an electorate who chose Donald Trump – specifically because he was the outsider – over sixteen seasoned Republicans in a landslide?
The fact is Steve Bannon tapped into the vein of a wide swath of Americans who are disgusted with being divided over fighting for piece of a shrinking pie and who are united in their desire to strive for their share of growing American prosperity.
The Trump prosperity movement will not be stopped now that he has driven the genie is out of the bottle. In fact, despite mainstream media reports of Mike Pence already running his own campaign for president, we now have proof that is not true and that the movement is instead gaining steam.
In remarks at a Republican National Committee event at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington on Tuesday morning, Nick Ayers, Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff railed against congressional leaders in closed-door remarks to wealthy donors and called for a “purge” if GOP lawmakers don’t quickly rally behind President Donald Trump’s agenda:
“Just imagine the possibilities of what can happen if our entire party unifies behind him? If — and this sounds crass — we can purge the handful of people who continue to work to defeat him.”
When an attendee asked how the donors could “rally the congressional delegation that does support the president and vice president, and rally them and push them to change the current leadership in both the Senate and the House,” Ayers answered directly:
“But if I were you, I would not only stop donating, I would form a coalition of all the other major donors, and just say two things. We’re definitely not giving to you, No. 1. And No. 2, if you don’t have this done by Dec. 31, we’re going out, we’re recruiting opponents, we’re maxing out to their campaigns, and we’re funding super PACs to defeat all of you.”
“Because, look, if we’re going to be in the minority again, we might as well have a minority who are with us as opposed to the minority who helped us become a minority.”
The high-roller audience’s response should have establishment Republicans very concerned because this is their feeding ground. The attendees showed their disdain with the status quo by hooting and bursting into loud and sustained applause.
Later, when the meeting was coming to wrap, a woman asked, “Are we all willing, in order to get the tax bill passed, to contact all the people we donate money to — which is a long list — and tell them the money stops coming if they don’t get something done!”
The room again burst into applause. As a veteran of these meetings I can tell you this reveals a major awakening within the highest levels of the Republican Party. These are the modern day Robert Morris’.
If these high-value donors act in accordance with their actions on yesterday establishment candidates won’t even be able to rely on as serious a spending advantage as they have grown accustomed to. Corporations and foreign governments will be their major sources of campaign funding.
In 1776 the all-powerful British Army were defeated by the under-funded ragtag revolutionary forces due only to the Americans greater commitment to the cause they had been awakened to. The similarities are striking.
We have a lot of work to do to take our government back but there’s something very satisfying about Steven Bannon, Sarah Palin, Nigel Farage, Phil Robertson, Sean Hannity, et al, all targets of the MSM’s smear campaign, breaking through the attacks on their character and leading us to victory.