Corrupt Is as Corrupt Does

Thanks, Unit

I found this interesting but sadly not surprising. From Conservative Review.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is in trouble. He’s running for re-election in Texas, the race is closer than it has any right to be, and the Tea Party isn’t around to help him this time.

The latest polls conducted in August have Cruz leading his opponent, Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, by just four points and then just one point. O’Rourke has consistently dwarfed Cruz’s fund-raising, building a national profile through glowing articles written to energize grassroots progressives. The Left is eager to show a blue wave is happening by defeating Cruz, the Senate’s highest-profile conservative in arguably the most conservative state in the union.

Conservatives aren’t matching the Democrats’ grassroots enthusiasm. The Star-Telegram reports that Cruz, on the campaign trail, is telling Texas voters he does not have enough money to compete with O’Rourke’s million-dollar TV ad assault.

“We’re seeing the airwaves flooded [with O’Rourke’s TV ads],” Cruz told a rally at The Colony, Texas. “We’ve got to save our resources to turn out and mobilize conservatives.”

The Tea Party grassroots groups that were instrumental to electing Cruz to the Senate in 2012, defeating an establishment Republican in the GOP primary, aren’t able to offer the same assistance as they did when the Tea Party was ascendent in 2010 and 2012. The money just isn’t there, as the Star-Telegram highlights:

OK, Cruz most likely will win, he’s a conservative in Texas and Beto is nearly beyond parody, but it highlights something.

The weak fund-raising showing from Tea Party grassroots groups isn’t a problem that affects only Ted Cruz. More broadly, these conservative organizations do not have the resources to defend conservative incumbents across the country and help conservative challengers defeat Democrats.

But blaming the focus on Trump as the sole reason conservatives are in trouble is misdiagnosing the problem. The fact of the matter is that the Tea Party and conservative political movement is dead. It was murdered.

It was murdered by greedy lawyers and political consultants who saw thousands of limited-government activists rise up in 2009 to oppose the Obama agenda and thought they could get rich by cheating these people. They created scam PACs, political action committees that promised to take on the Washington establishment if you would just open your pocketbook, while in reality they enriched their own operatives. As Politico reported in 2015, these PACs raised millions of dollars from earnest, well-intentioned grassroots conservatives and then flushed that money into the D.C. swamp:

A POLITICO analysis of reports filed with the Federal Election Commission covering the 2014 cycle found that 33 PACs that court small donors with tea party-oriented email and direct-mail appeals raised $43 million — 74 percent of which came from small donors. The PACs spent only $3 million on ads and contributions to boost the long-shot candidates often touted in the appeals, compared to $39.5 million on operating expenses, including $6 million to firms owned or managed by the operatives who run the PACs. POLITICO’s list is not all-inclusive, and some conservatives fret that it’s almost impossible to identify all the groups that are out there, let alone to rein them in.

Anybody really surprised we got played? Yeah, no. Disappointed, sure. But we saw many of our candidates who won get corrupted by Washington, so it is probably no wonder that these self-serving PACs did the same with our money.

The RNC is awash in cash, as you may know, but the RNC is the GOPe mostly, and all that that implies, in other words, the Uniparty.

The Tea Party was us, and it got sidetracked for the same greedy consultants that gave us McCain and Romney. Well, you saw their loyalties last week on display, and it ain’t to us. In fact, their only loyalty is to their wallet.

I have little spare cash to throw down toilets, so what I do, and I recommend others do as well, is to attempt to identify candidates who are strong enough to remain on side (like Ted Cruz, in fact) and then give directly to them. It ain’t perfect, you can end up with Ben Sasse, but its better than getting scammed by the consultant class.

Caveat Emptor! Do your due diligence, but our candidates need us.

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17 Responses to Corrupt Is as Corrupt Does

  1. Scoop says:

    Seems like the Tea Party PAC’s ended up like the Clinton Foundation; well, maybe not that bad when I think of the ‘help’ they gave to Haiti a few years back. 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

  2. the unit says:

    “Thanks Unit”
    From Mae West Library…a hard copy record that can’t be deleted and overwritten by the libs is good to find! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  3. the unit says:

    Just in case I lose power in the next couple of hours, NHC has done good on this storm. But I just noted it jumpin’ a bit north of late. Anyways, it ain’t no Camille, Ivan, nor Katrina. Eating beans for supper, so I float again. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • NEO says:

      I;ve used that plan, when the flood warnings are out. Good luck! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      • the unit says:

        Lucked out again. But had at least 10 in. rain since 3 pm yesterday and still coming down.
        Infant (10 months) was killed by fallen tree on mobile home in Pensacola last night. Liberal weather website Wunderground, ya know can’t post there unless accept global warming, reported death as fallen tree on “trailer.” They can’t escape the idea deplorables live in trailers, not mobile homes.

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        • NEO says:

          Yeah, that’s what I heard, was trailer. Sad about the infant though. Keep treading that water! 🙂

          Liked by 1 person

        • the unit says:

          Read at Drudge… Cubans have multiple uses for condoms. Guess it good I got lots of them left overs.
          Reservoir tip will help keep my head above water in a storm. 🙂
          Seriously though, we got lots of folks underwater along local rivers and creek fronts.
          They supposed to be concerned who Kavanaugh shakes hands with in set up.

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        • NEO says:

          Best use I have left is over the muzzle of a rifle to keep junk out in the field. Guess I’m getting old! 🙂

          Yeah, the real world kind of intrudes on the nonsense doesn’t it? 🙂

          Liked by 1 person

        • the unit says:

          Yep, that sight doesn’t wiggle on point. 🙂

          Liked by 1 person

  4. the unit says:

    Yep, watchin’ this election period closely. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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