Is GOP money going to be able to buy the next president or do we get to vote for him?
Despite the fact that Republicans have been handed a huge victory on an anti-Obamacare platform, and despite the fact that we have seen amazing Tea Party victories against the establishment, running an anti-crony-“capitalism” campaign, the Big Money Republicans think they can control the next election.
And they are absolutely shameless about it. To these people, the only reasonable options are Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, or Mitt Romney.
Consider the New York Times report: “G.O.P. Donors Seek to Anoint a 2016 Nominee Early.”
Dozens of the Republican Party’s leading presidential donors and fund-raisers have begun privately discussing how to clear the field for a single establishment candidate to carry the party’s banner in 2016, fearing that a prolonged primary would bolster Hillary Rodham Clinton, the likely Democratic candidate.
The conversations, described in interviews with a variety of the Republican Party’s most sought-after donors, are centered on the three potential candidates who have the largest existing base of major contributors and overlapping ties to the top tier of those who are uncommitted: Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida and Mitt Romney.
All three are believed to be capable of raising the roughly $80 million in candidate and “super PAC” money that many Republican strategists and donors now believe will be required to win their party’s nomination.
I would love to be able to convince myself that the New York Times is trying to sow division within the Republican Party, enraging the base by making it seem like wealthy donors believe they own the Presidency. Sadly, I am not able to do so.
The good news is that the story gives us hope for what would destroy the plans of the moneyed Republicans:
But the reality of all three candidates vying for support has dismayed the party’s top donors and “bundlers,” the volunteers who solicit checks from networks of friends and business associates. They fear being split into competing camps and raising hundreds of millions of dollars for a bloody primary that would injure the party’s eventual nominee — or pave the way for a second-tier candidate without enough mainstream appeal to win the general election.
Of course, it may well be that a “second-tier candidate” has plenty of popular appeal. “Mainstream” appeal doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with winning a majority of voters.
Beside, many of these people are trumpeting Mitt Romney as their first choice. This is a man who is a two-time loser. He even lost the primary to John McCain in 2008! So he is a double loser then and then a mere single loser in 2012. Doesn’t that make him a three-time loser?
But because they want him for their own ideological (and financial!) reasons, they simply assert that he is a “mainstream candidate.” And, since they are only allowing themselves to consider Jeb Bush or Chris Christie as alternatives, it is almost understandable that they find him appealing.
“If you are philosophically a center-right donor, I think you have an interest in clearing the field,” said Bobbie Kilberg, a top Republican fund-raiser in Virginia with ties to Mr. Romney, the party’s 2012 nominee, and the Bush family. “I think that’s important because there is clearly going to be a competition of philosophies for who is going to be the presidential nominee. And I firmly believe that person has to be from the center right.”
By “center right” these people mean Big Government corruptocrat RINOs. Yuck.