My Phone Call With a Political Insider
Being the editor of a website like Godfather Politics puts me in touch with a lot of people around the country who are experts in their respective fields.
Since GP is heavily weighted toward politics, you can imagine the type of inside information I’m privy too. Because of mutual confidentially agreements, I rarely get to spill the beans.
After discussing what’s going on among conservative organizations with one political insider, our conversation turned to enthusiasm among conservative voters. It helped to explain why donations to conservative causes may be down when compared to grassroots donations by Democrats.
Mike Flynn at Breitbart reports:
“Democrats have raised almost three times as much money, $46 million v. $17 million, as Republicans from small-dollar grass roots donors. . . . Most political energy this fall will be devoted to the battle for the Senate, however. As a result, the House GOP’s struggle with small-dollar donors, i.e. base party voters, could cause them to fall short of their political opportunities.”
It’s easy to know why the GOP establishment is having trouble raising money from people like you and me, but why are hardcore conservative organizations not seeing a huge uptick in financial support in light of how bad President Obama and the Democrats are performing?
Why the low voter turnout among Republicans in a number of very winnable elections? Why aren’t conservatives standing in line to vote?
The answer, we agreed, might be in the Thad Cochran/Chris McDaniel runoff election in Mississippi.
Many conservatives may be giving up on the system. Why bother to vote when your own party uses deceptive and illegal practices to win elections? How can you win when the GOP establishment has rigged the game?
Why support the Republicans when they’re no better than the Democrats, and even if our guy gets in, the establishment will shut him out.
What Cochran and his GOP henchmen did in Mississippi is straight out of the Saul Alinsky playbook:
RULE 11: “The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.” Never let the enemy score points because you’re caught without a solution to the problem. (Old saw: If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. Activist organizations have an agenda, and their strategy is to hold a place at the table, to be given a forum to wield their power. So, they have to have a compromise solution.)
RULE 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.)
It’s one thing to do it to the opposing party; it’s another thing to put more effort and money to oppose a younger conservative than the establishment has ever done to defeat a Democrat.
This is no time to give up. It’s easy to throw in the towel. In the end, we will end up worse off.
If you live in Mississippi and can’t support Cochran in November, that’s OK. Pick another state and support a candidate there. His vote is just as good as the one in Mississippi.
There’s a congressional runoff in Georgia between Republicans Bob Barr and Barry Loudermilk. The election is July 22.
Former congressman Barr needs to lose and lose big. Loudermilk is a true constitutionalist who needs your support. Barr changes his positions like the Post Office changes the price of stamps.
There are many good candidates out there that need our support.