Silly delusional me. I thought one of the laudable things the tea parties stressed was standing on your own two feet. Look out for yourself and do not expect government to rescue you. It is just one of the many things I like about the tea party theology (that and their financial platform). Golly, then, why are they going around crying about their losses, expecting people to hold their hands, wipe their tears, and give ‘em a hand out.
There’s an old song Michael Medved plays once in awhile on his show when he is discussing the homeless. Harry MAC McClintock recorded it in 1928 – Hallelujah! I’m a Bum! It reminds me of Christine O’Donnell and Sharon Angle, Renee Ellmers, etc. Their hands are already out, begging for more money. I think it is perfect for this post.
Heck, Jim DeMint will end up begging for money for Joe Miller before it’s over.
In fact, if you don’t agree to give Renee Ellmers money to straighten out her mess against an entrenched Dem, well then… you are evil and must be destroyed. That is exactly what the tea party “patriots” are trying to do to Lindsey because he said something about the tea parties ruining the GOP’s chances in the Senate. Sally Vee pointed out the comments in Lucianne. Something nasty is going on here. When Republicans no longer have the right to express themselves without being denigrated by the idiots of the far right, we have a problem.
Jim DeMint is upset about Christine O’Donnell’s loss. Instead of admitting she was a rotten candidate, he is damning the GOP. Naturally his tea party pals are worshiping him for it. You see, like Rush Limbaugh, evidently DeMint’s ego does not allow him to admit HE made a mistake. Instead, they are simply digging themselves in deeper. One of these days people are going to start questioning their judgment. When this happens, it’s all over.
“…“I think if Christine had not been so vilified by the Republican Party when she first won the primary, she might have had a shot at this,” DeMint told the National Journal in a recent interview.
It’s no secret that the GOP — notoriously Karl Rove — was guilty of stoking the flames of self-doubt following O’Donnell’s shocking victory over Delaware Rep. Mike Castle, who had looked to be a shoo-in to win the Senate seat….”
“…Angle raised $8 million online for her unsuccessful bid, while O’Donnell raised $5 million online. And Angle has amassed a huge, national direct mail list that her former aides say boasts about 250,000 active donors and netted about $9 million for her campaign.
Both women worked with the same online fundraising consultant: Kurt Luidhardt’s The Prosper Group Corporation, an 11-person shop based in the Indianapolis suburbs. Luidhardt declined to go into specifics on the size of Angle and O’Donnell’s fundraising lists, but said each has “high tens of thousands” of online donors.
“Any list of online donors that was able to produce $8 million would be a pretty valuable thing,” said Luidhardt. “I guarantee I’ll get called next week to see if I have access to it, if I can sell it or rent it.”
But Luidhardt said he doesn’t own Angle or O’Donnell’s e-mail lists; Under their contracts, the candidates’ own their email lists — and they are free to rent, swap or sell their lists to other candidates or causes.
It’s unclear whether that holds true for Angle’s direct mail program, which was run by the firm Base Connect. Angle’s deputy campaign manager Jordan Gehrke, a former business development director for Base Connect, called her direct mail program the “most successful” in campaign history.
The contract terms for Angle’s direct mail list are unknown, and her mail consultant, Base Connect, did not return several requests for an interview. She spent about $5 million to raise $9 million through her direct mail program, according to her campaign….”
Too bad more people don’t have the courage of PJ Media’s Bryan Preston.
“…But back to O’Donnell. She didn’t lose because of anything the RNC or NRSC did or didn’t do. She didn’t lose because of their “bruised egos.” Those entities, faced with a battle board going hot all over the country, had to decide where and how to spend precious resources. A timely move here or there could make the difference, and it’s a judgment call as to where the resources go. O’Donnell just never looked like a viable statewide candidate, and I’ll tell you why. When you look for candidates to recruit or back as a party, you look for a few basic criteria. Does the candidate have a connection to his or her district or state that makes them an obvious or potential leader? Do they have anything in their background that makes for a good story or narrative for the campaign? Do they have a network they can rely on to back them, fund them, and propel them? Do they seem like they will be a solid standard bearer for your party’s ideals, especially if they’re at the top of your ticket as O’Donnell was in Delaware? Do they seem like they know what they’re talking about?…”
I think we now know why some of these people lost. Maybe they deserved to lose. If so, maybe Jim DeMint, Rush Limbaugh, etc. should stop crying, and lose graciously. People have a “cringe” reflex. Ace clinches it:
The tea parties appear to be about eliminating “Professional” politicians. I don’t know any politician more “professional” than Christine O’Donnell.
So, her “machine”, Angle’s machine, and the ever present DeMint keep grubbing for money. They are no different than TV preachers out to save the world. Only – they may be less honest. It now appears it is all about the money and the celeb factor. It’s a book deal, Dancing with the (former) Stars, and shagging air time on Glenn Beck.
Sorry – I thought it was about the country.