Is the GOP establishment taking lessons from Market Basket?

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Is the GOP establishment taking lessons from Market Basket?

What’s the use of being elected or re-​elected if you don’t stand for something

Pres­i­dent Grover Cleveland

They say all if fair in love, war and pol­i­tics but I sus­pect the GOP has won the bat­tle but risks los­ing the war over Mississippi.

In Mis­sis­sippi Cochran the desire to keep Cochran in the Sen­ate was a mat­ter of money:

Cochran is, for all intents and pur­poses, a mar­i­onette. His strings are pulled by staffers and lob­by­ists. They drop him onto the stage of the Sen­ate and pull up a string to raise his hand. These pup­peteers are so invested in keep­ing their gravy train going that they will, while claim­ing to be Repub­li­cans, flood a Repub­li­can pri­mary with Obama vot­ers to ensure their gravy train continues.

And if that gravy train requires lay­ing out 5 fig­ures to black lead­ers to make sure it con­tin­ues, for those men, it’s a small price to pay.

But while tac­ti­cally that might make sense for those of the party with skin in the game in that state, on a national level it’s a dan­ger­ous move.

The only rea­son why House Repub­li­cans hold chair­man­ships and the power and patron­age that comes with it are conservative/​tea party vot­ers that have turned out. If I’m try­ing to win the Sen­ate in Novem­ber the last thing I need to see after a pri­mary elec­tion is this

If the Repub­li­can Party spends money to turn out Demo­c­rat vot­ers against a con­ser­v­a­tive in a GOP pri­mary — the paid pro­fes­sional party appa­ra­tus doing this as a delib­er­ate strat­egy — what mes­sage does that send to con­ser­v­a­tives, whose votes are cru­cial to what­ever hope Repub­li­cans have of win­ning an elec­toral majority?

Or this:

The prob­lem for those who call them­selves Repub­li­cans is that it is harder and harder to say exactly what a Repub­li­can is these days. The great les­son from Mis­sis­sippi is that Repub­li­can means, more or less, that if elected the party will reward its major donors, who are just dif­fer­ent than the Democ­rats’ major donors. Pol­icy dif­fer­ences are about dif­fer­ent donors, not an actual agenda to shift the coun­try in a dif­fer­ent direc­tion.

and you par­tic­u­larly don’t want to see videos like this from Sarah Palin

say­ing things like this:

What’s the point of elect­ing Repub­li­cans if they’re going to act like Democrats?

You can fight the tea party tough in a pri­mary, you can beat the tea party as was done in Okla­homa but the one thing you can’t afford is to have peo­ple like Sarah Palin sug­gest­ing it’s not worth it to show up and vote for Republicans.

It’s bad enough that the GOP seems to have done all it could to keep its base at home for the last two pres­i­den­tial elec­tion cycles but if they are try­ing the same in 2014 midterms, that’s Mar­ket Bas­ket level stupidity.

There has never been a bet­ter chance for the GOP to take full con­trol of con­gress than this year and per­haps that’s why the estab­lish­ment is so will­ing to do things like this. As Stacy McCain put it:

it is still pos­si­ble that the Repub­li­can Party will cap­ture the Sen­ate major­ity in Novem­ber, so that Mitch McConnell’s cronies can address each other as “Mis­ter Chair­man” again (which is all they care about). Given all the advan­tages the GOP takes into this mid-​term elec­tion, it would take an extremely incom­pe­tent fall cam­paign by the Repub­li­cans to pre­vent McConnell from becom­ing Major­ity Leader.


buu­u­u­uut…

if every­thing falls apart for Repub­li­cans between now and Elec­tion Day, if the Democ­rats catch all the lucky breaks while the GOP is cursed with mis­for­tune, so that McConnell’s self­ish ambi­tion is thwarted and Harry Reid remains the Major­ity Leader …
Well, if that hap­pens, remem­ber June 24 as the point of no return.

If the GOP wants to return to the bad old days when they were a per­ma­nent minor­ity for nearly a half a cen­tury con­ser­v­a­tives will oblige them.

Of course if the Tea Party decides to stay home and if Harry Reid is right about the Koch broth­ers try­ing to buy elec­tions it appears we have already estab­lished that the black vote can be pur­chased for the right price.

What’s the use of being elected or re-elected if you don’t stand for something

President Grover Cleveland

They say all if fair in love, war and politics but I suspect the GOP has won the battle but risks losing the war over Mississippi.

In Mississippi Cochran the desire to keep Cochran in the Senate was a matter of money:

Cochran is, for all intents and purposes, a marionette. His strings are pulled by staffers and lobbyists. They drop him onto the stage of the Senate and pull up a string to raise his hand. These puppeteers are so invested in keeping their gravy train going that they will, while claiming to be Republicans, flood a Republican primary with Obama voters to ensure their gravy train continues.

And if that gravy train requires laying out 5 figures to black leaders to make sure it continues, for those men, it’s a small price to pay.

But while tactically that might make sense for those of the party with skin in the game in that state, on a national level it’s a dangerous move.

The only reason why House Republicans hold chairmanships and the power and patronage that comes with it are conservative/tea party voters that have turned out. If I’m trying to win the Senate in November the last thing I need to see after a primary election is this

If the Republican Party spends money to turn out Democrat voters against a conservative in a GOP primary — the paid professional party apparatus doing this as a deliberate strategy — what message does that send to conservatives, whose votes are crucial to whatever hope Republicans have of winning an electoral majority?

Or this:

The problem for those who call themselves Republicans is that it is harder and harder to say exactly what a Republican is these days. The great lesson from Mississippi is that Republican means, more or less, that if elected the party will reward its major donors, who are just different than the Democrats’ major donors. Policy differences are about different donors, not an actual agenda to shift the country in a different direction.

and you particularly don’t want to see videos like this from Sarah Palin

saying things like this:

What’s the point of electing Republicans if they’re going to act like Democrats?

You can fight the tea party tough in a primary, you can beat the tea party as was done in Oklahoma but the one thing you can’t afford is to have people like Sarah Palin suggesting it’s not worth it to show up and vote for Republicans.

It’s bad enough that the GOP seems to have done all it could to keep its base at home for the last two presidential election cycles but if they are trying the same in 2014 midterms, that’s Market Basket level stupidity.

There has never been a better chance for the GOP to take full control of congress than this year and perhaps that’s why the establishment is so willing to do things like this. As Stacy McCain put it:

it is still possible that the Republican Party will capture the Senate majority in November, so that Mitch McConnell’s cronies can address each other as “Mister Chairman” again (which is all they care about). Given all the advantages the GOP takes into this mid-term election, it would take an extremely incompetent fall campaign by the Republicans to prevent McConnell from becoming Majority Leader.


buuuuuut…

if everything falls apart for Republicans between now and Election Day, if the Democrats catch all the lucky breaks while the GOP is cursed with misfortune, so that McConnell’s selfish ambition is thwarted and Harry Reid remains the Majority Leader . . .
Well, if that happens, remember June 24 as the point of no return.

If the GOP wants to return to the bad old days when they were a permanent minority for nearly a half a century conservatives will oblige them.

Of course if the Tea Party decides to stay home and if Harry Reid is right about the Koch brothers trying to buy elections it appears we have already established that the black vote can be purchased for the right price.