Friday, November 08, 2013

2014 and GOP Dark Money: get your flu shots now … by gimleteye

For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it hath no stalk: the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield, the strangers shall swallow it up.

- King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition

2013 was a bad year for the GOP. Its leadership -- standard bearer Jeb! Bush, for example -- ushered the Tea Party crazies into the middle of party by force ably pushing out moderate Republicans and cutting off dissent, leaving a big majority of the voting public in dismay at the causes and effects of the government shutdown. The GOP.

The GOP big money bags -- like Sheldon Adelson and the Koch Brothers -- are billionaires who believe they and their ideas inherit the earth. The problem is, in 2013 their plans to remove President Obama and cripple Democrats massively backfired.

So far, the political damage is relatively contained. The GOP is frantically trying, however, to harness the whirlwind and its strangers. There is still time before the 2014 mid-term elections, a year from now.

Noteworthy, is the pressure of Big GOP Money down into state and even local races through Dark Money channels. Those channels are not only wide-open, thanks to the Bush Supreme Court -- the channels have funneled rivers of money into Florida campaigns.

It will do well for voters to pay attention how Big GOP money took down one of its own, in 2012, a county commissioner in Lee County -- Ray Judah. What did Judah do, to incur the wrath of his own party?

He supported the Charlie Crist deal for US Sugar, alienating the Fanjul billionaires in Palm Beach and Coral Gables. What did voters know of the Dark Money motivation? Not much. So the PAC, Florida First, poured a torrent of last minute money against Judah. Nearly one million dollars derailed an impeccable 20 year career.

Democrats not only need to be prepared, they need to take steps now to explain to voters that the Dark Money GOP has done harm to America. Get your political flu shots, now.


Anonymous said...

Job is no tea partier, folks. He's not liked in a lot of circles.

Anonymous said...

Scott is already running ads against Charlie Crist on CNN and MSNBC by using comments made by Democrats in earlier elections when Crist was a republican. There will be tons of money dumped into the race for governor, and we must prepare for all kinds of assaults. Based on past history, a number of paid ringers should be showing up soon. They are looking for angles to mitigate all the hurt Scott has inflicted on this state. Let's hope they spend much of that money in the state as it will help our economy, but he will find that he won't be able to buy thie election this time.

Unknown said...

The easiest partial fix to correct the politics in money problem is this:
One can only donate money to those candidates whose district one lives in. Same thing would apply to corporations--they can donate only to those districts where they have a physical presence.

Anonymous said...

Jeb Bush is Done; all Bushes are, as new info about their craziness surfaces.

THE REPUBLICAN PARTY is MORE than against THE COMMON GOOD, it is about breaking the backs of us 99%ers, of whom there are HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS.

For instance, Most Florida Women are saying, "ARE YOU CRAZY, GOP? WE WATCH YOU THROWING US AND GIRLS UNDER THE BUS--forget about OUR VOTES for many decades. We have SEEN what you are capable of!

No more giving you a courteous "pass".

GOP is FINISHED with America's majority, WOMEN AND GIRLS!


YOU are outta' touch, outta' mind, OUTTA' OFFICE. Go suck your thumbs and whine.