Lesson learned: NRSC pledges to stay out of contested primaries

posted at 2:55 pm on November 4, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Give credit where it’s due.  After a strange decision to endorse Governor Charlie Crist in next year’s Florida primary race for the open Senate seat when Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio had already thrown his hat in the ring, the NRSC has learned something from the NY-23 debacle with Dede Scozzafava.  Senator John Cornyn, chair of the NRSC, tells ABC News that the group will not spend any money in contested primaries, allowing each state’s Republicans to choose the best candidates to represent them in the 2010 general election:

With Republicans grappling with the fallout of an intra-party battle that may have cost them a House seat, the head of the Senate Republican campaign effort is making a pledge that may ease some of the anger being directed at the party establishment.

“We will not spend money in a contested primary,” Sen. John Cornyn, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, told ABC News in a telephone interview today.

“There’s no incentive for us to weigh in,” said Cornyn, R-Texas. “We have to look at our resources. . . . We’re not going to throw money into a [primary] race leading up to the election.”

Cornyn did put the caveat on the pledge that limited it to open seats.  The NRSC may still decide to protect Republican incumbents from primary challenges.  However, I’m not sure where that would be a problem for the GOP in 2010.  The biggest RINO, Arlen Specter, has already switched parties.

It does present a problem in Florida, where Cornyn and the NRSC has already endorsed Crist.  Cornyn sounded a conciliatory note to Rubio, though:

Cornyn had praise for Rubio, and said he’s sure that he would win the general election if he gets past Crist in the primary. Cornyn said he’s confident that — unlike in upstate New York — Republicans will settle their differences in the primary.

“The first lesson is that competitive primaries are generally a good thing,” Cornyn said. “To me, that’s the overarching lesson to be learned out of the 23rd. When 11 people get behind closed doors and pick the nominee … the grassroots are going to find an alternative.”

Indeed they will — when the party bosses pick a Dede Scozzafava.  The party bosses in NY-23 at least had a reason to make an appointment; the special election schedule left no time for a primary.  The NRSC had no such excuse when they attempted to anoint Crist as the Republican nominee earlier this year.

We understand that the role of the national party and the NRSC and NRCC is to elect Republicans.  However, that role comes into play in the general election, not the primaries.  A party that talks abut federalism and limited national government should have more trust in the people to choose their representatives in the primaries.  Cornyn and the NRSC have taken a circuitous route to the right decision, but at least they got there.


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This sorta makes last night’s loss almost worth it

Rogue on November 4, 2009 at 2:58 PM

You may yet redeem yourself Senator Cornyn.

edgehead on November 4, 2009 at 2:58 PM

Like I said, conservatives won big last night. And hopefully Rubio is one of the beneficiaries.

Doughboy on November 4, 2009 at 3:01 PM

Holy COW!

Did someone learn a lesson? Maybe.. time will tell.

upinak on November 4, 2009 at 3:01 PM

Except, Cornyn is probably lying. The GOP backs RINOs, and they’d rather support a weak candidate than a candidate who stands on principles. Because it’s harder to influence a candidate who stands on principles.

Give directly to your candidates, until the GOP proves Cornyn is telling the truth.

hawksruleva on November 4, 2009 at 3:01 PM

My post from the headline thread.

Last night as I was reading the election open threads here on HA, I received a call from the NRSC. I asked them why they are supporting a RINO, Obama lover candidate in Florida and reminded them of the serious mistake that the NRCC and RNC made in NY-23. My contribution went directly to Rubio.

farright on November 4, 2009 at 2:55 PM

Maybe, just maybe we have got their attention now.

farright on November 4, 2009 at 3:02 PM

A party that talks abut federalism and limited national government should have more trust in the people to choose their representatives in the primaries.

Er … federalism and limited FEDERAL government have nothing to do with national political parties. Don’t confuse the issues.

The Republican party has a responsibility to assure that the label “Republican” means something in terms of the governance and principles one can expect. Now, the fact that the national GOP has been working against doing this, on a national level, is a big problem, but it is not an issue of “federalist” thinking applied to the national party. That’s the same line of cr@p that Newtered Gangreneich tried to slide by, with his moronic “lovers of the 10th amendment blah blah blah” but had nothing to do with the situation.

Part of the overarching federalist ideology is understanding which powers and responsibilities apply to which organizations and entities. For the governmental entities, those assignments are detailed in the Constitution. For political parties, which are NOT Constitutional entities in any way, at all, those assignments are quite different and come from elsewhere.

progressoverpeace on November 4, 2009 at 3:02 PM

SAY NO TO CRIST!
SAY YES TO RUBIO!

Enoxo on November 4, 2009 at 3:02 PM

Now that’s a step in the right direction, Senator. Please advise Sessions and Steele to do the same.

BirdEye on November 4, 2009 at 3:02 PM

Hmmmm sounds like they understand what happened yesterday and what it meant.

gophergirl on November 4, 2009 at 3:02 PM

Sometimes it takes a long time to see The Obvious. If they actually follow their own advice from now on, a lot of time and money will be saved and the 23rd Clusterfark will not be repeated

Janos Hunyadi on November 4, 2009 at 3:03 PM

I would like see Pete Sessions (NRCC head), Cornyn, and Steele make a joint statement that they will stay out of all contested primaries.

WashJeff on November 4, 2009 at 3:04 PM

Now please write on Senatorial letterhead, “I will not endorse a RINO ever again” 100 times.

BirdEye on November 4, 2009 at 3:05 PM

The Dede Scozzafava debacle demonstrates how out of touch party bosses can be. If they had actually selected a moderate Republican rather than a stinking liberal the results would have been far different.

Scozzafava was offensive to conservatives. Heck, she was offensive to the moderate wing of the party. If they had selected a candidate that at least did not offend the base things would have been different.

Candidates should be required to sign a contract when they receive money from the party. If they drop out they cannot endorse members of the other party or they have to return the money.

If Scozzafava were not on the ballot (once let alone twice) things would have been far different.

The Rock on November 4, 2009 at 3:05 PM

I’ll believe it when I see it.

portlandon on November 4, 2009 at 3:05 PM

I’ll believe it when I see it in 2010

The Calibur on November 4, 2009 at 3:05 PM

So who we backing against Cornyn in the GOP primary?

Just kidding.

Welcome back Cori. Now be quiet.

Sapwolf on November 4, 2009 at 3:08 PM

A party that talks abut federalism and limited national government should have more trust in the people to choose their representatives in the primaries. Cornyn and the NRSC have taken a circuitous route to the right decision, but at least they got there.

Message, message, message. That critical contrast is spelled out in actions just as much as words, if not more so.

Speakup on November 4, 2009 at 3:08 PM

The NRSC will support anybody even Mickey M. if they think he has a chance of beating a dem. Don’t kid us, it’s all about the win, and not the winner. It’ll be subtle but it’s going to be there.

Kissmygrits on November 4, 2009 at 3:11 PM

Thank you Mr. Hoffman.

Cindy Munford on November 4, 2009 at 3:11 PM

I used to send him email once a day when he endorsed Crist. I hope my pressure, along with many other Texans who wrote or called him helped make a difference.

Bleed_thelizard on November 4, 2009 at 3:11 PM

They really have to say something after this faux pas. But have they really learned anything? I doubt it, and with such a weak stance I can only believe that once our eyes are diverted it will be back to business as usual.

NavyBlue on November 4, 2009 at 3:12 PM

“Why, I don’t even remember why or when I started hitting myself with that hammer.”

Doorgunner on November 4, 2009 at 3:12 PM

O RLY?:

“…the national GOP is trying like h*** to make sure he doesn’t get the nomination.”

Rae on November 4, 2009 at 3:12 PM

Hot Damn!

My Senator did pay attention.

Excellent!

Now go out and get us some conservative candidates, folks.

Subsunk

Subsunk on November 4, 2009 at 3:12 PM

If they stick to this, it’s the best possible result from last night. But, if you’ve got anyone’s ear, Ed, try to get a clarification:

Will they also not engage in back-room strong-arm tactics, and refrain from “steering” contributions to a particular candidate?

Not that I don’t trust them — well, yeah, exactly because I don’t trust them.

notropis on November 4, 2009 at 3:13 PM

Sounds good… but conservatives will do well to remember this wise motto, of one of our very best leaders — Trust, but verify.

red winger on November 4, 2009 at 3:13 PM

RINO Crist is running conservative ads all over the place, most of which are not true. Deficit cutting in Floirda involves following the Florida Constitution.

Our RINO Crist is being pushed hard on us in Florida. Rubio is a first class conservative, smart, articulate former speaker of the Florida house.

Send him a few bucks to defeat Crist if you can spare it. http://www.marcorubio.com/ He won’t let you down.

tarpon on November 4, 2009 at 3:13 PM

Good time for conservative to take care business.

bessex on November 4, 2009 at 3:13 PM

Cornyn did put the caveat on the pledge that limited it to open seats. The NRSC may still decide to protect Republican incumbents from primary challenges.

That’s just smart politics. It’s much tougher to dislodge an incumbent, so unless you’ve got a very flawed candidate in there it makes sense to protect them.

Very happy to see this post.

BadgerHawk on November 4, 2009 at 3:14 PM

At least the lesson is learned. If applied, there is hope yet for the GOP.

itzWicks on November 4, 2009 at 3:15 PM

Thank you Dede with the unintended consequences.

fourdeucer on November 4, 2009 at 3:16 PM

Anybody holding their breath? I’m not. $$ still going to individuals, not the party.

24K lady on November 4, 2009 at 3:16 PM

I guess it’s also a point in their favor that they actually did get the correct message from the NY23 mess, regardless of how well they improve their behavior.

notropis on November 4, 2009 at 3:17 PM

I’ll believe it when I see it.

jukin on November 4, 2009 at 3:18 PM

It’s about time!!! Now stand by your words!

capejasmine on November 4, 2009 at 3:19 PM

Rae on November 4, 2009 at 3:12 PM

I’m not even mildly close to being a Ron Paul supporter, but that KY Senate race does interest me.

BadgerHawk on November 4, 2009 at 3:20 PM

Cornyn did put the caveat on the pledge that limited it to open seats. The NRSC may still decide to protect Republican incumbents from primary challenges. However, I’m not sure where that would be a problem for the GOP in 2010. The biggest RINO, Arlen Specter, has already switched parties.

2010 Republican incumbents

Richard Shelby of Alabama
Lisa Murkowski of Alaska
John McCain of Arizona
Johnny Isakson of Georgia
Mike Crapo of Idaho
Chuck Grassley of Iowa
David Vitter of Louisiana
Richard Burr of North Carolina
Tom Coburn of Oklahoma
Jim DeMint of South Carolina
John Thune of South Dakota
Bob Bennett of Utah

McCain, if there was any justice in the world.

Terry_Dyne on November 4, 2009 at 3:23 PM

I think this is only one benefit from what happened in NY. Scozzafava would have voted with the Dems the same as Owens only then the Dems could claim bi-partisanship.

I hope someone is finding a candidate to run against Owens next year. He may hold that seat if things are still in war mode.

Get the NY23 Primary started now!

Hoffman is kind of a dufus. Isn’t there someone better?

petunia on November 4, 2009 at 3:24 PM

Translation: The base is no longer filling our coffers so we can’t afford to stab them in the back anymore.

SouthernGent on November 4, 2009 at 3:24 PM

Rae on November 4, 2009 at 3:12 PM
I’m not even mildly close to being a Ron Paul supporter, but that KY Senate race does interest me.

BadgerHawk on November 4, 2009 at 3:20 PM

Thanks, Rae for the link. His primary challenger Trey Grayson was a dem only a few years ago I understand.

Firefly_76 on November 4, 2009 at 3:25 PM

Well thats just dandy Corynhaller but you won’t be donatin any of my money,
I will donate my own thankyou.
Not that I don’t trust you lowlife, scumbag, career politicians, its’ just that I happen to like Joe Wilson and believe he was correct in callin a Liar a Liar and I also happen to like Sarah Palin and the Blue Blood country clubbers have not exactly been supportive of her either.

So ifn your waitin for my donation go piss up a rope and see what comes down.

dhunter on November 4, 2009 at 3:28 PM

Thank you senator, thank you.
I don’t think anybody wants to tie the hands of the party when it comes to recruiting in areas where it’s hard to even get one person to run. There the backing of the party may be the only way to even get a candidate to run.

The incumbent thing is fine too, provided the incumbent has an approval rating north of 50%. The party should not be trying to prop up bad candidates, even when they hold office.

Rocks on November 4, 2009 at 3:28 PM

This sorta makes last night’s loss almost worth it

Rogue on November 4, 2009 at 2:58 PM

It is worth it…in two years district 23 will be chopped up by the democrat districts around it, and it will become a solid democrat district.

right2bright on November 4, 2009 at 3:29 PM

His primary challenger Trey Grayson was a dem only a few years ago I understand.

Firefly_76 on November 4, 2009 at 3:25 PM

Why the establishment thinks those candidates are good picks is beyond me.

I both like and despise the way the left does things: Nominate a far left individual and then lie like hell during the general election.

BadgerHawk on November 4, 2009 at 3:30 PM

Hoffman is kind of a dufus. Isn’t there someone better?

petunia on November 4, 2009 at 3:24 PM

There were 7 other people who put there names in for the Repub nod for NY-23. Hoffman was the only one who agreed to run on the Conservative Party Line.

Rocks on November 4, 2009 at 3:30 PM

This is great news for Chuck DeVore because Cornyn is a big Carly supporter. Hope Cornyn stays true to his word and the NRSC lets California republicans determine who should challenge The Ma’am.

LASue on November 4, 2009 at 3:30 PM

A party that talks abut federalism and limited national government should have more trust in the people to choose their representatives in the primaries.

So … is this supposed to be a call that no one should contribute money to any House candidate outside of their district or any Senate candidate outside of their state?

Come on. It’s not about misapplied notions of federalism but unprincipled stupidity spread nationwide, as we have been treated to from the national GOP. Let’s not confuse the issue, please.

progressoverpeace on November 4, 2009 at 3:31 PM

Remember what that “support incumbents” gave us in 2006: the RNLEIN* loser Lincoln Chafee, who repaid the investment with Scozzafava-like graciousness in 2008.

*Republican no longer even in name

notropis on November 4, 2009 at 3:31 PM

tarpon on November 4, 2009 at 3:13 PM

Good point, and the Million Dollar Question: Has Crist had a Conservative Catharsis, or not?

I’ve heard his ads, and am In Doubt. He’d do better to admit that he’s been less-than-right, but since Obama he’s seen The Light. Of course, supporting some of Obama’s key policies does get in the way of this argument……….

New York 23 shows that voters don’t like Parties imploding and staging Kabuki theater performances on their local turf. Florida Republicans better learn that lesson fast….

Janos Hunyadi on November 4, 2009 at 3:32 PM

So why doesn’t Cornyn practice what he preaches in his own backyard, and convince Kay Bailey Huchison to run for re-election to the Senate instead of challenging Rick Perry for Governor of Texas? Somewhere between now and 2010, Republicans will have to find a replacement for Hutchison…

Steve Z on November 4, 2009 at 3:33 PM

Remember what that “support incumbents” gave us in 2006: the RNLEIN* loser Lincoln Chafee, who repaid the investment with Scozzafava-like graciousness in 2008.

*Republican no longer even in name

notropis on November 4, 2009 at 3:31 PM

Who couldn’t even support John Bolton as a lame duck after the election.

Steve Z on November 4, 2009 at 3:35 PM

So why doesn’t Cornyn practice what he preaches in his own backyard, and convince Kay Bailey Huchison to run for re-election to the Senate instead of challenging Rick Perry for Governor of Texas? Somewhere between now and 2010, Republicans will have to find a replacement for Hutchison…

Steve Z on November 4, 2009 at 3:33 PM

Because they want her out of the Senate. She will lose to Perry so it’s a win-win.

Rocks on November 4, 2009 at 3:38 PM

The NRSC may still decide to protect Republican incumbents from primary challenges

B*llsh*t. Still not acceptable.

The House and Senate are still rife with RINOs. The Repub party needs to stay out of these races and let us purge the RINOs from incumbency.

pabarge on November 4, 2009 at 3:39 PM

Glad Cornyn finally said that.

Just last night I got a phone call from the NRSC and I told them no money because John Cornyn endorsed Crist over Rubio.

I had also returned their envelope and letter requesting money and told them NO and why.

Betcha lots of folks did this as well.

texasconserv on November 4, 2009 at 3:39 PM

Because they want her out of the Senate. She will lose to Perry so it’s a win-win.

Rocks on November 4, 2009 at 3:38 PM

Hey maybe they could try that with McCain he’d make an exemplary Governor of Arizona or Puerto Rico or Mexico or somethin!

dhunter on November 4, 2009 at 3:40 PM

So … is this supposed to be a call that no one should contribute money to any House candidate outside of their district or any Senate candidate outside of their state?
progressoverpeace on November 4, 2009 at 3:31 PM

That better not be the intent. McCain/Feingold is bad enough.

fourdeucer on November 4, 2009 at 3:41 PM

Rocks on November 4, 2009 at 3:38 PM

I wish I really believed that they were that smart.

notropis on November 4, 2009 at 3:41 PM

I don’t believe him. Somehow, they’ll find a way to funnel money and support to their “chosen one”.

yogi41 on November 4, 2009 at 3:42 PM

McConnell forced Jim Bunning out in the Kentucky race.

Be careful what you wish for Mitch.

Spathi on November 4, 2009 at 3:42 PM

I think that if that debacle in NY23 accomplished nothing else, it did make Republican politicians pause and think. I think they might be fearing for their own futures as well. They should.

Terrye on November 4, 2009 at 4:05 PM

That better not be the intent. McCain/Feingold is bad enough.

fourdeucer on November 4, 2009 at 3:41 PM

Exactly. Newtered thought he was onto something clever trying to pull some idiotic 10th amendment reference to try and support his nutty position for NY-23, but it would be best to nip this ill-applied line in the bud before it spreads too much further. Mostly it seems to just be some people trying to be too cute by half, but these twisted notions have a way of taking on a life of their own.

progressoverpeace on November 4, 2009 at 4:08 PM

I think NY-23 was the icing on the cake. They are doing better than the Dems with fund raising but this and Palin has to show them there’s a huge bucket out there they could tap.
Stop making a candidate who can self finance their first priority, especially over principles.

Rocks on November 4, 2009 at 4:09 PM

If the Republican Party stops caring about its own primaries, you can be sure other interest groups won’t follow suit. A sure sign of a political party in trouble is when it is no long willing or able to shape its own destiny.

starfleet_dude on November 4, 2009 at 4:18 PM

Sounds good… but conservatives will do well to remember this wise motto, of one of our very best leaders — Trust, but verify.

red winger on November 4, 2009 at 3:13 PM

Right-o, but for this group, I’m at “Verify, then Trust.”

Obviously, they are reserving the right to interfere on behalf of one of their sacred cow incumbents, like McCain, who will get a primary challenge next year I’m sure. So keep those torches and pitchforks handy, and until it is clear they are staying out of all primaries, keep your wallets in your pockets.

james23 on November 4, 2009 at 4:22 PM

Last I checked, the primaries are still open so this is a moot gesture on the part of the RNC. They would still support the failed 5:

Jim Jeffords. Lincoln Chafee. Arlen Specter. Wayne Gilchrest. Dede Scozzafava

Valiant on November 4, 2009 at 4:26 PM

I’ll give credit where it’s due to Ayatollah Cornyn but I’ll take Ronald Reagan’s advice to “Trust … But Verify”.

NRSC is still not getting any money from me until I see action behind the words. For one thing – what if Olympia Snowe gets a primary challenger? Is the NRSC going to send her money to defend against it? They shouldn’t.

It’s fine for Ayatollah Cornyn to say that they’ll let “Republican Voters Decide” … but he also needs to realize taht we DEMAND the right to fire any Ayatollah we see fit to fire. Like Snowe, Collins, Grahamnesty, or any others. We have that right to do so. The days of party bosses are over.

If this is what Cornyn is saying – I’m very happy and welcome him aboard the new wave the new GOP will be riding.

Why do I have a voice in the back of my head telling me that Cornyn’s announcement really isn’t what it appears to be?

HondaV65 on November 4, 2009 at 4:36 PM

Hopey/Changey comes to the Republican Party? Have to wait to see if its real change I can believe in. In the mean time–no $ for you until I see the RINOs littered along the road side.

chickasaw42 on November 4, 2009 at 4:44 PM

Message sent…message received?

Time will tell but this is really what NY-23 was all about. Well this and a warning sign that we want primaries to begin with so we don’t end up with hacks like Scozzafava.

Daemonocracy on November 4, 2009 at 4:45 PM

I expect that Republican Senators will individually back incumbents regularly in the future, but it’s likely that the committee won’t, at least for several cycles.

Buford Gooch on November 4, 2009 at 4:48 PM

Except, Cornyn is probably lying. The GOP backs RINOs, and they’d rather support a weak candidate than a candidate who stands on principles. Because it’s harder to influence a candidate who stands on principles.

Give directly to your candidates, until the GOP proves Cornyn is telling the truth.

hawksruleva on November 4, 2009 at 3:01 PM

+1

Anything that comes in the mail from Cornyn, et al goes right into my trash can.   I cannot trust the Republican party to represent my interests and concerns any more.   I contribute these days to individuals that have gained my trust to pursue a fiscally conservative agenda.

martywd on November 4, 2009 at 4:53 PM

Cornyn lied about his intent to endorse Crist in the first place.

It was last nights elections that prompted his response.

Rubio is the better candidate for conservatism and Cornyn is just back-peddling!

Nelsa on November 4, 2009 at 5:01 PM

You may yet redeem yourself Senator Cornyn.
edgehead on November 4, 2009 at 2:58 PM

Don’t count on it. Cornyn is only slightly better than KBH, and that damn faint praise. We’ll be looking to get rid of him next time he’s up for reelection. In fact, I’m hoping we can boot all of the incumbants over the next few years.

mrpeabody on November 4, 2009 at 5:41 PM

A party that talks abut federalism and limited national government should have more trust in the people to choose their representatives in the primaries. Cornyn and the NRSC have taken a circuitous route to the right decision, but at least they got there.

I’ll keep my money, thanks. Deeds not words.

Angry Dumbo on November 4, 2009 at 5:53 PM

Big win for republicans…Hoffman would have won last night if the national republicans had not flooded the district with loot for the RINO. Toomey would have beaten Specter if Bush had stayed home a few years ago.

JIMV on November 4, 2009 at 5:57 PM

DUH

evergreen on November 4, 2009 at 5:59 PM

Someone tell simplesimon that this is the victory we were seeking in NY last night. We got the cake, just no icing…

abobo on November 4, 2009 at 6:19 PM

Daddy Cornyn,

Nobody puts baby in a corner

Cornyn has only criticized Limbaugh….Not one Czar not one advisor…..

Mr. H1B Visa dude should always vote and speak with DeMint…Why doesn’t he?

Hey Cornyn, Chafee, Snowe, Specter, Toomey, etc…hang your
head in shame.

nondhimmie on November 4, 2009 at 7:38 PM

Too little, too late. Since they worked very hard to destroy our trust in the Republican party apparatus, I’ll never donate to the party again; only to individual candidates.

rmgraha on November 4, 2009 at 7:40 PM

I only send my $ to local candidates that I like. That’s it. No more RNC for me.

Mojave Mark on November 4, 2009 at 8:40 PM

But did the NRSC pull their endorement of Crist? Hell, no! They should publicly rescind their endorsement NOW! Go Rubio, 2010! No more RINOs! Crist should go back to the private sector!

Dandapani on November 4, 2009 at 9:21 PM

This makes NY-23 a win. Sweet!

Greg Q on November 4, 2009 at 10:05 PM

A party that talks ab[o]ut federalism and limited national government should have more trust in the people to choose their representatives in the primaries.

Could not possibly agree more…any chance we could write-in Ed to head the Republican Party, like, yesterday, if not sooner?

Knott Buyinit on November 4, 2009 at 11:01 PM

I live in Texas. I voted for Cornyn. He is moderate, mushy, and hard to like. He is mealy-mouthed and shows remarkably little spine for the most part. His support for Specter says it all. Yes: He is “nice.” Seems we could do better in Texas.

sanantonian on November 5, 2009 at 12:11 AM

Pffffffffffffffffttttttttttttt

I don’t believe it for a moment that is was NY-23 alone that “learned them the lesson”.

It was all of us returning their fundraising letters with NO MONEY inside and sharpie pens written all over the “survey”,

1) NO MORE RINOS
2) NO AMNESTY
3) NO GUBMINT HEALTH CARE
4) NO CAP AND TAX
5) STOP SPENDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I know I have sent at least 2 dozen of those things back since the last election, just to the NRSC alone. I have done the same for the representative fund raising group and the RNC itself.

Now I add

6) NY-23, never again will I trust you with a DIME of my money in any election. I now donate directly to the real conservative candidate!!!

karenhasfreedom on November 5, 2009 at 12:37 AM

karenhasfreedom on November 5, 2009 at 12:37 AM

7)My money goes to SarahPAC.

by the way THANK YOU SARAH. You did us proud.

Clyde5445 on November 5, 2009 at 1:13 AM

They could have figured this out years ago, but baby steps, baby steps.

- The Cat

MirCat on November 5, 2009 at 2:11 AM

P.S. Does the RNC get this though?

MirCat on November 5, 2009 at 2:11 AM

Translation: The base is no longer filling our coffers so we can’t afford to stab them in the back anymore.

SouthernGent on November 4, 2009

Excellent translation. Now, for extra credit, can you translate this Obamaism: “If you like your private insurance you can keep your private insurance”.

SKYFOX on November 5, 2009 at 8:55 AM

Well thank you! Finally. If you want to choose the presidential candidate in a smoke filled room then do that. It will beat having the crossover liberals and socialists in the primaries pick the candidate (see John McCain). I don’t donate to the RNC anymore because they spend my money trying to elect the likes of that hideous “Scaramonga” woman in New York. They also put the ‘fix’ in for that RINO Crist in Florida. Now let Crist start raising his own cash and start dancing to the tune the people are playing instead of the Republican leadership who thinks we need “Socialists Lite” to win election contests with the real-deal, hard core socialist left.

kens on November 5, 2009 at 12:45 PM