The recent Republican primary runoff victory by Judge Roy Moore over Luther Strange in the race for Jeff Sessions’ Alabama senate seat is just the latest in a string of expensive losses for the Swampers. Nearly a full year after American voters turned the pollsters and pundits upside down, the DC good-ole-boys are still in full Trump Denial.
Here are some of the Swampers’ embarrassing defeats:
- Breitbart News reports Strange lost the runoff election by 20%, spending an estimated $30 million ($137 per vote) compared to Moore’s $2 million ($7 per vote). This is after Moore pounded Strange in the first primary despite being outspent 25 to 1. Strange was heavily funded by Mitch McConnell’s Senate Leadership Fund and the NRA.
- Issue One claims Democrats blew $32 million in a failing effort to push Jon Ossoff past Republican Karen Handel for the Georgia congressional seat vacated by Tom Price, who has already resigned his administrative office. Issue One says Handel spent $23 million, but other analysts claim Handle was outspent 8 to 1 – the truth is probably somewhere in-between.
- Hillary Clinton spent about $15 per vote, three times the amount Donald Trump invested on the presidency in 2016.
The first shot over the DC Establishment bow was fired by Dave Brat in 2014, when he sacked Eric Cantor, Republican house majority leader, in the Virginia congressional primary race. Cantor had the backing of the entire swamp, including the Chamber of Commerce, the NRA, and the National Association of Realtors. All of the Republican money and every loose dollar on K Street was bet on Cantor – $5.5 million in all. Brat had a measly $200,000 and a warm smile from the Tea Party. It’s fitting that Brat’s first name is David, as Goliath (Cantor) fell in a large, thunderous heap. Brat has since been a stellar Freedom Caucus member.
My Congressman, Ralph Norman (R-SC), spent a little bit more than his opponent, Archie Parnell, seeking the seat vacated by Mick Mulvaney a few months ago. And most of that spending was his own money. “I don’t want to owe favors to anybody,” he told me early in the race. And he has stayed true to his word, already taking strong positions against the powerful, big-money lobbyists. Norman is also on the Freedom Caucus.
Maybe the Swampers will finally “get it” and stop trying to buy political offices against the will of the people, who are tired of business as usual on Capitol Hill.
Nah, it won’t happen. The DC Establishment Swampers will continue to do what Swampers do – spend other peoples’ money. They can’t help themselves.
Tom Balek – Rockin’ On the Right Side
I don’t care too much for money,
Money can’t buy me love!
The lads are rockin’ it with their Rickenbackers and Voxes!