I’ve been hammering away on this for some time now.
Shecky Green Vegas lounge acts are not going to do it for him….
CONSERVATIVE MEDIA NEEDS TO DO ITS JOB AND START TELLING PEOPLE THE TRUTH
During the 2014 general election, I sat aside my differences with the Republican Party’s more moderate and/or establishment wings, and did what I could to encourage people to vote GOP since control of the U.S. Senate was at stake.
Let’s just say the ROI for that resounding election victory has been underwhelming.
Republicans have rubber-stamped all of Obama’s administrative and lower court judicial appointments. They funded all of Obama’s schemes, and aside from show votes used none of their constitutional power of the purse to stop either Obama’s illegal amnesty or Obamacare. Instead, the GOP opted to file meaningless lawsuits and force taxpayers foot the legal bills for on both sides. Other than filling the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court created by Antonin Scalia’s untimely death, it’s tough to pinpoint exactly how things would be substantively different if Nancy Pelosi were speaker and Harry Reid the majority leader.
In short, Republicans made campaign promises their post-election courage couldn’t cash. And unless politics is nothing more to you than a my team versus your team type of sporting event, those of us who encouraged our audiences to rally behind them at the time did nothing but create unmet expectations.
I fear the same thing is happening in the 2016 election.
We’re beyond debating the merits, or lack thereof, of Donald Trump as the GOP nominee now. That die is cast, and that ship has long since sailed. People’s minds are likely all made up on both sides, and it’s time to just let the voters decide for themselves come November 8th.
This is really about the credibility of our movement, as well as the industry known as “conservative media.” For facts are coming to light, which at the very least cast serious doubt on the truthfulness of some of the fundamental claims/promises Trump made to our people that caused a chunk of them to flock to his candidacy.
Trump promised a self-funding campaign
A recent investigation into Trump’s holdings shows he may be upwards of $650 million in debt, which is more than twice what was previously speculated. If true, this would show his liquidity lacks the wherewithal to compete against Hillary Clinton. It would also explain why until his recent modest ad-buy, Clinton had outspent Trump $52 million to nothing in campaign advertising through August 9th. A year ago at the Iowa State Fair, Trump pledged to spend a billion dollars of his own money to win the presidency. Fast forward twelve months and Trump has spent only about $50 million of his fortune. A sizable sum, yes, but a meager pittance compared to the at least $992 million Romney and his allies spent to lose in 2012. In fact, what Trump has spent so far is only about 5% of that. Just take a look at Trump’s most recent FEC campaign disclosure for July, where the devil is most assuredly in the details:
- Trump campaign spent $18 million, twice what it spent in June, but didn’t run/purchase any ads during the month.
- Hillary has almost $20 million more cash on hand than the “self-funding billionaire.”
- Trump campaign raised $36 million in July, which is about one-third the total Mitt Romney raised in July of 2012.
- Over $8 million of the $18 million the Trump campaign spent in July went to a Texas web design firm for online fundraising. When the largest expenditure for a campaign with little to no ground game is further developing its fundraising platform, that’s never a good sign.
- Trump campaign only spent about $26k more on staff than it did hats in July. No, seriously.
- Trump campaign spent almost a half million dollars on hats. Hats. That’s right, I said hats. In only one month.
- Trump campaign paid $660,000 for outside legal counsel. By comparison, Hillary’s campaign spent only about one-sixth of that on legal counsel in July.
- Former Iowa U.S. Senate candidate Sam Clovis made $15,000 last month for reasons only Allah knows.
- Trump campaign spent $2.5 million on private air travel, which is almost six times more than what it spent on staff/organization/ground game in July.