It has come to my attention through this entire recount mess with the NC 2nd District congressional race that the GOP is less than useless. This is from Renee Ellmers’ letter to supporters:
Yesterday, we appealed to the National Republican Congressional Committee for support, asking if they could contribute to help pay the costs of this recount. Their answer, unfortunately, was, No – that we would have to raise the money to pay for the recount ourselves.
I was afraid that would be their answer. Months ago, I went to Washington and asked the National Republican Congressional Committee and many conservative leaders to help my campaign. Many conservative groups – like the Susan B. Anthony List, Concerned Women of America, Freedom Works, and Sarah Palin’s Sarah PAC all helped, but the NRCC declined. Later, they did support other campaigns in North Carolina – which, unfortunately, lost – but we never received their support. In fact, their spokesman told the press “that the campaign wasn’t ready for prime time” – which actually made it even harder for us to raise money. So, I am doubtful we will get support from the NRCC to help with the expense of the recount.
Today, the NRCC recanted and coughed up a check, in a move reminiscent of the National Republican Senatorial Committee letting somebody stupid enough to tell the truth get near the press in the Christine O’Donnel race in Delaware, boldly declaring that the GOP wouldn’t give a dime to the crazy tea partier only to almost immediately recant.
Of course, Jesse Helms wasn’t particularly popular with these clowns either. But that was another time.
One thing is certain, the Republican Party isn’t the party of Conservatives. They have made that abundantly clear. They’ve gone after Jim DeMint. They’ve gone after candidates they deem “too conservative”… Even if they win popular election in Republican primaries from Republican voters according to all the rules!
The Republicans haven’t learned their lesson and we have a great deal of trouble brewing. Here’s the part where I point out that I was right. Back in 2007 speaking about the shellacking the Republicans took, I wrote:
1) I’m tired of hearing that the Democrats got a majority because of Iraq. It didn’t have anything to do with Iraq. It had to do with the Republicans getting too big for their britches and selling out the people who put them in Washington in the first place. You don’t run as the party of fiscal restraint and spend like drunken sailors and expect for anybody to vote for you in the next election. I don’t care who you are, if you forget the people who voted for you in the first place, you’re gonna have an awful hard time getting reelected, and that’s what happened. The championed the “Bridge to Nowhere” and it got them nowhere. It’s fitting, and they got what they deserved.
Sarah Palin is making a bigger difference in the North Carolina 2nd District race than the entire GOP did. And that directly affects me. Sarah Palin, singularly, is having a greater affect here than the national GOP. But I don’t know why I’m surprised. One look at the way the Franken/Coleman Senate Race in Minnesota went down should be enough to realize that the GOP isn’t interested in going toe to toe with the Democrats.