Romney’s campaign was a disaster, but there are quite a few within the GOP establishment who did very well for themselves despite the result of the election.
Political consulting is an especially nasty business.
During the 2012 election the old guard of the Grand Old Party was as concerned as ever with the Democrats, but they were at least equally concerned with the TEA Party reigniting. If the TEA Party made real headway, the grip the Bushies and fellow travelers had on the Republican Party would end. (And a lot of skeletons dug up.) So as the below article outlines, the establishment fought a war on 2 fronts.
During this war opportunity abounded for Republican consultants. Money was doled and in large amounts. It’s enough to make one wonder if the GOP was even really playing to win.
They weren’t playing to lose. That is for sure. But whether they really, in the pits of their stomachs wanted to win, even if that meant embracing a truly conservative/libertarian GOP, I think is very open for debate.
And hey, the getting was good anyway in 2012 for establishment politicos.
Cronyism spans all of politics. Where there is power and money it propagates like a virus.
(From Red State)
Strip away the candidate and coalition and it is on the fifth floor of 66 Canal Center Plaza where the seeds of Mitt Romney’s ruin and the RNC’s get out the vote (GOTV) effort collapsed — bled to death by charlatan consultants making millions off the party, its donors, and the grassroots.
66 Canal Center Plaza is also why Jeff Larson, the Chief of Staff of the Republican National Committee, should not be put in charge of the autopsy of the GOP’s defeat. Multiple sources confirm to me that RNC Chairman Reince Priebus has already put Larson in charge of the so called autopsy.
This is like putting the fox in charge of the hen house. The fifth floor of 66 Canal Center Plaza reveals a tangled web of incestuous relationships among Republican consultants who have made millions all while the GOP went down the tubes. Here the top party consultants waged war with conservative activists and here they waged war with the Democrats. On both fronts, they raked in millions along the way with a more fractured, minority party in their wake. And they show no signs of recognizing just how much a part of the problem they are.
According to a Lexis business search, the fifth floor of 66 Canal Center Plaza houses the following groups:
- Crossroads Media
- Black Rock Group
- WWP Strategies
- Restore Our Future
- Targeted Victory
- DDC Advocacy/Blue Front Strategies
- Target Point Consulting
- Digital Franking
- Americans for Job Security