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Donors Say No Money for GOP Until Healthcare, Tax Bills Pass

Donors Say No Money for GOP Until Healthcare, Tax Bills Pass
U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) (L) and Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (R) speak to members of the media in front of the West Wing of the White House February 27, 2017, in Washington, D.C. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

By Tuesday, 11 July 2017 03:49 PM Current | Bio | Archive

It’s begun to dawn on GOP donors that the millions they’ve poured into the Republicans are a bad investment. So far during the Trump administration what they have is a Bernie Madoff situation without Bernie’s return on investment.

Call it a "Promise Scheme" where Mitch and Paul promise great returns in the future if you will invest money so they can hold office today.

Lifezette reports moneymen who attended "a gathering of Koch network donors…are more than a little restive. Dallas donor Doug Deason declared his "piggy bank" is closed until the GOP leadership "produces results on health care and tax reform."

I’m not rich myself, but Deason’s thinking mirrors mine: "[Republicans] control the Senate. "[Republicans] control the House. "[Republicans] have the presidency. There's no reason you can't get this done. Get it done and we'll open it back up."

Deason does not appear to be one of those donors in awe of GOP political "leadership." Some of the more gullible and easily flattered will come around after a private tour of the capital dome and a meeting in one of the secret Senate hideaway offices.

Deason rejected his invitation. He refused to meet with Curator of the Senate Mitch McConnell. Instead he urged Mitch to "grow a pair" and pass Obamacare repeal and tax reform first. Unfortunately, I’ve got bad news for Deason. A change of that magnitude on the part of McConnell will probably require an organ donor.

That’s one of the confusing elements of GOP donor disenchantment. Venture capitalists investing in a startup are buying into a concept, but equally important, they’re also buying into the person behind the concept. Travis Kalanick, founder of Uber, is a monumental jerk. So much so that he was recently forced out of the company, but his departure wasn’t due to a failure to aggressively grow Uber into the leading worldwide on-demand transportation service.

Kalanick’s fall was due to bad public relations and general uncouth behavior.

Mitch McConnell, on the other hand, is the epitome of couth behavior, but if he ran Uber the company would still be waiting for approval to operate from the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.

I can’t understand how conservative donors look at Mitch and see a future architect of Constitutional rule. McConnell is the chairman of the "Can’t Do Caucus." His reign of stasis is characterized by copious excuses for why he can’t accomplish what he promised if it involves any confrontation. And Speaker Paul Ryan is just younger and marginally more energetic.

The example they set as "leaders" is risible. Both are too timid to face disgruntled voters at unscripted town hall meetings. New York magazine says constituents that want to see McConnell are forced to buy a ticket. Ryan won’t even do that.

The Speaker, who until recently supported amnesty for illegal aliens, now refuses to talk to citizens from "out of the district." Instead, Business Insider reports he will hold "office hours" — limited to a handful of people.

Meanwhile two genuine conservatives, characterized as gadflies and backbenchers by corporate Republicans, are able to stand town hall heat. Cong. Dave Brat — who beat House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a primary focused on Cantor’s "path to citizenship" for illegals — went toe-to-toe with outside agitators in Virginia. Sen. Ted Cruz — who shut down the government with an old-fashioned filibuster over the debt ceiling — held a series of contentious town halls in Texas.

As long as GOP donors support weak individuals they can anticipate wimpy results. Conservatives can’t expect to roll back decades of big government overreach when the people cashing the checks are continually stymied by Sen. Chuck Schumer, the publicity hound who recently demanded the federal government regulate "snortable chocolate."

No doubt McConnell won’t take the funds cutoff lying down. My prediction is Mitch will tell donors if they’ll just keep the money flowing for another election cycle, Republicans will do great things. This time the goal won’t be controlling the House or the Senate or the Presidency.

Mitch has a more formidable opponent in mind. If he can seize control of the Congressional Budget Office his bills will finally get passing grades. The current nefarious director is an Obama holdover whose term lasts until 2019. He could be fired by a joint Congressional resolution, easy enough in the House, but there’s Schumer to face in the Senate.

If Mitch can persuade gullible donors to shower him with money during yet another election cycle, McConnell will have plenty of time to conduct what Howie Carr calls a "nationwide search" for a new CBO director.

Who knows? In two years wife Elaine Chao might be tired of running the Dept. of Transportation and ready for a new challenge at the CBO.

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read more of Michael Shannon's reports — Go Here Now.

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