Rebranding the GOP’s 2016 Presidential Election: Rebuilding An Empire?
From the Washington Post:
Sen. Rand Paul has become the first Republican to assemble a network in all 50 states as a precursor to a 2016 presidential run, the latest sign that he is looking to build a more mainstream coalition than the largely ad hoc one that backed his father’s unsuccessful campaigns.
Paul’s move, which comes nearly two years before the 2016 primaries, also signals an effort to win the confidence of skeptical members of the Republican establishment.
Many of those skeptics doubt that his appeal will translate beyond the libertarian base that was attracted to Ron Paul, the former Texas congressman.
Rand Paul’s nationwide organization, which counts more than 200 people, includes new backers who have previously funded more traditional Republicans, along with longtime libertarian activists.
Paul, of Kentucky, has also been courting Wall Street titans and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs who donated to the presidential campaigns of George W. Bush and Mitt Romney, attending elite conclaves in Utah and elsewhere along with other GOP hopefuls…
…Cathy Bailey and Nate Morris, two prominent GOP fundraisers from Kentucky, were instrumental in bringing the group together.
Morris, previously a fundraiser for George W. Bush, has served as Paul’s guide as the freshman senator navigated steakhouse dinners and tony receptions
with Wall Street and Silicon Valley leaders.
“The bones for the network are there,” Morris said. “We’ll take that and bring in new talent, people who could be like Spencer Zwick was for Mitt Romney’s on finance. Among donors, there’s a fever out there, people are looking to rebrand the party and they haven’t yet been tapped.”
Last year, Rand Paul Victory raised $4.4 million, with nearly half of its fourth-quarter donations coming from high-dollar donors, typically those who give more than $500 and often contribute the legal limit.
Paul’s pitch at these gatherings combined his antagonism toward the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs with a discussion of issues such as drug-sentencing reform and what he calls “crunchy conservatism,” a focus on environment and civil liberties.
Nevertheless, many Republicans question whether Paul can build a campaign that could win a national election.
“I think he’s dangerously irresponsible,” said Rep. Peter T. King (R-N.Y.), who is mulling his own presidential bid and has been critical of the GOP’s tea party wing, including Cruz.
“I can’t believe responsible Republicans will support this guy, who’s a modern version of Charles Lindbergh,” King said…
…A small excerpt, you can read the full Washington Post article here.
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Gone are the days of the Reagan Republicans and Eisenhower Democrats. Party coalition has divided into the partisan bickering of big money politics, their backers, and their lobbyists. Between the divide, nothing gets done for the good of the nation and its people shoved aside.
With polls showing record levels of low approval and appropriate disdain for both the Republican and Democratic parties, the empire is crumbling amidst
the stranglehold and fray of the two.