Romneyism: when a corrupt and disconnected party establishment recruits the rich and the super-rich to subsidize its non-performance

“It is undeniable that Mitt Romney flip-flopped on a whole bunch of things,” writes the all-seeing eye of in a despairing post titled Romney’s IA immigration piece and his strange cynicism

And a number of people are comfortable with that. What I find so cynical about Romney is that he attacks people for formerly holding positions that he formerly held. Again, “flip-flopping for me, but not for thee.” Thompson, especially, no longer holds the views that he was advocating back in the day. Huckabee has shifted to the right, something that I have blasted him on.

But you know? Romney has more money, and has done better polling. My gut is that he is going to pull this off. Not because his ideas are better. Simply because he is running a better operation. (Hillary Clinton, of course, is doing the same thing) That makes me sad … etc.

That makes us sad too. What makes us doubly sad is that Romney—not Romney the person, but what Romney represents, i.e. Romneyism, where a corrupt and disconnected party establishment recruits the rich and the super-rich to subsidize its non-performance—is the future of Republican rule in whatever pockets it can survive post-Bush. Regard:

“WASHINGTON, Nov. 25 — Confronting an enormous fund-raising gap with Democrats, Republican Party officials are aggressively recruiting wealthy candidates who can spend large sums of their own money to finance their Congressional races, party officials say,” writes Raymond Hernandez in a NYT article titled Short of Funds, G.O.P. Recruits the Rich to Run

At this point, strategists for the National Republican Congressional Committee have enlisted wealthy candidates to run in at least a dozen competitive Congressional districts nationwide, particularly those where Democrats are finishing their first term and are thus considered most vulnerable. They say more are on the way.

These wealthy Republicans have each already invested $100,000 to $1 million of their own money to finance their campaigns, according to campaign finance disclosure reports and interviews with party strategists. Experts say that is a large amount for this early in the cycle … etc, etc.

At the point that a political organization’s messages and themes can no longer pay for themselves with the vigor and substance of that organization’s clients, activists, supporters etc., the party is over, in this case the Republican party. What’s left of it—congressional seats, prestigious appointments, even a shot at the presidency—is on the block and up for sale.

yours &c.
dr. g.d.


  1. 1 “I don’t think that the Republican Party wants a guy who spends millions of his own money to spread lies about other Republicans” « who is willard milton romney?

    […] Comment: There are Republicans that are more decent than that—however many or however few remains an open question. But is the party more decent than that? That would depend on what you mean by “party.” The basis of the US party system is the state organization—US parties tend to be nearly incoherent at the national level except during presidential election cycles; they are far more coherent and organized at state and local levels. Part of the task of the Romney campaign has been to generously fund state and local party organizations, right-wing and right-of-center foundations, PACs, think-tanks, ad hoc committees, pressure groups etc. at a time when Republican party influence (and, hence, fund-raising power) is on the wane. We refer to this as Romneyism, when a national party in decline recruits the rich and the super-rich—so-called self-funders—to compensate for its competitive deficits. See: Romneyism: when a corrupt and disconnected party establishment recruits the rich and the super-rich … […]

  2. 2 Martin: “Romney seemed to plead for mercy”—”The continued personal barbs are interesting but unnecessary,” pleaded the hapless candidate « who is willard milton romney?

    […] Romney is the establishment candidate. He bought and paid for that singular distinction. […]

  3. 3 top Bay-State endorsers allow Romney to pay his own way—more evidence of the hapless candidates shallow base of support « who is willard milton romney?

    […] Romneyism: when a corrupt and disconnected party establishment recruits the rich and the super-rich … […]

  4. 4 DaveG: “Romney has spent the past few years letting the GOP Pharisees know that they can push him around—He’ll change his views on anything and everything in order to please the Pharisees.” « who is willard milton romney?

    […] We call it Romneyism. […]

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