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Mon May 4, 2015, 10:13 AM

The Real Problem for Republicans: Too Much Money

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Republicans have an unusual problem this election season: Too much money. The involvement of billionaires allows a proliferation of candidates, without the usual winnowing out process of candidates who fall by the wayside when they run out of money.

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Primaries are a killing field. Their purpose is to kill nonviable contenders and get their bodies off the field as quickly as possible. Then the party can close ranks around the winner. But if the dying candidates still have money, they can continue to campaign, harass the front-runner, collect votes and win delegates.
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Where is all the money coming from? It’s not the “one percent” — it’s the top one percent of the one percent. The billionaires who have been making out like bandits while working Americans are falling further and further behind. Graham told New Hampshire voters, “What I worry about is that we are turning campaigns over to about 100 people in this country, and they are going to be able to advocate their cause at the expense of your cause.”

Case in point: Billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, who say they are prepared to spend nearly a billion dollars to elect a Republican. So far, they’ve narrowed their choice to five candidates (Cruz, Walker, Bush, Rubio and Paul).

Gingrich said recently that wealthy donors could decide, “This year, instead of buying a new yacht, I’m going to spend $70 million on a candidate.”

Yachts, candidates — all playthings for the super-rich.

http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/05/03/why-2016-candidates-may-not-know-when-theyre-beaten/

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Response to Koinos (Original post)

Mon May 4, 2015, 10:19 AM

1. An equal or greater problem the idiots without money who vote for them.

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Response to gordianot (Reply #1)

Mon May 4, 2015, 10:28 AM

2. Manipulation of the Dumbed-Down Masses

Money buys media. Media brainwashes gullible minds without critical thinking skills. Democracy ends with the demise of education and the loss of independent media.

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Response to Koinos (Reply #2)

Mon May 4, 2015, 11:01 AM

5. If that was the strategy it has worked well.

If unintended consequences it is really destructive. I tend to favor someone has benefited from their investment.

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Response to Koinos (Original post)

Mon May 4, 2015, 10:32 AM

3. In 2012, Boehner falsified an RNC-vote (ON CAMERA!) to keep the Tea-Party crazies in check.

http://www.texasgopvote.com/government/evidence-shows-rnc-rigged-vote-rule-change-republican-convention-2012-004544



The rule-change was to centralize power in the GOP into the hands of those already in power, taking away this power from the states.

Boehner needed this to keep the Tea-Party in check. And he was so desperate that a bus-driver got bribed to keep the GOP-delegates he was driving away from the convention, because they could have gotten in the way of Boehner's plan.
NOT FUCKING KIDDING.

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Response to DetlefK (Reply #3)

Mon May 4, 2015, 11:03 AM

6. love the usa chants ... lemmings

 

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Response to Koinos (Original post)

Mon May 4, 2015, 11:00 AM

4. tag

 

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Response to Koinos (Original post)

Mon May 4, 2015, 01:33 PM

7. The RNC capped the number of debates and changed the rules to favor an establishment candidate

These changes could backfire on the RNC because with each of the top GOP candidates having their own superpac and billionaire, then they have no motivation to drop out. We could see no candidate having a majority going into the convention

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Response to Koinos (Original post)

Mon May 4, 2015, 04:39 PM

8. It's like a pack of toddlers being endowed with superhuman powers.

It is hard for me to believe that we have arrived at this point in our "democracy."

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Response to Koinos (Original post)

Mon May 4, 2015, 04:54 PM

9. I can think of a solution to this problem.

 

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Response to hifiguy (Reply #9)

Mon May 4, 2015, 05:05 PM

10. Sort of a "cut off" date for the primary?

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