Yesterday’s Daily Caller had an excellent article that described the depths of the financial and manpower resources that are being devoted to get-out-the-vote activities on the left. To no one’s surprise, the SEIU is smack dab in the middle of it all, as the article points out:
“The politically aggressive Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has quietly created a national network of at least eight community-organizing groups, some of which function alongside the Occupy Wall Street movement…”
Meanwhile, country club conservatives around the country are dawdling. They should be providing financial support to local tea parties–those groups that are doing the tough work of building the conservative get-out-the-vote infrastructure that will be needed to defeat President Obama in November. Currently, these efforts are being financed by the spare change collected from the couches of the dedicated local tea party leaders around the country.
Where are country club conservatives putting their money?
They’re sending it to the Republican National Committee, which hasn’t run a decent get-out-the-vote operation since 2000. They’re also sending it to the four Presidential candidates, none of whom, other than Ron Paul, are doing much to build a true grassroots operation. Instead, they’re spending millions on nasty attack ads aimed at their primary opponents which do little other than suppress conservative voter turnout and enrich one of the least deserving groups on the planet–Republican campaign consultants.
One place country club conservatives aren’t putting their money is where it will have the most impact in this November’s elections–in the local tea parties that have the manpower and the enthusiasm needed to get voters to the polls.
Meanwhile, those billionaires the left erroneously claims financed the tea party are spending their time and money in frivolous and egocentric pursuits that are light years from local grassroots tea party. The Koch Brothers, for instance, are embroiled in a hard nosed battle to take control of the Libertarian Cato Institute. Foster Friess is dumping hundreds of thousands of dollars into a Rick Santorum Super PAC that does nothing but create and air television ads.
Local tea parties are prepared to drag the Republican Presidential nominee across the finish line to victory, but if country club conservatives and boisterous billionaires on the right wanted to have some distance between our guy and President Obama when Election Day rolls around in November, they would be well advised to change their priorities and start putting some money into local tea party get-out-the-vote efforts.
Michael Patrick Leahy is the editor of the Voices of the Tea Party e-book series and co-founder of Top Conservatives on Twitter and the Nationwide Tea Party Coalition. His new book, Covenant of Liberty: The Ideological Origins of the Tea Party Movement, will be published by Broadside Books in spring, 2012. He can be reached on Twitter at @michaelpleahy .