We owe our thanks to the Lincoln Project
You have done the Conservatives a great service by exposing the grip and hypocrisy at the heart of the Republican establishment.
Joseph R. Biden is the 46th President of the United States, and the Lincoln Project, a ragged gang of overweight former Republican advisors, is eating away at its own self-satisfied complacency.
How responsible they are for Biden’s narrow victory remains open. The goals of the Lincoln Project’s efforts in the November Senate election – from Mitch McConnell to Susan Collins – were easily re-elected. They successfully competed in ousting Georgia Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, but that had more to do with expanded turnout in poor and minority communities than with the suburban voters targeted by the Lincoln Project. These suburbanites returned sharply to the Republicans in the runoff elections, fearing the consequences of unified democratic control of Washington for their paperbacks.
But the results have never been the measure by which Republican advisors are judged, and they are certainly not a measure by which this particular gang of wretches has ever been held accountable. The grip is likely to continue in the form of a flamboyant PAC spending cycle over cycle as well as dedicated media products for other former Republicans, mostly focused on urban elite areas and the port of the American security state in Northern Virginia.
The Lincoln Project – from the name to the public testimony of its founders – is wrapped in the shroud of fundamental, flawless morality. With their self-proclaimed virtue of avoiding Trumpism, they have appointed themselves the judge, jury, and executioner of those who they believe are perpetrating violence against their own perception of the American way of life.
Fair enough. Any damn valuable political movement sees itself as an arbiter for good. But it is then worth checking the personal and professional testimony of our supposed moral know-it-alls in order to assess their value.
In short, they don’t compete.
The Lincoln Project is a string of murderers of sex pests, tax evaders, serial harassment, foreign cat paws, and political disaster – essentially anything they can blame the 45th President and the Republican Party.
All of its founders have made fabulous fortunes from opposition to Trump. Book deals, media contracts and other sinecures are an easy sign for the “conservative” Never Trump, not to mention the staggering 86 million US dollars raised by the Lincoln project itself. Much of it went directly to companies that belong to its founders. This massive plunder came in particularly handy given the Lincoln Project leaders have been plagued by financial troubles for years, including the nearly half a million unpaid taxes Rick Wilson owes.
One of its co-founders, John Weaver, became a literal Russian lobbyist after the disastrous presidential campaign led by John Kasich at a time when we should hold back in horror at the sight of onion domes. A married man and a father, he was recently retired for exchanging sexual favors in exchange for employment opportunities with young men he found on Twitter.
Stuart Stevens wrote a book called It was all a lie after several failed presidential campaigns for Mitt Romney. His own 2012 Romney Campaign staff, including the aforementioned John Weaver, criticized his relentless narcissism in diverting attention from the candidate himself – not that Romney benefited from additional attention, as Stevens routinely botched the campaign’s basic messages.
Rick Wilson is a serial vulgar who wrote the book Everything Trump touches dies, a particularly fun title given the Lincoln Project’s failures in the 2020 Senate races. His claim to fame lately has been telling him with CNN anchors about the “gullible boomer rubles” in Central America – a sharp contrast on the ethics of that Confederate flag on his cooler that was on his and his wife’s Instagram accounts until it received public backlash. (His cooler also carried the claim that “THE SOUTH WILL RISE AGAIN”, although the native Florian later wrote on twitter, “Soon the only place you can see the flag of the Traitor of the Flown Losers Confederation is the @realDonaldTrump Rallies. ”) Wilson in particular has taken on the aura of an ayatollah, a great religious leader who speaks out to people and institutions for their failure to adequately reject Trumpism. This included an incredibly botched attempt to have Dominos Pizza canceled for a post thanking outgoing press secretary Kayleigh McEnanany for her positive review of their pizza.
The project as a whole now seems intent on flexing its censored muscles against Congressmen and Senators who protested against voter certification on Jan. 6. They specifically targeted emerging Senator Josh Hawley as a unique threat to democracy. Broadsiding politicians go for the Lincoln Project for granted, but their public attacks on companies that have dared contribute to politicians who protested certification (nearly half of the Republican conference) crosses a new line. Even venues that host the project’s unfavorable politicians are not objectionable, as they successfully got a Florida hotel to cancel a planned fundraiser for Hawley.
You may see small victories like this one in the weeks and months to come, but the end result of the Lincoln Project, the people behind it and the feelings that underlie the way it thinks is less likely to be a rejection of “Trumpism” than a full – by American Conservatives hugging.
There is no brighter burning fuel for the impending political realignment than overcrowded mega-corporations declaring their financial opposition to elected officials like Josh Hawley, who has regularly spoken out in favor of moving away from corporate concerns that defined the Republican Party before Trump.
Everything that the Lincoln Project represents, from successive election failures to foreign adventurism that spilled immeasurable blood and treasure abroad, to an unrepentant cronyism that left Central America behind, is exactly what the GOP and Conservative movement must shed, if they hope to address our civilizational crisis head on. So it’s best that their anger didn’t end with Trump’s departure. The polarization of Republican elites and voters against the rotting consensus they hold is a necessity for future realignment.
Saurabh Sharma is a Networking Entrepreneur to Restore American Rights. You can follow him on Twitter at @ssharmaUS.
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