S.E. Cupp who just a few years ago was working my Facebook wall on a regular basis, has now found herself behind a pulpit of her own, so to speak. Cupp is a regular on Glenn Beck's media productions and has a good following for her columns and other writings. Young, smart and opinionated, she takes on Karl Rove.
Cupp has penned a piece in which she says that Rove's idea to raise money to back his kind of candidates has a couple of fatal flaws in it. First she says that Rove isn't fooling anybody.
"[T]here are plenty of Republican donors who are furious at Crossroads for wasting their money and aren’t going to be fooled by Rove’s re-branding strategy — or his promises that he will get better results the next time around.
I talked to one Republican operative in Washington who put it this way: “These guys took millions of dollars from big donors last year and lined their pockets. The new money will benefit all the same staff, pollsters, admen and vendors. It’s throwing good money after bad.” [NY Daily News]
Cupp goes on to say that there are plenty of big donors who will find many other places to put their money in the next cycle of elections and with the amount of grassroot enthusiasm among those who oppose the establishment, there could be plenty of other places for them to go.
Frustrated donors are looking for new places to put their money, and they’ll have no shortage of grassroots organizations to consider.
As my colleague Steve Kornacki wrote in Salon, “Given their demonstrated ability to rile up the conservative grassroots and deliver serious financial boosts to their preferred candidates, they probably have the means to fight Rove’s new effort.”
If Tea Party public relations have suffered some since then because of a few truly terrible candidates like Christine O’Donnell, Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock, that doesn’t mean it’s time to throw out the baby with the bathwater and ignore the successes of others like Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Tim Scott and Nikki Haley.
Maybe they didn’t wear tricorn hats at John Galt rallies, but these are all Republicans who were elected on Tea Party promises of small-government solutions and fiscal responsibility, ideas that can still win elections. [NY Daily News]
While Cupp's analysis has all the candy coating necessary to make it desirable, once you look deeper inside a glimpse of the motive for her wishful thinking appears. She also said in this article:
"[I]f 2012 proved anything, it’s that Fox News doesn’t have enough viewers to deliver Republican victories, and if it does, they sure weren’t motivated to turn out this year. Cutting the party down the middle and reverse-purity-testing conservatives to weed out those who are most stridently principled will shrink an already vulnerable base"
Cupp is currently joined at the hip with Glenn Beck, who is working tirelessly to build his own media empire after parting ways with FoxNews. Beck started his subscription web based broadcast as GBTV and has since spent millions of his own money developing a number of new programs and projects which he has begun marketing on the platform of TheBlazeTV which is hosted on Dish TV.
Beck is unabashedly libertarian and has said that his projects are intended to become the libertarian network, in opposition to Fox which, though marketed as 'fair and balanced' is in this article being painted as the establishment republican network.
So even though some like S.E. Cupp opine that the GOP is pursuing a losing strategy by marginalizing libertarian candidates, in reality it could be said that just like most politicians, Cupp is working the media to help her own business interests by building up Beck and tearing down Fox, in the name of growing the libertarian party.
Same ol, same ol I guess.