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  •  Is it really that hard to see? (7+ / 0-)

    Presidential races are very, very big money.  It probably costs $750 million now to be competitive from wire to wire.  And God help us if the map were to expand to 15+ competitive states.

    But other races aren't nearly as expensive.  A million or two is plenty for just about every Senate race.  $250,000 from all sources---inside and outside---is probably plenty for nearly every House race.

    This is true not just for candidates.  An outside group focusing on one or two issues can get its message across nationally for less than $10 million a year.  Even an effective shady smear campaign doesn't require eight figures: Swift Boat Veterans for Truth slimed John Kerry in 2004 spending a grand total of about $7 million (and raising a bit more than that), if I'm not mistaken.

    There is only so much airtime available in each congressional district to purchase; only so many e-mail messages people can read; only so many knocks on the door a person can answer before he calls the police.  Point is: even in 2012, there is a maximum amount of money that can be used effectively to campaign and attempt to sway public opinion---by the actual candidates and the sum of all outside groups---and this maximum amount is substantially less than the roughly $6 billion spent this year.  Everything above and beyond that amount---say, no more than $4 billion in a presidential election year; much less in other years---is just there for the taking by political grifters: highly paid political "consultants"; redundant administrative staff; various former office-holders, hangers-on, relatives, emeriti and sinecures; "authors" of formulaic, ghostwritten tomes about the five-point freedom plan for America or whatever.  

    Freedomworks has a special place in the political grift.  It is in on the grift, of course.  But its stated purpose is to be a meta-grifter---an organization whose purpose is to train "grassroots" organizers and campaigners who can go on and be grifters themselves.  It is the Amway Crown Ambassador of grifters.

    So I'm a bit confused why Dick Armey wants out.  Clearly he's not averse to making some dough off this politics scam.  I still maintain it has to do with the terrible track record Freedomworks and its spawn had this election cycle in getting Republicans elected and the direction these organizations appear to be taking toward propping up even more crackpots to serve as primary challengers to incumbent Republicans.  Armey likes the cash, I'm sure, but he also remembers the good ol' days (1994--2004, reprise in 2010) when the scam didn't bring fail at the polls.

    •  I think it's because Kibbe is getting a little too (6+ / 0-)

      obvious about breaking the law and Armey is smart enough to see that the bucket of fertilizer has been tossed toward the spinning blades.

      Economics is a social *science*. Can we base future economic decisions on math?

      by blue aardvark on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 10:49:08 AM PST

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    •  Good theory but I think (2+ / 0-)
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      blue aardvark, Farugia

      ...Armey did this so loudly for a reason. He could have simply resigned and said he wanted to spend more time with his family. But he spoke to the media and revealed insider drama. After the results of the election showed that Americans are not that conservative after all, Armey probably thought he'd better find a more successful outfit to be associated with. He'll show up somewhere else soon enough -- alongside some "moderate" Republicans, no doubt.

      The civil rights, gay rights and women's movements, designed to allow others to reach for power previously grasped only by white men, have made a real difference, and the outlines of 21st century America have emerged. -- Paul West of LA Times

      by LiberalLady on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 01:14:30 PM PST

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    •  I'm guessing that the money is about to be cut off (5+ / 0-)

      to the TeaBaggers.
      Rove was repudiating CrossroadsGPS, Armey is bailing from Freedomworks, Even Grover Norquist is falling out of favor because the Obstructionism has become counter-profitable. Boner is the one that Big Money is depending on but he's been hit with Friendly Fire. The TeaBaggers were supposed to thwart Obama not the GOP. And they have gotten so out of hand that no amount of Rove's patent bullsh!t can keep the Big Donors calm.
      Tax cuts on the top 0.1% may hurt them, but gridlock driving down the economy hurts them worse.
      Rove's strategy in Obama's first term, to make DC so dysfunctional that people would reject Obama and dump the Dems out of Congress, FAILED. Fully. Faceplant on National Tv.
      So the big donors are cutting their losses, the TeaBaggers will have to find a way to deal with no corporate cash infusions if they are going to persist at all.

      If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

      by CwV on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 01:33:36 PM PST

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