Unlike the Blogmaster, if I can’t have a responsible press corps covering our politics — and of course we all know that’s not happening any time in the foreseeable future — I want them to take up as much space as possible detailing exactly how YOOOOGE a collection of idiots, losers & haters now populate the GOP’s Disloyal Opposition. Here’s an excellent example, from Gabriel Sherman for NYMag:
… Rove’s 2012 crash is having profound effects on the 2016 Republican primary. To begin with, George W. Bush’s Brain is no longer considered much of a brain. “I gave Rove $500,000. What did I get for it? Nothing!” Langone told me. Two of Rove’s most generous 2012 funders, Texas billionaires Bob Perry and Harold Simmons, have since passed away, and their heirs have turned off the cash spigot. “Everyone is still shocked Romney lost,” says Simmons’s widow, Annette. “I haven’t committed at all.” So far this year, Crossroads has raised just $784,000, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Rove insists he’s still a player. “We’ll be involved in the Senate races,” he told me. “Depending on who the presidential nominee is, we may be involved in that, but that’s a long way off.” What Rove is not is anywhere near the center of the Republican Party. “But for his perch on Fox News, Karl would be in political Siberia,” says a top Republican strategist. “The going joke is that he must have a picture of Roger Ailes in his underwear to keep his contract.”
It’s not just that Rove is personally marginalized. Donors have awakened to the realization that topflight consultants can earn millions from campaigns regardless of whether they win. “It bothers a lot of people that politics has become a cottage industry. Everyone is taking a piece of this and a slice of that,” says California winemaker John Jordan, a former Rove donor. “Crossroads treated me like a child with these investor conference calls where they wouldn’t tell you what was really going on. They offered platitudes and a newsletter.”
Working under the assumption that they can support a campaign better themselves, donors are building their own organizations, staffed by operatives who report to them…
If you read the whole thing, you’ll see that (so far, at least) these billionaires are learning what billionaires usually learn whenever they step outside their own narrow fiefdoms: Winning always looks easier in retrospect, when you don’t see the frantic marathons, the near-misses, the many times competitors came thisclose to taking the medalist down. Who knew that a band of professional grifters calling themselves “campaign operatives” would be well-positioned to take advantage of every half-bright moneybag who strolled into their office with a grievance and a checkbook?….