The Left may find itself in a bit of a conundrum in the upcoming 2018 midterms. When a billionaire announces he plans to drop $110 million in the party’s campaign coffers it might be well if he’s on board with the mainstream of the party he’s supporting. In this report there are rumblings that billionaire Tom Steyer has goals contrary to the Democratic party’s platform ideals, and may well create a split that might have the unwanted side effect of dividing the party along ideological lines. He has his heart set on getting President Trump impeached, but the mainstream Democrats aren’t quite so ready to jump on that bandwagon. In a way, this makes me think of the 1992 election cycle when Ross Perot threw his hat in the presidential ring and pulled 18.9% of the vote. It split voters away from the Republicans enough that Bill Clinton won the presidency with only 43% of the popular vote. There are differences, of course, because Steyer is a financial backer rather than an actual candidate, but the reason Steyer’s focus on impeachment is a problem is that the mainstream of the Democratic party is worried that too much attention on impeachment will really alienate the diehard Democrat support base. BizPacReview.com has more:
Liberal billionaire Tom Steyer is moving on plans that threaten to create a parallel party infrastructure that competes with the Democrat Party.
Steyer plans to spend at least $110 million in 2018, Politico reported, which would make the Democrat donor the largest single source of campaign cash on the left, according to the online news source.
With the large investment, the billionaire is very likely to end up shaping the issues Democrats run on in November.
Issues such as the impeachment of President Donald Trump, which will “position him squarely against Democratic Party leadership, which has shown little appetite” for the cause, according to Politico’s chief Washington correspondent, Edward-Isaac Dovere.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called impeachment “divisive” earlier this year.
“I do not think that impeachment is a policy agenda,” she said at a CNN town hall.
Michael Bloomberg is spending $80 million, Dovere noted, but the billionaire looks to be staying within the confines of the party’s agenda. Former President Barack Obama’s Organizing for Action has also raised tens of millions of dollars and while it is sure to heavily influence the party’s direction, the group is working more in partnership with the party.
Steyer’s generosity comes as reliable Democratic donor George Soros took strides to distance himself from the party in a sweeping New York Times interview where he called Obama his “greatest disappointment.”
“I don’t particularly want to be a Democrat,” Soros claimed.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) July 18, 2018
As for Steyer, he is putting his money into two organizations, NextGen America and Need to Impeach, and will have a staff of almost 1,000 people, plus 2,000 volunteers, Politico reported.
An operation that would come in handy if Steyer decided to make a presidential run in 2020.
One that only pales in comparison to the Koch brothers, according to Dovere.
Speaking of the billionaire mega-donors, President Donald Trump ripped them after they announced they will not assist a Republican candidate in an important Senate race in North Dakota — their reasoning being the candidate’s failure to oppose Trump’s proposed trade tariffs.
“I never sought their support because I don’t need their money or bad ideas,” Trump tweeted.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) July 31, 2018
Nevertheless, social media users noted the hypocrisy of liberals attacking the Koch brothers while praising Steyer for unloading his cash on their behalf:
Hey, Democrats- how is it that Soros and this dirtbag are praised for donating large sums of cash to you, but the Koch brothers are evil and horrible for donating to Republicans? Please explain. #TuesdayThoughts #WalkAway #Hypocrites https://t.co/7983q3AAJn
— Erik4thepeople (@Erik4thepeople) July 31, 2018
Where are the liberals screaming to get the $$$ out of politics?
— TB (@Sabretooth94) July 31, 2018
— ‘Disastrous for the West’ Kaitlin (@thefactualprep) July 31, 2018
There you have it. Campaign finance issues are alive and well. (Okay, I confess. I actually hope the Democrats keep fighting among themselves, fall on their ideological swords and leave the door wide open for the Red Tsunami.)
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