According to a new story in Politico, voters are not the only ones getting sick of the Republican Party’s failure to pass legislation. Top donors to the GOP are growing restless, wondering why they spent millions of help Republicans win elections if they weren’t going to get any conservative bills on the president’s desk. Some of them are so irate that they’re basically slamming their wallets shut, telling Republicans to take a hike the next time they want money.
Tensions reached a boiling point at a recent dinner at the home of Los Angeles billionaire Robert Day. In full view of around two dozen guests, Thomas Wachtell, a retired oil and gas investor and party contributor, delivered an urgent message to the night’s headliner, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: Just do something.
Wachtell, who has given tens of thousands of dollars over the years to Senate Republicans, recalled that McConnell responded defensively. Passing legislation takes time, the Republican leader responded, and President Donald Trump didn’t seem to understand how long it required.
“Anybody who was there knew that I was not happy. And I don’t think anybody was happy. How could you be?” said Wachtell, who has previously given over $2,000 to McConnell but recently stopped donating to Senate GOP causes. “You’re never going to get a more sympathetic Republican than I am. But I’m sick and tired of nothing happening.”
Wachtell is not the only donor getting antsy about the do-nothing Republican Party. Politico reports that the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the fundraising group responsible for collecting money for the 2018 election, is badly hemorrhaging. “Donations,” reports the site, “have fallen off a cliff after the Obamacare flop. The committee’s haul plummeted to just $2 million in July and August, less than half of what it raised in June.”
Well, this was easy enough to see coming. Republicans had a golden opportunity with the stunning election of Donald Trump. Despite doing little to deserve it, the base had given them one last chance to rescue this country from Obamacare, soaring taxes, outrageous business regulations, illegal immigration, and the rest of the liberal agenda. And so far, the president has lived up to his end of the bargain and Congress has not. There was no excuse for the failure that was Obamacare repeal, and who is seriously holding out hope for a truly conservative tax reform bill at this point?
The last couple of elections have shown that Republicans don’t have to do much to hold on to the base, but they DO have to do SOMETHING. If they lose the voters and they lose the money, they’re going to start losing power in a hurry. They can resign themselves and the country to that fate…OR…they can start living up to their campaign promises.