Is GOP money going to be able to buy the next president or do we get to vote for him?
Despite the fact that Republicans have been handed a huge victory on an anti-Obamacare platform, and despite the fact that we have seen amazing Tea Party victories against the establishment, running an anti-crony-“capitalism” campaign, the Big Money Republicans think they can control the next election.
And they are absolutely shameless about it. To these people, the only reasonable options are Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, or Mitt Romney.
Consider the New York Times report: “G.O.P. Donors Seek to Anoint a 2016 Nominee Early.”
Dozens of the Republican Party’s leading presidential donors and fund-raisers have begun privately discussing how to clear the field for a single establishment candidate to carry the party’s banner in 2016, fearing that a prolonged primary would bolster Hillary Rodham Clinton, the likely Democratic candidate.
The conversations, described in interviews with a variety of the Republican Party’s most sought-after donors, are centered on the three potential candidates who have the largest existing base of major contributors and overlapping ties to the top tier of those who are uncommitted: Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida and Mitt Romney.
All three are believed to be capable of raising the roughly $80 million in candidate and “super PAC” money that many Republican strategists and donors now believe will be required to win their party’s nomination.