I know you feel you have a desperate need for more and yet more money which you somehow think will further your cause in next week’s midterm election, and therefore the reason why I get several emails from you each day imploring me for same, using terms like “We’re out of time!” and “We face disaster!” when in fact neither statement is true. What is true is that in reliably-conservative districts (e.g. most of Texas), the conservative guy is in no trouble at all — Ted Cruz is going to wallop “Skateboard Jesus” O’Rourke by more than 8 (and more likely more than ten) percentage points, so why does Ted need more campaign money when most Texan conservatives would rather sell their favorite gun than vote for any Democrat?
And by the way: using Frequent Quisling Senator Susan Collins in your emails to appeal to me for money is a massive slap in the face. This MDTR (more Democrat than Republican) bitch has been the proverbial turd in the soupbowl more often than I can count, so just because she did the right thing ONCE (in voting to seat Brett Kavanaugh) does not give you the go-ahead to use her as a figurehead for your fundraising.
The simple fact of the matter is that the Republicans are in little danger of losing in reliably-conservative districts except where they’ve allowed a total fuckhead to make it through the primaries (e.g. Roy Moore in
Georgia Alabama* passim). Where the Republicans are in danger is in marginal districts (e.g. in the aforementioned MDTR’s state of Maine) or where a few thousand illegal votes will have the effect of sending a Democrat to Congress (do I have to remind you of Senator Stuart Smalley’s victory in Minnesota?). That is where the Republican Party needs to concentrate its efforts, but let’s be honest here: most people have already made up their minds whom they will vote for, so any campaign money should be directed towards enlisting more poll watchers and oversight (i.e. to prevent voter intimidation and fraud) than on splashy TV ads which most people will ignore.
Yes, you will have my vote, as always; in fact, voting for me seldom takes more than a few seconds while I punch the “straight Republican ticket” button. (Primaries, of course, are a different matter: there, I spend literally hours researching which Republican I think will be the best conservative and vote accordingly. But the generals? My voting choice is no longer an issue, by that point.)
So set your fundraising appeals accordingly, because I suspect that among conservative Republicans, I am probably part of the majority. It may be too late for this election, but it may help you to do a better job with the money in future.
Kim du Toit
*Sorry, they all look alike to me.