The Never Trumper “Lincoln Project,” a coalition of out of work political consultants desperately trying to get noticed is making a small noise endeavoring to oust President Donald Trump from the White House. They formerly claimed (some of them) to be good Republicans. But now they’re going after Republican senators too.
“Governor Steve Bullock did a hell of a job for Montana and in the U.S. Senate, he’ll show them what Montana strong looks like,” says a new ad the group unveiled last week in Montana, as they endorsed the Democratic governor and failed Democrat presidential candidate’s Senate bid against Republican incumbent Senator Steve Daines, a conservative. With that ad, the Lincoln Project is now just another liberal PAC.
President Trump has slammed The Lincoln Project, calling it a “group of RINO Republicans who failed badly.”
A group of RINO Republicans who failed badly 12 years ago, then again 8 years ago, and then got BADLY beaten by me, a political first timer, 4 years ago, have copied (no imagination) the concept of an ad from Ronald Reagan, “Morning in America”, doing everything possible to….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 5, 2020
The National Republican Senatorial Campaign (NRSC), the campaign arm of the Senate GOP, said that “it’s sad to see the media treating this pathetic Democratic scam PAC seriously.”
“Just because a group of bitter, failed political consultants are lining their own pockets by ripping off donors, doesn’t mean they deserve any attention for their lies,” said NRSC spokesman Nathan Brand.
GOP communications strategist Matt Mackowiak told the press, “There are basically zero Republicans in the country that want to see a Democratic Senate…To me, it proves that this is a Democratic-funded effort. These operatives are being used to advance the Democrats’ political agenda. They’re going to wrap themselves in moral superiority but the net effect of all this is that they’re giving Democrats everything they want and they’re spending Democratic donor money to do it… They know they don’t have the money to run saturation level television in these battleground states or nationally. So they’re doing a media play so they can try to convince people that they’re really clever and they’re making a difference but they’re not.”
Responding to the criticism, John Weaver, one of the co-founders of The Lincoln Project and a failed political consultant, pointed out that when they launched last December, the group bellowed that along with being “dedicated to defeating President Trump and Trumpism at the ballot box,” they would also strike at loyal Republican lawmakers who supported the president.
Said the Vichy Republicans at their inception, “This president’s actions are possible only with the craven acquiescence of congressional Republicans. Congressional Republicans have embraced and copied Mr. Trump’s cruelty and defended and even adopted his corruption. Mr. Trump and his enablers have abandoned conservatism and longstanding Republican principles and replaced it with Trumpism, an empty faith led by a bogus prophet… If four or five members of the Republican Senate Conference had stood up to Trump on a whole host of issues, they would have corralled much of this.” Weaver said GOP senators are “afraid of being tweeted at and afraid of being given a nickname and in so doing, they’ve turned their back on everything they say they believed in. They’ve turned their back on a cogent national security policy, on trade policy, on the rule of law, on defending the Constitution, on character matters, they seemingly must not care about the importance of NATO or any number of other things because otherwise they would stand up to Trump.”
Weaver’s bitter and obsessive words fail to cover up the very unsuccessful professional records of himself and the rest of his group. This is about a small paycheck for them, nothing else.