This time, it really is Daddy Warbucks’ war

“I love money, I love power, I love capitalism.”

– “Daddy Warbucks,” from the Broadway musical, Annie (1982)

It’s not hyperbole, or the overused metaphor of the battle for electoral victory. It’s a war for political power – a war fought with ammunition of bucks rather than bullets.

Ho hum, you say? A tiresome analogy?

Look at how much money Tea Party darlings Sharron Angle and Christine O’Donnell have raised recently: $14 million for Ms. “Second Amendment remedies,” compared to only $2 million for her opponent, incumbent Sen. Harry Reid – and that amount is only $5 million short of what the Senate majority leader has raised since he began soliciting for this election cycle back in 2005; and Ms. “I’m not a witch” has raised, since the Delaware primary in mid-September, $3.8 million, twice as much as Democrat Chris Coons.

In this war, O’Donnell and Rand Paul, Angle and Marco Rubio are not political pioneers, but cannon fodder for the super rich backing up the Right’s rear flank. People like the Koch brothers push these Kool-Aid® drinking greenhorns out on the front line, telling them they are leading the charge, “taking the country back,” and meanwhile, the truly scary maniacs are hiding in the background.

In this war, Gen. Palin raises the  money and Col. Beck raises the hackles of weakened minds, and they are only two of a handful who can control the crazy corporals who are zealously rattling their sabers and flapping their gums on the front lines. It’s not that they are smarter or less insane than their troops. They were just out there first.

With groups backed by relentless Republicans, like Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie, spending buckets of money on ads against Congressional Democratic candidates that are either misleading or just plainly false, “campaign finance reform in this country is virtually dead,” as columnist David Corn put it, Friday, “and that means any entity with a lot of money — a corporation, a billionaire, a union — can pour as much cash as it wants into an effort to rig the political system in its favor.”

It is up to us, the real America, to not let money win the power it salivates for so greedily. This is our country, and – in this the Tea Partiers are right – we have lost control of it.  Vote, and remind those with riches that money doesn’t vote. People do.


3 thoughts on “This time, it really is Daddy Warbucks’ war

  1. PG, you may want to check out the Koch Brothers history. They have not donated or financed any of the Tea Parties.

    Furthermore, by far the largest donor in this election cycle is the union of American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees. They have given more than 98% of their funds to Democrats (currently over $43 mil). What is not included in the donor dollar statistics is the non-monetary traditional assistance that unions provide to democratic candidates like phone solicitation, sign installation and other labor donations. This war that you describle is and has always been lopsided in favor of democratic candidates. In recent history alone, the network news organizations ran a pro-Obama format for 1 year leading up to the presidential election after they abandoned Hillary. As I am sure you know, CBS, NBC and ABC indicidually, have far more viewers than FOX, Voter intimidation by the New Black Panthers is a democratic phenonemon supported by the Democratic led Justice Department and your notion in the article above of candidates raising money successfully is an exercise in free speech, recently supported by the US Supreme Court. Additionally, Sharon “Second Amendment Remidies” Angle is right. The right to an amrmed state militia is rooted in the notion of protection from a tyrannical government. The influence of money is a given. The McCain Feingold bill was a waist of time and effort.


  2. I have always believed in Democratic principles and ideals. On some issues, I would say I’m in the center, on others, more left leaning. I am proud to admit I am a Democrat and am not afraid to voice my opinion and argue for what I think is right. And I want my representatives in Congress to do the same. They need to unite and push our agenda through. And if the Republicans manage to tie things up, we need to make sure that the people understand the facts: what we tried to do and what they prevented. And how their actions are detrimental to the people of this country. We, as Democrats, must be very careful to keep our noses clean so that we give them no ammunition against us. We must make sure that our agenda always is for the benefit of the people, that we never betray their trust. We must be out there every day, as the Republicans are, making our message clear. Stand up for the people and they will vote for us.


    1. Nancy,

      As long as a boatload of money is necessary for members of Congress to get re-elected, it is unrealistic to think members of an entire party can remain uncorrupted.

      We need to change the influence of money, because as long as there’s an incentive to load up their war chests, politicians will take it.


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