"The Economic Stimulus Bomb" for Bob BarrSubmitted by Orwell1984 on Thu, 04/17/2008 - 14:47
I think this is a good idea. While we are busy getting delegates so RP can speak at the national convention and help GOP platform. I feel that we need to organize a 3rd party right-flank against McCain simultaneously. I know some of you diehard RP supporters think that RP can still win the nomination. That may be possible; however I believe we should still organize for a contingency plan in case he doesn't. If McCain looses the general election because too many votes got siphoned from him by 3rd parties, then that will create a power vacuum in the GOP that will allow RP's ideology to take over. What do you think?
The Stimulus Bomb
Very soon, taxpayers will receive 'stimulus' checks from the IRS totally $600 for most people.
One proposal floating across the web is that the stimulus checks ought to be used in a fund-raising drive. The first instinct is to
bankroll a viable third-party presidential candidate to challenge McCain and Obama. The obvious choice would be Bob Barr, should he accomplish the unlikely task of winning the LP nomination. The idea, as best as I can tell, originated in it's most natural place, a Ron Paul forum. It was the standard Guy Fawkes or Tea Party money bomb proposal, to wrangle a hundred thousand donors to
give their $600 checks as soon as they got them. That would total $60 million, which is highly respectable, but Obama's cresting $200 million now.
Sixty million is good, and would be enough for Barr to be a contender. Wisely spent, it would mean more than Obama's total. Money plus poor message equals fail. Recall Hilary Clinton buying all the shovels for Iowa. But let's have faith that Barr could use the tools of money better. We'd then want him to have much, much more.
Let's be extremely ambitious. Let's ask if it would be possible to whip together a whole million donors giving their whole checks. Suddenly, we have the Mike Bloomberg war chest. Impossible. We forget the megaphones roughly allied with us. It would depend on our ability to get these megaphones on board.
Our allied megaphones who remain McCain skeptics take credit for
'Operation Chaos,' and at least promoted that idea, even to the point of contemplating out loud holding a fund-raiser for Clinton.
Suppose they promoted it. Suppose Drudge took down his top ad temporarily, and replaced it with a badge promoting the $600 million stimulus bomb.
And if someone could write a funny one-line summary for the venture, it might be featured on 'Fark.' It would suddenly not seem so difficult to get a whole million together on this.
Some may be skeptical of this being a wise allocation of funds. I'd completely agree. Assuming one could raise the $600 million for any purpose, it would be. I notably pointed out the folly of the AFL-CIO spending $53 million to attack McCain. But that money came from labor dues that weren't earmarked for any particular purpose. The $600 million I'm talking about would never be raised for our general fund. It isn't ours to spend, and unfortunately, I don't believe we could rally people behind a grand strategy at this time. Not until we've earned the right to hold their attention. Afterward, we could. We'd earn the reputation and trust to take on a greater long-term agenda.
This moment, we have a John to flush.