Friday, July 10, 2020

David McIntosh of Club for Growth is Nominated for Hypocrite of the Year; Alaska and North Carolina Polls Released

If there is a bigger hypocrite in America than former Indiana congressman than David McIntosh, I'm not sure who it would be.

After leaving Congress, McIntosh founded the Club for Growth.  This is how the organization describes its mission:
The Club for Growth is a national network of over 250,000 pro-growth, limited government Americans who share in the belief that prosperity and opportunity come from economic freedom. 
The Club for Growth is the leading free-enterprise advocacy group in the nation. We win
David McIntosh, President, Club for Growth
tough battles and we have an enormous influence on economic policy. >In fact, we are the only organization that is willing and able to take on any Member of Congress on policy who fails to uphold basic economic conservative principles…regardless of party.
We do this by pinpointing key bills up for debate in Congress and exerting maximum pressure on lawmakers to vote like free-market, limited government conservatives. And when they don’t, we hold them accountable by publicizing their voting record. 
Indeed the Club for Growth spent years fighting for lower deficits, free trade and other conservative principles.  The organization was relentless in pursuing these ideals, even if it meant opposing the re-election of powerful Republicans.   During the 2016 primaries, the organization spent millions in advertising trying to defeat Donald Trump.  McIntosh went on several news programs decrying Trump.  Even after Trump had the endorsement lined up, McIntosh's organization refused to back him and instructed the congressional candidates the Club for Growth supported to not endorse Trump.

While I disagreed with some of the Club for Growth tactics, I admired the organization and its leader, McIntosh, for having principles they always stood by.  Past tense.  With Trump in the White House, McIntosh decided to flush the organization's principles down the proverbial toilet.  Despite the fact President Trump has supported record budget deficits (even before the pandemic) and has aggressively imposed tariffs forcing American consumers to pay more, policy positions that could not be more antithetical to the mission of the Club for Growth, McIntosh has steadfastly championed Trump.

What's more, McIntosh is now using his organization to target Republicans who are not Trumpy enough and have said bad things about the Orange Man in the past.  In the Republican Indiana 5th district primary, that meant going after former Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi and Nurse Beth Henderson who criticized Trump in past television and radio appearances.  Of course, McIntosh ignores the fact he was even more critical of Trump ...up until Trump won the election.  It was at that point that McIntosh and Club for Growth's principles, and integrity, went out the window.

I forgot the best part.  McIntosh's organization is now spending money running an ad attacking the Lincoln Project, an organization of a group of current and former Republicans who are working to defeat Trump for not standing up for Republican ideals, such as those principles of fiscal conservatism the Club for Growth claims to support, but abandoned during the Trump era.

David McIntosh joins Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, as having morally bankrupt a once proud conservative organization.  Certainly McIntosh is a candidate for the 2020 Hypocrite of the Year.

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Some OOP's polling quick takes:

Alaska: Although it has only voted for one Democratic presidential candidate, Lyndon Johnson in 1964, in the entire 60 years it has been a state, Alaska can have a fierce independent streak, especially when it comes to down ballot races.  Trump is not popular in the state, which Alaska Senator Murkowski figured out, but apparently the other Republican senator, Dan Sullivan, has not.  I said to keep an eye on Alaska and the first major poll is now in.  A poll released by Public Policy Polling shows Donald Trump with only a 3 point lead in the state, well within the polls margin of error.  Sullivan is doing slightly bettering with his re-election bid and holds a 5 point lead over Independent Al Gross who will be seeking nomination at the state's Democratic primary to be held on August 18th. (Still trying to figure out the Alaska primary system.) 

Probably the Republican candidate in the biggest trouble in Alaska is at-large Republican Representative Don Young.  The PPP poll shows Young, who made light of the Covid-19 pandemic, calling it the "beer virus," is trailing his Democratic opponent by 2 points.  Young is the longest serving member of the U.S. House of Representatives, having been first elected in 1972, which is a full decade before I was even legally allowed to take a drink.  (However, I did not wait that long.)  Young was also trailing by 1 point in a June poll by Data for Progress.

North Carolina:  Things are turning bad for Republicans in the Tar Heel State.  PPP polled North Carolina and found Trump trailing by 4 points.  An earlier July poll by Change Research showed Trump trailing by 7 points.  PPP and Change Research also polled the Senate race and found Republican Senator to be losing his re-election bid by, respectively, 8 and 10 points.  Most previous polls had Tillis trailing by smaller margins.

National Presidential:  While I'm now turning my attention to state presidential polls, I can't help but note the Rasmussen national poll released on Wednesday showing Biden leading by 10 points.  The reason why this is so significant is that Rasmussen's polling methodology tends to favor Republicans and Trump in particular.   Trump's numbers are also better when just likely voters are polled.  This Rasmussen poll, however, was of 1,500 likely voters.  And yet Trump is losing by 10 points?  That should set off alarm bells in the Trump campaign.

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