Crisis of Confidence Cripples “Con Man Cory”

A Washington Post post-mortem of the upset loss by Republicans of Jeff Sessions’ U.S. Senate seat in Alabama in last week’s special election doesn’t mention Colorado’s Sen. Cory Gardner by name, but nonetheless contains ominous words for the ambitious and cherubic junior senator from Yuma:

The president has told advisers that he wants to travel extensively and hold rallies and that he is looking forward to spending much of 2018 campaigning. He has also told aides that the elections would largely determine what he can get done — and that he expects he would be blamed for losses, such as last week’s humiliating defeat that handed a Senate seat in Alabama to a Democrat for the first time in 25 years…

But fundraising has been hurt in some quarters under Trump’s presidency, posing a financial challenge for a party increasingly spread thin in defending potentially vulnerable seats in the House and Senate. The National Republican Senatorial Committee, for example, has raised only about $2 million a month for the past four months and is spending more money than it is taking in. The White House has grown concerned about the anemic fundraising, according to one political adviser. [Pols emphasis] Committee officials declined to comment.

White House concern about Gardner’s weak fundraising performance since taking the helm of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), a subject we’ve discussed several times in this space this year, almost certainly has been aggravated in the last week by Gardner’s public split with President Trump over supporting Alabama GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore. Gardner came out on the “winning side” when Democratic candidate Doug Jones won that election, but that could still prove to be an unforgivable breach of party loyalty for the chairman of the NRSC. Moore’s narrow defeat last Tuesday has his defenders in the Republican Party hunting vengefully for scapegoats, and Gardner voluntarily put himself at the top of the list. As Scott McKay wrote for the arch-conservative American Spectator last week, fixing blame for not just Moore’s defeat but his nomination on Gardner’s machinations on behalf of NRSC-favored candidate Luther Strange:

It ought to be remembered that before giving a thumbs-down to Moore, the people of Alabama first gave a thumbs-down to Luther Strange, the Establishment puppet Gardner and McConnell tried to foist on them with some $10 million in national campaign funds poured into the race. Some $4 million of that lucre was spent carpet-bombing the one decent candidate in the GOP primary, that being Rep. Mo Brooks – a reliable conservative member of the House Freedom Caucus without any major scandal or defect in his background other than his perceived resistance to being controlled by McConnell…

This entire debacle was an exercise in denying the people what they wanted, not to mention attempting to cover up their own mistakes. That Gardner, McConnell, and the rest of the Establishment mouthpieces have fanned out across the media spectrum to tell GOP voters of the virtues of last night’s result is perfect evidence of this.

As 2017 draws to a close, multiple adverse storylines are converging on Sen. Gardner that spell big trouble in the year ahead. There’s the behind-the-scenes scandal over the NRSC’s apparent theft of fundraising leads from their House counterparts, which both entities sought to downplay until it was reported that some of Gardner’s NRSC staff had indeed lost their jobs. The related problem the NRSC has with not raising enough money to cover their expenses, which presumably made such desperate actions necessary, is further complicated by Gardner refusing to join President Trump and the Republican National Committee in resuming support for Moore in Alabama down the stretch. Now, with Republican donors looking at the possibility that the NRSC might work against Republican nominees depending on the circumstances, even at cross purposes to their own donations…

Why the hell would they give Cory Gardner any money? Why would anybody?

This, just maybe, is how Gardner’s limitless ambition gives way to his undoing.

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  1. ModeratusModeratus says:

    If Cory had supported Moore, you'd be attacking him for that. Since he didn't, you attack him for that. The chances of Colorado Pols not attacking Cory Gardner any chance they get are slim and none.

    • unnamed says:

      Yeah. With the way Gardner gets treated here, you'd think he ignores the majority of his constituents and helped create the conditions that gave us Roy Moore.  Oh wait.  That's exactly what he does.

    • Gilpin Guy says:

      About the same chance as you engaging in a thoughtful, victim free commentary.

      • Conserv. Head Banger says:

        Gardner did the right thing in not supporting Trump's fellow pervert, Moore. How's that thought grab ya, Moderatus?

      • ModeratusModeratus says:

        Victim free? On Colorado Pols Cory Gardner is the victim every day. Of your smear jobs that is.

        • unnamed says:

          Nutlid.  When I read that post, I seriously hear a sad violin.  Do you and Cory need a safe space where you won't be victimized?   Snowflake.

        • Diogenesdemar says:

          Someone (of suspect intellect) once said, “Not everything Cory Gardner does is evil.”  (But that same laughable ignoramus never did point out even one instance of anything tha Corwardly’s ever done that wasn’t?  WTF, huh, Fluffy? . . . )


          • JohnInDenver says:

            I am willing to say one thing Gardner has done that isn't evil … He joined with other Colorado elected officials to push Pruitt's EPA to make a federal cleanup of the Gold King and other abandoned mines around Silverton a priority.

            Another recent surprise from Gardner — he isn't evil as he joins fellow Coloradan Michael Bennet in backing a bipartisan bill that would shield young immigrants from deportation and give them a pathway to citizenship.


            • mamajama55mamajama55 says:

              The BRIDGE Act  our Senators are supporting is only a short term (3 year) fix for Dreamers. So basically window dressing, or as my unlamented ex used to say, "Putting a bandaid on a sucking chest wound".

              Gardner is so fricking inconsistent on immigration – yes, now he supports DACA, and in theory doesn't support Trump's most extreme proposals,  but he voted not to let a comprehensive immigration bill, which would have actually been a long term fix for the problem, even come up for a vote in the House. And he voted not to fund DACA rules under Obama. Because, you know, it was an Obama rule.

              The only non-evil thing I know that Gardner's done is support the Industrial Hemp Act. He's been moderately supportive of cannabis industries in Colorado. Wonder why the Conman isn't posing in front of a field of hemp or a dispensary??

              So Cory is not evil 30% of the time. 30% is still an F.

  2. Gilpin Guy says:

    Gardner is perpetually undecided who and what he is supporting.  Damn it Jim.  He needs more metrics.

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