George Conway’s Lincoln Project Rips Cory Gardner

The Lincoln Project, a group of dissenting high-profile Republicans led by attorney George Conway along with longtime GOP strategists Rick Wilson and Steve Schmidt, fired off its first volley against a fellow Republican–with blistering minute-plus video spot slamming Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado for “putting Trump ahead of Colorado every time.”

Last month the Lincoln Project’s principals laid out their red-on-red mission in a New York Times op-ed:

Over these next 11 months, our efforts will be dedicated to defeating President Trump and Trumpism at the ballot box and to elect those patriots who will hold the line. We do not undertake this task lightly, nor from ideological preference. We have been, and remain, broadly conservative (or classically liberal) in our politics and outlooks. Our many policy differences with national Democrats remain, but our shared fidelity to the Constitution dictates a common effort.

The 2020 general election, by every indication, will be about persuasion, with turnout expected to be at record highs. Our efforts are aimed at persuading enough disaffected conservatives, Republicans and Republican-leaning independents in swing states and districts to help ensure a victory in the Electoral College, and congressional majorities that don’t enable or abet Mr. Trump’s violations of the Constitution, even if that means Democratic control of the Senate and an expanded Democratic majority in the House…

[Trump] has neither the moral compass nor the temperament to serve. His vision is limited to what immediately faces him — the problems and risks he chronically brings upon himself and for which others, from countless contractors and companies to the American people, ultimately bear the heaviest burden.

But this president’s actions are possible only with the craven acquiescence of congressional Republicans. They have done no less than abdicate their Article I responsibilities.

Today, Conway said of Sen. Gardner in particular:

When he ran for the Senate six years ago, Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) promised that “when my party is wrong, I’ll say it.” Now Gardner is so scared of Donald Trump, he won’t even say it’s wrong for a president to ask a foreign government to investigate a political rival.

If Sen. Cory Gardner can’t do his job, and can’t comply with his oath of office by considering the impeachment charges against Trump on their merits, then he should go.

We haven’t heard the size of the ad buy for this compelling spot, but we expect it to be widely circulated even without much money behind it. This is a message aimed directly at Trump-averse unaffiliated voters who joined with Democrats in 2018 to punish Colorado Republicans at all levels in a clear referendum against the President.

With Gardner fighting a rear guard action to keep the Republican base behind him by backing Trump at great cost to his own credibility, Colorado’s majority anti-Trump coalition has no incentive to split their ticket.

17 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. RepealAndReplace says:

    "Stay the course, Senator! Some day they will thank you!" 

    (Well, at least John Hickenlooper will.)

  2. Meiner49er says:

    It's been a rough day so far, but some how, knowing Cory Gardner is in for a rougher year from all sides makes it all better! laugh

  3. JohnInDenver says:

    When he ran for the Senate six years ago, Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) promised that “when my party is wrong, I’ll say it.”

    In five years, has anyone heard Cory identify ANYTHING his party has done that is wrong? 

    • kwtree says:

      White House supposedly expecting several GOP Senators, including Cory Gardner, to break ranks and call for witnesses in the impeachment trial of the Mango Monarch. 

      MSNBC’s Chris Hayes had the same story.

      I think what would be more in character from Coreless is to talk a good game about a fair trial and witnesses, but then vote against it. 



      • notaskinnycook says:

        I'm bettin' with you, kwtree.


        • RepealAndReplace says:

          The senators being named are Romney (who has come out and said he wants to hear from Bolton), Collins (who said she will vote against preemptive dismissal motion), Lamar Alexander and Lisa Murkowski.

          Gardner will do as he is told by McConnell. If Schumer has the votes to call witnesses, McConnell may give Gardner and McSally a pass and let them vote with the Dems.

Leave a Reply

Comment from your Facebook account

You may comment with your Colorado Pols account above (click here to register), or via Facebook below.