Dear Readers: One of my favorite collection of conservatives is excited this morning because Starbuck’s CEO Howard Schultz is supposedly promoting the idea to halt political donations until our representatives have their act together. In fact, they attribute Schultz’s action as some sort of business epiphany: uber-lefty, Obama-supporting Schultz now sees the wisdom of embracing a fiscally responsible smaller government.
I say that there is a darker purpose to this — darker than deep roasted, extra-bold Columbian Supremo beans. The Goddess of Flaming Capitalism is not amused.
Here is the take-home statement from the article announcing this grand Schultz plan: What does that mean? No more political donations — not for anybody.
Schultz wants to make it trendy and cool not to give a damn dime to anyone. I believe the intention is to put a crimp in the grassroots donations that have propelled a number of conservative, Tea Party-oriented representatives into office. Personally, I have donated to Senate and Congressional races in Massachusetts, Delaware, New Mexico, and Arizona — as well as to local propositions and races. I do not plan to stop, and I would like to awaken my conservative friends to this attempt to undermine one of the key approaches we in the “County Class” have been using to go around elites like Schultz.
I can’t say I will personally boycott Starbucks. I don’t much care for their coffee, and I stopped going when I had a bellyful of quasi-socialist pap printed on their cups. I will recommend the coffee at McDonald’s most highly. It is the best coffee short of the Mystic Monk coffee I special order. BONUS — you can push-back on First Lady Michelle Obama’s attempt to demonize McDonald’s with your dollars.
In fact, I am going to make a specific FLAMING CAPITALIST DONATION DIRECTIVE today, and say: Virginia Tea party founder Jamie Radtke for the US SENATE.
Here a link to a podcast from Tammy Bruce, who interviewed Radtke. Tammy, the Shrine’s most favored profit prophet, says:
We know 2012 is going to be a continuation of the Tea Party Revolution we began with the 2010 midterms. One of the more important races will be for Virginia’s US Senate seat, which will be open due to Sen. Jim Webb not running again. Running against big-spending GOP establishment dinosaur George “Macaca” Allen for the GOP nomination is Virginia Tea party founder Jamie Radtke. She’s terrific and exactly the sort of Tea Party Patriot we need running against establishment hacks like Allen.
And just to let Schultz and the rest of his “Ruling Class” know, we are on top of all the key Senate races. Here is a list of races we Tea Party peeps will be following closely —
Democrats/Independents retiring (6 seats)
- Joe Lieberman of Connecticut (Independent)
- Daniel Akaka of Hawaii
- Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico
- Kent Conrad of North Dakota
- Jim Webb of Virginia
- Herb Kohl of Wisconsin
Democrats/Independents seeking re-election (17 seats)
- Dianne Feinstein of California
- Tom Carper of Delaware
- Bill Nelson of Florida
- Ben Cardin of Maryland
- Debbie Stabenow of Michigan
- Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota
- Claire McCaskill of Missouri
- Ben Nelson of Nebraska
- Bob Menendez of New Jersey
- Kirsten Gillibrand of New York
- Sherrod Brown of Ohio
- Bob Casey, Jr. of Pennsylvania
- Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island
- Bernie Sanders of Vermont (Independent)
- Maria Cantwell of Washington
- Joe Manchin of West Virginia
I am sure there will be a few GOP seats that we will be working on, too, during the primary season. (Yes, Orrin, I do mean you). The SLOBs wil be triaging these races at the next Beer Summit, and dividing this group up so that the important campaigns get the needed grassroots attention. As Boxer won re-election in California, and I don’t see the state Republican Party making any significant strides toward competence or competitiveness, I will be urging my California Tea Party peeps to contribute to the purple/maroon area races in which their money can make a difference.
It is obvious to anyone with eyes that Team Obama’s support is collapsing. GOP politicos are rapidly expediting 2016 plans up to 2012, in light of this fact. We citizens need to stay engaged in the primary process, as well as contribute to key Senate, Congressional, and local races to ensure the “Country Class” views on smaller, fiscally-restrained governance is supported.
Meanwhile, Starbucks and Schultz can kiss my Tea Party Posterior.