It seems like I am dishing out white pills:
“Billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson must have been wildly disappointed Tuesday night, as Democrats overcame his multimillion dollar donations to win control of the House — and swept his home state of Nevada.
Adelson and his wife Miriam donated the most to Republican candidates and causes in the 2018 midterm elections, NBC reported, giving a combined $133 million.
Yet on Wednesday morning, “Blue wave blowout” was splashed across the front page of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the newspaper Adelson owns. …”
Imagine being Sheldon Adelson, who invested a fortune in a GOP House, in @adamlaxalt, in an Energy Choice Initiative, in GOP candidates up and down ticket, to wake up to this headline in the newspaper he owns. Just like Sands through an hourglass, these are the days of our lives. pic.twitter.com/t5njTFKCeM
— Jon Ralston (@RalstonReports) November 7, 2018
As I have explained, I didn’t vote for Congress myself because 1.) the GOP Congress’s agenda for the last two years has been Adelson’s agenda and 2.) he had already spent $55 million to buy the midterms. No one but Sheldon Adelson deeply cares about issues like imposing crippling sanctions on Iran, regime change in Syria, cutting off foreign aid to the Palestinians and moving the US embassy to Jerusalem. Jews continued to overwhelmingly vote for the Democrats.
The moral of the story: the GOP has to choose between sucking up to Sheldon Adelson and keeping populist and nationalist voters. In the 2018 midterms, they ran on the massive tax cut Adelson supported, the deregulation Adelson supported and the “pro-Israel agenda” that Adelson supported. They lost the House because their own supporters weren’t energized by those accomplishments.
Note: If more people had known that Sheldon Adelson was in the White House watching the election with Trump, even fewer nationalists would have voted in the midterms. This idea that the party can sell its policy agenda to ONE BILLIONAIRE and satisfy its base is a fantasy.