The Lincoln Project looks to Georgia, after missing its marks by a country mile
The Lincoln Project, a well-heeled group of former Republican political “strategists” opposed to President Donald Trump, is reportedly now focusing its efforts on the Georgia Senate run-off elections.
GOP voters can only hope so.
That’s because this group – founded by folks like George Conway, the TDS-afflicted husband of former Trump aide Kellyanne Conway; Steve Schmidt, who led Sen. John McCain to a dismal defeat in 2008; and Rick Wilson, who bashed Trump as a racist while forgetting that he once sported his Confederate flag cooler on social media – went winless in its attempts to defeat Senate candidates supportive of the president.
And as recent reports show, the LP’s work was a performance worthy of “The Sting.”
In a piece posted Wednesday at The American Thinker, Kristen Eastlick, vice president of the conservative Capital Research Center, noted that these “true” conservatives went 0-7 in Senate contests where they made substantial efforts to defeat Republicans.
Their winless streak came about despite dumping millions of the $67 million the LP raised on critical down-ballot races, Eastlick pointed out. And in most cases, the outcome wasn’t even close.
For instance, one of their favored targets, Sen. Lindsey Graham, won by 10 percentage points despite the LP dropping $2.4 million to defeat him.
Way out in Alaska, they blitzed incumbent GOP Sen. Dan Sullivan with a $4.3 million attack-ad campaign. Sullivan prevailed by 13 points.
The LP also spent $2.7 million against Montana incumbent Republican Sen. Steve Daines, who posted a 10-point victory.
And another GOP incumbent, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, came away with a nearly 8-point win, even though the LP doled out $1.7 million to oust her.
The other three beneficiaries of the LP’s opposition include Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst and Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina, who won by 19, 7, and 2 points, respectively.
Looking at the election’s down ballot outcomes, many Leftists are feeling duped by the @ProjectLincoln which took $67 million from left-wing donors and produced few if any results. https://t.co/m3NnbgZU6K
— Capital Research (@capitalresearch) November 18, 2020
Yet Eastlick identified something more troubling about this group.
Undoubtedly, many Republican voters bought into the “return to normalcy” pitch to vote against the president. But, Eastlick asks, do they realize what that meant behind the scenes?
As an example, she wrote, while the LP boasted that it was “fighting for real conservatism,” it was also clear that “supporting Democrats – more than opposing Donald Trump – seems to have been the thrust of the Lincoln Project all along.”
And it did so through cozy financial ties to deep-pocket Democratic donors and liberal operatives who had worked for the likes of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Beto O’Rourke.
Meanwhile, the LP’s principals were lining their own pockets in the process. Eastlick linked to a report her organization released in July that showed two LP funders – Reed Galen and Ron Steslow – had banked at least $1.1 million each from the group’s spending. According to the Federal Elections Commission, the LP reported spending at least $20.7 million of its massive haul on “operating expenses.”
In a recent piece at The Hill, media columnist Joe Concha noted, “The two entities that had the worst election night were a.) the pollsters and b.) the Lincoln Project,” whom he dubbed “the New York Jets of political action committees.”
While it’s true Trump will likely lose, which would give the LP something to crow about, Concha pointed out that Trump still received more votes than any Republican presidential candidate in history – more than 10 million more than in 2016 – and 91 percent of them came from GOP voters, a higher ratio than in his 2016 bid.
“In the end, the Lincoln Project – despite tens of millions of dollars spent on races across the country – missed its marks by a country mile,” Concha wrote. GOP voters can only hope that streak continues in Georgia.