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Lincoln Project finally drops charade of supporting conservatism, goes all-in for libs

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Not since former Republican Rhode Island senator Lincoln Chafee became a Democrat to back Barack has a “Lincoln” in the GOP been as agile at exercising the Benedict “option” as the grifters at the Lincoln Project – that is, Benedict as in Arnold, not the saint who inspired Rod Dreher’s guide to better Christian living.

The Project, named for Abraham Lincoln, was announced in a New York Times op-ed in December 2019 by the John, Paul, George and Ringo of this clown show – George ConwaySteve SchmidtJohn Weaver and 


“Over these next 11 months,” the group wrote, “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.”

“Trump and his enablers have abandoned conservatism and longstanding Republican principles and replaced them with Trumpism, an empty faith led by a bogus prophet,” they wrote. “We look to Lincoln as our guide and inspiration. He understood the necessity of not just saving the Union, but also of knitting the nation back together spiritually as well as politically. But those wounds can be bound up only once the threat has been defeated. So, too, will our country have to knit itself back together after the scourge of Trumpism has been overcome.”

d the Lincolnistas were already adept at electing Democrats.

Still, that became their stated goal, even as the objective became clearer with new each campaign finance update. The Project, according to OpenSecrets.org, has raised $88.4 million, primarily from gullible Democrats and much of which found its way into the pockets of the founders and their closest partners.

The stink-eye cast at the Project by some – such as democratic socialist Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who labeled it a “scam” despite being courted by the group – seemed justified when Republicans won all seven Senate contests where it had spent big.

That move also indicated that the group understood its audience. AOC is always the first person conservatives think of when pondering who is most faithful to their principles.

Yet on Tuesday, the Washington Free Beacon reported that the group continues its purge of the GOP in order to express its “shared fidelity to the Constitution” and its commitment to “knitting the nation back together spiritually as well as politically” – and to rake in more dough, of course.

Per the Free Beacon, “The Lincoln Project’s latest revenue-generating venture involves publicly shaming and ‘destabilizing’ corporations that donate money to Republicans. The group has joined forces with Judd Legum, founder of the now-defunct left-wing activist blog Think Progressby blatantly stealing his idea. The Lincoln Project announced its campaign of corporate shaming several days after Legum started hounding corporate PR shops and posting their responses on his website.”

Nothing says “conservative” like consorting with Hillary Clinton advisers and blackmailing Big Business – or supporting Democrats who promote adding states willy-nilly, packing the Supreme Court, raising taxes, confiscating guns, demonizing cops and other assorted left-wing fantasies.

The Free Beacon continued: “If the PAC’s actions appear indistinguishable from those of a run-of-the-mill Democratic political organization, it might be because the Lincoln Project is funded by several run-of-the-mill Democratic political organizations.” They include groups like Senate Majority PAC, dedicated to electing Democrats to the Senate; Majority Forward PAC, founded by Democratic lawyer Marc Elias and which shares an address with Senate Majority PAC; and the Sixteen Thirty Fund, characterized recently by Politico as “one of the left’s biggest financial hubs.”

The real Lincoln, not Chafee. would surely be proud.

If it seems odd that the Project would keep hyping its need for more loot, with the election settled and Democrats in charge of the White House and Congress, that’s maybe because it needed a distraction.

Weaver, one of the founding fathers, was recently accused on social media of “grooming” young men for sex – a story now making the rounds in conservative media such as BizPacReview, RedState, the American Conservative and Fox News host Laura Ingraham.

Writing Monday in The American Conservative, Ryan Gidursky detailed how Weaver propositioned several young men on social media with job offers in exchange for sexual favors.

Gidursky said the dam of allegations broke after he challenged Stuart Stevens, another Project member with a hand out who had openly campaigned for firms to not hire alumni of the Trump administration.

“As they continue to grift and target private citizens who worked for the administration,” Gidursky wrote, “it’s important to point out that one of their founding members was using their organization and the promise of a job in politics to prey on young men. The question remains, though, of how many other founding members knew about it and were complicit.”

Conservative principles indeed.

 

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