Welcome… To Jurassic Party. pic.twitter.com/UVjFrDgWrY
— Bob Schooley (@Rschooley) October 31, 2015
… And those gentlemen can afford to buy the “best”. Looks like the lumbering meat-eaters of the midwestern resource-extraction industries have been out-evolved by the bicoastal predators of the tech-startup-based venture capitalists. The Koch brothers’ choice, Scott Walker, proved incapable of surviving in a wider environment than his home state; now the banksters have apparently decided upon a new, hip, shiny Apple to Jeb’s floundering Microsoft candidacy. Per the NYTimes, “Paul Singer, Influential Billionaire, Throws Support to Marco Rubio for President“:
One of the wealthiest and most influential Republican donors in the country is throwing his support to Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, a decision that could swing millions of dollars in contributions behind Mr. Rubio at a critical point in the Republican nominating battle.
The decision by the donor, Paul Singer, a billionaire New York investor, is a signal victory for Mr. Rubio in his battle with his rival Jeb Bush for the affections of major Republican patrons and the party’s business wing…
In a letter that Mr. Singer sent to dozens of other donors on Friday, which was obtained by The New York Times, Mr. Singer described Mr. Rubio — who was elected to the Senate in the Tea Party wave but has been embraced by the party’s Washington elite — as the only candidate who can “navigate this complex primary process, and still be in a position to defeat” Hillary Rodham Clinton in a general election…
Key diff between Singer + many other mega donors you hear about: He doesn't just give money, he raises it–a lot. Which is what Rubio needs.
— Nick Confessore (@nickconfessore) October 31, 2015
… Mr. Singer, who gave more money to Republican candidates and causes last year than any donor in the country, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, is courted by Republicans both for the depth of his own pockets and for his wide network of other conservative givers. He is known for his caution and careful vetting of candidates and, while passionately pro-Israel and a supporter of same-sex marriage, he is generally viewed as a donor who does not believe in litmus tests…
The battle for Mr. Singer’s support — which included months of behind-the-scenes lobbying by aides and appearances by candidates over the last year at dinners and breakfasts convened by Mr. Singer — underscores the growing clout of big donors in presidential elections, particularly this year, when “super PACs,” and the wealthy donors who finance them, have moved to the center of the race.
But Mr. Singer provides something that some other coveted Republican donors do not. Unlike Sheldon Adelson, a fellow Republican billionaire and Israel supporter, Mr. Singer is an assiduous and effective “bundler” for candidates: In the 2012 campaign, he raised more than $3 million to try to help elect Mitt Romney, the eventual Republican nominee. Many other donors, particular in the New York financial world, turn to Mr. Singer’s political advisers for strategic guidance on their own donations.
And Mr. Rubio, who struggled to raise campaign cash over the summer and has relied heavily on outside groups to pay for advertisements promoting him, needs their help…
Paul Singer, the ‘key billionaire, gave $ to Swift Boaters (’04), Rudy G (’08), Mitt (’12) & Club for Growth (’13) https://t.co/CZg8aAOmz1
— lvdjgarcia (@lvdjgarcia) October 31, 2015
… In his letter to his donor network, Mr. Singer described Mr. Rubio as “the best explainer of conservatism in public life today, and one of the best communicators the modern Republican Party has seen. Marco Rubio can appeal to both the head and the heart.”
Of the roughly 1,200 people who raised money or hosted fund-raising events for Mr. Romney in 2012, according to a New York Times analysis, about two-thirds had yet to give a donation to any of the Republican candidates through the end of September, the most recent disclosures available from the Federal Election Commission…
.@marcorubio as 'best explainer of conservatism today' — Paul Singer's line to rich donors — is something I heard from voters aft debate
— Trip Gabriel (@tripgabriel) October 31, 2015
I get importance of decision, but speaks to our current pbs that one man's electoral choice merits such top billing. pic.twitter.com/8UXEfFXlAg
— Taniel (@Taniel) October 31, 2015
The hubbub over Paul Singer endorsement of Rubio is an inspiring manifestation of the American democratic commitment to 1 person, 1 vote
— David Frum (@davidfrum) October 31, 2015