It is extremely notable that Manu Raju of the Politico has written that the establishment intends to destroy Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT). Raju serves as the court stenographer for the Senate GOP leadership. His pieces are routinely littered with the conventional wisdom and talking points of the Senate GOP leadership. He has more than once anticipated Senate GOP leadership strategy based on their conversations with him.
So when Manu Raju says the establishment intends to go on offense against the tea party by beating Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) in the Utah Republican Primary, we can be sure Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), the NRSC, etc. will be stepping aside and failing to give Lee the support they gave Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS), etc.
Of note, the story focuses on Jon Huntsman, Sr., who remains well respected in Utah. Huntsman, you will recall, is the man who spread the rumors about Herman Cain in 2012, in an effort to help his son, Jon Huntsman the lesser, run for President. All he managed to accomplish was taking out Herman Cain and getting his granddaughter an MSNBC show.
But Huntsman is clearly planning on destroying Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) to gain a tea party scalp and the GOP establishment in D.C. clearly plans on standing aside to let it happen.
And they have a financial advantage. Huntsman has deep pockets as does the establishment. Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) needs to drive up his fundraising. We need to help him.
I’m quite serious here. These guys want an incumbent tea party conservative’s scalp and they’ve set Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) as their target. The only way to stop them is to load up Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT)‘s campaign coffers and prepare to fight. Go donate now. I realize it is Christmas but the fight is coming.
In 2009, we were able to help Nikki Haley, over Christmas, raise enough money to stay in the South Carolina gubernatorial race. She became the nominee. We need to help Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT). The fight is coming sooner than we might like, but it is upon us.