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I know of this woman in Madison who is one of the few prominent conservatives in town. She has won some elections to local boards but never a bigger one than that and had become something of a perennial candidate. I recently heard she took a job in the Gov. Walker Administration, working somewhere in the bowels of the bureaucracy. Upon reading this in the news it struck me that its amazing for all the angst about government on the Right that Right activists often times find themselves eventually working for the state more often than not.
And if you realize this you’ll realize why some prominent “conservatives” (and why there will be many more) are endorsing Mitt Romney. Below is mentioned Ann Coulter and it should be pointed out former U.S. Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell also offered an endorsement.
Now ask yourselves why would someone who continually blames the GOP establishment for her loss in Delaware last year endorse a candidate who is the epitome of that establishment? Well, what does Miss O’Donnell do for a living, besides her “activism” ? She’s not a farmer, a businesswoman or metal fabricator, so far as I can tell. No she pretty much concerns herself with politics and political activism. You’ll find a lot of people like that and both sides of the political equation, people who make politics their living. Oh, some might have law degrees so they can still work in the legal profession, others are journalists who can fall back on writing books or news columns if times get tough. But for most its politics and nothing but. Once upon a time we called such people ward bosses. Now they work out of Washington or state capitol office buildings working on their email lists or raising money for their work.
But activism is not exactly a racket one can get filthy rich from. You find yourself dependent on other people i.e other people’s money and when you have to ask for other people’s money, they tend to have certain ways they want it spent. Not only that, if you work on a campaign and lose well, its SOL when it comes to the post-election job market. You’ll be lucky to wind up a janitor in some think tank’s office building.
So the O’Donnells and the Coulters are placing their bets on Romney not just because they think Mitt is going to eventually win but, in O’Donnell’s case at least, they might well expect something for it. Maybe a political appointed post in the Interior Department for example. Indeed, what better way to try out your ideology than in the halls of power itself? Even though a year ago you though jobs like the one you occupy should be eliminated to save taxpayer money. Then you find out taxpayer supported jobs are a much steadier working gig than having to beg for crumbs for your little activist group from some rich financier. And you can only get those kinds of job if you come and support the candidate who you think is going to win right away. As in ancient Gaul, all the tribal chieftains are equal but except for the last one who arrives last when the chief calls them together. Hesitating and waiting sometimes get you nothing. A candidate knows his loyal supporters are the one’s who endorse them early before bandwagon leaves the station.
If you wonder why even under Republican and so-called conservative occupation of the White House or Congress or even the statehouse the bureaucracy is never reduced there’s your answer. What would we do with all the activists and failed candidates if there were no government jobs to reward them with? Where would they go? The soup kitchen? OWS? They have to go somewhere. I would hope they’d go back to the farm as Washington did after the war, but where’s the money in that?