Do you remember the movie with Robert Redford, Woody Harrelson and Demi Moore, Indecent Proposal? Robert Redford, the millionaire, is playing billiards with Woody Harrelson and his wife, Demi Moore. The discussion comes up about what money can buy and Woody’s response is, “money can’t buy everything.”
Robert Redford decides to challenge that statement by offering the couple one million dollars for one night with Demi Moore. Initially they are insulted and reject the proposal, but they later accept. They live to regret their decision, because it ruins their marriage. Well guess what? The same scenario is playing out here in the Republican Party.
According to The Daily Press, Bill Bolling has made a $15,000 contribution to the Republican Party of Virginia to revamp the party’s website. It is small pittance for betraying his party last year by refusing to support the Republican nominee for governor, Ken Cuccinelli.
Even more insulting? Even though Bolling has $276,000 in his PAC account, he gives only $15,000. It falls measurably short of the $25,000 Cuccinelli donated to the Republican Party of Virginia last month, so once again Cuccinelli outperforms Bolling.
I’m just sort of curious how that conversation went at RPV. Bolling makes an indecent proposal of $15,000 to be received back into the good graces of the Republican Party of Virginia. I have to believe they were initially insulted, but money is hard to come by in the Republican Party nowadays with activists disillusioned with many elected officials within the Party who support tax increases, spending, Medicaid expansion, amnesty, insider trading, and on and on and on. The proposal starts to look more appealing as the need for money gets more intense. Next thing you know a quote from RPV, “we couldn’t do it without Bill Bolling!”
A word of caution to the RPV leadership – $15,000 cost Bolling nothing, but it may continue to cost you election victories. You may not see all the unintended consequences until later down the road, but just like in the movie, it will destroy the marriage between the Party and its activists. Wait, perhaps that is what Billing Bolling, Boyd Marcus and Ray Allen actually want? Ahhh, very smart move on their side.