House Speaker John Boehner, of Ohio, left speaks with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, of Ky, during a ceremony to present a Congressional Gold Medal to the Monuments Men in Emancipation Hall on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. The award is Congress' highest honor of appreciation for distinguished achievement. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The “Purity for Profit” Brigade Reveals Itself

For the past two years, Republicans in Washington have accused a number of outside conservative groups and individuals of enforcing purity for profit. You know the drill. John Boehner started it. Every time conservatives opposed anything John Boehner or Mitch McConnell wanted, their allies would attack the opposing conservatives claiming the conservatives were making money off opposing the Republicans. “Mark Levin was in it for the ratings, have you seen the Senate Conservative Fund’s offices, wonder how much Erickson is getting, HAFA is just fundraising, the Club for Growth is scaring people into giving them money, etc., etc., etc.” They made all these accusations and more.

Instead of claiming these conservatives were putting profit ahead of purity, these guys were claiming that conservatives were making money off enforcing purity to the detriment of the greater party good and the advancement of the agenda incrementally.

At this point we have to stand back and notice one particular thing.

The conservatives being attacked as making money by enforcing purity are standing firm against Donald Trump and for the legacy and ideas of the Republican Party. The Republicans in Washington who have made the accusations are now all rallying around Donald Trump. They are exposing themselves as willing to put profit ahead of principle, never mind purity.

John Boehner, Judd Gregg, and the rest would rather Donald Trump than Ted Cruz because they know Trump is malleable and transactional. Cruz actually believes what he says and the K Street gravy train would be disrupted. These guys never cared about the interests of the party or the country, they just used claims about both to disguise their pure self-interest.

Turns out all the Republicans attacking conservatives for making money off enforcing purity are the ones who were in it for the money all along.

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