Neel Kashkari, We Can’t Relate to You. You’re Not The Right Person For The Job.

Brian Brady Brian Brady 22 Comments


The Republican political class loves to chatter about how a Donnelly for Governor campaign will affect down ticket races.  The premise is, even though he is the overwhelming favorite of the Republican volunteers, is that he will damage the “brand” forever because of his high-profile support for stronger borders.  Karl Rove suggested that Tim Donnelly at the top of the ticket will damage Republicans’ message to Latinos “for decades.”

I suggest that Kashkari will do more damage to the Republican message to REPUBLICANS.  This isn’t me talking, the video is of then-Representative Don Manzullo (R-IL), interrogating Kashkari when he was the administrator of the bailout plan called TARP:

Mr. Kashkari, I want to suggest something here. And it’s not because of — maybe it’s because of the people that I represent.  We can’t relate to you, and your world.  I don’t know where you come from or the people with whom you deal on a day-to-day basis.  But when you sit there, and can not take a position, as the whether or not a three million dollar bonus to a failed company, and as to which the taxpayers have out $125 billion in assets, perhaps you’re not the right person for the job.

Growing our party is important but trying to attract Latinos, by hiding our party platform, is disingenuous.  Perpetuating the notion that Republicans serve as tools for the rent-seeking wealthy, at the expense of working Republicans, is a death wish.

I’m not a “platform idealogue”;  I understand that candidates will develop their own views and sometimes those views will conflict with the party platform–I can live with that.  But to criticize a candidate, for sharing the platform views and defending them with policy recommendations and legislation is ludicrous.

Change the platform if you don’t want Republican candidates talking about immigration !

I will stipulate that a Donnelly/Brown showdown will not convince Latino voters, who reliably vote for Brown, to cross over and vote for Tim Donnelly.  But Republican voters WILL  abandon the party if we keep throwing up candidates who defend institutional wealth transfers for rent seekers.

Brown will play that Manzullo/Kashkari video over-and over again during the campaign season…and Brian Jones and Joel Anderson will be the ones who have to convince their reliable Republican voters, that ours is a party of the middle class…

…and beg them not to leave us.


Comments 22

  1. Tim Donnelly as the nominee is the best case scenario for California democrats. The moment he wins the nomination is the moment they call out his support for the confederacy, his role in the Minute Man project, his tax troubles, and his airport/gun situation. He is a caricature of the Tea Party. Some of his ideas can be popular, but we need to find messenger of conservatism without a sordid past and baggage that hurts down-ticket races.

    Until then, Kashkari truly is the best nominee for down-ticket races. If Donnelly is the nominee, I will certainly vote for him, but I’ve already cast my ballot for Kashkari.

  2. Also Donald Manzullo was as an entrenched Washington politician as they come, so this video is nothing but 5:28 of the pot calling the kettle black.

  3. Tim Donnelly is unfit for office and would damage the GOP for years to come–among people of all races. Neel is relatively new to politics but he’s smarter than anyone we’ve run for Governor in a long time, and he’ll get the hang of the game. Political bloggers can certainly teach Neel more about politics, but he could teach political bloggers…everything else in the world. I’ve forgiven him for his mistakes, and I’m a real unforgiving SOB…

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    “Tim Donnelly is unfit for office and would damage the GOP for years to come–among people of all races”

    David, you just offered a closing statement.

    “but he’s smarter than anyone we’ve run for Governor in a long time”

    I know I’ve heard that before about the President Mr. Kashkari supported in 2008.

  5. BB,

    2008: That’s the forgiveness I mention above. I’ve got a signed copy of McCain’s Faith of My Fathers right on my bookshelf.

    You don’t want to know who taught me how to give a closing argument…he went to my law school (UNC Chapel Hill), he made enough money to buy his way into politics, but he isn’t a Republican….”Pull on their heart strings first and make ’em want to come along. Then, it doesn’t matter how logical your argument is.”

    Can you guess?

  6. We need to be more welcoming to newer Republicans who may have voted for Obama in 2008. I voted for Obama in 2008, and had buyers remorse. I’m now one of the most enthusiastic and well-informed Republicans I know. We should celebrate with people who voted for Democrats in the past and are now ready to embrace the party of real change, real economic opportunity, and real prosperity.

    I don’t fault Neel for TARP. He was simply doing his job at the time.

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    “2008: That’s the forgiveness I mention above.”

    Oh, I was more concerned about the massive wealth transfer scheme he crafted and administered but hey, I”m a tea party guy so I still blame Bush et all for TARP

    “I don’t fault Neel for TARP. He was simply doing his job at the time.”

    WOW . (shaking my head at the guy in the RP2012 shirt)

  8. I wasn’t justifying TARP, just saying Kashkari had to do what he had to do.

  9. UB:

    I’m not one to turn away newer Republicans that may have voted for Obama in 2008 either. But, how old were you in 2008, how much had you accomplished, how much had your view of the world developed, and how many times had you been appointed to anything by a Republican president?

    As compared to Mr. Kashkari in 2008, I mean.

  10. A lot of discussion about someone (either one of them) who almost assuredly will lose by double digits in November.

  11. Kashkari wants the deck chairs in a straight line where Donnelly wants the deck chairs in a circle.
    I say the iceberg proves it is too cold for deck chairs.

  12. I was 18 in 2008, and had accomplished nothing. That’s the point. I was automatically funneled into the Democrat machine. Now I’ve seen how they take advantage of that demographic, and want to help change it.

    Donnelly has too much baggage to risk losing my demographic for the CAGOP in coming years.

  13. Thanks, UB, I understood your point. It would be nice for the GOP to have more young people like you. As far as, “Now I’ve seen how they take advantage of that demographic, and want to help change it,” that was my point about Mr. Kashkari. For all he had accomplished by 2008 when he voted for Obama, it’s now that he gets the point? Jes’ askin’.

    As to HQ’s point, I’ll repeat my sentiment made in a FB comment this morning. The real troubling thing is not having any candidates credible enough to even pretend to compete with the governor. That is all.

  14. Well, only Mr. Kashkari can speak to his true intentions, until then, I choose the less controversial candidate whose platform includes stopping high speed rail, cutting taxes, and getting businesses back to California.

    And for what it’s worth, he was bought to the Treasury by a Bush appointee during the Bush administration. Yes, he voted for Obama in 2008, but nobody is perfect.

  15. Neel’s a nice guy, but just another cog in the Wall Street – Washington bailout machine.

    I really don’t care if he wins the primary; he’ll just get stomped in the general.

  16. In 1964 I was told if I voted for Barry Goldwater I would get crime in the streets, race riots and war. I voted for Barry Goldwater and got crime in the streets, race riots and war. Rockerfeller/Kashkari Republicans love to lead the lemmings one step forward and two steps backward.

  17. From today’s UT:

    “The latest polls show Donnelly behind Brown by about 40 points. Kashkari barely registers.”

    I guess Donnelly would be the better choice.

  18. The implication in these comments that you need to be young and have accomplished nothing to be a democrat or vote for democratic candidates is highly offensive.

  19. Chris, no such offense was intended, in the least. My comment was simply to point out that someone who was comparing his change in opinion about Obama to Kashkari’s as something I saw as a non-starter.

    Note I did not use the word “or.” That was intended…

    “But, how old were you in 2008, how much had you accomplished, how much had your view of the world developed, AND how many times had you been appointed to anything by a Republican president?”

    The comment was meant as flippant, not against younger folks with changing views or even Democrats, but to point out that very few people have a combination of Kashkari’s traits — experience, accomplishment and a position within a presidential administration. Of those who do, fewer still are 18-years-old. Also on the fewer end of the scale — those with Kashkari’s background and accomplishment who vote for a president of one party only to run for governor in another party a few years later.

    Does that make his change of heart wrong? No, just a tad odd. A tad.

  20. Barry,

    Even an old dog can learn new tricks. I would hate to think that what I currently know and believe in is everything that I am ever going to know and believe in.

  21. HQ, nor do I. My views have changed on more than one issue over time. I’m not running for governor as a “conservative Republican,” however.

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