"Selfishly, given the limited resources we have and the national scope of our responsibilities, I didn't want to spend any money in Florida if we didn't have to. So Charlie Crist seemed like the ideal candidate."
NRSC Chairman John Cornyn, Texas
Ideal to whom? That is the question I have. This is the crux of the discontent that many conservatives feel in regards to the Republican Party. They continually follow the road of least resistance.
There is no test to be passed before one can call themselves a republican. Nor do I think that their should be. But, that doesn't mean that precious party funds should be spent to help candidates that believe in bigger government intrusion into our lives. Charlie Crist is the poster boy of a big spending, big government republican. Limited government is a main tenant of the republican party platform.
Opus #6 over at MAInfo recently did a post asking opinions about how she use the money that she is planning on donating in this very important election year. The answers were almost all in agreement that the money should go to individual candidates instead of the party machine. I don't believe that she mentioned what she is planning on doing, but the sentiment certainly leaned towards not giving to the party.
The national party and the party machines need to realize that people are sick to death of them supporting candidates like Crist in a knee jerk reaction. There needs to be a thought process put into who they are going to fund. Money is very tight this year, the people only have so much they can spare. If the RNC wants to increase the coffers, they need to start listening and funding the candidates that are actually acting on the party platform, otherwise they will see the money drying up when they need it most.