Ace of Spades HQ:
The guy who switched his vote at the last minute was a conservative from Michigan who had been primaried out of his seat by an Establishment pick (losing by 30 points).
So actually this conservative guy had nothing to impel him to cooperate with the Establishment.
Yet he did.
How about a cushy job as a lobbyist after he leaves Congress?
See, it’s illegal for them to bribe a Congresscritter while they’re still in office. But after they retire (or get voted out) you can give them all the bribes you want. Here’s the kicker – you can’t promise to bribe them with a job later, but if all these ex-Congresscritters who cooperate while they’re in office get cushy jobs as lobbyists when they leave, even elected officials are smart enough to figure out the connection.
By the way: that’s the same reason why ex-Presidents travel the world getting paid $1 million a speech when they leave office.