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GOP Senators Out To Destroy Tea Party Funders

From a joyous Associated Press:

GOP Senate races may worsen conservative divide

By CHARLES BABINGTON | February 25, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — A half-dozen Senate races are heightening the struggle between establishment Republicans and tea party campaign operations, threatening to exacerbate conservative divisions this fall and beyond.

Strategists on both sides say several Republican senators are not merely trying to clobber the individuals challenging them from the right in GOP primaries. They also want to undermine, if not cripple, the tea party-affiliated companies helping fund and shape the challengers’ campaigns.

"If we beat enough of these insurgent challengers to incumbents, and get a big winning streak, they might stop doing it," said Charlie Black, an adviser to top national Republicans for years.

The aggressive strategy carries risks. If conservative voters — many of them embrace tea party principles — feel attacked or insulted by incumbent Republicans’ actions, it could hurt efforts to unite conservatives against Democrats in general elections.

Which, of course, is the AP’s most fervent hope. So perhaps this is just disinformation meant to divide Republicans and dispirit conservatives. But it’s all too believable, unfortunately. Especially when the AP quotes a long time Republican strategist like Charlie Black.

Black said veteran Republican senators such as Mitch McConnell of Kentucky can thread that needle. Exposing the money-making and sometimes hostile-to-Republicans goals of key organizations, he said, should not alienate conservative voters who oppose President Barack Obama and other Democrats.

No, why should they mind having the only people who are expressing their views called names?

"These inside-the-Beltway groups don’t have any grassroots component," Black said.

As we reported a couple of weeks ago, the Tea Party SuperPacs are raising three times the money of the Republican’s SuperPacs. So who is really in touch with grassroots conservatives?

Incumbents such as McConnell, he said, are careful not to criticize groups like Tea Party Patriots, even as they rip into Washington-based firms crucial to insurgents’ campaigns.

Those organizations include the Senate Conservatives Fund, founded by former Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C.; FreedomWorks; and the Madison Group. All have called for top Republicans leaders, such as McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner, to be ousted in favor of more ideological candidates who will not compromise with Democrats on taxes, spending and other issues.

And we can’t have that. Conservatives should just shut up and learn to accept that the Republican Party just wants to be the Democrat Party Lite.

These groups’ leaders say McConnell and other incumbents are erring by trying to discredit their GOP challengers so fiercely.

"It seems like the establishment thinks that if they defeat a few conservative candidates, the grassroots will throw up their hands and give up," said Matt Hoskins of the Senate Conservatives Fund. "But that won’t stop us from fighting for conservative candidates in 2014, 2016 and beyond. We’re not going away."

[E]stablishment Republicans have accused DeMint and other activists of willingly electing Democrats by knocking out mainstream GOP candidates who would be stronger campaigners in general elections. Some tea partyers, in return, say longtime Republican leaders like McConnell and Boehner betray conservative principles by working with Democrats on matters such as the debt ceiling.

And little things like amnesty.

Summarizing the conflict is a banner in FreedomWorks’ Washington headquarters, where reporters were invited to meet the Republican challengers to McConnell and other incumbents. "Sometimes you have to beat the Republicans before you beat the Democrats," it says, quoting FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe…

The exchanges seem unlikely to cool anytime soon.

"Once people find out a little bit about these candidates, it does a lot to publicly expose the groups that are using them to pervert the definition of conservatism to attack Republicans" and help elect Democrats, said Josh Holmes, an adviser to McConnell and other Republicans.

Republican pollster and consultant Mike McKenna says incumbents such as McConnell are playing a dangerous game. Many tea party-leaning voters will be loyal Republicans, he said, if they feel the GOP establishment respects their concerns and welcomes their involvement.

Instead, Republican incumbents want to beat tea party-backed challengers "to a pulp," said McKenna, who moves within establishment and tea party circles. "They will do anything, except trying to figure out a way to integrate the tea party guys."

Sheesh. Just when you thought the ‘Stupid Party’ couldn’t get any stupider.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, February 26th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “GOP Senators Out To Destroy Tea Party Funders”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Really? This is such news to most of us .. Tories crushing rebels? How droll.

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Ever get the feeling you were in the Star Trek episode, “Mirror, Mirror” (the one where Spock has a goatee)?

    But you curiously side with the Empire because, after all, they are at least honest and forthright in their intentions?

    Nahhhh…me neither but jeez, Louise. It SOOO reminds me of my days in the military as an officer where the higher ups who were incompetent but had good political acumen kept getting promoted and the people who were realists but lacked that same political acumen (me) got ridiculed, called stupid, derided, scolded, etc.

    On a few occasions I was able to say some snarky remark when it turned out I was right and, on one such occasions, a colonel looked at me and said, “Don’t say it…I know what you’re thinking and you’d just better keep your mouth shut”. To which I just smiled and said, “Yes, sir.”

    I should’ve played stupid and said, “I have no idea what you’re talking about, sir.”

    Yet, where I’m going with this is that the people in power, who are at their own perceived top of the pecking order, feel they are right and deserve to be where they are. They have gotten comfortable by the mere fact they are surrounded by sycophants and yes-men. Questioning them is improper. Saying anything other than parroting their position is grounds for punishment.

    I’m afraid the whole US has modeled itself, in one way or another, as one giant pecking order/mob, which, I have to believe is the natural order of things. That is, primal, mammalian behavior. The national socialists just do it more openly than the republicans. Conservatives tend to not do it at all. (And I don’t mean the organized church-goers because THEY are certainly guilty of pack animal behavior in a huge sense).

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