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Conservative insurgents strike blow against GOP Establishment
Washington Examiner ^ | January 14, 2014 | Timothy P. Carney

Posted on 01/15/2014 2:11:59 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife

Cold cash, together with control of institutions, is what makes the Establishment the Establishment. But in the current Republican civil war, the insurgents have secured their own money pipelines, and they control their own institutions – which means the GOP leadership and its allies in the business lobby have a hard fight in front of them.

The firing and hiring of conservative staffer Paul Teller makes it clear that the anti-establishment has built its own establishment.

Teller was a House staffer for more than a decade, and was longtime executive director of the conservative Republican Study Committee. The RSC always exerted a rightward pull on party leadership, but it is nonetheless a subsidiary of the party.

After the 2012 election, the Republican Establishment captured the RSC, in effect, by getting Congressman Steve Scalise elected chairman. Scalise is a conservative, but he is also a close ally of the party leadership – much more so than his predecessors Jim Jordan and Tom Price. Scalise immediately swept out most of the RSC staff.

Last month, Teller was accused of working with outside groups such as Heritage Action to whip RSC members – and Scalise showed Teller the door.

In the old days, this might have been a disaster for Teller. He had lost his job and landed on the wrong side of the party leadership. Anyone who picked up Teller would be spitting in the eye of the Establishment. But this week, Sen. Ted Cruz announced he had hired Teller as deputy chief of staff.

The Establishment no longer has the power it once had to demand obedience.

How did the party leadership maintain such power in the past? Basically with money. Party leaders had a near monopoly on access to money, both in terms of raising funds for candidates and landing jobs for individuals.

Floor leaders and committee chairmen have always been the GOP’s main contact point with corporations’ political action committees and lobbyists. If a member stays on the good side of party leaders, the leaders make a phone call to a lobbyist who throws the member a fundraiser.

Similarly, if a staffer always played nice with the Establishment, that brought with it job security: Even if your boss retired, you could land on your feet, as the leadership would recommend you for a job in another office, or K Street would hire you.

You can see how this would make dissenting staffers and members watch their words and actions. Sure, members were allowed to vote against the leadership – as long as the leadership didn’t need your vote. But at the end of the day, you had to play ball, otherwise you got no money for re-election, and no jobs for you or your staff.

But Teller landed on his feet — and today any conservative staffer disposed to fight the party leadership can hold out the same hope. The GOP Establishment has lost its monopoly, and the insurgents now have many bases of power – and thus many sources of money.

Conservative activist groups have always existed inside the GOP, but because they couldn’t raise and distribute large amounts of money, they functioned mostly through moral suasion – which means they were largely powerless. Eventually, these Beltway conservative groups grew dependent on the GOP, and instead of holding the party accountable, they often ended up being the establishment’s liaison to the conservative base.

Today’s conservative groups are fully armed, though. Thanks to advances in Internet fundraising and changes in campaign finance laws, the Senate Conservatives Fund, FreedomWorks, and the Club for Growth can raise and spend enough money to compete in GOP primaries with the Chamber of Commerce and lobbying firms.

Beyond these new pipelines of campaign cash, the insurgents now control institutions – institutions they created, and ones they took over. Jim DeMint, who founded the Senate Conservatives Fund in 2008, left Congress in 2013 to head the Heritage Foundation.

Heritage used to be a faithful ally of the GOP – at least when it counted most. Under DeMint, Heritage is a scourge of the GOP leadership and an enforcer of a hard limited-government line.

And the Senate offices of Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and Rand Paul are three insurgent beachheads on Capitol Hill. Being a senator doesn't merely give one a vote — it gives these men the budget to staff a congressional office. As they gain seniority, the Tea Partiers will get control over budgets for committee staffs.

When a member's re-election, or a staffer's ability to pay the mortgage, doesn't depend on the Establishment's favor, the Establishment may need to find a new way to gain conservatives' loyalty.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: gop; paulteller; rsc; scf; teaparty; tedcruz

1 posted on 01/15/2014 2:12:00 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Encouraging news, but much more is needed.


2 posted on 01/15/2014 2:15:48 AM PST by Ronin (Dumb, dependent and Democrat is no way to go through life - Rep. L. Gohmert, Tex)
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To: Ronin
Encouraging news, but much more is needed.

True. Senator Cruz's office budget cannot even be called a beachhead.

3 posted on 01/15/2014 2:40:50 AM PST by Kennard
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To: Ronin

Tea Party—Take over GOP or move on to Liberty Party! The stakes are too high to sit back and hope the old school Republican-Rinos change.


4 posted on 01/15/2014 2:41:54 AM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade

They can’t change...they are thoroughly corrupted by power and money...The LOVE of money is the root of ALL evil’, and they don’t come much more evil than the demons in Washington.


5 posted on 01/15/2014 2:45:46 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

good morning Cincinatus’ Wife

Real conservatives or go fish.
Just say NO to RINO’s.


6 posted on 01/15/2014 2:56:20 AM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) obammy lied and lied and lied)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade

With the ruling class uni-party control of the election systems, courts, press and all aspects of the elections, going to a 3rd party is political death. So No - not doing what they want and going to where they can shut-out conservatives completely.

The Democrat party is gone. The GOP is almost gone but not as far gone as the democrats. It’s the best remaining opportunity to take back the country by working from inside the Party as that gives us acces to the to the existing election systems, courts, press and all aspects of the elections.


7 posted on 01/15/2014 3:35:14 AM PST by Mechanicos (When did we amend the Constitution for a 2nd Federal Prohibition?)
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To: Mechanicos

“The GOP is almost gone but not as far gone as the democrats. It’s the best remaining opportunity to take back the country by working from inside the Party as that gives us acces to the to the existing election systems, courts, press and all aspects of the elections.”

Only achieved via the primary process.

In Texas, this means defeating RINO Cornyn March 4.

He is spending buckets of money right now trying to fool Texans he is conservative. Meanwhile he stabs fellow Texan Cruz in the back.

We in Texas don’t take kindly to backstabbers.


8 posted on 01/15/2014 5:38:11 AM PST by bestintxas (Obamacare = Obamascrewed)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

ping


9 posted on 01/15/2014 5:42:11 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: bestintxas

Texas is the sanest state in the union. Hopefully Cornyn will be defeated.


10 posted on 01/15/2014 5:48:15 AM PST by Luke21
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

This is a real good article explaining the situation we face. That hiring move by Ted Cruz was smart, as it gives promise to those who haven’t been thoroughly corrupted by the machine.


11 posted on 01/15/2014 5:57:50 AM PST by grania
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
On matters politic, the corrupt old guard cronies think they and only they know how to play ‘the game.’ Point is, their old school egos will be their demise as they refuse to recognize they have met their match with the “Whacko Birds.”
12 posted on 01/15/2014 6:05:25 AM PST by iontheball
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Excellent write-up. Describes well the reality of Washington and its players.

Tea Party has a lot of clout. Supporters number in the tens of millions. Any credible TP org that has a supporter list numbering in the millions can raise a lot of cash ... which is why Obama’s IRS is hounding them and denying them any tax exemptions, and I imagine the GOPe likes it that way.


13 posted on 01/15/2014 6:09:53 AM PST by Hostage (ARTICLE V)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; Luke21

Ever proud of our Senator Cruz.

As for the hope that a “sane” state of Texas will defeat Cornyn - as was stated in another post - the problem there is who’s running against him. I’m for ABC but when Louis Gohmert said no to challenging Cornyn I was afraid we would run short of a really good candidate and that’s happened.

WE might be for Stockman but WE alone are not enough.

If Cruz could be cloned...


14 posted on 01/15/2014 6:12:35 AM PST by txrangerette ("...hold to the truth; speak without fear" - Glenn Beck)
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To: txrangerette

I think Stockman v. Cornyn sh/could wind up exactly like Cruz v. Dewhurst. It’s not like we who got Ted elected want *less* TEA. RATS crossing over will be a big threat.


15 posted on 01/15/2014 6:20:19 AM PST by txhurl
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
This is where the real conservatives need to be careful. The establishment isn't going to go away, they're going to start working from within the conservative camp. I applaud Ted Cruz on this hire but I caution the others to be very careful who they allow near them and whose money they accept.
16 posted on 01/15/2014 6:33:03 AM PST by liberalh8ter (The only difference between flash mob 'urban yutes' and U.S. politicians is the hoodies.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The Establishment no longer has the power it once had to demand obedience.

***
I pray he is right.

And go, Cruz!


17 posted on 01/15/2014 6:38:09 AM PST by Bigg Red
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To: Forward the Light Brigade

The fallacious assumption is that there is a meaningful Liberty Party

On paper and dreams, but in reality no. Conservatives that want to be heard and heeded must do so within the Republican Party.


18 posted on 01/15/2014 6:38:49 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: bestintxas

Absolutely!


19 posted on 01/15/2014 6:38:55 AM PST by Triple (Socialism denies people the right to the fruits of their labor, and is as abhorrent as slavery)
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To: txrangerette

Problem we are going to have in Texas will be the same problem Conservatives had in other elections.

Cornyn is defeated, runs as an independent or other in the general, the rat and conservative split the vote and Cornyn gets back in, even more pissed off at the conservatives.

Only thing we can hope for is Cornyn losing and offering his support to the conservative. But I doubt that will happen.


20 posted on 01/15/2014 6:45:56 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz ("The GOP fights its own base with far more vigor than it employs in fighting the Dims.")
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To: EQAndyBuzz

As the recent election in Virginia demonstrated, even if the GOP-e doesn’t back an independent run by their defeated candidate (e.g. Charlie Crist) it will actively support the Democrat against the conservative Republican nominee. There have been a couple of disastrous Tea Party backed nominees in the last two elections but most of those nominees were decent people who were kneecapped by the sore loser GOP-e.


21 posted on 01/15/2014 6:52:45 AM PST by littleharbour ("All men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree. ~ James Madison)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

No! As a FReeper learned me yesterday, we have a Sore Loser statute in TX that prevents a candidate from switching parties after being defeated in the primary.

Hawkeyefan? I forget the freeper’s name...


22 posted on 01/15/2014 6:55:30 AM PST by txhurl
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

A Republican-Tea Party candidate on January 14 was elected to the Arkiansas State Senate from Jonesboro, taking a seat held by a Democrat former Senate President.


23 posted on 01/15/2014 7:01:02 AM PST by Theodore R. (TX Republicans can't wait until March 4 to nominate Cornball and George P.!)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

People in TX like Cornball, but no one knows why.


24 posted on 01/15/2014 7:02:25 AM PST by Theodore R. (TX Republicans can't wait until March 4 to nominate Cornball and George P.!)
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To: Luke21

Has any major Reupublican in TX come out against Cornball? Not a one to my knowledge


25 posted on 01/15/2014 7:04:02 AM PST by Theodore R. (TX Republicans can't wait until March 4 to nominate Cornball and George P.!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Well thats good news but it takes more than 3 senators to overthrow the RINO leadership.

That is one reason I beg all Georgians to ignore the smears that are starting on Dr. Paul Broun and elect him to fill Saxby Chambliss’s seat next year. Broun is a true conservative and he will stand with Rand and Ted and Mike.


26 posted on 01/15/2014 7:10:25 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: txhurl

SC also has a “sore-loser” law.


27 posted on 01/15/2014 7:17:44 AM PST by Theodore R. (TX Republicans can't wait until March 4 to nominate Cornball and George P.!)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

I’m with you Georgia Girl. I just hope Broun doesn’t stick his foot in his mouth as other Republican candidates have done in the past - but Georgia’s boneless chicken Zaxby Chambliss has to go and we need a real conservative. Unfortunately, the Atlanta area pulls the state left very hard. We’ll see what happens.


28 posted on 01/15/2014 7:43:52 AM PST by Lake Living
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; Finny; kitkat; super7man; Battle Axe; Rodamala; Fiddlstix; petercooper; ...

Ted Cruz Ping!

If you want on/off this ping list, please let me know.

Please beware, this is a high-volume ping list!


29 posted on 01/15/2014 12:24:05 PM PST by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: who knows what evil?

That’s our problem. The money is with those who are Republican in spirit, not with those who are conservative in spirit, and those who are corrupted by money will always vote to get more of it, even if it means erasing our borders.

They are short-term thinkers. Wealth in our time.

We need to wake those people up as to the danger to their children and grandchildren. They think their wealth will shield them forever. They are so used to their money solving all problems that they can’t see the danger.


30 posted on 01/15/2014 2:23:11 PM PST by firebrand
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To: EQAndyBuzz
Cornyn is defeated, runs as an independent or other in the general, the rat and conservative split the vote and Cornyn gets back in, even more pissed off at the conservatives.

Won't happen. Texas has a "sore loser" law: lose in the primary, you can't enter the general as an independent.

31 posted on 01/15/2014 2:31:52 PM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media -- IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

” - - - the Senate Conservatives Fund, FreedomWorks, and the Club for Growth can raise and spend enough money to compete in GOP primaries - - - “

Thank’s for the information.


32 posted on 01/15/2014 2:36:06 PM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Theodore R.
Has any major Reupublican in TX come out against Cornball? Not a one to my knowledge

Did any come out against Dewhurst? I can't recall one.

33 posted on 01/15/2014 2:43:32 PM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media -- IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Insurgents???

Patriots!!!!


34 posted on 01/15/2014 4:33:52 PM PST by right way right (What's it gonna take? (guillotines?))
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Establishment - Marxist enablers.

People we need to take of the language.

Remember the power of language and the way it builds perception.


35 posted on 01/15/2014 4:39:17 PM PST by right way right (What's it gonna take? (guillotines?))
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

bkmk


36 posted on 01/22/2014 9:37:02 AM PST by AllAmericanGirl44
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