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Head of centrist Republican PAC: Letís go beat the snot out of tea partiers in the primaries
Hotair ^ | 10/24/2013 | AllahPundit

Posted on 10/24/2013 5:31:59 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

Dude, they’re feeling it. The RINOs are ready to charge.

Assuming they’re successful and a bunch of tea-party incumbents get bounced from the House, it’s pretty much third-party time for grassroots conservatives, right?

From Alabama to Alaska, the center-right, business-oriented wing of the Republican Party is gearing up for a series of skirmishes that it hopes can prevent the 2014 midterm election from turning into another missed opportunity. This will not be a coordinated operation. It will be messy, ugly, and prone to backfiring. And if the comeback succeeds, it will be in fits and starts, most likely culminating in the selection of a presidential nominee in 2016.

“Hopefully we’ll go into eight to 10 races and beat the snot out of them,” said former Rep. Steve LaTourette of Ohio, whose new political group, Defending Main Street, aims to raise $8 million to fend off tea-party challenges against more mainstream Republican incumbents. “We’re going to be very aggressive and we’re going to get in their faces.”…

Tactics being discussed among Republican strategists, donors, and party leaders include running attack ads against tea-party candidates for Congress; overthrowing Ron Paul’s libertarian acolytes dominating the Iowa and Minnesota state parties; promoting open primaries over nominating conventions, which can produce Republican hard-liners such as Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli and shutdown-instigator Mike Lee of Utah; and countering political juggernauts Heritage Action, the Club for Growth, and FreedomWorks that target Republican incumbents who have consorted with Democrats…

“This conflict could be the new normal,” warned Rob Jesmer, former executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. “Until we have a nominee people can rally around in 2016, I think we’re going to be the wilderness for a while.”

Political media has been filled with stories like this post-shutdown, but the establishment plan to counter-primary tea partiers is months old. News about it first started bubbling up around New Year’s, when GOPers were still licking their wounds from the Democratic rout in November. LaTourette, a longtime Boehner ally in the House who’d taken to calling his tea-party colleagues “chuckleheads” as the fiscal cliff battle raged, had just retired and taken the helm of the Republican Main Street Partnership. Among his first acts: Dropping “Republican” from the name and vowing to reach out to Blue Dog Democrats. A month later, Karl Rove’s American Crossroads Super PAC announced that it was creating the Conservative Victory Fund, which was supposedly designed to make sure that only quality candidates were nominated in GOP primaries (i.e. fewer Angles and O’Donnells) but which many righties saw as part of an establishment effort to torpedo tea-party insurgents en masse, regardless of their caliber. Now, with RINOs and TPers at each others’ throats over Ted Cruz and the merits of a shutdown driven by the “defund” effort, it’s all come flooding back, replete with LaTourette scrapping for a punch-up with the right.

So here’s the question: What’s the real goal of all this? As much as these guys undoubtedly hate tea partiers, a broad-based indiscriminate assault on conservative candidates in the primaries would be poisonous for party unity ahead of 2016 — and maybe even self-defeating, as it would render a potential nominee whom they favor like Christie even more toxic to righties than he already is. Is the goal to bloody a few noses in order to teach the conservatives in Boehner’s caucus that it’s not just RINOs who can be primaried if they step too far out of line? Is it, as Rove’s group claims, an effort only to weed out the more Akin-esque right-wing candidates before they claim the nomination and end up as sitting ducks in the general? If so, why is Mike Lee suddenly hearing primary thunderclaps in Utah? I think his “defund” strategy was goofy but he’s solidly conservative, a serious legislator, and not prone to the sort of rhetorical bombthrowing that normally turns RINOs off to tea partiers. It’d be a genuine shame to lose him, no matter how ill advised “defund” was. Or is the big Rove/LaTourette/Chamber of Commerce centrist initiative here really just about muscle-flexing, to prove to grassroots righties that moderates and business interests are still very much in the driver’s seat of this coalition? If that’s the case, there’s no need to jump into eight to 10 races to prove the point. They could pick one big-name guy, on the order of Lee, and then go all out to take him down. Although maybe that gets us back to the problem of party unity in 2016: The bigger the scalp taken by centrists, the more righties will bristle and consider walking away.

One semi-silver lining here, though. Because the tea party didn’t elect its first members of Congress until 2010, no one in the Senate is at risk of an establishment primary challenge until 2016 — a presidential election year, when it would be exceedingly dangerous for either wing of the GOP to do something to fatally alienate the other. This may be why you’re seeing the centrists scramble now to take out some people in the House next year. If they defeat a few tea partiers, the wounds might heal in time for everyone to come together against Hillary two years later. If, on the other hand, they wage war against someone like Lee in 2016, the rift could be too deep to repair in time.


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KEYWORDS: pac; rino; stevelatourette; teaparty
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1 posted on 10/24/2013 5:32:00 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Bring it.


2 posted on 10/24/2013 5:33:17 PM PDT by Ray76 (Remember the Barrycades!)
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To: SeekAndFind

yeah.. keep talkin’ that way

you’re gonna piss off a lot of people

and an angry crowd votes, and they especially want to get rid of democraps and democrap LITE’s


3 posted on 10/24/2013 5:34:20 PM PDT by Mr. K (Lies, Damned Lies, Statistics, and then Democrat Talking Points.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I wish the GOPe’s would stop calling my house begging for money. Even their ring sounds desperate. I love my caller I.D.


4 posted on 10/24/2013 5:34:21 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (ObamaCare should have been tested on politicians before being released to the public!)
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To: SeekAndFind
Defending Main Street

Seems strangely reminiscent of the Soros funded Main Street republicans of a few years ago.
5 posted on 10/24/2013 5:34:25 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Defund Republican PAC obviously. Primary every one of those SOBs, and if they manage to get rid of good Tea Party they will IMO get thousands protesting at their doors.

The GOP is going to be a memory like the wigs the way they are going.


6 posted on 10/24/2013 5:34:55 PM PDT by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God Bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Centrist republicans are the PROBLEM!
The Tea Party is the SOLUTION!


7 posted on 10/24/2013 5:35:39 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: SeekAndFind
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8 posted on 10/24/2013 5:35:51 PM PDT by CMailBag
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To: SeekAndFind

Are these Republican moderates gonna invite Obama to campaign for them I wonder???


9 posted on 10/24/2013 5:35:57 PM PDT by RginTN
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To: SeekAndFind
If they defeat a few tea partiers, the wounds might heal in time for everyone to come together against Hillary two years later. If, on the other hand, they wage war against someone like Lee in 2016, the rift could be too deep to repair in time.

I think that ship has already sailed.
10 posted on 10/24/2013 5:37:53 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: SeekAndFind
From Alabama to Alaska, the center-left, business-oriented wing of the Republican Party is gearing up for a series of skirmishes that it hopes can prevent the 2014 midterm election from turning into another missed opportunity

Fixed it.

11 posted on 10/24/2013 5:39:08 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: SeekAndFind

Open primaries. Yes the pubbie establishment wants dims voting in pubbie primaries. It is the only way they can win.


12 posted on 10/24/2013 5:39:30 PM PDT by Nuc 1.1 (Nuc 1 Liberals aren't Patriots. Remember 1789!)
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To: SeekAndFind

‘Get in our faces”

?????

WITH WHAT ARMY? This is about 5 very old people with lots of money.


13 posted on 10/24/2013 5:41:10 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: SeekAndFind
“We’re going to be very aggressive and we’re going to get in their faces.”…

Thanks, LaTourette. The more you phony "Americans" remind me where your true allegience lies, the easier it is for me to leave the GOP-e behind once and for all.

14 posted on 10/24/2013 5:41:47 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1)
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To: SeekAndFind

Remarkable that these brainiacs appear to have forgotten that, without the TEA Party turn-out in 2010, there would be no Republican majority in the House.


15 posted on 10/24/2013 5:42:02 PM PDT by Arm_Bears (Refuse; Resist; Rebel; Revolt!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Paging Mark Levin and Sarah Palin... FREEDOM PARTY TIME GUYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


16 posted on 10/24/2013 5:42:36 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: SeekAndFind
Let’s go beat the snot out of tea partiers in the primaries

and then we can go back to being a comfortable minority in the house where we can make a lot of noise but don't have to actually do anything except collect our perks and our paychecks, both on and off the books.

17 posted on 10/24/2013 5:43:46 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINEhttp://steshaw.org/economics-in-one-lesson/)
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To: SeekAndFind

Charlie Crist lovers. Chris Christie embracers. Shove it.


18 posted on 10/24/2013 5:44:19 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Viennacon

If they get in my face I will damage their’s badly.


19 posted on 10/24/2013 5:44:34 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: cripplecreek

Probably the same folks and the same funding.


20 posted on 10/24/2013 5:44:54 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINEhttp://steshaw.org/economics-in-one-lesson/)
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To: Ray76

Dinosaurs vs the Asteroid.

“Whether the rock hits the pitcher, or the pitcher hits the rock, it’s going to be bad for the pitcher.” Sancho Panza, Man of La Mancha


21 posted on 10/24/2013 5:44:55 PM PDT by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: SeekAndFind

“promoting open primaries over nominating conventions”

So, in Iowa they want nominating conventions, and in Utah, they want open primaries? These corporatist clowns are all over the place.


22 posted on 10/24/2013 5:45:35 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: SeekAndFind

I haven’t heard Reince Priebus gloating about phenomenal fundraising.


23 posted on 10/24/2013 5:45:56 PM PDT by ntnychik
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To: SeekAndFind

I haven’t heard Reince Priebus gloating about phenomenal fundraising.


24 posted on 10/24/2013 5:46:46 PM PDT by ntnychik
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To: FlingWingFlyer

I am thankful for caller ID as well. But at this point I am thinking it is time for me to start picking up the phone and giving them a piece of my mind about how I am feeling right now about “my” party.


25 posted on 10/24/2013 5:49:02 PM PDT by Nevadan
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To: SeekAndFind
it’s pretty much third-party time for grassroots conservatives, right?

Wrong.

Senate Votes to Ban Third Parties from Ohio Elections

26 posted on 10/24/2013 5:50:15 PM PDT by EBH ( The Day of the Patriot has arrived.)
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To: SeekAndFind

The more I think about it the more we should demand that priebus apologize to all of us or we walk now.


27 posted on 10/24/2013 5:51:11 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: Viennacon

Wouldn’t be nice if they showed that much spunk against the Rats? Shows who they think is their enemy.


28 posted on 10/24/2013 5:51:16 PM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: Viennacon

I know they’re unhappy with tea party power at Michigan conventions where they put a tea partier on the RNC.


29 posted on 10/24/2013 5:51:36 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: EBH

It does not appear to be law yet.


30 posted on 10/24/2013 5:52:20 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: SeekAndFind

The business’s backing the RINO’s also back Democrats. They give money to both parties, and for the same reason, they like being on the inside.

RINO’s are bought and paid for, we want patriots.


31 posted on 10/24/2013 5:54:36 PM PDT by Venturer (Keep Obama and you aint seen nothing yet.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Just WOW! Who the heck do they think is goona vote for them?


32 posted on 10/24/2013 5:55:13 PM PDT by wastoute (Government cannot redistribute wealth. Government can only redistribute poverty.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Yer doin’ a heckova job Rinos.


33 posted on 10/24/2013 5:56:24 PM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: SeekAndFind
“We’re going to be very aggressive and we’re going to get in their faces.”…

Why don't they take this kind of attitude to the Democrats rather than playing possum?

34 posted on 10/24/2013 5:56:43 PM PDT by randita
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To: cripplecreek

F them. We own the GOP now.


35 posted on 10/24/2013 5:56:51 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: SeekAndFind

This is not my fathers Republican Party.


36 posted on 10/24/2013 5:58:07 PM PDT by biff (WAS)
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To: Ray76
Our parents and grandparents faced tougher.


Let's git it on.

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37 posted on 10/24/2013 5:58:16 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: LibLieSlayer

I disagree with Kelly Ayotte, but if she wants to get in my face I promise not to hurt her. I might even be extra friendly like.


38 posted on 10/24/2013 5:59:19 PM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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39 posted on 10/24/2013 5:59:21 PM PDT by JPG (Yes We Can morphs into Make It Hurt.)
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To: pfony1
This is why people won't vote for your GOP.

/johnny

40 posted on 10/24/2013 6:00:15 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: SeekAndFind

I guess we should have cleansed years ago. No more “centrist” republicans for me.


41 posted on 10/24/2013 6:01:03 PM PDT by stevio (God, guns, guts.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Head of centrist Republican PAC: Let’s go beat
the snot out of tea partiers in the primaries
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42 posted on 10/24/2013 6:01:30 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,$pend it all today;who can take your income & tax it all away..0'Blowfly can :-)
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To: SeekAndFind
There are some here on FR that insist that conservatives MUST vote for the R, no matter how liberal.

They can KMA.

/johnny

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The Mittster was a Main Streeter!!
The reason for my non vote


45 posted on 10/24/2013 6:12:14 PM PDT by acapesket
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47 posted on 10/24/2013 6:13:49 PM PDT by RedMDer (http://www.dontfundobamacare.com/)
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“We’re going to be very aggressive and we’re going to get in their faces.”…

One only needs to ask one question about this.

Can anybody imagine one of these RINOs saying that they are "going to be very aggressive and in their faces" about Obama and the Democrats?

48 posted on 10/24/2013 6:17:21 PM PDT by FreeReign
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I like it...but I wish there were a better way to depict the TEA Party. The liberals call us "teabaggers" because they know it's also the name for a particularly disgusting homosexual act.

BTW, have you seen this logo?

It cracks me up....

49 posted on 10/24/2013 6:19:00 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (We're At That Awkward Stage: It's too late to vote them out, too early to shoot the bastards.)
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Are they completely insane? Don't answer-it's obvious they are. They will never win another national election withut conservatives.

Mainstreet/mainstream=the T-party. There is nothing moderate about moderates. Look at the two Maine sisters--boith "moderate" and both about as helpful as 2 more Dems, Well, one has finally gone hoime, but her replacement is an unknown to me.

I have been telling the Repub orgns to quit calling me. Maybe George Soros will fund this new orgn of RINOs, as they will be helping Dems and if elected will help with immigration reform and other Obama wishes..

vaudine

50 posted on 10/24/2013 6:19:39 PM PDT by vaudine
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