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Head of centrist GOP PAC: Letís go beat the snot out of tea partiers in the primaries next year
Hot Air ^ | October 24, 2013 | Allahpundit

Posted on 10/26/2013 5:45:05 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

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.


TOPICS: Campaign News; Issues; Parties; State and Local
KEYWORDS: defendingmainst; gop; gopcivilwar; mainstpartnership; mikelee; rinos; romney; romneyagenda; stevelatourette; teamromney; teaparty
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1 posted on 10/26/2013 5:45:05 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Bring it on. Let the voters decide.


2 posted on 10/26/2013 5:47:44 AM PDT by allendale
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They may be feeling it, but it won’t happen. The folks who tend to support the RINO estab types do so out of rote luke warm conventional thinking....they are not on fire for anything. Thus, the battlefield of a passion filled primary works to the favor of the insurgents!!


3 posted on 10/26/2013 5:47:55 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Bring it on...Dirtballs!


4 posted on 10/26/2013 5:48:18 AM PDT by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Time to take out the rotting trash !


5 posted on 10/26/2013 5:50:34 AM PDT by Renegade
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yet ANOTHER Romney-supporter attacks the TEA PARTY.

The GOP is a loss, run by RomneyCARE, backstabbing,
polygamy, and attacks on conservatives for the DNC.


6 posted on 10/26/2013 5:52:43 AM PDT by Diogenesis
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“We’re going to be very aggressive and we’re going to get in their faces.”

Too bad the GOP never does this against Democrats. All their aggression is reservered for defending their own turf within the GOP.

This is why the GOP will NEVER reform itself. The status quo culture is too deeply ingrained in it.

7 posted on 10/26/2013 5:59:55 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: Diogenesis

GOP is done. Stick a fork in it.


8 posted on 10/26/2013 6:00:30 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“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.”…

LaTourette's Syndrome: A condition wherein a "mainstream" Republican spontaneously shouts Democrat invective while ignoring the metastasis of crony capitalism within his own party.

Mr. niteowl77

9 posted on 10/26/2013 6:02:34 AM PDT by niteowl77 ("What scares me is knowing that John McCain is not the actual bottom of the GOP barrel.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

First of all, last nights dinner in Ia, speaker after speaker mildly slammed the GOPe..that included the guv!

We will win because of the numbers but let these clowns hear from you...FReeper style!

http://www.gop.com/contact-us/


10 posted on 10/26/2013 6:12:47 AM PDT by rrrod (at home in Medellin Colombia)
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Too bad the GOP never does this against Democrats. All their aggression is reserved for defending their own turf within the GOP.

IT is hard to run against Democrats as a Rino because you have to repeat "me too but with less calories" over and over.

11 posted on 10/26/2013 6:12:56 AM PDT by VRW Conspirator (Producing Talk Show Prep since 1998.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Good idea - we will duke it out in the primaries, as long as everyone agrees to come together as one to defeat the bums in the general election. Oh, and by the way - agree to run on issues, philosophy, way of governance and stay away from personal attacks.
12 posted on 10/26/2013 6:17:13 AM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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“We’re practically Democrats!” is not much of a rallying cry.


13 posted on 10/26/2013 6:20:47 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Allah idiot is the Rhino ‘s chief propagandist over at Hot Water .
Malkin sold the site to Romneybots and its been a quick slide into becoming lib Republican central with Allag idiot peddling some of the worst whiney compromise crap non stop.


14 posted on 10/26/2013 6:22:51 AM PDT by ncalburt ( Amnesty media out in full force ing)
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To: Starboard
if that were to happen say goodbye to the Constitutional American republic and hand your children over to the United Socialist States of America - they win, we lose - no thanks!
15 posted on 10/26/2013 6:23:03 AM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The ONLY reason RINOs and other limp-wristed GOP elites want the Tea Party to fail is Greed & Power. The Tea Party are strict followers of the Constitution & Bill of Rights and know the origins of it all via The Federalist papers. Ask ANYONE outside about these most important documents and you get “The Stare” of ignorance. RINOs and their ilk need to be fired whenever the time is right so let’s start at our next election cycle. “God Save The Country!”


16 posted on 10/26/2013 6:26:23 AM PDT by AKinAK (Keep your powder dry pilgrim.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

interesting

http://reporting.sunlightfoundation.com/outside-spending-2012/committee/defending-main-street-superpac-inc/C00540203/


17 posted on 10/26/2013 6:27:10 AM PDT by rrrod (at home in Medellin Colombia)
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To: elpadre
...we will duke it out in the primaries, as long as everyone agrees to come together to defeat the bums in the general election

The bums ARE the RINOs who backstabbed Cruz's initiative to stop Obamacare. At least with the dems, we know where they're at. I'll vote for one of them before I'll vote for a saboteur.

The days of the corporate-elitist RINOs using conservatives to win then voting against the conservative agenda are over. They should do the correct thing, and just slither away. JMHO

18 posted on 10/26/2013 6:27:44 AM PDT by grania
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Since when is the GOP concerned about “missed opportunities”?


19 posted on 10/26/2013 6:28:58 AM PDT by swisher
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RINOs, we will take the party away from you.


20 posted on 10/26/2013 6:33:10 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Is John's moustache long enough YET?)
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