February 6, 2013

In Sunday's New York Times, Jeff Zeleny reported that the “biggest donors in the Republican Party” have joined forces with Karl Rove and Steven J. Law, president of American Crossroads, to create the Conservative Victory Project. The Times reports that this new group will dedicate itself to “recruit seasoned candidates and protect Senate incumbents from challenges by far-right conservatives and Tea Party enthusiasts who Republican leaders worry could complicate the party’s effort to win control of the Senate.”

But it is American Crossroads and its ilk that have run the GOP into the ground. Spending millions of dollars on useless 30,000-ft. advertising campaigns during the last election cycle, training candidates to soften conservatism in order to appeal to “moderates,” blowing up the federal budget under George W. Bush as a bipartisan tactic – all of those strategies led the party to a disastrous defeat in 2012. The Tea Party, which may nominate losers from time to time, also brought the Republicans their historic 2010 Congressional victory.

The Bush insider team that helped lead to the rise of Barack Obama insists that they, and only they, know the path to victory. As the Times reports, Conservative Victory Project won’t merely protect incumbents – it will challenge sitting Congresspeople of the Tea Party variety, including six-term Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King, who may run for Senate. “We’re concerned about Steve King’s Todd Akin problem,” Law told the Times – with whom he seems far too friendly. “This is an example of candidate discipline and how it would play in a general election. All of the things he’s said are going to be hung around his neck.”

Law claims he’s acting under the rubric of William F. Buckley, supporting the most conservative candidate who can win. But Law is no judge of that. Neither is Rove. Their advice led to the epic Romney defeat, in which conservatives were told to vote for Romney in the primary since he was the only candidate who could win.

This, my dear readers, is all out war! The Republican establishment wants to push the Tea Party away and keep its candidates out of the primaries.

In the Spring of 2009, I began to take note of the newly formed Tea Party Movement and by the 2010 elections, wherein 38 Tea Party backed candidates won election to Congress, I noted this movement can't last within the Republican Party. They would either be co-opted, marginalized or would have to form a third party.

Most Tea Party candidates put the Constitution ahead of government and adhere to the ideals of a virtually unknown Constitution Party. Tea Party members want to cut the size of government drastically. The establishment Republicans don't want to increase the size of government, but they certainly don't want to downsize it either.

I think it is interesting that the people who brought us No Child Left Behind, Medicare Part D, TARP, the GM bailout, Harriet Miers, two wars (one of which was unjustified), etc., etc., etc. are really hacked off that people have been rejecting them. In 2012, about the only successful Republican candidates were the ones who directly rejected the legacy of these people.

So now they will up their game. They don’t like being shut out. They blame the tea party and conservatives for their failure to win primaries. They’ll now try to match conservatives and, in the process, call themselves conservatives.

I dare say any candidate who gets this group’s support should be targeted for destruction by the conservative movement. They’ve made it really easy now to figure out who the terrible candidates will be in 2014.

Steve Law said in a press release that "The Conservative Victory Project will start by intensely vetting prospective contenders for Congressional races to try to weed out candidates who are seen as too flawed to win general elections." Meaning what? Meaning Tea Party prospectives need not apply!

It is time for the Constitution Party to reach out to Tea Partier all across the land and begin the campaign to creating a viable third-party alternative. I know you will say that third parties never go anywhere. But soon, the Republicans will not be easily differentiated from Democrats on most issues with which Americans are concerned.

The problem will not be the weeding out. Certainly some candidates should be weeded out. Todd Akin should never have gotten the nomination, but tea party groups in Missouri were too divided to rally against him. Weeding out candidates will not be the problem. The problem will come when conservatives do rally and Karl Rove disagrees. In calling his group the “Conservative Victory Project” he intends to lend a veneer of conservative credibility to candidates who may not be in the same way the Bush Presidency tried to create “big government conservatism.”

I dare say any candidate who gets this group’s support should be targeted for destruction by the conservative movement.

We believe that the Constitution of the United States speaks for itself. There is no need to rewrite, change or reinterpret it to suit the fancies of special interest groups or protected classes.