GOP Civil War
Nearly a year ago, tea party agitators in AZ managed to get John McCain censured by his own state party. Now, his political team is engaging in an aggressive and systematic campaign to reshape the state GOP apparatus by ridding it of conservatives & replacing them with allies.
It's no surprise when most GOP incumbents survive their primaries; incumbency provides big advantages. Any cycle where R's elect Ben Sasse, Joni Ernst, & Cory Gardner to the Senate, & manage to knock off the House maj. leader, is a great year for the Tea Party agenda.
As the GOP takes control of the Senate, estab. R's like Thad Cochran, Orrin Hatch, Chuck Grassley & John McCain will pick up the chairman’s gavel, setting up a classic conflict between governing & campaigning with the party’s 2016-aspiring young guns like Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio.
The Conservative Action Project, a group of 40 prominent conservative leaders including CHQ's Richard Viguerie, have documented GOP winners' campaign promises and plan to hold them to those promises. If that doesn’t happen? Conserv. gusto for preventing another Senate flip could prove fatal to GOP control.
By Richard A. Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
Today, especially on "comprehensive immigration reform" and amnesty for illegal aliens, the Republican Party is a house, and a party, divided by the arrogance of some of its leaders and the only thing that can heal that divide is new leadership.
Jenny Beth Martin of the Tea Party Patriots put it bluntly: “You’re welcome, GOP. Now keep your promises.” Conservative activist Brent Bozell warned: “The GOP owes its victory to its base & breaking any promises now will put their majority & any chance for the presidency in '16 in jeopardy.”
Congratulations. The Constitution is battered and on life-support, but had enough in it last night to allow We the People to reject Obama's imperial lawlessness and constitutional lawbreaking. Now limited government constitutional conservatives must hold Republicans to the agenda that got them elected.
"The GOP celebration will be brief. When the new Republican Congress convenes next year, tries to lead, and looks over its shoulder, there won’t be many conservatives following."
The right argues that GOP leaders should forget about playing small ball & use momentum from the midterms to put big checks on O's agenda. “The American people don’t want Repubs. to become appeasers and supporters of a watered down Obama agenda.”
Karl Rove says Republican Senate candidates face something like a $20 million deficit verses their Democratic opponents.The problem closing the deal with voters that Republicans are having in 2014 isn’t a lack of money. It is a lack of message.
After declaring war on the Tea Party & showing nothing but contempt for grassroots conservatives that powered Repubs. to record gains in '10, Karl Rove whined that the GOP may not take back the Senate in '14 because of the lack of enthusiasm for his estab.-approved candidates.
John Feehery is a GOP-E consultant whose instincts are utterly tone deaf and as such is a serial loser in the game. The GOP Consultant Class are staggeringly ignorant of the country and voter base they proclaim to understand like no one else.
After a long, unapologetic effort to defeat Tea Party and other so-called “unelectable” candidates in GOP primaries, the DC establishment will likely need Tea Party voters in Nov. to help swing several tight Senate races and win control of the upper chamber.
The battle for control of the GOP of Virginia mounted with new discord between 3 officials & conservative activists. 3 of VA’s GOP Reps. urged VA GOP leaders to delay a meeting that's expected to be a contentious showdown over control of party leadership posts.
As the GOP-E's Thad Cochran courts black voters in his runoff with McDaniel, NAACP officials said they'll send monitors to the polls in MS today to make sure black voters aren’t intimidated when they try to cast ballots in the state’s high-profile Senate race.
Can the Republian Establishment and TEA Party come together on tax simplification and reducing regulations? Former GOP-E-turned-lobbyist Billy Tauzin seems to think so.
In the House GOP leadership reorganization that will occur in the wake of Eric Cantor’s defeat conservatives don’t have to gain all the leadership positions to advance our agenda. What we need is at least one leader who will wake-up every morning thinking, “What are the four, five, six things I can do today to put the Democrats out of business?”
“[Mitch McConnell] is changing his positions based on the arrival of the Tea Party,” Richard Viguerie says. “It’s certain the Republican Party is going to be a more conservative party in 2015 than it was at the beginning of 2010 with the arrival of the Tea Party.”
Cantor lost his seat because he failed to realize that a congressman perceived by those he is elected to represent as out of touch and more concerned with getting along in Washington than representing their wishes had better watch his back.
Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., said that he's concerned Eric Cantor's loss will open the door for the "Ted Cruzes" and "Rand Pauls" to take over the GOP. When asked if the GOP's drifting in a more conservative direction that'll completely oppose Obama's agenda, King said he certainly hoped not.