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Monday, April 08, 2013

The Battle Inside the Republican Party

There is an interesting battle going on inside the Republican Party that could have national consequences. A Republican so-called strategist named Karl Rove has declared war on grassroots conservatives and Tea Parties. Karl Rove had the biggest Super PAC to spend in the 2012 election cycle: $300 million. Now he has started a new fund called Conservative Victory Project and he plans to spend big bucks in the 2014 Republican primaries in order to defeat candidates who are not approved by the so-called Establishment, for which he is a chief spokesman.

I wonder if he will be able to raise so much money next year since his record last year in supporting Establishment candidates was dismal. Of the 31 races in which Rove aired TV ads, Republicans won only 9. Establishment losers included the Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate in North Dakota, Montana, Virginia, Wisconsin, Florida, and New Mexico. Meanwhile, Rove was helping Harry Reid to keep control of the Senate by trying to defeat real conservatives nominated by grassroots Republicans in Missouri and Indiana. Rove made nasty and hurtful remarks about conservative candidates he didn't like.

There are two reasons why Rove and his rich donors don't like grassroots Republicans and Tea Partiers. The Establishment can't order them how to vote, and the Establishment wants candidates to talk only about economic issues, never about social, moral, or national-security issues. Most grassroots Americans believe that social, moral and national-security issues should be on the front burner of politics. We want to know how our candidates stand on issues such as pro-life, traditional marriage, and the Ronald Reagan military doctrine of "peace through strength."

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