Too Far Right To Win?

05 February 2013 |permalink | email article

The biggest donors in the Republican Party are speaking out and recruiting a new group of seasoned candidates and protect Senate incumbents from far-right conservatives and Tea Party enthusiasts who Republican leaders fret could complicate the party’s effort to win control of the Senate. The group, The Conservative Victory Project, has an objective—to counter organizations that have helped defeat establishment Republicans over the last two election cycles. 

The first test of the group’s effort to influence primary races could come in Iowa, where some Republicans are worrying about who will run for the seat being vacated by Sen. Tom Harkin, a Democrat, and the first open seat in Iowa since 1974, and Republicans are fearful of squandering a rare opportunity.

The Conservative Victory Project, which is backed by Karl Rove and his allies who built American Crossroads into the largest Republican super PAC of the 2012 election cycle, will begin intensely vetting prospective contenders for Congressional races and weed out candidates who are too flawed to win a general elections. Steven J. Law, the president of American Crossroads, will call for hard-edged campaign tactics, including television and advertising, to weed out candidates seen as unelectable like winning a Senate seat in Iowa.

“Our approach will be to institutionalize the Buckley Rule: Support the most conservative candidate who can win.” But by imposing the rule of conservative William F. Buckley, the group could run afoul of Ronald Reagan’s “11th Commandment” to not speak ill of a fellow Republican”

Window on Fraud

As history has shown, the financial industry’s wealth and influence can all too easily turn those who are supposed to serve as watchdogs into lap dogs instead. But, as Paul Krugman writes in The New York Times, there was, however, one piece of the reform that was a shining example of how to do it right: the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a stand-alone agency with its own funding, charged with protecting consumers against financial fraud and abuse. And, sure enough, Senate Republicans are going all out in an attempt to kill that bureau. You may wonder why consumer financial protection is necessary. Because fraud and abuse happen.

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