Skip to comments.GOP Consultants Seek to Regain Control (From Tea Party, Conservatives)
Posted on 12/19/2012 4:56:58 PM PST by kristinn
The internal battle for the direction of the Republican Party has enveloped Washingtons GOP consultant class, as pragmatic party strategists hired to win campaigns ponder how to reclaim control of the primary process from powerful conservative activist groups.
This developing conflict comes in the aftermath of consecutive election cycles that saw Republicans blow as many as five Senate races because the party nominated flawed candidates over those who were better suited to compete in the general election.
Some of these losing 2010 and 2012 nominees received crucial support from Washington-based tea party groups that made their primary campaigns viable. GOP consultants who found themselves on the losing end are considering the formation of outside groups of their own to counter these organizations and boost their favored candidates in the 2014 primaries.
The bigger the office, the brighter the spotlight, and it is difficult, if not impossible, to elect a lousy candidate over a good candidate in any [general election] Senate race, regardless of ideology, said a Republican strategist who is frustrated with the hold that conservative groups like the Club for Growth, FreedomWorks and the Senate Conservatives Fund have had on the GOP primary process in recent elections.
Unlike these tea-party-affiliated groups, this Republican strategist and others who think similarly (prioritizing winning over ideological purity) argue that a Republican will always be more conservative than a Democrat and the partys objective should be to control the White House and Congress so it can set the governing agenda and prevent Democrats from enacting laws like the Affordable Care Act.
In quiet postmortem sessions, these strategists are exploring ways to influence primaries and curb the power of the tea party groups.
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Moderate pubbies like Romney win . . .
The “GOP consultants” can guarantee the GOP that they’ll continue to lose these popularity contests every four years if they only listen to them. Can the conservative or TEA Party do that?! Heck no.
Like the last campaign they won?
Without names your article isn’t worth a damn.
Don’t forget Juan McCain.
Look how great the GOP did in California once the “moderate” GOP consultants took over the party establishment there. Maybe they can do the same thing across the entire nation!
“pragmatic party strategists “
Translation: liars, thieves, opportunists, and commies.
“a Republican will always be more conservative than a Democrat “
Nope. The NE Republicans are scarcely more conservative than Britain’s Labour party.
Unfortunately, it appears they are winning.
Most of the new conservative house members 2010 class will join
Bonehead and Cantor in voting for taxes tomorrow.
We keep sending them, and DC keeps turning them.
It's hard to believe that Rhode Island's Lincoln Chafee was once a Republican in the Senate.
Regain control of what, Boehner’s crying towel?
I have a solution for these morons trying to keep their social club: go away voluntarily or get fired.
0-3 since 2006 enough said right there!
Someone needs to tell these nameless wonders the jig is up.
Are they talking about candidates like Berg in ND, Rehberg in MT, Scott Brown in MA, Connie Mack in FL, and Tommy Thompson in WI, you know, outsider Tea Party radicals who lost in elections that could have been won?
We have had a bellyful of GOP consultant losers, Certainly they seek control, but it’s too late.
They have two choices, Bring the GOP together behind Conservatives and the Tea party or do what they have done in the last 2 losing campaigns, Split the party and lose.
Me? I am ready to move on. If nothing else I will go independent.
The GOP-E can go to hell and take its crooked consultants with it.
These consultants would rather have President Obama and the Democrats control Washington than have genuine conservatives in power.
It is time to SMASH the GOP and start a new political party.
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