GOP Rebels Out-Raise Party Establishment

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    Feb 02, 2014 1:20 AM GMT
    On February 1, 2014, the NYT reported that:

    Underscoring a potential shift of power in the Republican Party, candidates are counting on outside conservative groups critical of the leadership for campaign muscle, which could have a huge effect on House and Senate primaries in 2014.

    The warring Republican factions are preparing to square off in a series of Senate and House primaries around the country as Republican leaders seek to rein in activists who they believe have fractured and endangered the party with policies that alienate independent-leaning voters.

    No such division exists in the Democratic Party, where outside groups are successfully recruiting new donors and collaborating on big races. Two “super PACs” that are focused on helping Democrats in Congress announced record fund-raising on Friday, pulling in a total of $16.4 million — twice their total in 2011, the last comparable year.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/02/us/politics/rebel-conservatives-lead-way-in-gop-fund-raising.html?hp&_r=0
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    Feb 02, 2014 3:50 AM GMT
    What's ironic is that the article says it's now Karl Rove who's fighting these "rebels". Except it was Rove who created the unholy alliance of the Republican Party with the Christian Fundamentalists and other extreme Rightists. But now Rove's out-of-control Frankenstein monster is devouring the entire Party.

    Serves him and the Party right - they got what they deserved. Compromised political principles & integrity for votes, and now will have neither. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 02, 2014 3:56 AM GMT
    woodsmen saidRove lost credibility with the GOP establishment by failing to deliver Romney in 2012. He lost credibility with the rebels because he is fighting them for the same pot of money.

    Exactly correct. Rove still has some adherents, but his influence is waning. He raised hundreds of millions of dollars that produced no results in 2012, and those donors are looking elsewhere for 2014. Methinks the parade may have passed him by.
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    Feb 02, 2014 2:20 PM GMT
    ART_DECO saidHe raised hundreds of millions of dollars that produced no results in 2012


    Yeah, but his election night meltdown on Fox was priceless.
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    Feb 02, 2014 3:13 PM GMT
    Why is Giggles hiding?
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    Feb 02, 2014 3:19 PM GMT
    southbeach1500 saidWhy do you care? You are a Brit living in the UK?

    Waiting for the day when you ask Riddler the same question......waiting......still waiting.....probably have to wait forever.....
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    Feb 02, 2014 3:26 PM GMT
    southbeach1500 saidWhy do you care? You are a Brit living in the UK?


    Following American politics is one hell of an entertaining reality TV show.
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    Feb 02, 2014 3:43 PM GMT
    ART_DECO saidWhat's ironic is that the article says it's now Karl Rove who's fighting these "rebels". Except it was Rove who created the unholy alliance of the Republican Party with the Christian Fundamentalists and other extreme Rightists. But now Rove's out-of-control Frankenstein monster is devouring the entire Party.

    Serves him and the Party right - they got what they deserved. Compromised political principles & integrity for votes, and now will have neither. icon_biggrin.gif


    I posted in regards to the Chris Christie debacle earlier today. The real problem with the Republican establishment is that they are incredibly self-centered, with Karl Rove being an example.

    What party officials should have said in regards to Christie is this: "We will give Chris the benefit of the doubt until the Federal criminal investigation in regards to the matter is complete. As a party we support the investigation and in no way will present stumbling blocks to impede that effort." End of story.

    Though I am far removed from U.S. politics at this point, the behaviors of a few in the party have become counter-productive to many of the core needs within the U.S., in my case, continuing to drive economic productivity and yes ... profit.

    I think there are going to be many surprises for Republicans in the primaries. As I said in my Christie post, I think Democrats need not worry. It is going to take a decade or more to clean up the Republican party. That cleanup has to begin with McConnell in the Senate and Boehner in the House.
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    Feb 02, 2014 3:50 PM GMT
    southbeach1500 said
    Aristoshark said
    southbeach1500 saidWhy do you care? You are a Brit living in the UK?

    Waiting for the day when you ask Riddler the same question......waiting......still waiting.....probably have to wait forever.....


    Riddler answered the question many times. He has business interests in the USA.


    I think the fact that non-U.S. citizens become involved in a discussion of U.S. politics is that America remains the only nation where "politics" still has an influence on society. Thank God most who comment here can't vote and I suspect they are way the hell too stingy with their own currency to contribute to any nut-ball political group.

    It is not unlike French Socialist commenting on the state of the poor in Switzerland. Lol. I will take our now 2.8% unemployment rate to their double digit rate any day of the week. One could tell the French to "kiss my ass" and feel very good about it. I suggest you Americans do the same with the Canadians, Brits, and whomever else comes along. Oh, a one very weird Australian.
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    Feb 02, 2014 4:02 PM GMT
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    southbeach1500 saidWhy do you care? You are a Brit living in the UK?

    Waiting for the day when you ask Riddler the same question......waiting......still waiting.....probably have to wait forever.....


    Be gentle Aristo. The poor thing's still hurting from 6 Nov 2012.
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    Feb 02, 2014 6:16 PM GMT
    ART_DECO saidWhat's ironic is that the article says it's now Karl Rove who's fighting these "rebels". Except it was Rove who created the unholy alliance of the Republican Party with the Christian Fundamentalists and other extreme Rightists. But now Rove's out-of-control Frankenstein monster is devouring the entire Party.

    Serves him and the Party right - they got what they deserved. Compromised political principles & integrity for votes, and now will have neither. icon_biggrin.gif



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