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Sun Feb 3, 2013, 09:47 AM

Top G.O.P. Donors Seek Greater Say in Senate Races

The Republican Party’s biggest donors are financing a new group to recruit seasoned candidates and protect Senate incumbents from challenges by far-right conservatives and Tea Party enthusiasts.


http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/03/us/politics/top-gop-donors-seek-greater-say-in-senate-races.html


COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — The biggest donors in the Republican Party are financing a new group to recruit seasoned candidates and protect Senate incumbents from challenges by far-right conservatives and Tea Party enthusiasts who Republican leaders worry could complicate the party’s efforts to win control of the Senate.
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Luke Sharrett for The New York Times
Steven J. Law, a leader of the Conservative Victory Project, say they are taking steps to steer Mr. King away from a Senate run.
The group, the Conservative Victory Project, is intended to counter other organizations that have helped defeat establishment Republican candidates over the last two election cycles. It is the most robust attempt yet by Republicans to impose a new sense of discipline on the party, particularly in primary races.

“There is a broad concern about having blown a significant number of races because the wrong candidates were selected,” said Steven J. Law, the president of American Crossroads, the “super PAC” creating the new project. “We don’t view ourselves as being in the incumbent protection business, but we want to pick the most conservative candidate who can win.”

The effort would put a new twist on the Republican-vs.-Republican warfare that has consumed the party’s primary races in recent years. In effect, the establishment is taking steps to fight back against Tea Party groups and other conservative organizations that have wielded significant influence in backing candidates who ultimately lost seats to Democrats in the general election.

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 10:44 AM

1. They Didn't Quite Get Their Expected Return on Investment in 2012

So now they're getting more involved and not leaving it all to KKKarl Rove. Is Rove still an advisor to American Crossroads? They're idiots if they keep paying him given his track record in 2012 elections. He's lost his mojo. He must have had something on Roger Ailes at FOX. I can't figure out any other reason they renewed his contract.

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Response to dballance (Reply #1)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 11:07 AM

5. What the moneyed set don't realize is that 85% of their party are ignorant, hate filled,

religious intolerant people that won't listen to them during primaries. The objectives of the moneyed set are vastly different from those of the typical republican primary voter, and dumping in more money won't solve the problem. The solution to the problem is what the moneyed set is trying to prevent. The moneyed set and less conservative republicans have to split off from the party and form a new party - this will ultimately happen, but the actions of the moneyed set will delay that for a decade or more and will result in more and more democrats being elected to office because democrats are the best choice. I personally don't want to see the moneyed set and less conservative republicans solve their problem, the longer they fail, the better off the country as a whole will be. Moderate and liberal republicans have mostly decamped to the democratic party or have become independents, those people won't come back unless the republican party moderates dramatically.

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 10:58 AM

2. Nothing like the smell of republicans fighting republicans in the morning.

It is more beautiful than the smell of fresh brewed coffee and warm, sweet smelling, gooey looking cinnamon rolls. If the moneyed group think they can hold off the great unwashed masses of their party, they are wrong. The hateful, angry, ignorant unwashed masses are the republican party. Any party where the majority opine that a proven christian President is a muslim, or that a President that has a birth certificate from an american state that was issued almost a half century when there were few people from Africa in the country was born in Kenya, isn't a mainstream party and is owned by extremists. The moneyed set will be overrunned by the haters in the republican party because the party has for decades welcomed in the haters while it has driven out more rational people - now the situation is one similar to concentrating a liquid that once had many ingredients, once the concentration is done, only a small number of ingredients dominate the flavor of the liquid. Moderate and liberal republicans, if there any left in that party, should change their registration to independent or democrat because those places are more appropriate homes for them.

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 11:00 AM

3. Oh goodie, another terrorist group

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 11:00 AM

4. I bet they succeed as well. All they do is bribe the Tea Party favorite to get out.

A few million dollars and their problems will be solved.

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Response to denverbill (Reply #4)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 11:14 AM

6. The money can pay off one crazed eyed fool, but another will jump into the race and win.

One has to only look at the Missouri republican primary for the McCaskill Senate seat. The choice was between a complete loon, a far out loon and an unbelievably crazed loon. The McCaskill people were able to use the republican primary voters to give them the opponent they wanted, the unbelievably crazed loon. If the moneyed set had managed to buy off all three of the republican primary candidates and had inserted their choice, some whacked out loon from the deep Missouri backwoods would have jumped into the race and won the primary, only to get washed out by McCaskill in the general.

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