While the Republican Party elite continue to fight about what direction the not so grand anymore old party should take after its “reboot” or “rebirth” or whatever pundits are currently calling it, the pretty simple reasons conservatives should abandon the Party altogether abound in headlines.
Karl Rove, the mastermind behind George W. Bush’s electoral victories, is working on a strategy to take back control of the GOP from the “fanatics” that have hijacked the Party. The strategist’s plan, to be carried out through his new group, the Conservative Victory Project, is to weed unelectable conservatives from the GOP.
“This is not about ideology. This is about being a bad candidate,” Rove told FOX News’ Bill O’Reilly.
Rove’s idea of a bad candidate pretty much includes any lawmaker falling into the Tea Party category, meaning anyone involved in unseating Rove’s GOP establishment ilk in favor of smaller government and less frivolous spending.
According to The New York Times, the purpose of Rove’s group is 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 effort to win control of the Senate.” In other words, ensure that the GOP remains an alternative to the current OK-with-war, borrow-and-spend Democratic Party in name only.
Of course, it shouldn’t be surprising to anyone that a major player in the big-spending, civil-liberty-stealing Bush-era political environment would want to avoid a more libertarian version of the GOP.
If Rove succeeds and conservatives continue to wrongly believe that the Republican Party is one of small government, look forward to Republican lawmakers who are far more akin to Senator Lindsey Graham (S.C.) than Senator Rand Paul (Ky.). That means a Republican Party in which any influence the Tea Party may have garnered in the past few years is completely nullified.
Graham, who last August accused “angry white guys” of ruining the GOP, recently gave America a taste of what a Rove-approved future looks like for the GOP when he announced that he will offer a resolution this week to commend Barack Obama’s use of drones and the killing of American citizen Anwar al-Awlaki.
“Every member of Congress needs to get on board,” Graham said. “It’s not fair to the President to let him, leave him out there alone quite frankly. He’s getting hit from libertarians and the left.”
Graham’s disdain for the Constitution is unsurprising, as he is a supporter of both the Patriot Act and the National Defense Authorization Act.
Interestingly, South Carolina State Senator Lee Bright, a self-proclaimed member of the conservative wing of the GOP, is considering mounting a challenge against Graham in the 2014 primary. Among Bright’s initiatives as a State Senator are proposing legislation to make South Carolina gun manufacturers exempt from Federal regulation and suggesting the State investigate a new form of currency as confidence in the American dollar continues to fall.
Bright has not decided whether he will run for sure. If he does, conservatives could begin to mount a healthy defense against Rove’s Republican version of the Democratic Party by doing everything possible to aid him in unseating the moderate Graham.