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  •  Not too many people caught it when it happened... (26+ / 0-)

    ....but back when Todd Aikin was giving everyone fits in Missouri as the new Tea Party Senatorial candidate (and ultimately giving the Dems a seat they looked likely to lose in 2012) the "moderate GOP" did their best to get Todd to step aside following his comment that "Legitimate rape victims rarely get pregnant," because nature has a way of taking care of that.

    Karl Rove particularly knew that if Aikin continued to run, his already strong negatives were going to very likely doom GOP hopes of winning the seat on the way to their goal of taking the Senate and thus Congress and (wishfully thinking) the Presidency.

    So, as I noted in a diary from last August, the Rove forces went to work behind the scenes to try to cut him off at the knees and when they did, Tea Bagger Mike Huckabee, a big Aikin fan, went ballistic via Politico:

    Who ordered this "Code Red" on Akin?

    There were talking point memos sent from the National Republican Senatorial Committee suggesting language to urge Akin to drop out.

    Political consultants were ordered to stay away from Akin or lose future business with GOP committees.

    Operatives were recruited to set up a network of pastors to call Akin to urge him to get out.

    Money has changed hands to push him off the plank.

    It is disgraceful. From the spotlights of political offices and media perches, it may appear that the demand for Akin’s head is universal in the party. I assure you it is not.

    So now the NRSC says it isn't going to work with outside vendors who are working against the Party.  I know Reince Preibus, chairman of the GOP isn't real smart, but Reince, past history suggests this ain't gonna work real well.  

    This kinda stuff is just like throwing C4 on a bonfire.  The Tea Party already hates you and the party and Rove and McConnell and Boehner and all those people who "compromise" instead of standing up for Party principles.  And clear evidence that you and Rove and the National Chamber are trying to undercut Tea Party candidates is just going to make them madder still and reinforce their beliefs that the Grand OLD Party needs to be taken over.

    Of course the whole problem here is WHAT party (traditional or Tea Party) and WHAT principles (traditional or Tea Party) and WHO is really in charge.  You can cut off ad agencies, but who do you think those agences are going to work for if YOU won't pay them.  Jim DeMint and the Kochs and Art Pope and Shelly Adelson and all those other fanatics, if they have anything, it is money....and tons of it.  The GOP may think it can use big business, National Chamber of Commerce funds to fight for "traditional candidates and traditional values," but as I have noted elsewhere, the moderates tried this in Kansas not long ago and got their fannies handed to them in the process.

    It is a cat fight and you gotta love any internal battles in the GOP where members are spending more time fighting each other than Democrats and spending lots of big donor money doing it, but how it turns out is going to spell the future....or the demise of the Republican party as we thought we knew it just a few years ago.

    Free markets would be a great idea, if markets were actually free.

    by dweb8231 on Sat Nov 02, 2013 at 03:15:13 PM PDT

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