Sunday, February 03, 2013

No more fun in the monkeyhouse?

The moneyed interests have grown tired of bankrolling a party consisting primarily of glue huffing, misogynistic creationists.  Or rather, tired of bankrolling glue huffing, misogynistic creationists that, of late, are losing elections the powers that be had thought bought and paid for.

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. 

And, oh noes, Steve King, a rapologist as well as other crazy, is likely to be their first target.

Trouble is, as the good Doctor Pierce would say, the GOP elders no longer control the conservative Id, and that is the closest thing the Republican party has to both authenticity and intellectual ferment.

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