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.
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.
“We don’t view ourselves as being in the incumbent protection business, but we want to pick the most conservative candidate who can win.” Translation: “We don’t mind far-right zealots as long as they know how to hide their zealotry so as not to scare away independent swing voters and moderate voters. We want Republicans who will chip away at abortion without trying to use terms like ‘legitimate rape’ to do so.”
Sad but true. When the Republicans don’t act in a treasonist way, I am happy and surprised.
We’re so used to unending douchebaggery that we treat the barest modicum of sense like an oasis of brilliance. We act like the bare minimum of human standard is going above and beyond the norm, because it is.
Literally the only Republican I will actually listen to and agree with anymore.
Tucker Carlson • On why he stopped wearing bowties. Carlson is the subject of a Brian Stelter profile in the New York Times regarding the growth of his site, The Daily Caller, which had a banner week last week due to a controversial 2007 video of Barack Obama.
Take note, fedora people.
Not really, Tucker. It wasn’t the bow-tie, it was you.
Yeah, Tucker. Remember that one time when all your lady friends said, “It’s not me, it’s you…” and you were thinking that there’s no way it could be you?
It was you.
A bow-tie is a sort of amplification device. If you’re charming to begin with you can be extra-charming in a bow-tie (also you have to have the face for it) if you’re a sycophantic conservative asshole then yes it’s basically a middle finger.
Will he ever learn that it’s his smug, condescending demeanor that’s the middle finger and that the bow tie just calls attention to it more readily?
Condoleezza Rice (via Condoleezza Rice RNC speech: Romney speaks to black voters - Katie Glueck - POLITICO.com)
I want policies that actually respect my bodily autonomy, my right to privacy when it comes to healthcare, and my right to fair pay and equal treatment in the workplace. That’s what I want. Republican lady governors and senators notwithstanding, the GOP is not going to give women policies that do any of these things.
I want the GOP to stop pretending like they’re not racist and sexist because they bring your ass out on stage.
My first thought when I read this was that there’s no way such an intelligent woman said this. But she did and I’m floored.
What do I want?
I want Congress republicans to compromise instead of throw tantrums and derail any major, beneficial form of legislation possible.
I want my bodily autonomy respected and I want to be trusted to make my own decisions with whatever is going on inside my body.
I want to be able to go to medical school without having to put myself into a quarter million dollars worth of student loan debt or borrow money from my parents.
I want to be able to get a job.
I want to be able to take my birth control without having to worry that someone will make it illegal if they are elected president.
I want greener energy programs and more protections for the environment.
I want health care reform. I want to be able to see a doctor and not have to go into even more debt. I don’t want to have to worry about what will happen to my parents when they get older and medicare is no longer there for them.
I want members of congress to stop saying stupid, scientifically incorrect shit about rape, pregnancy, climate change, etc.
Parading a bunch of women around at the RNC is not doing any of that for me. Parading a bunch of women around at the RNC who are just pretending that they are part of the boy’s club, when, really they will always be a separate part that can be trotted around when someone makes a stupid legitimate rape comment isn’t doing SHIT for me.
Condoleezza, you are so much better than this.
I want the women and people of color in your party to actually do something for women and people of color, instead of being paraded as an example of how inclusive your party is.