It’s not the media, it’s not the liar-in-chief; it’s the Republican Party, and the machine that Karl Rove is building in the background (based on John Podesta’s Center For American Progress) rallying money and support for republicans they want elected. After eight years of Bush filleting the Constitution, the country, and your wallet, do we really want Karl Rove Republicans in power again? Can anyone honestly say that the Patriot Act made anybody safer while taking away your privacy and personal liberty? Americans have the pleasure of stripping naked to get through the airport, but bombers seem to be able to just stroll onto planes. How about that Dept. of Homeland Insecurity being currently run by a lawyer with no national defense or intelligence experience who thinks you are a terrorist, and isn’t paying any attention to the real dangers? (Did I or did I not mention yesterday that law enforcement believes we are all un-caught criminals?)
One has to give Karl Rove credit for having the wherewithal to build a machine to try to stop the Progressive Left from achieving power indefinitely and by the numbers, but what good does it do the average citizen when it’s the Progressive Right building the machinery. I’d prefer not to watch two evil titans battle it out over the American carcass they created.
How does the tea party movement find candidates that are aligned with traditional American values when the Republican Party starts running candidates that sound like us, but who are just progressive elites straining to get to the trough?
The Republican Party’s best-connected political operatives have quietly built a massive fundraising, organizing and advertising machine based on the model assembled by Democrats early in the decade, and with the same ambitious goal — to recapture Congress and the White House.
The new groups could give Republicans and their allies a powerful campaign apparatus separate from the Republican National Committee. Karl Rove, political architect of the Bush presidency, and Ed Gillespie, former Republican Party chairman, are the most prominent forces behind what is, in effect, a network of five overlapping groups, three of which were started in the past few months.
The operating assumption of Rove, Gillespie and the other organizers is that despite the historical dominance of Republican fundraising and organizing, the GOP has been outmaneuvered by Democrats and their allies in recent years, and it is time to strike back.
“Where they have a chess piece on the board, we need a chess piece on the board,” said Gillespie, who is involved in all five groups in roles ranging from chairman to informal adviser. “Where they have a queen, we shouldn’t have three pawns.”
The network, which doesn’t have a name, attempts to replicate the Democracy Alliance, an umbrella group — founded in 2005 and funded by George Soros and other billionaires — and to borrow tactics from liberal groups established to help Democrats regain power after eight years of the Bush administration.
Two organizers of the Republican groups even made pilgrimages earlier this year to pick the brain of John Podesta, the former Clinton White House chief of staff who, in 2003, founded the Center for American Progress and was a major proponent of Democrats developing the kind of infrastructure pioneered by Republicans. (emphasis mine)
Rove, currently on a book tour, has provided “a laying-on of hands” for the groups — as one organizer put it — by encouraging major Republican donors to support them as part of the GOP’s path to revival. “Karl has always said: People call us a vast right-wing conspiracy, but we’re really a half-assed right-wing conspiracy,” he said. “Now, he wants to get more serious.”
While separate, the five entities are so closely related that three share an 11th-floor office near the White House. The groups are:
Head over to Politico to read about the groups. Here are the names to put on your radar: American Crossroads, American Action Network, American Action Forum, Resurgent Republic.