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Oregon RNC Member Proposes Working With Tea Party To Ensure November Victories

Much was made of the New York Times article earlier this month that detailed how Karl Rove has created an offshoot of American Crossroads to fund candidates in Republican primaries that are, in the estimation of well heeled GOP donors, "more electable". At, Ben Shapiro described it as Rove having declared war on the Tea Party. Ben Howe made a similar observation at RedState. The consensus among Conservatives is that this new Super PAC, The Conservative Victory Project, is blaming the Tea Party Movement for failed Republican candidates. From the NYT Article:

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.

Never mind that Todd Akin, the Rockefeller wing's whipping boy, was supported far more heavily by the Democrats than the Tea Party. The objective of this new effort skews the well known rule first articulated by William F. Buckley. Buckley never said we should back "the most conservative candidate who can win", as Law implies. He said that we should back "the rightwardmost viable candidate". There's an enormous distinction between electable and viable, and mangling the intent of "The Buckley Rule" muddies the waters on what it truly means to advance the conservative movement.

Well, there are members of the RNC who are far more aligned with Tea Party values than many may realize - members who were just as surprised and disappointed with Rove as we are. Solomon Yue, the National Committeeman from Oregon, co-founded the Republican National Conservative Caucus. This is a large bloc of voters within the RNC that is strongly aligned with Tea Party objectives. Mr. Yue, working with Suzanne Gallagher, the new Chair of the Oregon Republican Party, will be advancing a resolution at the April meeting of the RNC that will encourage each state party organization to work with Tea Party groups to conduct joint candidate recruitment.

In email correspondence, Mr. Yue stated,

The GOP controlled House has been surrendering their congressional power to Obama on two recent votes: the fiscal cliff and the debt ceiling increase without getting spending and debt reductions. This will not only damage the constitutional check and balance ... it will also motivate more Tea Party candidates to run against establishment candidates during the next primary.
Rove's targeting of Tea Party candidates will take away our leverage (running Tea Party candidates against RINOs in the primary) to force soft Republican congressmen and senators to hold the line for us. As a result, we will lose more of our freedom in the next four years. Defending freedom will soon be equivalent to taking a moral stand [like] opposing slavery. Failure to doing so will turn GOP into the next Whig party. Rove's move could split GOP (currently around 36%) into two minor parties: [a hypothetical] Freedom Party (perhaps 26%) and old GOP (10%). But the problem is that we are looking at DNC (38%), non-affiliated (26%), Freedom Party (26%), and old GOP (10%) - more like a European multiple-party system than a two-party representative form of governance."

This is why it is imperative that the Tea Party continue to fight to bring discipline back to the GOP. We must continue to hold the line for fiscal conservatism and personal liberty, whether the Karl Roves of the world like it or not. This resolution is likely to pass at the upcoming RNC meeting. While non-binding, passage of this resolution will send a strong message to Republicans, Conservatives and Tea Party activists that the grassroots will not simply accept defeat from the party elites who would just as easily roll over on our core conservative values.

D Williams

Like millions of other patriots, I donated to the RNC, Mitt, and other Tea Party efforts including FreedomWorks in an effort to try to put some sanity back in the White House. I have been recently contacted by the RNC for donations and have told them that until they decide to actually be conservative, I will not donate to their cause. My money is better spent here where people know what is right and are willing to fight for it rather than those that continue to send this country down the river to bankruptcy .

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Jeff Reynolds

To those who doubt the RNC, I completely understand where you're coming from. But I also hope that this new initiative will lead to better understanding and cooperation between the elites and the grassroots of the party. We all know they can't win without the grassroots, so I'm hopeful that this will open doors instead of sustaining the resentment.

Susan Beals

Agreed, Doyle. Here in Western Oregon the local RNC promoted several RINO candidates, one who didn't even actually live in the District he was running for (since redistricting), and threw our good conservative Tea Party candidates under the bus. They can not be trusted now as they come back to us with outstretched hand, as it is the same people in office now as were then. Nothing has changed within the RNC, and I, like you, will donate my hard earned dollars directly to the good conservative candidates of MY choice. The RNC can kiss our collective behinds

Alan Meyers

It`s high time the moderates (Republicans) come to the right where we actually know what to do when we win an election.

Susan Beals

Paul - So correct. The RNC elitists continue to promote their cronys at the expense of those of us who've been loyal supporters, campaign workers and true conservatives. Nothing has changed within the party, except that now we are finally fed up with them and no longer donating to the RNC, but instead sending our dollars directly to good conservative Tea Party candidates. We MUST continue to do this. They think a few of their wealthy benefactors can support all they want to accomplish? Not so. The fact is, and the Dems know this, that the majority of the money donated comes in small donations from "We the People". Without OUR donations, they'll struggle. This, unfortunately, MUST happen before we can see any return within the RNC to good conservative values.

Paul Mattingly

The Rove comment, epitomizes the same old lack luster thinking of Washington insiders. I see a great betrayal in the RNC, of conservative and constitutional values. No longer does the RNC own the debate language, nor is it's leadership forward looking. I reluctantly supported Romney! The real problem is, that DC is saturated with elites, on the left and right, and financial power brokers such as the Federal Reserve and their Associates own the conversation of Ruler-Ship. Indeed, Republicans need to win elections, but even more they need to lead a country, unfortunately George Bush's governance greatly damaged the people's confidence in Washington and congress is equally liable for leadership failure. Now, we have King Obama that is marching us into the dominion of Socialism.