RULES FOR RINOS
1) There is nothing ever worth fighting for except Democrat policies:
If you're going to fight for something, make sure you're fighting your own base to help the Democrats achieve some policy goal that makes Tea Partiers want to stab themselves in their eyes. This makes you appear reasonable to the mainstream media and the howls of outrage from your base make it more likely that the New York Times will say nice things about you.
2) You must systematically destroy any person, place, or thing that excites conservatives:
Nothing good ever comes from conservatives getting excited; so make sure to target anything and anyone that gets them fired up. If it's a person like Ted Cruz or Sarah Palin, trash him or her publicly or have your aides leak stories to the press if you're not brave enough to go that far. If it's a strategy, put it down and undercut it at every opportunity. If it's a group like the Senate Conservatives Fund or Freedomworks, scorn it and complain that it's bad for the Republican Party.
3) You're a winner just by virtue of being an establishment Republican:
When Tea Partiers rally behind a candidate who loses, it's because those guys don't know what they're doing. When establishment Republicans rally behind a candidate who loses, then they obviously selected the best candidate and no other candidate could have won. Establishment Republicans have a great formula: Win races, do nothing with that power that will make the media mad at you, which leads to more victories, which leads to doing nothing with that power that will make the media mad at you and so on and so on until the GOP totally dominates. Sure, that strategy may have lost the GOP the last two presidential elections and has produced only 45 senators so far, but it should start working any time now.
4) Trash conservatives, but hold your fire against Democrats:
There's a reason that both John McCain and Mitt Romney fought harder against their Republican primary opponents than they did against Barack Obama. The liberal media applauds you for saying mean things about conservative Republicans, but they hate it when you go after Democrats. If it comes right down to it, it's better to go down to an honorable defeat than to win and have the media angry at you because you won a bruising race against a Democrat.
5) Communication skills are completely irrelevant:
Think of yourself as a placeholder. Your job is to do just enough to keep conservatives from hating your guts so badly that you end up like poor Arlen Specter, while not making the media angry at you. Keep in mind that nothing makes the media angrier than a Republican who's effective at anything. If you seem too charismatic or clever, liberals will perceive you as a threat who needs to be destroyed. That's why you're much better off mumbling boilerplate that people will forget 5 minutes after they've heard it.
6 Don't freak people out by discussing how bad things are really getting:
You don't want to start freaking people out by suggesting the country could be so bankrupt we can't even afford to borrow the money for our entitlement programs in a decade, do you? What do you think Paul Krugman would say to that? If you start telling the public that the Obama Administration got people killed with Fast and Furious and Benghazi, how do you think the Washington Post will react? Besides, if things really go south, important people like you will be living on an island somewhere; so who cares what happens to the rest of the country?
7) Accept that conservatism can't win:
Your job is not to win battles for conservatism, since that can't happen. Instead, your job is to stave off inevitable defeat long enough to enjoy the perks of being a career politician before you start making the real money as a lobbyist. The last thing you want to do is go out and actually start trying to move the country to the right. That's how you get MSNBC talking about you every day and Jesse Jackson calling you a racist.
8) Moderate is always better than conservative:
Come on, how could any intelligent person back Pat Toomey over Arlen Specter, Marco Rubio over Charlie Crist, Rand Paul over Trey Grayson, and Ted Cruz over David Dewhurst? Granted, Rubio is coming around, but the rest of those guys have been rocking the boat since they got in the Senate. Why can't they be more like Charlie Crist, Lincoln Chaffee, and Arlen Specter? Sure, all of those guys left the GOP, but anyone who can make it in either party obviously appeals to a lot of voters.
9) It's fine to lie to your base:
Just tell your supporters what they want to hear to get them to vote you into office and then keep your promises if it's convenient. Tell them you'll NEVER support amnesty and then lead the charge on it or say, "Read my lips: no new taxes," and then push through a massive tax increase. The media loves it when Republicans screw over their own supporters and besides, what are they going to do? Vote for the Democrat?
10) Don't make the mistake of talking about conservative principles when it matters:
When you talk about conservative principles, mention them occasionally, quietly, as if they're something your base is forcing you to do. Don't ever make a big deal over it, even if your opponent is taking wildly unpopular liberal positions. Sure, the American public may ferociously oppose partial birth abortion and refusing to deport illegal aliens who've committed serious crimes, but if you make an issue of it, the media will think you're one of THOSE Republicans. You know, the ones that actually believe in things. Better to just mumble some platitudes about your commitment to life and the rule of law as you get back to your talking points about the corporate tax rate.
From...John Hawkins at Townhall.com
Progressives On The Right Declare War On The Tea Party
By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
Looks like Karl Rove and his hamster brigade are on the march, threatening to “beat the snot” out of the Tea Party in the upcoming primaries. We’ll just see about that son.
Evidently, the wealthy Progressive elitists on the Right figure they can use money as a weapon and simply ‘out spend’ the Tea Party into oblivion. Instead of the old maxim that they will ‘breed us out,’ they are sticking to ‘spend us out.’ Someone should tell those boys that money can’t buy you love and their flagrant attempt at buying votes and elections will not be well-received by Americans.
The RINOs must be scared to death to launch a full head-on attack against a faction of their own party. Could it be the Marxist dinosaurs sense extinction bearing down on their fat heads? I think so. After the Tea Party winning resoundingly in 2010 and Tea Party warriors such as Sarah Palin, Allen West, Ted Cruz and Mike Lee started having political pull, the RINOs figured that the insurrection by the uppity Constitutionalists simply wouldn’t do. They needed to be put in their respective places, shut up and toe the party line. The Progressives on the Right want Revenge and it is a dish best served cold:
This will not be a coordinated operation. It will be messy, ugly, and prone to backfiring. And if the comeback succeeds, it will be in fits and starts, most likely culminating in the selection of a presidential nominee in 2016.
“Hopefully we’ll go into eight to 10 races and beat the snot out of them,” said former Rep. Steve LaTourette of Ohio, whose new political group, Defending Main Street, aims to raise $8 million to fend off tea-party challenges against more mainstream Republican incumbents. “We’re going to be very aggressive and we’re going to get in their faces.”
(…)”This is a battle we have to fight,” said GOP consultant John Feehery, who has advised top Republican leaders on Capitol Hill. “We can’t just lie down and let this happen.”
He’s right about that, this is a battle we have to fight and it should have been fought long ago. The Progressives within the Republican Party needed to be kicked out. Time to clean house and return to the Constitutional principles that made this country great. A political earthquake is coming on both sides of the aisle and a shakeup in 2014 and 2016 will be jarring to say the least. As Obamacare bites, more and more Americans are going to realize just how much they have been screwed and boy, are they going to be pissed. Pissed enough to vote the Marxist bastards out, I would wager. They’ll be lucky if it only goes that far. People get testy when they are hungry and suffer under the boot of a tyrant.
So, Republican strategists, donors and party wonks are busily conspiring to run attack ads against Tea Party candidates for Congress. These same hacks want open primaries vs. state conventions and are taking on conservative groups such as FreedomWorks, The Heritage Foundation, the Senate Conservatives Fund, the Club for Growth and every Tea Party and 912 Project out there. What we have here now officially is one party — the Progressive Party vs. everyone else. The other party that is being borne out of this is the Tea Party which will replace the Republican Party from within. The patriots are itching for a coup that wrests control of the Party of Lincoln back into the hands of Constitutionalists from every walk of life. The Tea Party is mainstream – it is America. And as these RINOs spend their money and run their ads, they should remember one thing… Americans love a good fight and every evil occupation deserves a good resistance. I say tea all around.
Karl Rove has become a monster:
Another group targeting the Tea Party will be Karl Rove’s Conservative Victory Project, an arm of the Crossroads super PAC. They plan to vet GOP primary candidates with the goal of sending the most viable conservative to the general election.
He is the George Soros of the Right and needs to go away — seriously. He fancies himself the head of a Progressive Right mafia. But his deal is one we can totally refuse. Americans don’t like what they see in big business and big money trying to manipulate the masses into slavery. They are not falling for Amnesty for All or for the bigger is better government push by a bunch of political slum lords. Oh, but the Republican powers-that-be fear Ted Cruz:
Because efforts to roll the tea party typically provoke activists to roar back stronger than ever, the old guard is stumped in some instances. Ideally, the establishment would figure out a way to channel the movement’s passion into electoral victories in 2014 and 2016. But how do you control Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, the Republican ringleader of the shutdown, who may not count enough friends on Capitol Hill to rename a post office but whose real power comes from outside Washington?
That last sentence is music to my ears and Cruz’s real power does indeed lie with ordinary Americans. And that power will rise and restore America once again.
Either the Republicans will turn and get their act together or they will be the Whigs (they pretty much already are). Progressives on the Right who are declaring war on the Tea Party should think twice. Are they willing to lose it all? Constitutionalists are willing to fight and die for their freedom. Are you ready for a fight?
South Carolina Tea Party Coalition: The Tea Party movement may only be a few years old, but the beginning of the movement is often misunderstood and misreported. While the tea party is often portrayed as being purely an anti-Obama movement, the truth is that the Republican Party has always been as much a target as President Obama and his administration.