Republicans move to protect incumbents from challengers in the primaries
The ruling class elite Republicans in the Senate have a theory as to why they lost in the 2012 election and they are making a move to rectify what they see as their biggest problem.
So what do Republicans think their biggest problem is? Is it not sticking to conservative principles? Is it helping to spend this country into oblivion? Is it caving to Barack Obama on tax increases? Is it voting for the NDAA or the FAA re-authorization act, which combined labels the United States as a battlefield and allows for the spying of Americans with unmanned drones? Is it their continued support of the PATRIOT Act? Is it their support for fourth amendment violations of unlawful searches at airports? The long train of abuses goes on and on but they don’t see any of this as a reason for their loses.
What they see as their biggest problem is people stepping up to challenge them in the primaries. That’s right, according to this article Republicans feel that people challenging them for not being willing to stand up for what they claim to believe in and doing what we sent them to Washington to do is what they are most concerned about.
The Republicans are now in the process of setting up a super PAC to fight against anyone who challenges an incumbent and an RNC commission is considering changing the primary rules–once again to help the incumbents against a challenger. The national Republicans are vowing to get more involved in the selection of candidates who will represent the states in the federal government.
I have written in the past about people and groups from other states donating to campaigns for different states and it is something that I oppose. I believe we would all be better off if the people of the different states were the ones who chose who is going to represent them in their particular state in both the House and the Senate. I would be for limiting donations to Senatorial and House candidates to residents of the states they wish to represent, but this does just the opposite and would give the Washington ruling class more control over who we would be able to elect to represent us.
People like Rob Portman and my Senator–Kelly Ayotte–are claiming that they are doing this to prevent Democrats posing as Republicans from running in the primaries, as well as preventing Democrat voters from voting in the Republican primaries but with the presidential race being for an open seat in 2016 is it realistic to believe Democrats would cross over when they have their own primary to worry about? I think not! This is all about protecting the ruling class from being challenged in the primary for failing to live up to expectations and it is precisely why these people must be challenged, they are not entitled to hold onto their power just because they chose to do so.
In reality this attack on conservatives by Republican leadership began late last year in the House when John Boehner began purging the more fiscally conservatives from committee positions and threatened to do worse to others who do not fall in line.
Harry Reid recently claimed that John Boehner was running the House like a dictatorship and perhaps he was right, now it appears as if Senate Republicans want to run the entire party as a dictatorship.