By Lee Cary

Series Abstract: Karl Rove’s targeting of Michigan Congressman Justin Amash as “the most liberal Republican” in Congress signals the GOP Establishment’s plan to cull out the most conservative Republican office-holders from the GOP herd. The bipartisan nature of that effort is illustrated in the Democrat funding behind the (Republican) Main Street led by former nine-term Republican Congressman Steve LaTourette.  


Part I: The GOP Establishment targets Tea Party candidates for defeat

The tension between the conservative and moderate wings of the Republican Party that began soon after the 2010 midterm elections has now escalated to open political warfare.

In the run-up to the 2012 elections, the conflict was largely clandestine, with the exception of the dust-ups surrounding a few Republican Senatorial candidates, including Todd Akin of Missouri and Christine O’Donnell of Delaware.  

But, in 2012, other largely unreported scraps between the GOP Establishment and Tea Party-friendly candidates happened at the county, state and national levels of the Republican Party apparatus. A Tea Party website prominent in Texas documented several of those engagements in Michigan, Texas, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and in Western and Eastern states.

Now, as the 2014 midterm elections approach, the tension between the dueling wings of the GOP has advanced into open political warfare, in large part thanks to Karl Rove.

Back in August 2012, we asked here: “Who appointed Bush’s Architect the GOP Gatekeeper?” We can now answer that question: Significant business interests that push their candidate preferences with political donations, often to Political Action Committees (PACs) and Super PACs, coupled with the lobbying efforts of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Along those battle lines, The Hill reported on November 10, 2013 that, “Business leaders [referring to seven persons in Grand Rapids, MI] are plotting to take down Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) as part of a broader effort to punish lawmakers over the government shutdown.”

In reality, though, the issue isn’t the government shutdown. It’s about national governing ideology and raw political power.

The video clip below is from the 2013 Aspen Ideas Festival last June where Rove targeted Michigan (3rd Dis.) Republican Congressman Justin Amash for defeat in 2014. Four months later, in mid-October 2013, a GOP Establishment-backed candidate surfaced to challenge Amash.

Rove Transcript: “National Journal put out its ratings of the most liberal-to-conservative Republican: The most liberal Republican is Justin Amash of Michigan. Far more liberal than any other Republican.  And why? Because he is a one-hundred present purist Libertarian.  And if it’s not entirely perfect, I’m voting with Nancy Pelosi, which is how he gets up with all these liberal ratings. I vote ‘No’ because unless my side has something that’s completely one-hundred percent perfect, I’m voting with the bad guys.”

So, according to Rove, Amash is an oxymoron – a liberal libertarian. Like a jumbo shrimp.

Rove’s comment aligns with the opinion expressed by GOP 2008 Presidential Candidate John McCain on the floor of the U.S. Senate when, in July 2011, he called fellow Republicans opposed to raising the debt level “tea party hobbits.”  The idea that voters would approve a government shutdown over an increase in the debt level is, McCain said, “the kind of crack political thinking that turned Sharron Angle and Christine O’Donnell into GOP Senate nominees.”

A March 2013 Huffington Post article stated that when a reporter asked McCain whether Sen. Rand Paul, Sen. Ted Cruz, and Rep. Justin Amash are a “…positive force in the GOP, McCain paused for a full six seconds. Then he responded, ‘They were elected, nobody believes that there was a corrupt election, [or] anything else,’ McCain said. ‘But I also think that when, you know, it’s always the wacko birds on the right and left that get the media megaphone. I think it can be harmful if there is a belief among the American people that those people are reflective of the views of the majority of Republicans. They’re not.’”

In more genteel language, 2012 GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney made the same point in a January 28, 2014 interview with Neil Cavuto on FOX News; namely, that the conservative wing of the Republican Party does not reflect the majority of the Republican Party. 

Romney: We got some terrific people, in my view, who are lining up to potentially look at 2016. I mean, you know, Paul Ryan will always be first and foremost in my mind given an extraordinary campaign that we worked on together, and his leadership in Washington. But Jeb Bush may get in. Mike Huckabee might come back. Scott Walker in Wisconsin could run. John Kasich in Ohio…

Cavuto: But Paul Ryan is your guy if he were to run.

Romney: Well, I’m not going to choose favorites. I don’t intend at this point to endorse anybody in the campaign until the primary’s over. But I start by mentioning Paul Ryan because we’re very close friends…

Cavuto: Sure, sure, as your running mate, but you didn’t mention Rand Paul and you didn’t mention Ted Cruz.

Romney: Well, you know, they represent different parts of the party.  I mean to give them a chance to express their views. But I think we are going to be best if we can unify behind a leader of the party who represents as broad a portion of the party as possible.

That’s an interesting analysis from a candidate whose campaign convinced several million Republican conservatives to not vote in 2012.

As the GOP Establishment prepares to transition from hindering Tea Party-backed candidates to actively supporting moderate candidates chosen to replace conservative incumbents, the outlets for campaign funding may be moving, too.     

A December 23, 2013 New York Times article entitled “Upstart Groups Challenge Rove for G.O.P. Cash” stated:

“A quiet but intense struggle over money and influence is roiling the Republican Party just as the 2014 election season is getting underway. At least a dozen ‘super PACs’ are setting up to back individual Republican candidates for the United States Senate, challenging the strategic and financial dominance that Karl Rove and the group he co-founded, American Crossroads, have enjoyed ever since the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision in 2010 cleared the way for unlimited independent spending.”

The fund-raising engine that was Rove’s American Crossroads super-PAC may be sputtering. In the 2012 election cycle it raised $ 117,474,408.  To date, that number for the 2014 cycle is $ 3,647,549.  As the New York Times article implies, that could reflect a move away from Rove’s enterprise. On the other hand, it may be a dispersed reallocation toward pre-selected races. In other words, a shift in funding strategy designed to yield better results. 

One new super-PAC, Defending Main Street, is committed to attacking Tea Party-backed candidates, regardless of whether they’re incumbents or challengers running against GOP Establishment incumbents. The Defending Main Street super-PAC and the Main Street Advocacy Fund are derivatives of the non-profit Main Street Partnership – formerly named the Republican Main Street Partnership.

Its leader, former nine-term Ohio Congressman Steve LaTourette, has singled out Amash and another conservative Michigan Congressman for defeat in November.

LaTourette is also President of the lobbying firm McDonald Hopkins Government Strategies, a wholly owned subsidiary of McDonald Hopkins LLC, “a business advisory and advocacy law firm.”


LaTourette and the Main Street Partnership will be the focus of Part II: A New York TimesTop General” in the GOP Establishment’s War on conservative extremists

Doug Ross @ Journal


There’s nothing like the courage and charisma of Mitch McConnell — when it comes to taking on his own base:

On Sunday, The New York Times reported that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) stated that he would work to destroy the efforts of conservative organizations seeking to primary mainstream Republicans. “I think we are going to crush them everywhere,” he stated. “I don’t think they are going to have a single nominee anywhere in the country.”

Over the past two election cycles, mainstream Republicans have become more and more upset over the rise of Tea Party-backed candidates who have primaried GOP incumbents, then proceeded to lose general elections. McConnell has been personally attacked by the Senate Conservatives Fund, which supports businessman challenger Matt Bevin. McConnell recently began running an ad targeting both Bevin and SCF. The ad accuses SCF of soliciting “money under the guise of advocating for conservative principles but then spends it on a $ 1.4 million luxury townhouse with a wine cellar and a hot tub in Washington, D.C.”

The SCF was founded by former Senator Jim DeMint, who currently heads the Heritage Foundation. “Mitch McConnell is, to me, the essence of the problem in D.C.,” said Drew Ryun, head of the Madison Project. McConnell would like groups primarying incumbents like him and Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) to fade into the woodwork, and hopes they will if defeated in this election cycle: “I know this: Politics doesn’t like losers. If you don’t have anything to point to, it is kind of hard to keep it going.”

Speaking of losing, Mitchie: any comment on Karl Rove’s 2012 stellar track record? You remember, that 1 (one) percent victory rate for his American Crossroads PAC?

I believe it’s time for brave Mitch to return to the private sector. I support his conservative challenger, Matt Bevin for Senate in Kentucky. If you’ve had enough of Pillsbury Doughboys like McConnell, I urge you to help out too.

Hat tip: BadBlue News

Doug Ross @ Journal

The Perfect Storm is Coming For Gold: “Economics Will Crush the Very People Who are Behind the Devastation”

If you have been investing in gold and silver since the crash of global stock markets in 2008 or before, you’ve seen some pretty wild swings. They’re enough to make any traditional investor lose their nerve and buy or sell at exactly the wrong time.

But if you’re one of those “doomers” out there who understands that the price of gold, like everything else, is being manipulated by the powers that be, and that gold itself is the asset of last resort during times of instability, then you’ve made out like a bandit or will soon enough.

As a doom and gloom gold investor, your underlying reason for investing in precious metals is likely far removed from the ideas held by those on Wall Street or main street financial services firms. You’re not necessarily in it for the money. Rather, you’re in it for the insurance it provides should the “money” become worthless.

No matter how much the Fed and their partners at some of the world’s largest financial institutions attempt to manipulate nature, in the end, nature will win out. And, as Peak Resources suggests in the micro-documentary below, they will be the ones who get crushed in the end.

The likely outcome is that Americans across the board will feel the pain as well when complete monetary destruction takes hold, but at least some of us have taken the necessary steps to insulate ourselves from such a disaster by investing in hard assets like precious metals, food, productive land, and skills training for jobs that will actually be worth something when our currency no longer is.

The perfect storm is coming for gold…

With fiat currency being pumped into the system daily and the gold sector in shambles, the central banks are in for a big surprise because sooner or later supply and demand economics will crush the very people who are behind the devastation we have seen in the gold mining and precious metal industry.

Watch – Gold Price: Catch 22 (Micro-Documentary)

With the western central banks suppressing the price, the eastern central banks have been happy buyers.

However, believes this gold price suppression scheme is nearing its end.

With the Federal Reserve on a fiat currency suicide mission with QE forever, and the U.S. federal government bankrupt, the days of dollar supremacy are in its last days.

For gold though, the central banks have really screwed themselves.

What this all leads to is a price spike in gold, just as gold rose rose from $ 35 to $ 850 in the 70s, The Dow Jones from 2,000 to 11,000 in the 1990, and Bitcoin from a penny to $ 1,200 more recently, so to can gold have a parabolic spike.

The manipulation of our currency, stock markets, commodities and precious metals is widespread and reaching a tipping point.

When it does, gold and silver won’t be the only resources that gain value.

Assets not tied to debt, that you have in your possession, will be the only investments that will help you through hard times.

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GENIUS: Pepsi’s Obama-style Branding Helped Crush Its Market Share

Who could have predicted that attaching your brand to an inexperienced, Alinsky-trained community organizer would turn out badly?

When Diet Coke surpassed Pepsi to become the No.2 soda in America, it was as if the Cola Wars had finally declared a winner: Coca-Cola…

[Much of the blame] has to do with the astronomical number of gaffes Pepsi has made in the past few years, particularly in its brand management and the way it has branded its flagship product…

Pepsi’s 2009 logo redesign was dogged by political distractions

Pepsi paid Arnell Group an outrageous $ 1 million for this logo, which isn’t drastically different from its predecessor.

The logo also made headlines for resembling that of newly elected President Obama…

…Coupled with Pepsi’s new slogans — “Yes You Can” and “Choose Change” — the company was criticized for copying Obama’s award-winning campaign and aligning itself with it at the same time.

Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi, in the job for about five years, was reportedly a huge Obama backer and behind the re-branding decision. Brilliant strategy: piss off half the country with your brand. I’d rather drink tap water than a Pepsi.

Doug Ross @ Journal

CHARTERS CRUSH UNION-CONTROLLED SCHOOLS IN CHICAGO: The ludicrous kook Karen Lewis hardest hit

As if you needed more proof — aside from parents begging to get their kids into charter schools — that teachers unions are destroying public education, please consider this report from Illinois Policy:

…In 2012, charter schools held the top nine spots for open-enrollment, non-selective public high schools in Chicago. Another charter school ended up in a three-way tie for tenth. The Noble Network of Charter Schools led the pack, with a total of nine schools in the top 10, one of which was included in the tie. The average ACT score for charter schools in the top 10 was 20.6, with Noble Network’s UIC College Prep campus scoring 21.9 – the highest-ever average at an open-enrollment, non-selective CPS high school.

Not only are charter schools outperforming their peers on the ACT, a comparison of Chicago’s top 10 charter high schools to the top 10 open-enrollment, non-selective, traditional public high schools shows that charter schools’ pace of improvement is significantly greater. Since 2007, top charter school scores have increased by 17 percent, while the top traditional schools have gained nearly 5 percent.

Charter school students, like other students in CPS, primarily come from low-income backgrounds (91 percent qualify for free or reduced lunch), represent mostly racial minorities (60 percent African-American, 35 percent Hispanic), and must overcome a range of challenges (9 percent English Language Learners, 12 percent special needs). They are not untouched by the violence plaguing many of the city’s neighborhoods. And, yet, despite all of these obstacles, they are succeeding.

Let me repeat: charter schools are succeeding, despite unceasing attacks by useless, illiterate hacks like Karen Lewis and the rest of the Obama-SEIU-AFT-NEA apologists.

The solution is obvious: public sector unions must be abolished. They are a disease, infecting inner-cities with institutionalized apathy and ignorance. And competition in the form of vouchers is the only known cure.

Doug Ross @ Journal