Wednesday | September 04, 2002
Compounding the GOP's troubles
As if Republicans don't already have enough troubles, they face an ideologically focused assault from the far-right wing Club for Growth.
Rather than wield its significant resources against Democrats, the Club for Growth targets moderate Republicans in conservative House districts, hoping to elect more dogmatic candidates.
"If there is any single role that Club for Growth plays, it is to hold Republicans accountable for votes that betray the Republican agenda," said [Club for Growth President Stephen] Moore, who hopes to discover and nurture the next generation of Ronald Reagans. "We think we play an important role in disciplining the party."This quest for ideological purity will be one of the key reasons Democrats will do well in November. Not only will voters be more likely to vote for a moderate Democrat over a Club For Growth-sponsored wingnut, but Republicans are wasting their money fighting each other:
In response, a moderate Republican group, the Republican Main Street Partnership, has jumped into the race to defend Gilchrest, spending at least $100,000 on a week of television ads and a get-out-the-vote drive on election day.Each dollar these groups spend fighting themselves is one less dollar targeted against a Democratic candidate. And, so long as the GOP's wingnuts deliver candidates like California's Bill Simon and Iowa's Gangske, it will ease the inevitable return of Democratic majorities throughout the land. Posted September 04, 2002 11:31 AM | Comments (0)