For a while now I’ve said that Republicans should have been careful what they wished for when they embraced the tea party and allowed their radical aspects to gain a foothold within their ranks. While the tea party has been successful on many levels for the GOP, it also might be the very thing that ultimately destroys the party.
I use the analogy of selling your soul to the devil. Sure, you sold your soul to get what you temporarily wanted, but was the price you paid really worth what you got?
It’s my belief that if Republicans don’t win the White House in 2016, all hell is going to break loose within the Republican party. Especially if they run someone like Jeb Bush, a Republican who many within the tea party don’t deem a “real conservative.” If they lose with Bush in 2016, it’ll be the third presidential election in a row they lost to Democrats where they ran a moderate Republican as opposed to one of their far-right “chosen one” radicals such as Ted Cruz. And in their warped mind, they wouldn’t have lost because Republican ideologies are outdated, out of touch and simply not popular – it’ll be because they didn’t choose a conservative enough candidate.
And that’s when we’ll likely see a true tea party candidate get chosen in 2020.
But between 2016 and 2020 that’s when I think we’re going to see the truth power of the tea party. They’ll be more brazen, bold and outspoken than ever before. They’ll feel empowered to be this way because they’re going to think Republicans keep losing the White House because their brand of conservatism isn’t being represented.
Well, as many of us know, the largest force behind the tea party is the Koch brothers. While they’re not the sole individuals responsible, if you’re going to point to people who “own” the tea party (and in turn parts of the Republican party) it’s them. They have literally spent hundreds of millions (if not billions) of dollars over the last few years pushing the GOP further and further to the right.
Well, as the saying goes, all “good things” must come to an end, and it seems the honeymoon between the Republican party and the Koch brothers might be nearing its end.
Apparently the Republican National Committee and the Koch brothers had some sort of agreement in place to share voter information to help “modernize” the GOP. Well, for whatever reason that deal was allowed to expire after last fall’s elections due to an apparent “uneasy” feeling among some within the RNC.
But after the fall midterm elections, the deal was allowed to expire without being renewed. Since then, relations between the two sides have soured, turning into what one Republican operative described as “all-out war.” Interviews with more than three dozen people, including top decision-makers in both camps, have revealed that the Kochs’ i360 platform for managing voter contacts — which is viewed by many as a superior, easier-to-use interface than what’s on offer from the RNC — is becoming increasingly popular among Republican campaigns.
Basically, the Koch brothers are trying to take over for the RNC.
“I think it’s very dangerous and wrong to allow a group of very strong, well-financed individuals who have no accountability to anyone to have control over who gets access to the data when, why and how,” said Katie Walsh, the RNC’s chief of staff.
Ironic, isn’t it? After years of embracing the Koch brothers and all the influence they’ve had via their vast fortune, the RNC now isn’t so crazy about regular individuals with no sort of accountability tied to them having so much influence over their party.
Unfortunately for them, it’s unlikely they can stop it. As more and more Republican candidates embrace the Koch brothers and the obscene amounts of money they can throw at these politicians, it’s going to be more difficult for the RNC to have the kind of influence they’ve traditionally had.
So, at the end of the day, it seems the RNC is realizing what liberals have been saying for years: The Koch brothers have too much damn influence over what goes on in this country.
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