Conservatives at the national level are responding to Karl Rove's declaration of war on the Tea Party. Drew Ryun of the Madison Project released the following statement entitled "Snakes in the GOP Grass":
It is clear that one of the biggest hurdles we face in attempting to turn this country around is not just the Left and the Obama Administration. It is the GOP establishment, the same folks, as Erick Erickson writes over at RedState.com today, that brought us, "No Child Left Behind, Medicare Part D, TARP, the GM bailout, Harriet Miers, etc., etc., etc."
Yesterday, the establishment announced it was launching a new initiative. Oddly, it is called the Conservative Victory Project. Isn't it odd that the very same people who are working daily to maintain the status quo and defeat conservatives in primaries would call themselves conservatives? I tend to think this is a purposeful head fake by the same team behind Karl Rove's American Crossroads debacle, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (his old staffer, Steven Law, will run the Conservative Victory Project) and the Young Guns Action Fund (run by former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor). Their hope is to mislead donors into what their real intentions are-to take out conservatives in primaries and protect their run of the mill, big government GOP candidates.This, however, is why the Madison Project, the Senate Conservatives Fun, the Club for Growth and other emerging conservative groups exist. We exist to win the fight in the political trenches so that the candidates we help win can establish good policy and roll back bad laws. If this is a gauntlet thrown by Karl Rove and his crowd, we gladly pick it up and prepare for the coming blood lettings in the 2014 primary season.
Speaking of taking on the Establishment, we did so with a vengeance this past week. As many of you know, the issue that is front and center in Washington, DC is immigration "reform." Lead by the Gang of Eight, the "reform" being discussed is nothing more than former liberal Senator Ted Kennedy's immigration bill, warmed up and slightly reworked. To read our full commentary on the immigration debate here, here, here, and here.
On that note, I will also add this. Many of you know that helping candidates win is central to our mission. On top of that, we also engage heavily on the issues. This past week, Daniel Horowitz's posts on immigration reform were printed out and delivered by a Member of Congress with a Dear Colleague letter. On the Senate side, a Senator printed off Daniel's piece Regarding Immigration Proposals and handed it out to all 100 Senate offices.
I want to encourage you to stay informed and engaged. One of the ways that we help you do that is by providing The Madisonian. In today's Madisonian, Issue #32, we discuss both the immigration fight as well as new attempts by both Republicans and Democrats to expand the size and scope of government.
The fight for this country is not over, folks. We hang in the balance and I for one refuse to back down. I hope you feel the same way.
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