Jackie Gingrich Cushman
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It seems the Republican Party news is getting worse. This past fall, we suffered the defeat of our nominee for president. Based on the economic conditions, Republicans should have won. Many Republican pundits tagged Mitt Romney as the winner days before the election, talked about a possible landslide and were flabbergasted when he lost.

Yes, I said it would be a photo finish, but I digress.

Karl Rove, former senior adviser to George W. Bush and the architect of W.'s successful president runs, was so undone Election Night that he fought back on Fox News when it projected Obama would win, calling it "premature."

Rove had a lot invested in a victory for his party: His super PAC, American Crossroads, had spent more than $100 million on the 2012 presidential election. Crossroads GPS had spent nearly another $100 million in the cycle.

The day after the election, Richard Viguerie, a conservative activist, issued a statement that "in any logical universe," Rove and his team "would never be hired to run or consult on a national campaign again, and no one would give a dime to their ineffective super PACs, such as American Crossroads."

Who said our universe is logical?

American Crossroads, the super PAC that was high on cash and short on victory last election cycle, is entering yet a new area: Republican primaries.

The Democratic Party must be cheering. Why should they have to worry about beating Republicans when we can beat ourselves up?

Does the winner of the primary always win the general election? No -- but in the end it is up to the voters of the state that the elected official will represent. At least, it should be -- but then, I am naive and idealistic. Voters determining who represents them? Surely other, smarter people know more than the voters do.

If you believe that there are others who are smarter than the voters, and if you think that you may be one of them, then beware. Pride goes before a fall.

This past week, Rove's super PAC, American Crossroads, announced that it would soon be wading into Republican primaries. The subgroup, named the Conservative Victory Party, is being started because "there is a broad concern about having blown a significant number of races because the wrong candidates were selected," Steven J. Law, president of American Crossroads, told Jeff Zeleny of The New York Times.

Law laid out the goal of the organization: "We want to pick the most conservative candidate who can win."

Ah, there is the rub: "We want to pick the candidate."

It's not about policy, it's about power.

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Jackie Gingrich Cushman

Jackie Gingrich Cushman is a speaker, syndicated columnist, socialpreneur, and author of "The Essential American: 25 Documents and Speeches Every American Should Own," and co-author of “The 5 Principles for a Successful Life: From Our Family to Yours”.