Jackie Gingrich Cushman

"It is a delicate and sensitive undertaking," Law continued. "Our approach will be to institutionalize the Buckley rule: Support the most conservative candidate who can win."

What happened to the Reagan commandment? In his 1990 autobiography, "An American Life," Ronald Reagan wrote: "Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican. It's a rule I followed during that campaign (1966 California governor primary) and have ever since."

The GOP's planned foray into primary politics is already creating a backlash among the grass roots.

Steve Deace, a nationally syndicated radio host located in Des Moines, Iowa, where there is an open Senate seat, wrote a scathing opinion piece that ran on Politico.com against this move by American Crossroads. "The leadership of the Democratic Party wants to run a country," he said. "The leadership of the Republican Party wants to run a party."

American Crossroads is not the only national group that is eyeing the Republican primaries. Americans for Prosperity's president, Tim Phillips, said this week that his group may, too.

Can you hear the Democratic Party cheering even louder? More Republicans to target one another, YEA!

As a Georgian, I'm partial to other Southern ladies (think "Steel Magnolias"). "The primary has to sort itself out in Georgia," Sue Everhart, chair of the Georgia Republican Party, was quoted as saying by Zeleny. "That's what primaries are for. But we cannot afford to take our eye off the ball. This is going to be a very important election, and it's paramount that Georgia keeps its Senate seat in Republican hands."

The goal is to create a better future for our children. If we can't articulate a better future and can only tear people down, Republicans will lose in the end.

The lady is right. Let's keep our eye on the ball.


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”.