All of that said, there is legitimate concern when professional campaigners start amassing huge dollars for another of their efforts and basically proclaim that they are doing so to serve as protectors of the GOP. That's nonsense. They may believe they are protectors, but they mainly enjoy the huge amount of money and influence their efforts yield. And if they really believe that so-called "mainstream Republicans" aren't on to them, they are just plain wrong.
Yes, there were Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate, among others, who made boneheaded decisions and statements in 2012. But to think that the overall philosophy of the "tea party movement" is based in far-out concepts is to paint a whole lot of conservative voters who the GOP needs with an awfully broad brush.
This has been an age-old problem for Republicans -- eating their young ... and their old, for that matter. The so-called "GOP Establishment" couldn't stand Newt Gingrich, until he led them to their first takeover of the U.S. House in decades. Some in the Ronald Reagan crowd thought George H.W. Bush too moderate, while many of George W. Bush's supporters thought John McCain too much of a "maverick" and liberal. In other words, every phase the GOP enters will have its view of others, past and present.
None of those individuals shared much in common with the philosophy of President Obama. Now some who want to reinvent the GOP may believe that's a bad thing. But it is far more likely that the vast majority of Republican leaders and candidates, past and future, share so many fundamentals in common that the few issues that separate them hardly justify a bloody fight, much less huge mega political organizations designed to pay the same old strategists the same old big bucks to produce the same old results.
The best guess is that by the end of the 2014 political cycle, Republicans will have learned that staying devoted to basic principles while embracing positive and uplifting ideas will be the pathway to the White House in 2016.
Neither being completely inflexible or even paranoid nor throwing big-dollar-backed bricks at a critically important wing of the GOP will do anything but make good copy for media outlets hungry for an intraparty bloodletting.
Matt Towery heads the polling and political information firm InsiderAdvantage. Follow him on Twitter @matttowery. To find out more about Matt Towery and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.
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