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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Jonathan Collegio
Though years in the brewing, the internal fight over the direction of the Republican Party has exploded onto front pages and political talk shows this month after strategist Karl Rove announced the formation of a new political action committee designed to promote more electable candidates.
A bristling group of 25 traditional conservatives are out to protect one of their own in a new push against the "establishment Republicans" of Karl Rove's American Crossroads.
War? What war? It's just business as usual at the Conservative Victory Fund, an emerging super PAC that has vexed fierce conservatives and tea partyers convinced that the organization is undermining Republican chances of a win in the 2014 midterm elections by abandoning conservative principles and backing moderate candidates.
One Republican campaign ad describes the "buyer's remorse" some voters feel about President Barack Obama. Another ad features a woman saying she had supported Obama because "he spoke so beautifully," but he's failed to deliver on his promises. Still another ad woos Obama supporters with a direct but gentle prod: "It's OK to make a change."
A Republican-leaning independent fundraising group announced Friday it would launch a $20 million television campaign criticizing President Obama's handling of the economy.
A pair of political action committees organized by GOP strategist Karl Rove and strongly attacked by Democrats in last year's midterm campaign said Tuesday they plan to raise $120 million ahead of the 2012 elections to help make President Obama a one-term leader and elect more Republicans to office.
Donors to nonprofit groups that are spending millions of dollars on political ads this election season have escaped public scrutiny because their contributions don't have to be disclosed. But can they escape a hefty tax bite?
The Republican's shadow party is basking in the shade.
"We looked at our record over the last two election cycles and the efforts of center-right groups broadly, and a key finding is that we have lost somewhere between two to seven U.S. Senate seats not because of our message as a party or the conservative movement, but because of the candidates delivering this message," said Jonathan Collegio, director of communications for American Crossroads. "Seeing this, it's our goal to raise the bar on candidates' quality across the board."
The group now suggests that Mr. Law fire Mr. Collegio, who Tuesday told Inside the Beltway that American Crossroads supports tea party candidates and abides by a tenet of the late