Politico is having some internal problems but Vandehie and Allen are great investigative reporters.
And Club for Growth really, really needs to be investigated.
They are reshaping ‘We the People’ into “we the Influenced People’.
This is the face of Republican Obstructionism. Control enough districts and you can stop legislation.
We stop being a Republic where we elect those to represent us.
Instead organizations like Club For Growth pour money into races to infulence people that simply don’t even attempt to inform themselves.
This is the future of Citizens United. Money is free speech.
Money in politics.
And why America is failing.
‘Freshman Rep. Tom Cotton, a veteran of two wars and with a pair of Harvard degrees, got a pleasant surprise last year that helped him win a very competitive Republican primary — and then a very easy general election’.
‘It was a FedEx envelope full of checks that he didn’t ask for, from a group he hardly knew — the Club for Growth’.
‘Tucked inside that envelope and several to come were $300,000 in checks from Club members, enough to help lift the 35-year-old former Army captain from obscurity — and 47 percentage points down in his first internal poll — to the fourth floor of the Cannon House Office Building’.
‘You need to understand how Cotton won in November to appreciate how the modern Republican Congress works’.
‘The guy is a smart Harvard Law grad and former McKinsey & Co. consultant who likes to quote Socrates and The Federalist Papers. He is a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan who hired a fellow Iraq vet to mount an insurgent campaign for the Republican nomination in a vast rural district the size of West Virginia’.
‘He is neither a hick, nor a blowhard. But he was virtually invisible until he won an audience with the Club for Growth’.
‘The Club has pioneered a technique that has helped make Congress an even more polarized mess’.
‘Instead of wasting time on high-profile races, the group intervenes in contested Republican primaries, often putting its money on the most conservative of a conservative bunch, like Cotton’.
‘Republican leaders generally sit out primaries, so the Club’s aggressive, free-spending intervention has helped create a new generation of lawmakers who owe their success more to the Club than to Boehner and the GOP establishment’.
‘Add this to the list of reasons Boehner often seems impotent these days’.
‘So when it comes to Plan Bs, or tax-hike compromises, or the upcoming debt limit fight, lawmakers like Cotton have little incentive to take one for the Boehner team. So they don’t — and won’t’.
‘You also need to understand how Cotton and most House Republicans see the politics of the moment — and the incentives they respond to’.
‘Many are young and have seen victory only in vowing to fight for massive reductions in government, both in spending and intrusion into gun ownership and other matters’.
‘They think the mainstream media are full of it when they talk up compromise and balanced approaches that include more taxes or government. “We went from deep in the wilderness in 2009 to the biggest election in 80 years for Republicans by focusing on debt and on Obamacare,” Cotton said’.
‘This is bad news for Obama and anyone else dreaming of compromises on entitlement reform, guns and immigration in the year ahead’.
‘It is also bad news for those Republicans who want to reposition the party before the 2016 election’.
‘The vast majority of House Republicans are opposed to any new spending, willing to risk default to force spending cuts, dismissive of new gun laws and deeply skeptical about immigration reform’.
‘And even though nearly 1.4 million more people voted for a Democrat for the House in November than voted for a Republican, the GOP won 33 more seats than the Democrats’.
‘Many in the media — us included — often underestimate just how conservative and how impervious to criticism and leadership browbeating these members are when appraising the chances for change in the next two years’.
“I think that is the right ground for us to be on,” Cotton said. “And to the extent that the Beltway, Manhattan media thinks it is not, they’re mistaken about that. And they were mistaken for a long time in 2009 and 2010, as well.”
From : http://www.politico.com/story/2013/01/behind-the-curtain-the-hell-no-caucus-85872.html