It sounds like something out of a Democrats dream. Republican's are starting Super PAC's to battle Republican's. Reform Our Future super PAC raised about 70 million to help Mitt Romney's run for President. That Super PAC was formed a young Republican named Charles Spies. Charles has now partnered with an old Republican named Carlos Gutierrez, whom you may remember as George W Bush's Secretary of Commerce.
These 2 men have launched a Super PAC with a goal of funding incumbent Republican's who vote for immigration reform and then are attacked in their primary for doing so. The came up with a very clever name, Republican's for Immigration Reform. Yesterday George W spoke at a conference hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and spoke about how important he feels immigration reform is for the country. So W is on board. So is the Utah Attorney General who also spoke at the convention and said "for too long we have been pandering to a small minority of our party regarding immigration.
Well if it's a minority, it shouldn't a problem to vote against it. But Dan Lungren who is about to be the former Republican rep from CA says he lost to a Democrat (Bill Lockyer) after having to spend most of his money fighting an ugly primary fight against an opponent who was funded by...the tea party.
The Tea Party Super PAC is Freedom Works. It wasn't always a Tea Party Super PAC as it was really started in 2004 by Dick Armey. As you may have heard in September Dick was forced/golden parachuted out with an 8 million dollar deal because he didn't like the Tea Party direction his group took in the last election.
But Freedom Works has vowed to run candidates against Republican's in primaries where the incumant has met their standard of conservatism.
So is the Tea Party the real Republican Party or are the people the Tea Party call RINO's? I suggest the Tea Party and Libertarians join forces as best they can to really form a 3rd party. The CATO Institute issued a study in August that says these 2 groups have a lot in common.“Both Tea Party and libertarians are extremely concerned about cutting federal government spending, reducing the size of government and repealing Obama’s health care reform. Three-quarters of tea partiers and 85% of libertarians believe that the economy would have improved without the TARP bank bailouts"
These 2 groups don't agree on everything, but even the people in their groups don't agree on everything. If you believe choice aka competition makes everything perform better, 3 party's is a lot better than 2.