Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Battle For Heart And Soul Of GOP Has Begun

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A tale of "weeds and winners."

The New York Times (login required) has reported that, "The biggest donors in the Republican Party are financing a new group to recruit seasoned candidates and protect Senate incumbents from challenges by the far right conservatives and Tea Party enthusiasts who Republican leaders worry could complicate the party's effort to win control of the Senate."

The group's name, "Conservative Victory Project," appears to be somewhat misleading.

The "Project" and its super PAC's mission is to remake the Republican Party around the notion that true conservatives can't win.

Apparently they are searching for safe, "moderate" candidates like Rob McKenna, Reagan Dunn and Bill Finkbeiner here in Washington State. Now I understand why Randy Pepple, McKenna's manager, told Republicans in a Seattle Times article after the election, "There's no need for panic."

Relax. Just keep running so-called "moderates" who support abortion and are, at best, wobbly on marriage, while asking for evangelicals votes. Sounds like a winning model to me.

The New York Times is also reporting that "Karl Rove and his allies...will start by intensely vetting prospective contenders for Congressional races, to weed out candidates who are seen as too flawed to win general elections."

Weeds and Winners.

Are true conservatives seen as flawed "weeds" who can't win by the Republican Party?

Was John Koster, although highly qualified, denied support from the state GOP in the 1st Congressional district last November because he was seen as flawed? Or a weed? Or simply a true conservative?

Some thoughts by me and others:

Ben Shapiro says, "It is the American Crossroads [Rove's Super PAC] and its ilk that have run the GOP into the ground."

Shapiro says it was that kind of thinking that led to Barack Obama's first victory and the disaster in 2012.

He says, "If the Tea Party candidates lose, it's because they weren't good candidates; if GOP candidates lose, it's because they weren't good conservatives."

"The choice for actual conservatives," he says, "should be easy."

Grover Norquist says the Rove mission is nonsense.

Last November we spoke to this issue in a blog published November 27, 2012.

Now it has become a national issue. I stand by what we said then and what Shapiro, Norquist and others are saying now: A true conservative who understands the issues, can articulate true conservative policy and values, can win, if he or she is not shot down by their own colleagues.

The enemy is often within.

Could this be a new bumper sticker? WEEDS Can Win. Maybe not. "Weed" has already won in Washington State.

But I do think all us flawed weeds should, to quote a Founder, hang together or we will all hang separately.

Be Informed. Be Vigilant. Be Active. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful. Be Blessed.


  1. Posing even greater danger to the defense of our Constitutional Republic than the RINOs are the Clergy In Name Only (CINOs). They control most of America's churches and greatly influence most of our population, but in the face of enormous threats to their churches, congregations, and nation, they cower and betray, intellectualizing or spiritualizing their thirty pieces of silver.

    If your pastor or priest focuses only on love, good works, prayer, tithing, tolerance, buffets and pacifist sermons, but avoids courageous moral teachings and won’t fight evil, then rebuke him. Fire him if he's unrepentant, or change churches if he “owns” it as a family business, or start a home church from your home group (the true ekklesia) and tithe to it. It’s an abomination and suicidal to submit to the pastoral authority of a coward -- it’s also a nation-killer. Nehemiah 4:14

    1. I agree completely. Folks complain about all the "church shoppers" out there, but one of the reasons for it is all of the apostate clergy.

  2. The enemy (Norquist) of our enemy (Rove) is not our friend.

    That would describe Grover Norquist.

    Norquist is a sell-out on illegal alien amnesty and he makes no Judeo-Christian ethic apparent in his pronouncements. His yardstick for political success is calibrated only in dollar signs.

    He calls his ilk the "leave us alone coalition." That is, libertarian.

    For more on his aid of Muslim/sharia insurgence please read Michelle Malkin:


    Malkin says that Norquist and Rove have worked together. So our enemy AND our enemy are definitely not our friend!

    signed, Craig Keller

    1. I thought you didn't allow posts with links??? I guess that applies only to those who oppose your beliefs...


    2. The link can't be accessed though the the post, that's the point.

  3. The foundations of both major parties have drawn away from principles and follow the almighty dollar. This is the direction our whole government structure has appeared to grow further and further by the decade. I do not know what the functional solution may be, we are mired in the framework of the bureaucracy we have built.

  4. Gary, your blog expresses my observations/feelings. Remember John Carlson's run for Governor? Republican big whigs Gov. Dan Evans, Sen. Slade Gorton? What about Kirby Wilbur? George Rucklehaus? How on earth did John Koster loose???? How on earth did we elect a fraud to be our state auditor??? I believe that there are elements of the Washington State Republican party that want power just as much as the Democrats want control and they are willing to compromise their values. How do we find out who are the "Joshua's & Caleb's" of our Republican party?

  5. I would caution against a move to Christian Dominionism or The New Apostolic Reformation. We are called to redeem the time, for the days are evil. We seem to imagine if we can just elect the right person, all will be well. This is a false doctrine, man at his best is still evil.

    We can no more bring the kingdom to earth than we can move the ocean. We need to preach the Word, be ready in season and out; correct, rebuke, encourage- with great patience and careful instruction.

    The time has come when men don't put up with sound doctrine, but gather around them teachers who tickle their ears with what they want to hear.

    I'll leave you all with something to consider "It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the Lord than to trust in princes" (Ps 118:8-9).

    These is our marching orders guys! Stop trusting in politicians! We're only going to get disappointed.

    Craig In Lacey

  6. Tea Party!!!!!!!!!!!! The only true conservatives.

  7. You have hit the mark dead-on, Gary. It should be of concern to every Republican that the funding for stalwart conservatives like John Koster and others was purposely bypassed by the NRCC in favor of more “moderate” i.e. politically correct candidates.
    For example, the NRCC spent a whopping $1.5 million for the losing congressional campaign of “Republican” homosexual activist Richard Tisei in Massachusetts, while spending only $80K to help Koster. Sadly, Kirby Wilbur and his Executive Director Peter Graves played a part in this travesty. The Koster team first encountered ideological tension with the WSRP in the summer of 2011 when we were just getting our efforts off the ground. The message delivered to me personally by the WSRP Executive Director Peter Graves was clear: The Koster team would need to fire its conservative (i.e. pro-life, pro-family marriage) consultant (Tom McCabe) and “moderate” its message if we expected any help from them.

  8. It should be of concern to every Republican that the funding for a stalwart conservative like John Koster was purposely bypassed by the NRCC in favor of more “moderate” i.e. politically correct candidates. For example, the NRCC spent a whopping $1.5 million for the losing congressional campaign of “Republican” homosexual activist Richard Tisei in Massachusetts, while spending virtually nothing to help Koster.
    Sadly, Kirby Wilbur and his Executive Director Peter Graves played a part in this travesty. While attending a function in Snohomish WSRP Executive Director Peter Graves pulled me aside and informed me that we would need to fire our conservative consulting firm (pro-life, pro-marriage, pro-limited government) led by Tom McCabe if we “wanted the cooperation of the WSRP”.
    The message was clear: Our choice of McCabe’s firm was, as Graves described it, “unacceptable” and the Koster team would need to “moderate” its message if we expected any help from them. To his everlasting credit, John Koster stood on his principles and stood by his team, refusing to buckle under. John felt all along that if the “moderates” could dictate who would run his campaign, they would dictate how he would run his congressional office in Washington D.C. as well.

    1. Thanks Lary . The GOP needs to get rid of the good old boys network that loves their high places of authority while doing nothing or actually hurting the party . Obama's campaign gave money to support him in this state even though it was a easy win for him regardless. But that money helped democratic candidates running for offices get their vote out .

      Mick From Kingston

      P.S Good hearing from you by the way , ;0)

  9. Gary, thanks for your biblically balanced approach to the moral issues in our culture. You have maintained the correct balance with spiritual renewal first and political reform following. I have followed your ministry for some time. You are biblicly correct. God bless you. Keep up the great work.

  10. As a Goldwater conservative RINO, I'm not much impressed with the radical anarchists' tea-party, the hateful rhetoric, nor much else that the Republicans seem to be offering these days. Guess with old age comes Liberalism? I'm also a fringe part of Conservative North Central Okanogan WA.

  11. Personally, I hope Gary remains the face of the Republican party for years. Go Tea Party!


  12. Matthew 7:15-20

    New American Standard Bible (NASB)

    A Tree and Its Fruit

    15 “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will [a]know them by their fruits. [b]Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? 17 So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 So then, you will [c]know them by their fruits.

    The GOP's fruit is the Medicare Donut Hole.


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