Pulling A Lieberman On Renegade Republicans In 2008

by John Hawkins | February 20, 2007 11:40 am

From The Politico:[1]

“House Republican leaders and conservative activists are targeting critics of President Bush’s plan to send more combat forces into Iraq — and some GOP lawmakers are on the hit list.

Amid a mounting campaign in Congress to limit Bush’s military options, conservatives led by talk show host Hugh Hewitt have created an advocacy group designed to counter the anti-war MoveOn.org. And its first round of targets will be the 17 GOP lawmakers who voted for last week’s Democratic resolution in the House opposing the troop increases.

First in the sights of the new Victory Caucus is Rep. Ric Keller, R-Fla., whose district includes Orlando.”

In 2008, one of the things I want to do is go after errant Republicans in their primaries. If they’re…

1) Opposed to victory in Iraq or…
2) Pro-amnesty or…
3) Just RINOS in general.


1) They have a viable opponent who favors victory, is tough on illegal immigration, and isn’t a RINO.
2) The challenger seems capable of winning the general election.
3) There are sore loser laws in place that keep the defeated Republican incumbent from running again.

Then I am going to look very hard to see what I can do to help those challengers knock off the incumbents in the primary. That may mean raising money, trying to help the challengers gin up publicity, or it may mean relentlessly hammering the incumbents.

But whatever the case may be, we have far too many Republicans in the House that are arrogant, out of touch, unprincipled, and unresponsive to conservatives. That has got to change and since sweet reason and the drubbing the GOP took in 2006 hasn’t gotten through to them, the next step is putting them out of a job.

Beating entrenched incumbents in a primary isn’t easy, but if conservatives can’t get the ear of Republicans in Congress any other way, then the only way forward is to replace them with representatives that will listen.

  1. The Politico:: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0207/2829.html

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