RINO Republicans are now ecstatic about their apparent ability to rein in the Tea Party and RWNJ folk going towards this years elections and 2016 after their guy Thom Tillis got the NC Senate nomination against Tea Party candidates. The RINOs expect this is an indication of how things will now go with the Tea Party and RWNJs being held under tight control in the future. And they may be right, just look at this:
UTAH GOP CHAIRMAN: DRAFT MITT IN 2016
By Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News | Friday, May 2 2014
A "Draft Mitt" booth was set up at the April 26, 2014, Republican state convention, held at the South Towne Expo Center in Sandy. Some Utahns want Mitt Romney to take another run at the presidency in 2016.
A booth at the recent state GOP convention appeared to explain the status of the "Draft Mitt" movement in Utah — an empty table in front of a pile of signs encouraging a Romney run in 2016 adorned with a few American flags.
SALT LAKE CITY — A booth at the recent state GOP convention appeared to explain the status of the "Draft Mitt" movement in Utah — an empty table in front of a pile of signs encouraging a Romney presidential run in 2016 adorned with a few American flags.
But Utah State Republican Party Chairman James Evans said the unattended booth was only intended to hint at what's to come from a group of Romney supporters around the country being organized as a political nonprofit group.
Evans won't say what the group is calling itself or who outside of Utah is involved, but he said it's behind a website, draftmitt.org, that seeks signatures on a petition "to send Mitt Romney a message we need him as our president."
Between now and December, the state party leader said, the intent is to gather enough signatures online, especially from conservatives who didn't support him in 2012, to convince Romney to change his mind.
"The question has to be answered: What's changed? And what we predict is those who didn't vote for Mitt Romney that allowed Barack Obama to be re-elected have seen enough that they have buyer's remorse," Evans said.
Romney, of course, has said again and again he has no interest in making another run after losing the party's nomination to Sen. John McCain in 2008 and the election to President Barack Obama in 2012.
"I've had two bites at the apple. Three strikes and you're out," Romney told a University of Utah business school audience. Lately, the former leader of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City has simply been saying, "No, no, no."
Evans said the "Draft Mitt" movement accepts "Gov. Romney's position as just his first offer. … We have to respond back with evidence to show why the 'no' is a position that needs to change."
Stories continue to surface suggesting there could be another run in Romney.
On CBS' "Face the Nation" last Sunday, host Bob Schieffer said an unnamed source told him Romney "may actually try it again" if fellow Republican and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush doesn't get in the race.
"They're very concerned the party is not moving forward, that the party has moved so far to the right that the party can't elect a presidential candidate," Schieffer said during a panel discussion on the weekly talk show.
Panelist Bobby Ghosh of Time magazine questioned whether Romney would shift the party more toward the center in a third run.
"What we learned the second time he ran was that he moved more to the right, and I suspect if he runs for a third time, we'll see that continue," Ghosh said. "If they're seeing him as centrist, as somebody who can gather all of the strings of the party together, I don't think the evidence supports that."
The Washington Post reported last month that Romney has jumped back onto the political stage, helping candidates in a "party elder" role since the past two living GOP presidents, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush are less involved.
Romney has already been involved in the 2016 race, bringing together his big-money donors and would-be GOP candidates, including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie last year at a private retreat in Deer Valley.
The Post said this year's retreat will include Romney's 2012 running mate, Sen. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee but not Jeb Bush, who had a scheduling conflict.
Evans said the "Draft Mitt" group isn't seeking permission from Romney.
"We have not made a secret about this," the GOP chairman said, promising a public launch of the effort is coming and will likely be made in South Carolina, the first southern presidential primary state. "We have our job to do."
Part of that job, Evans said, is to make the public understand the push isn't coming from the potential candidate.
"The thing we always have to balance against, is the public perception whether this is an official Romney action or a grassroots action," he said, noting the signs at the political convention were intended to build interest.
"It wasn't designed to be staffed. It was designed to promote the idea," Evans said of the booth. The signs, he said, were grabbed up by convention delegates. "Clearly, Utah is not the problem."
One of Romney's strongest backers in Utah, though, isn't part of the effort.
"Of course I wish he were the president now and would be willing to run in 2016," said Kirk Jowers, head of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics. "I will always be his biggest supporter, but I take him at his word that the answer is no."
Despite Romney's "favorite son" status in Utah, the state party didn't include his name in a 2016 presidential straw poll taken at a Western Republican Leadership Conference fundraising dinner the night before the convention.
The winner of the straw poll with 39 percent of the vote was Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who appeared at a Republican rally in Utah after the dinner. His nearest competitor, with 18 percent, was another GOP senator with tea party ties, Paul.
Evans said including Romney in the straw poll would have skewed the results.
"We were trying to be good sports," he said. "That would have been unfair."
I was going to do my own substantial piece on TILLIS AND HIS "DIVIDE AND CONQUER" REMARKS, but Greg Sargent's is superb and needs little addition:
Control of the Senate, the prognosticators tell us, could come down to North Carolina. If GOP establishment favorite Thom Tillis clears 40 percent today and avoids a runoff – as seems likely — we’ll be hearing a great deal about how Republicans vanquished destructive elements within the party and emerged with the strongest and most “moderate” opponent against vulnerable Dem Senator Kay Hagan.
So it’s worth pointing out that Tillis comes with vulnerabilities of his own. For one thing, whatever his relative moderation when compared with his primary opponents, he appears to be a diehard 47 percenter.
On Hardball last night, Chris Matthews featured video of Tillis — previously captured by a local North Carolina group — in which Tillis’ 47 percenter-ism was on full display.
IN IT, TILLIS SAID WE HAVE TO “DIVIDE AND CONQUER” THOSE ON PUBLIC ASSISTANCE, BY GETTING THOSE WHO REALLY NEED IT — THE SICK — TO TURN ON AND LOOK DOWN AT THOSE WHO “CHOOSE TO GET INTO A CONDITION THAT MAKES THEM DEPENDENT ON THE GOVERNMENT.” Speaking of that latter category, Tillis added: “At some point, you’re on your own. We may end up taking care of those babies, but we’re not going to take care of you.”
Indeed, the 47 percenter-ism on display in this video didn’t occur in a vacuum. Tillis not only opposed the Obamacare Medicaid expansion, which would have expanded coverage to 500,000 people he would represent; he also boasted in an ad that he was personally responsible for stopping that outcome “cold.” Tillis and North Carolina Republicans also dramatically slashed unemployment benefits, which, in the words of one national observer, turned help for the jobless into a ”thinner safety net than it has been in decades.”
Tillis has heaped contempt on those protesting such policies, arguing: “What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers.”
As Ed Kilgore has noted, THE REAL HALLMARK OF 47 PERCENTER-ISM IS A GUT-BASED APPEAL THAT SEPARATES THE DESERVING FROM THE UNDESERVING POOR, A DICHOTOMY THAT REVEALS “THE POLITICS OF SELFISHNESS AND SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS THAT IS AT THE EMOTIONAL HEART OF CONSERVATIVE POLITICS AT PRESENT.”
THIS SORT OF THING REPRESENTS THE WORST THAT CONSERVATISM HAS TO OFFER, WHICH IS HONESTY ABOUT WHAT THE REAL BELIEFS OF ITS BASE AND MACHINATIONS OF ITS POLITICIANS. FORTUNATELY FOR US, CONSERVATIVES HAVE SUCH EPISTEMIC CLOSURE TODAY THAT THEY'RE INCREASINGLY COMFORTABLE PROJECTING THEIR MORAL UGLINESS RIGHT OUT INTO THE OPEN.