It’s war! GOP establishment prepares for battle against grassroots base


Before I get into the details of the title of this post, let me say that I already know some of you are going to want to react to what I write with a bit of malice. I’ve taken a little heat for my post ripping Newt Gingrich about his “Party over Principles” stance over on my personal blog, so I fully understand there are folks who feel very passionate about this issue. But let me also say that for every email against my position, there are twenty in support of it.

If you’re one of the few who are angry about all of this, do us a favor and point the fingers in the right direction.

If you haven’t been following the NY23 special election, I highly recommend you go read the scoop on my blog. In short, the GOP establishment took the liberty movement for granted, jumped behind the wrong candidate (a far left, liberal Republican) and expected the base to just fold and follow their pick without complaint.

At first. this all just appeared to be a poorly calculated decision for the beltway thugs who pretend to be the conservative movement. I mean, back when Newt Gingrich endorsed far left liberal Dede Sozzafava in the race, the grassroots movement was hardly paying attention. It wasn’t until about two weeks ago when the rest of the country realized what was going on.

During the past week, many movement conservatives have shown full support for conservative candidate Doug Hoffman in the race. Sarah Palin, Dick Armey, Club for Growth and MANY others have thrown their political weight behind him.

And not just the “players”… the Tea Party Movement has gotten involved in a huge way. Using the internet as vessel, the message of conservative candidate Doug Hoffman has traveled far and wide, and support for him has exploded.

Which left egg on the faces of all the establishment heads who jumped into the liberal Republican camp early on.

Mistakes were made. No doubt about it. But here is where it gets wild. Instead of doing the right thing, Newt Gingrich and crew have dug in their heels and are strongly defending their position.

Damage control was possible about five days ago, but now they’ve lost their chance. There is no turning back. They made the wrong choice. The refused to admit it and join the true base of the movement. And now they’re actually trying to preach to us that more of the same is needed to fix the problems more of the same created.


All that said, one would think these groups would now keep their mouths shut and try to minimize the damage, right?


Politico reported today that the NRCC is actually goinjg to step up their efforts and dump another $300,000 into to media buys for far left candidate Dede Scozzafava.

The National Republican Congressional Committee remains committed to embattled GOP nominee Dede Scozzafava in the upstate New York House special election, even as many of the party’s top names throw their support to Conservative Party nominee Doug Hoffman.

Two party officials tell POLITICO that the NRCC will continue to air TV ads propping up Scozzafava in the days leading up to the Nov. 3 contest and plans to keep up a near relentless barrage of press releases slamming Hoffman.

Scozzafava, a state assemblywoman who supports gay marriage, abortion rights and has a close relationship with leading labor officials in her region, has been the target of sustained criticism from conservatives who claim she is too liberal for them to support her candidacy.

Not only is the NRCC going to waste donor dollars on a failed candidate with no hope of winning the race, they’re also going to attack the actual conservative in the race!

At this point, the only logical conclusion is that the NRCC (a huge hub of establishment consultants who leech off of donor money) and the rest of the old guard will arm itself for battle and wage war against the grassroots base rather than give it control.

For those in our movement who are saying “we don’t need to wage war against the machine right now”… wake up. The machine is waging war against you.

This is a fight the movement has been itching for. In my opinion, we should confront this machine and do so immediately.

Food for thought.

-Eric Odom

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129 Responses to “It’s war! GOP establishment prepares for battle against grassroots base”


    I have a question for our leaders in Washington. How will a health care plan that is going to cost us a trillion dollars put over 10 million people back to work? When I take my car into the shop with a flat tire and the mechanic says “You need new shocks that will take care of the problem.” first thing I’ll do is run out screaming and never go back to that shop again! The bad thing is we’re stuck with Washington until the people in America kick all of the con artists out of office.I’m one of the 10 million unemployed in the US. I was one of the first to lose my job after the housing market crashed. I’ve worked aircraft and been in the union all my life. Now you’re telling us you’ve put shocks on the car and that will fix the problem. We have a flat tire. Do you think we’re all village idiots? What caused the melt down in the first place? I REMEMBER!!! Washington decided it was a God given right everyone should own a home, even if they couldn’t afford the payment. Then our leaders took it upon themselves to demonize the corporation’s that owned private jets. Now there are over 10,000 aircraft workers [most of them UNION MEMBERS] unemployed in Wichita, Kansas. Washington couldn’t stop there; they tried to kill Las Vegas because the evil corporations were spending money there.I was raised to believe that America is the land of opportunity .If you work hard the sky is the limit. This could be a foreign concept to our leaders, but maybe if you let the free market work, some of the people who got a 20 million dollar bonus would buy a 6 million dollar private jet and I could go back to work. By the way, how’s that CLASS WARFARE working out for you now? It’s getting close to elections in 2010 isn’t it? What will your spin be when you go back to your state, and face the wrath of the people you swore to represent. We won’t forget this time.John Hancock was the first of our forefathers to sign that treasonous document, The Declaration of Independence. He was quoted after signing it “There, I guess King George will be able to read that.” That’s why I sign my name. Washington, are you listening? Bill Thresher: Wichita, Kansas

  2. NancyD says:

    It time for “OPERATION CLEAN SWEEP”! ALL OF THEM HAVE TO GO DEMS AND REPS”, we cannot trust any of them any more, they do not listen to us and they do not think we are their bosses. IF we re-elect them they will just go back to their old ways, “DOING ANYTHING THEY WANT - NOT LISTING AND SPENDING. THEY ALL HAVE TO GO.

  3. Jeff Jefferson says:

    Mr.Odom is correct that this is the fight that needs to happen. These establishment Republicans are the very same group that has not fought for the conservative cause for a long time. They continue to play their moderate politics while the left slowly makes an increasingly larger presence in American life. Let us not forget that Mr.Gingrich is the man that brought us the contract with America: a movement that resulted in little success. Unfortunately, this conflict will probably split the Republican vote and allow the Democratic candidate to take the victory, but the Republican establishment needs to understand that they must accommodate the new patriot movement, or else face further defeat as a party. One thing that I think needs to be said though is that those of us that believe that there will ever be a formidable third party in this country are misguided. Third party candidates hand victory to our foes. All of us in the third party movement, libertarian, constitution, conservative, tea party, etc, need to think of ourselves more as a coalition that aims to invade and influence the Republican party. Let these moderate Republicans run as Democrats if they do not like it. Let the games begin!

  4. TJS says:


    Check it out… we the people, can change things if we want to.

  5. Patriot Girl says:

    I feel it is time for us to put our money where our mouths are and contribute to Doug Hoffman. I am by no means a wealth person and gave what I could.

  6. Jim says:

    “It’s War ??!!!???” Enough of this splinter crap. This group is acting just like the looney left. If you want a third, Conservative, party, go for, and be prepared to have as many representatives in office as the Libertarians do. In the meantime, Conservatives taking on Republicans - abrasively and publicly - is just STUPID, and since I have the misfortune to have to live in a Lib-dominated supermajority Blue state, you should know that by working to destroy Republicans who aren’t as conservative as you like, you have succeeded in driving Republicans from office who were otherwise electable in democrat/moderate regions. Do you realize that Collins and Snowe are the ONLY Republican members of Congress from all of New England? EVERY LAST Republican house member and candidate from this region was defeated in the last election, and most workable Republican state gov’t minorities were pushed below veto level…and it is NOT because they weren’t conservative enough (that is NOT electable in this region of the country, it just ISN’T). I blame YOU clowns and those that think and act like you who are more interested in purging moderates from the Republican Party and actively. Chopping good people off at the knees.

    Save your public action and money for the looneys on the left who need to be driven from power. Guess what? YOU helped put them there.

    Stop treating Moderates like the enemy.

    If this makes me a “RINO” in your eyes then I am d@mned proud to be one.

    I blame Karl Rove and Tom Delay for putting this nonsense into action and making it a mainstream conservative tactic.
    Scr*w you, Eric Odom.
    Scr@w Rush, Scr#w Hannity, Scr!w Glenn.
    And if you, gentle reader, are offended by this… Scr*w you and your little dittohead friends too.

  7. Michael F. Jones says:

    I have just sent a donation to Doug Hoffman. While I am a resident of Illinois, this race is too important to ignore. I have also sent an email to Michael Steel, admonishing our party’s support of a far left liberal. In said email, I made it clear that we Republicans who donate to the RNC expect that our dollars will be used to support CONSERVATIVES. Until that happens, I for one, will no longer contribute.

  8. Gregg Olsen says:

    The GOP and Mr. Gingrich would be well served to remember Ronald Reagan’s speech Let Them Go Their Own Way:

    Americans are hungry to feel once again a sense of mission and greatness.

    I don ‘t know about you, but I am impatient with those Republicans who after the last election rushed into print saying, “We must broaden the base of our party”—when what they meant was to fuzz up and blur even more the differences between ourselves and our opponents.

    It was a feeling that there was not a sufficient difference now between the parties that kept a majority of the voters away from the polls. When have we ever advocated a closed-door policy? Who has ever been barred from participating?

    Our people look for a cause to believe in. Is it a third party we need, or is it a new and revitalized second party, raising a banner of no pale pastels, but bold colors which make it unmistakably clear where we stand on all of the issues troubling the people?

    Let us show that we stand for fiscal integrity and sound money and above all for an end to deficit spending, with ultimate retirement of the national debt.

    Let us also include a permanent limit on the percentage of the people’s earnings government can take without their consent.

    Let our banner proclaim a genuine tax reform that will begin by simplifying the income tax so that workers can compute their obligation without having to employ legal help.

    And let it provide indexing—adjusting the brackets to the cost of living—so that an increase in salary merely to keep pace with inflation does not move the taxpayer into a surtax bracket. Failure to provide this means an increase in government’s share and would make the worker worse off than he was before he got the raise.

    Let our banner proclaim our belief in a free market as the greatest provider for the people.

    Let us also call for an end to the nit-picking, the harassment and over-regulation of business and industry which restricts expansion and our ability to compete in world markets.

    Let us explore ways to ward off socialism, not by increasing government’s coercive power, but by increasing participation by the people in the ownership of our industrial machine.

    Our banner must recognize the responsibility of government to protect the law-abiding, holding those who commit misdeeds personally accountable.

    And we must make it plain to international adventurers that our love of peace stops short of “peace at any price.”

    We will maintain whatever level of strength is necessary to preserve our free way of life.

    A political party cannot be all things to all people. It must represent certain fundamental beliefs which must not be compromised to political expediency, or simply to swell its numbers.

    I do not believe I have proposed anything that is contrary to what has been considered Republican principle. It is at the same time the very basis of conservatism. It is time to reassert that principle and raise it to full view. And if there are those who cannot subscribe to these principles, then let them go their way.

  9. RM says:

    After the way your party marginalized, mocked, and ignored Ron Paul in the last election, (particularly by Giuliani & Hannity) I’m watching it implode with an attitude of indifference. The man has been warning us for decades about what is happening now, and has been right about nearly everything. Two quick points: he recieved the most individual contributions from our military members than ANY other 2008 candidate, and he wants to dismantle the federal govt. I encourage all of you to take another look at him and what he stands for. his new book is called “End the Fed”. Until he is taken seriously, the republican party can drown in for all I care.

  10. Mike Thibodeaux says:

    Excellent Eric. Go get ‘em!

    I’m so sick of these spineless Republicans. I am a 912′er, but my only reservation about involving myself in the Tea Party Movement is that I’ll be grouped with Repubs, who are no better than the Dems.

    There are those proclaiming that a third party is not the answer (Rush Limbaugh predominantly among them). Well, how about a SECOND party, as now we really have only one. Call it the Demopublicans or the Republicrats or whatever……….it’s all the same: Big government……statism…….socialism.

    As we Americans stand by and watch our liberties being dismantled and the free enterprise system being replaced, we had better realize that the answer doesn’t lie in “working within the Republican Party” or “taking back Congress in 2010″.

  11. Mike Thibodeaux says:

    Excellent Eric. Go get ‘em!

    I’m so sick of these spineless Republicans. I am a 912′er, but my only reservation about involving myself in the Tea Party Movement is that I’ll be grouped with Repubs, who are no better than the Dems.

    There are those proclaiming that a third party is not the answer (Rush Limbaugh predominantly among them). Well, how about a SECOND party, as now we really have only one. Call it the Demopublicans or the Republicrats or whatever……….it’s all the same: B

  12. w. gianopulos says:

    3rd parties generally go no where in this country. So we can assure the election of the democrat by having a 3rd party candidate and send a message to the nrcc to get and support bonafide conservative candidates or else. But realize what the possible outcome could be, an election of a liberal democratic candidate with the non democratic candidates receiving 60% of the vote yet both loosing.

    We need to have a strategy that does not just turn us into a group of losing protesters. No one will pay attention to us! If our goal is to try and force nrcc to support acceptable candidates or we’ll not support them, we need to have that as a stated strategy in order to show we have discipline and the mussel to thwart the establishment. We need a stated carrot and stick strategy and we need to convey that to the nrcc in a very public way so that if they want us with them they need to address our concerns.

  13. Eagle1 says:

    I turned away from the Republican Party years ago ….. “Read My Lips” …. When the republican party decides to fully support a “real” conservative agenda (Sarah… you go girl!), I’ll think about switching back. For now, GET Doug elected!

  14. Gigi says:

    The NRCC just think its us vs. them and there isn’t room for a “3rd” party. Well, guess again, it’s not about us vs. them (Rep vs. Dem) - its about us, We the People vs. everyone else that doesn’t stand-up for us! Doesn’t matter your party, your color, your affiliation - it matters what your principles are. Our whole country seems to have lost its way, and the only way to move forward is to find principled candidates and vote only on principle! There is no such thing as party loyalty and the good old boys network. Newt doesn’t get it, most of them don’t get it. Sarah Palin was the only one who stood for principle! I don’t care if the candidates aren’t the brightest - I’ll take principled people willing to lead and do the right thing over any Harvard graduate willing to sell his soul for the next vote any day of the week and twice on Tuesday (just kidding - I’ll only vote once).

  15. John Willock says:

    The war is between Freedom and Tyranny. If a Republican can’t see that then he/she is in the wrong party. I for one have decided to only give money directly to conservative candidates.
    PALIN 2012

  16. Tom Kiley says:

    What I have believed since the last election is coming true. It’s not the republicans or democrats fault. IT”S ALL THEIR FAULT. The only ones we need to get rid of are the incumbents. Period.

  17. Bill Elmhorst says:

    Don’t be fooled by the Libertarians and Glen Beck. Beck says a lot of great things but he and the Libertarians have a platform of mush. Our (conservatives) best hope for winning is to unite the independent, libertarian and republican conservatives under the auspices of a new conservative Republican Party. I am disgusted by those who denigrate “republicans” because of the RINOS in leadership. We, the grassroots of the Republican Party, are as outraged as you are by the McCains, Gingrichs, Doles, Bushs’ Snowes and their socialist friends. The Republican Party has the base for reformation. Either get on board or wander in your self created misery for the next 50 years.

  18. Bill Elmhorst says:

    Right on! it’s time to expose the liberals, socialists, good old boys club, RINOs and traitors in the GOP. Newt, McCain,Snowe and their ilk are the scourge of the true grassroots of the Republican Party. I know how conservative, and Christian, the grassroots Republicans are. It’s time to throw the old socialists out of the party and fight to reclaim America. This is our country and we will not give it over to the one worlders, the compromising traitors of the republic.
    Fight for truth and freedom!

  19. Mary Parmeatier says:

    Are you NUTS? The last thing we need right now is you fighting with the GOP. Find a common ground and work TOGETHER on fixing the problems! Divide and conquer the liberal/Democrats, NOT ourselves.

  20. Mary Marchant says:

    We should not go to war against the RNC. We should TAKE BACK THE REPUBLICAN PARTY! We need to convince Michael Steele and other republicans that they need to start backing and supporting CONSERVATIVES! The party needs to get back to Reagan conservative values. RNC has moved too far to the left - we need to move it back to the right. Don’t bail out - help out!!!! Help return the RNC to its conservative roots!

  21. It just goes to show you, you cannot place your faith in the republican party. It is just too far gone. It’s time to start voting for a party of principle, and there is only one out there - The Libertarian Party. http://www.LP.org

  22. Shopper says:

    Here’s the analogy I came up with for the reason it is regretably necessary for us to take on the Republican Party and right now. And I say this as a registered Republican.
    Imagine a playground teeter-totter with a slick pac-man-headed Democrat on the left seat and a hapless head-scratching Republican practically astraddle on the center support. Alot of little clawing and clutching “independents” squeezed in between. The only player trying valiantly to keep the balance is the Conservative leaning way back on his ever-rising right-hand seat.
    Like the teeter-totter, Republicans and Democrats have always tried to dilute their values to lure non-committed Independents to vote on their side and shift the balance. The GOP is soooo wrong with their “big tent” premise because all it does is slide the party farther left and push Independents straight down the plank to the waiting Democrats.
    It’s time to take a stand. Scoot back up towards your Conservative values and watch the independents who value honesty, principles, and patriots climb with you. I will, even if I have to crawl over that head-scratching centrist [with splinters, no doubt] to get there.

  23. David James says:

    Republocrat- THAT is what we are seeing. The current Republicans will get an “eye opening” if they do not stand for something entirely different from the Democrats. Democratis Party has made a stand as the Socialist Party, What would be wise for republicans is to go 180 degrees away from that which would look alot like ,,,,,a Patriot, that believes is the free market.

  24. Mike says:

    I like Palin, but if I had to do the whole 2008 election over again I’d have voted for Ron Paul. I feel cheated the mainstream media, even Fox news, treated this man poorly since he is the most conservative member in congress.

  25. Ken Jackson says:

    When will the GOP get the picture, we have conservative values and will not stand for our country being remade.

    Stand tall, Stand strong, and Stand up for what is right.

  26. Bill Thresher says:


    Latest polls say that 40% of Americans are conservatives. The rest are divided between the moderates and liberals. The 23rd Congressional District race in New York, for the Senate is our first battle. The Republican Party is backing a RINO. Doug Hoffman is the Independent backed by The Tea Party, Sara Palin, and Fred Thompson. We will not back down on principals again. To The Republican Party: The train is coming and you’re on the tracks. Our revolution has started. We will not fight it in the streets of our cities. It will happen in the voting booths across America and will end in 2010 when we vote you out of office. Bill Thresher, Wichita Kansas

  27. Tobi Greene says:

    It’s time to dig our heels in and say no. Scozzafava is not a Republican. If we are to save our party, now is the time to do that. If others do not follow, they are not true to the Republican principles. If they are not true to less government, lower taxes, strong self defense, they do not belong in our party. We need to make this distinction sometime, and now is the time.

  28. RUSSELL PAGE says:

    If we can get Hoffman elected it will be “the first shot of the new revolution”

  29. Robbin Oswalt says:

    Supporting a liberal republican is just like throwing more candy at the demogods. Once you support one through the election they decide to change back into their true colors….a liberal democrat. Watch and see if Dede Sozzafava does this if she wins…I hope she does not get the chance to proove this theory.

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