Republican Civil War: IRS/NSA Scandals raise Grassroots popularity as Democratic Party Establishment intervenes

GOP Civil War August 2013

Advances and Battles of the GOP Civil War – May 2013 to July 2013

This is the third installment in a series covering the Republican Party Civil War since its inception in December 2012. The first installment dealt with the opening clashes between the Establishment and the Grassroots in many of the local party fights with roots in the 2012 Republican primaries. The second installment examined the surge in the popularity of the Grassroots groups in large part thanks to the efforts of Liberty Movement leader and Tea Party icon Senator Rand Paul.

(The Subsidiarity Times) It happened sooner than expected, but the battle to return America to its founding roots within the Republican Party has now led to an intervention in the Republican Civil War from the Establishment of the Democratic Party. The chief reason for this intervention appears to be a looming disaster for the Democratic Party. According to one of the party’s veteran strategists, the party is in decline and now at serious risk of descending into irrelevance. By creating powerful fund-raising organizations such as Organizing For Action for the express purpose of pushing his agenda rather than propping up the Democratic Party as a whole, President Barack Obama has put Democratic party leaders at risk of serious fundraising problems as they face very tough competition for the donations of liberal organizations and groups.
The recently exposed IRS and NSA scandals have added to Establishment Republican and Democratic woes and have led to a wave of favorable publicity for the Grassroots in the ongoing Republican Civil War. In the IRS scandal, the federal government’s tax and revenue agency publicly admitted that they targeted Grassroots (Social Conservative, Tea Party and, by association, Liberty Movement) groups and individuals for extra scrutiny, audits and harassment. In the NSA scandal, the National Security Agency was exposed by whistleblower Edward Snowden for engaging in warrantless snooping and spying on millions of Americans through their electronic communications. This, along with the IRS scandal, has led to rising fears of a looming government tyranny. These scandals have led to a jump in popularity for the Grassroots, especially the Tea Party. If the trend continues, it could begin a real downward spiral for the Democratic Party starting in 2014.
These events seem to have affected the poll numbers for Republicans and Democrats heading into the 2014 elections. Faced with these poll numbers and trends, Democratic Party leaders fear massive Democratic losses beginning in 2014. Many longtime Democratic officeholders in the House and Senate have announced their upcoming retirements from office exacerbating the problem. Faced with this crisis, Democratic Party insiders and party leaders have now apparently decided to resort to unconventional and desperate tactics in order to attempt to save and potentially rebuild their party. The chief thrust of their new tactics appears to be seeking to win the approval of the Establishment Republicans by intervening on their behalf in the ongoing Republican Civil War. For the past few years, many left-leaning Establishment Republicans such as Lincoln Chaffee of Rhode Island and Charlie Crist of Florida have switched parties because of the Grassroots groups. The Democratic leadership now appears to be putting more of their resources into this strategy presumably seeking to convince more Establishment Republican members such as John McCain and Lindsey Graham to slowly swing over to the Democratic side of the two party duopoly currently controlling America’s election system. All the while however, the Republican Grassroots continue to advance offensives in the civil war with renewed energy thanks to the favorable publicity afforded them by the IRS and NSA scandals.

National Spotlight: Senator Rand Paul stole the spotlight with his drone filibuster in March and he has consistently remained in the news ever since, gaining valuable name recognition and popularity as the 2014 and 2016 elections approach. In addition, he has consistently outdone his rival for Republican figurehead status, Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, by clearly labeling what he believes, and what specific proposals he will make, while Rubio has seemed to follow the Establishment’s political playbook of posing as a small government politician with no specific small government proposals.
Building on his newfound name recognition, Paul has sought to build up a base of support as the beginning steps for building a coalition for a possible presidential run. Thanks to his filibuster and visits to the early primary states, Paul has risen to a lead in Republican polls in the early primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire and has sought to expand this lead further by reaching out to voters in heavily socialist-leaning states such as California. While on a six day visit to California in late May/early June, Paul also laid forth how he believed the Grassroots and the Republican Party could become competitive in states such as California once againHis staffers proclaimed the visit as important to his long-term strategy as his visits to Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. This overall strategy of reaching out to more Americans appears to be paying off as polls run in another socialist-leaning state, Michigan, now show that Senator Paul leads in a prospective Republican primary there as well (though he still trails by small margins in general election matchups against Democrats such as Hillary Clinton). At this stage, Senator Paul’s national strategy appears to be working so well that it has warranted an intervention from the Democratic National Committee. The Democrats have tried to label Paul’s stances as a departure from the policies of Republican hero and late icon Ronald Reagan, thus trying to drive a wedge between Reagan admirers and Senator Paul. However, closer examination shows that 1) Reagan’s stances are misinterpreted, misconstrued or taken out of context and 2) there is a concerted effort to hide the fact that Paul’s stances are a step towards small government, of which Reagan’s original stances were only the beginning steps. Contrary to its purpose of slowing Paul down, the Democratic leadership’s attack has made the effectiveness of Paul’s strategy to date  even more apparent.
Marco Rubio, by contrast, has attempted to take a key role in the congressional debate over immigration. He has chosen to back irresponsible policies in the poorly-named “immigration reform” bill which could effectively destroy America’s southern border. While these actions may have ingratiated Rubio with some Establishment leaders, it has simultaneously gained him extensive and spectacular negative publicity with the Grassroots, even to the point of Tea Party favorite Sarah Palin calling for a primary challenge to him in 2016. Meanwhile his Tea Party roots from 2010 continue to give him a bad reputation amongst those in America who listen to the Establishment-controlled media and adhere to the principles being pushed by the Establishment-controlled media. This has placed him in a a rather difficult position.
In the meantime, Establishment Republicans have become so desperate to stop Rand Paul’s presidential ambitions that they now are looking for any fallback plan in case a Marco Rubio presidential run fails to gain any momentum. Their apparent attempt to persuade unpopular warmongering former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton to look at making a run for the presidency in 2016 appears to be a sign of desperation. Bolton will be undertaking preliminary visits to early presidential primary states such as Iowa and New Hampshire and reportedly is looking to build groups to help push his agenda and national profile. However Bolton may be far too late to stop the Rand Paul juggernaut or to rescue the neoconservative side of the debate. With a full seven years head start on the neoconservatives thanks to his father’s work establishing and organizing powerful new groups to push their agenda, Rand is now building up and strengthening the constitutionalist/grassroots cause with a flood of positive publicity and hard work. Put simply, the constitutionalist juggernaut may have traveled too far to be stopped now, by Rubio, Bolton or any Establishment Republican.
Battle ResultOngoing

South Carolina: The abrupt resignation of Grassroots Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina to head the Heritage Foundation and the appointment of Representative Tim Scott to fill DeMint’s seat opened up South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District for a special election to elect Scott’s replacement. In late April former governor and longtime Grassroots member Mark Sanford surprised the political world by winning both a general primary election and then the run-off primary election for the Republican nomination for the seat. Using Sanford’s personal problems as an excuse, the Republican Establishment abruptly abandoned him and left him to the mercy of the Democratic Establishment, seemingly content to lose a single seat in the House of Representatives in order to keep the Grassroots from putting another member in Congress. The Democrats, taking advantage of the opportunity presented to them by the Establishment Republicans, nominated Elizabeth Colbert-Busch(sister of comedian Stephen Colbert) and proceeded to pour resources into the race in an attempt to work together with the Establishment Republicans against the Republican Grassroots. Sanford fought back with a campaign focused on the country’s pressing issues while Grassroots leaders Ron Paul and Rand Paul along with Grassroots organizations such as FreedomWorks quickly stepped up and gave him critical support. On May 7, 2013, Sanford pulled off a stunning victory which shocked both the Republican and Democratic Establishments. It solidified South Carolina’s place as a Grassroots Republican state and left the Grassroots hopeful that a primary challenge to Establishment Republican Senator Lindsey Graham might succeed in 2014.
Battle ResultGrassroots Victory

Kansas: Another theatre of the Republican Civil War which has begun to receive more attention in recent weeks is the campaign inside the state legislatures and governments themselves. With sweeping assaults being made by the Democratic Establishment against the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, which clearly labels the right to bear arms (own guns), Grassroots Republicans have fought back with several popular initiatives in state legislatures and state governments to stop (nullify) Federal attempts to attack gun rights.
At the Federal level, an attempt to severely restrict gun rights failed in Congress, despite key support for the Democratic initiative from certain Establishment Republicans. Despite this failure, the Obama Administration has struck back, seeking to implement presidential (executive) action against gun rights. In response, several states have introduced bills into their legislatures to nullify these attacks against the Second Amendment. These bills have had a mixed record of success and failure. In states like Montana, where the Democratic Establishment has a foothold in the state government, the bill is being held up, while in Alaska the bill was passed by the state legislature easily and subsequently signed by Governor Sean Parnell. The most spectacular battle of this theatre however, has taken place in Kansas where Grassroots Governor Sam Brownback has risen to folk hero status for his heroic stand for gun rights. Brownback signed the bill passed by the Kansas legislature nullifying any new federal gun laws or executive orders on April 16. Ten days later President Obama’s controversial attorney general Eric Holder, informed Brownback and the Kansas legislature that they would ignore the nullification law and seek to strictly enforce any new federal gun laws and executive orders in Kansas. Instead of ignoring Holder’s statement or giving in on the issue, Brownback fired back with a reply that Kansas would continue to defend the Second Amendment. Brownback’s heroic stand has given the nullification efforts new energy and hope in many other states and has left the Establishment in both the Republican and Democratic Parties in an untenable position and on the defensive in this theatre of the ongoing civil war.
Battle Result: Grassroots Victory/Ongoing

Colorado: The Democratic Establishment successfully pushed very severe anti-gun rights laws through the Colorado state government, causing a backlash among voters which Grassroots groups have jumped to take advantage of. Following passage of the anti-gun laws, Colorado gun rights groups launched recall election petitions against certain Democratic members of the legislature who were key players in the passage of these laws. Once the recall petitions began to show promise, the influential National Rifle Association threw its weight behind the effort. In early June petitions to recall Democratic state legislators John Morse and Angela Giron were officially submitted, with the recall petition for Morse carrying more signatures than votes he received in his initial election in 2010. Once legal challenges to the petitions are resolved, recall elections will take place, either on a specially selected election date or on the November ballot.
While the recall effort goes forward, another campaign is taking place in northeast Colorado. Local leaders in eight counties, motivated by the Democratic Establishment’s attacks on gun rights as well as oil and gas production, are actively exploring the possibility of trying to secede from the rest of Colorado in order to form America’s fifty-first state: North Colorado. The movement has gained popular support among the people in the eight counties and has become so popular statewide that two more northeastern Colorado counties have petitioned to join the movement and three more Colorado counties along with two from Kansas have expressed interest in joining the cause. The movement is still technically in its infancy, but it will be interesting to watch, especially if the recall and midterm elections are unsuccessful in their efforts to throw back the Democratic and Republican Establishments in the Centennial State.
Battle ResultOngoing

Colorado Potential Split

The 51st State Movement in Colorado has grown since it was originally brought up by local leaders in the eight northeastern counties (in dark red). Currently three more counties (in green) have been added to the movement with several others (in purple) expressing interest.

New York: Back in February 2013, the Democratic Establishment in New York, led by Governor Andrew Cuomo, announced their intentions to ram a massive pro-death agenda through the New York legislature. Social Conservatives stepped up to the challenge and mobilized their forces to put pressure on independent Democrats and Republicans to reject these massive pro-death measures. The efforts of the Social Conservatives finally succeeded in mid-June 2013 as the pro-death section of Cuomo’s major bill failed in the New York State Senate. It remains to be seen whether it will be re-introduced at a later time. This victory is still important, however, as it may now open the door for Grassroots groups to start making advances in the Empire State in the near-future.
Battle ResultGrassroots Victory

Minnesota: The North Star State has seen pitched battles between the Establishment and Grassroots since the 2012 Republican presidential and U.S. Senate primaries and continues to be a field of pitched battles heading into 2014.
In the 2014 U.S. Senate race, the Grassroots appeared to have a very strong potential candidate to challenge Democratic Senator Al Franken in Minnesota-based Grassroots radio talk show host Jason Lewis, but Lewis eventually declined to run, citing family concerns as well as the power structure of the Establishment in Minnesota at the current time which, he claimed, made a U.S. Senate run for him unfeasible. Since then, the only declared Franken challenger with any semblance of Grassroots credentials is state representative Jim Abeler of Anoka. Abeler endorsed Liberty Movement leader Ron Paul in the 2012 presidential primary, but has also received much criticism for his 2008 vote to help override former Governor Tim Pawlenty’s veto of a bill raising state taxes. The field in this race looks bleak for the Grassroots at this time.
The Democratic Establishment inserted themselves into the fight for Congressional control by targeting Tea Party Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota’s Congressional District Six. Bachmann, under relentless hostile pressure from national and local Establishment-supporting media, harassed by federal government investigations and plagued by her alienation of the large Ron Paul following in Minnesota thanks to her attacks on the Texas Congressman in the 2012 presidential race, ended up pledging that she would not run for re-election. However, the Democratic Establishment made a gigantic blunder shortly after Bachmann’s withdrawal when Bachmann’s announced challenger, wealthy hotel owner Jim Graves, announced his own withdrawal shortly afterwards with the statement that “this (campaign) was about challenging the ineffective leadership and extremist ideology of Michele Bachmann …-… that goal was accomplished, and our supporters should be incredibly proud of that accomplishment.” By making this statement, Graves revealed to the people of Minnesota, especially those of the Sixth Congressional District, that he and the Democratic Establishment behind his run were only concerned with destroying Bachmann, who they viewed as a threat to their big government agenda. This public revelation angered and invigorated the Grassroots so much that three Grassroots or Grassroots-friendly candidates soon came forward to seek to fill Bachmann’s place in Congress. Shortly after Bachmann’s withdrawal, Tea Party-backed 2010 gubernatorial candidate and radio host Tom Emmer announced his intention to run, along with Bachmann-oriented Anoka County Commissioner Rhonda Sivarajah and Libertarian activist William DeBerg. It will be an interesting race to watch as the three Grassroots-oriented candidates seek to outdo each other in ideological purity in a strongly Republican congressional district.
In Minnesota Congressional District Two, Establishment Republican Representative John Kline faces a strong challenge from Grassroots-supported primary challenger David Gerson. Building off a strong though unsuccessful 2012 primary challenge, Gerson has used an early start to build up more support and appears to have momentum as the 2014 primaries approach.
The 2014 Gubernatorial Race has a number of contestants putting their names forward for the Republican nomination, but none has seemed to stand out as a staunch supporter of Grassroots policies as yet. The only declared candidate who seems to have any connections to the Grassroots as of now is former Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives Kurt Zellers, who endorsed Liberty Movement candidate Kurt Bills in his unsuccessful 2012 U.S. Senate campaign to unseat Democrat Amy Klobuchar. It remains to be seen however if he will rally the Republican Grassroots behind him.
With so much confusion and fog of war, the battle in the Minnesota theatre of the Republican Civil War looks to be headed for a long drawn-out and exhausting campaign.
Battle ResultEstablishment Victory/Ongoing

Nebraska: In the largest city of the Cornhusker State, a battle between Grassroots-friendly pro-gun rights and Establishment-led anti-gun rights coalitions ended in victory for the pro-gun rights coalition. In the electoral battle for Mayor of Omaha, Grassroots-friendly pro-gun rights City Councilwoman Jean Stothert defeated incumbent anti-gun rights Mayor Jim Suttle. Though traditionally a nonpartisan race, Stothert, a Republican, dealt a huge blow to the Democratic Establishment by defeating Suttle, a proud Establishment member and part of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s anti-2nd Amendment group “Mayors against Illegal Guns.”
Battle ResultGrassroots Victory

Virginia: The Grassroots in Virginia pulled off an amazing victory in May when they successfully nominated staunch Constitutionalists Ken Cuccinelli for Governor and Mark Obenshain for Attorney General with the relatively unknown E.W. Jackson winning the nomination for Lieutenant Governor. Despite backstabbing by Establishment Republican members such as incumbent Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling, Cuccinelli and his team have continued to press on strong and have alarmed both the Establishment Republicans and the Democrats. The Establishment Republicans are very alarmed that the alliance which was formed between Virginia’s three Grassroots factions (Liberty Movement, Tea Party, Social Conservatives) to win Cuccinelli the gubernatorial nomination, have now presented a successful model by which the Grassroots forces can form alliances in other states and overcome Establishment Republican control. Meanwhile the Democrats fear what a principled statesman like Cuccinelli could do with an opportunity in the Governor’s office to disprove the Democratic Establishment’s propaganda, and for that reason, they have intensified and added to the original attacks against Cuccinelli while trying to distract attention from their own very serious scandals. The fight for the Governor’s office is projected to be very bitter one but it is one that the Grassroots can win. Powerful Grassroots figures such as Liberty Movement leader Senator Rand Paul have already endorsed Ken Cuccinelli and it could help make the difference if the race remains close as election day approaches.
Battle ResultGrassroots Victory/Ongoing

Alaska: In late May, the Alaska faction of the Republican Establishment seized back control of the Alaska Republican state party apparatus which they lost in the 2012 Republican Presidential Primaries. They finalized their overthrow of validly elected Grassroots-backed leaders Russ Millette and Debra Brown by rejecting appeals to overturn their removals and upholding the appointment of unelected Establishment member Peter Goldberg to the position of Alaska Republican Party chairman. This defeat, which setback the Grassroots Republican efforts in the Last Frontier, was not unexpected as, according to reports from insiders, the Establishment “stacked the deck” in their favor by manipulating state party rules to regain control. In addition, the Alaska coup has shown the extent to which the Establishment will go to keep the Grassroots Republicans from gaining influence within the Republican Party.
The Grassroots are now looking to unseat Alaska’s Democratic Senator Mark Begich and replace him with one of their own in defiance of the Establishment’s takeover of the state party. To accomplish that task, they are backing unsuccessful 2010 Tea Party U.S. Senate nominee Joe Miller for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate. Miller issued a public manifesto listing his reasons for running in April 2013, and made an official announcement of his candidacy in early May 2013. The Establishment did not take long to find their own candidate shortly afterwards, as Alaska Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell announced his own candidacy for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in mid-June. Treadwell is clearly a favorite of the Establishment, but Miller remains undaunted and has proclaimed that he can win the uphill battle against Treadwell and Begich, citing his upset victory in the 2010 Republican U.S. Senate primary and promising that he will run a much better campaign.
The 2014 Alaska U.S. Senate race is important, not only because of the fracturing civil war taking place in the state party ranks, but also because, according to skilled political analyst Nate Silver, the odds of the Republicans unseating Begich are longer then they should be. Alaska is a solid Republican state with an incumbent Democratic Senator up for re-election which the Republican Party must win if they hope to regain control of the U.S. Senate in 2014. If Miller were to win the Republican nomination, he would likely be able to obtain endorsements and support from Grassroots leaders and organizations such as Sarah Palin, Rand Paul, Justin Amash and FreedomWorks which could potentially push Miller’s popularity to a level where he could overcome Begich. Treadwell would likely only be able to obtain support from persons and organizations such as Karl Rove and his PACs, which have a dismal electoral track record. This means a Treadwell nomination would likely make Republican chances of regaining control of the U.S. Senate much longer and potentially unrealistic.
Battle ResultEstablishment Victory/Ongoing

Tennessee: Building off a high profile visit from Liberty Movement leader Ron Paul in April 2013, the Grassroots forces in Tennessee are seeking to challenge Establishment Republican Senator Lamar Alexander in his 2014 re-election bid. In addition, they already have a candidate in mind to lead that challenge: Liberty Movement member and pro wrestler Glenn Jacobs, also known as “Kane.” Jacobs is reportedly very interested in a run, but is seeking endorsements which would give him a real chance to defeat Alexander. Ron Paul has made it clear that he and the Liberty Movement will back Jacobs and has lobbied him extensively to make the run. Tea Party groups have also pledged their support for Jacobs should he decide to run. The final decision has yet to be made, but if Jacobs also receives promises of serious financial backing for a run, then the chances of him choosing to challenge Alexander should significantly increase.
Battle ResultOngoing

Georgia: Establishment Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss, faced with a potential revolt from inside his own party over statements he made about breaking his no-tax pledge to the people of Georgia, announced his retirement in January 2013 and a crowded race for the Republican nomination for his U.S. Senate seat suddenly emerged. In April, Liberty Movement founder, leader and icon Ron Paul made the race a Republican Civil War battleground by endorsing U.S. Representative Paul Broun’s bid for the Republican nomination, who holds ideological positions very similar to the ones held by Ron Paul and his son Rand. Dr. Paul’s endorsement has been a real boost to Broun’s campaign as he has now risen to second place in the Republican primary polls. If his rise continues, then the Grassroots could potentially add to their numbers among the Republican ranks in the U.S. Senate.
Battle ResultOngoing

Iowa: In early May 2013, Social Conservative Representative Steve King announced he was withdrawing from consideration for the U.S. Senate race in Iowa in 2014. This threw the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate from Iowa in 2014 wide open, so much so that Iowa Republican Party co-chair David Fischer, a Liberty Movement member, has decided to seriously consider a run. If Fischer runs then he might be able to bring in support from prominent Grassroots leaders such as Ron and Rand Paul and so make the race winnable for the Grassroots.
In Iowa’s 1st Congressional District, Democratic Representative Bruce Braley has withdrawn from the House race to run for the U.S. Senate as a Democrat, leaving his district vulnerable to a potential challenger. The Liberty Movement has found a candidate to run for the Republican nomination in the district in businessman Rod Blum. The Establishment is still trying to find a standard-bearer but they have many options to choose from.
In the lead-up to the eventual 2016 Republican presidential primaries, Liberty Movement leader Senator Rand Paul appears to have developed an advantage in early Iowa polls. In addition, Senator Paul’s friendliness with the new Iowa Republican leadership makes it very unlikely that his campaign will be plagued by the handicaps such as outright hostility from state party leadership and primary vote count shenanigans which hampered his father’s campaign in 2012.  Many members of his father’s 2012 campaign now hold leadership positions in the Iowa Republican Party, most notably the hard-working and very well-connected chairman A.J. Spiker. Although party leadership must keep neutral in any primary battles until the primary votes are officially counted and a winner certified, there will certainly be a greater effort to keep the process as clean and transparent as possible so it will be much harder for the Establishment to cry foul if Senator Paul wins the 2016 Iowa Caucuses. The battle in Iowa is still a long way from over, especially as allegations of wrongdoing by certain individuals associated with Ron Paul’s 2012 Presidential Campaign are investigated, but the road to a Republican presidential nomination in 2016 for Senator Paul appears to be much less difficult then it was for Congressman Paul in 2012.
Battle ResultOngoing

West Virginia: With the announcement by Democratic Senator Jay Rockefeller that he would not seek re-election in 2014, Republican Party leaders have seen a ripe chance for a pickup in a state which has begun to lean heavily Republican. The Establishment quickly backed staunch Establishment Republican U.S. Representative Shelley Moore Capito’s bid, but the Grassroots have made it clear they are seeking an alternative. They may have found one in Patrick McGeehan, a former member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, who has received interest from Grassroots-friendly organizations such as the Club for Growth and the Senate Conservatives Fund and an endorsement from the Republican Liberty Caucus. If the Grassroots and the Establishment start throwing major resources into the race it will quickly become one to watch.
Battle ResultOngoing

North Carolina: The Liberty Movement was dealt a setback as Glen Bradley was defeated in his bid for a prominent role in the North Carolina Republican Party. However, other party members who did win election to high places in the state party are reputedly friendly to the Grassroots in the Tar Heel State which allows the Grassroots to continue building their networks and support groups without harassment from party leadership.
In the U.S. Senate race, the Liberty Movement and the Tea Party appear to have found a challenger to Democrat incumbent Kay Hagan. Doctor Greg Brannon is a man who has drawn comparisons to Rand Paul with the way he understands the issues and explains them and the Liberty Movement and the Tea Party in North Carolina have wholeheartedly thrown their support behind him. The Establishment, which is backing North Carolina State House Speaker Thom Tillis, is also trying to encourage the Social Conservatives to split the Grassroots support by backing a local Christian pastor named Mark Harris. So far this movement has failed to pick up steam which leaves Brannon in basically a one-on-one matchup against Tillis in a state which is rapidly becoming more friendly to the Grassroots, especially after passage of a historic tax reform law in late July.
North Carolina is another state rapidly going solid Republican, but again, according to political analyst Nate Silver, the Republicans’ odds of defeating Hagan are longer then they should be, which makes nominating a good Grassroots-oriented candidate in North Carolina essential to Republican hopes of gaining control of the U.S. Senate in 2014. Brannon, like Miller in Alaska, would be able to receive support and endorsements from Grassroots leaders and organizations while Tillis would only receive support from the same Establishment Republicans who failed to win U.S. Senate seats which should have been easy pickups in 2012. Furthermore, if Brannon’s political skills are similar to Rand Paul’s, that alone would make him a formidable challenger to Hagan in the general election. Faced with all of this, a Brannon victory in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate in North Carolina is a very important goal for the Grassroots.
Battle ResultDraw/Ongoing

South Dakota: With South Dakota’s Democratic Senator Tim Johnson choosing not to run for re-election in 2014, another U.S. Senate seat in South Dakota has become available in a state which leans heavily Republican and the Grassroots and Establishment factions of the party are scrambling to find suitable candidates to run in the Republican primary for the seat. Former governor Mike Rounds is the only prospect to have officially organized a campaign for the U.S. Senate to date, but former Senator Jim DeMint’s political action committee, the Senate Conservatives Fund, has warned the Grassroots that Rounds’ record seems to better reflect Establishment values then Grassroots or Constitutional values. Thus they are actively seeking an alternative candidate to run against him in the Republican primary. Currently the most promising prospect for a primary challenger to Rounds has been state legislator Stace Nelson, who has been very outspoken on gun rights, pro-life issues and cutting taxes and spending during his time in the legislature. If Nelson runs, it could lead to a dramatic showdown in the Mount Rushmore State between Establishment and Grassroots as they scramble to put more people of their respective ideologies in Congress.
Battle ResultOngoing

Michigan: The Grassroots movement received a real boost in the Wolverine State with the passage of the state’s first Right to Work law in late 2012. Also, the Liberty Movement and the Tea Party began executing takeovers of the local Republican parties throughout 2013 which has helped give the Grassroots growing momentum on several fronts.
Liberty Movement leader and Michigan-based U.S. Congressman Justin Amash has recently become a prominent target of the Establishment after Establishment Senator John McCain disparagingly referred to Amash along with Senators Rand Paul and Ted Cruz as “wacko birds.” This helped raise Amash to national prominence. Shortly after this burst of popularity, Amash began to be mentioned as a powerful potential Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Democrat Senator Carl Levin; he has received promises of powerful support from a Liberty Movement Super PAC and has begun to receive high praise from prominent conservative columnists such as George F. Will. All this has alarmed the Establishment; so much so that Establishment boss Karl Rove has now felt it necessary to attempt to destroy Amash’s favorable national profile by referring to him as “the most liberal Republican in Congress” which appears to be a very strong hint that Rove will back any Establishment electoral opposition to Amash whether in a Senate or a House election. Far from backing down, Amash has fired back by proudly displaying his Grassroots credentials and actively pursuing efforts to derail unconstitutional activities by federal government organizations such as the NSA. Despite Rove’s opposition, Amash is still seriously considering a run for the United States Senate. This Amash vs Rove battle could become a very interesting and prominent one if the war of words morphs into an electoral battle in 2014.
In Michigan’s Congressional District Nine, Liberty Movement member George Brikho is gearing up to make an electoral challenge to Senator Carl Levin’s brother: Congressman Sander Levin. Levin will be a formidable challenge, but Liberty Movement candidates have already shown themselves to be stronger than usual in the Michigan political field.
In Michigan’s Congressional District Eleven, Liberty Movement representative Kerry Bentivolio is still facing a looming threat of an Establishment primary challenge, but names have yet to be put forward.
Battle ResultOngoing

Nationwide: In response to the news of the IRS scandal, the Grassroots group Tea Party Patriots called for massive protests outside local IRS offices nationwide at noon local times on May 21, 2013. The protests were a massive success, showing how angry the Grassroots have become as more and more government targeting and abuse of the American people has become public knowledge. It also showed that the Tea Party and the other Grassroots constitutional-oriented groups have not died away, but only gotten stronger over time.
Battle ResultGrassroots Victory 

Tea Party Protestors demonstrate outside the local IRS office in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on

Tea Party Protesters demonstrate outside the local IRS office in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on May 21, 2013

Oklahoma: In the Sooner State, Oklahoma Republican Party chairman David Weston, a member of the Establishment, has gone on a tour called “Redefining Liberty” to try and halt the Liberty Movement’s progress in the local parties. In response, the vice chairman of the Republican Party in Oklahoma’s Cherokee County issued an excellent rebuttal to Weston’s attacks against the Liberty Movement. Speaking on behalf of the Oklahoma Liberty Movement, the vice-chair made it clear that the Liberty Movement and its Grassroots allies would not be intimidated and would work hard to continue to educate Oklahoma voters on what America’s founding principles really are and turn the state into a bastion of liberty.
Battle ResultOngoing

New Hampshire: In New Hampshire, where the Free State Project is working hard to recruit Liberty lovers to move to the Granite State there are signs that the effort is beginning to succeed at long last. The movement is slowly reaching its goal of convincing 20,000 Liberty-aligned individuals to move to the state, has elected several members to the state legislature, and has been a major force behind pushing for certain reforms in the state government. The movement may have an opportunity to make a real splash electorally as well. In the wake of the passage of the very flawed “immigration reform” bill through the U.S. Senate, in which New Hampshire’s Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte played a key role, Tea Party leader Sarah Palin has suggested that a primary challenge to Ayotte in the 2016 elections might be in order. The New Hampshire Liberty Movement, supported by Free State Project activists, might be up to that task, especially if their numbers and influence continue to grow as 2016 approaches.
Battle ResultOngoing

Vermont: As Social Conservatives fought Governor Cuomo’s massive pro-death push in New York, the Empire State’s small northeastern neighbor suddenly came out with a stinging defeat to the Social Conservative cause in New England; namely a new law which effectively legalized the murder of elderly and disabled humans. The law was narrowly passed by the Vermont state legislature in early May and enthusiastically signed by Democratic Governor Peter Shumlin on May 20th. Social Conservatives will fight to repeal the law, but it will be a difficult task in one of the most liberal/totalitarian states in the nation.
Battle ResultEstablishment Victory

Texas: The Social Conservatives scored one of their greatest victories in recent memory when the Texas state legislature passed a law outlawing the killing of unborn babies after twenty weeks in the wake of the revelations of the unsanitary conditions and graphic sickening practices of abortionists Kermit Gosnell and Texas-based Douglas Karpen. The Democratic Establishment sought to stop the Social Conservative offensive with theatrics designed to attract the attention of the largely pro-abortion Establishment Media; most notably a filibuster by Texas State Senator Wendy Davis, and protests by pro-abortion protesters screaming “Hail Satan” and other obscenities at pro-life supporters singing the hymn “Amazing Grace”. However, despite their best efforts, the Democratic Establishment failed and Social Conservatives, using every advantage they had, won a victory which is an encouraging sign in their state-level pushes across the nation to protect the lives of unborn children.
Battle ResultGrassroots Victory

Arizona: In the heavily Republican state of Arizona, anger is boiling over at the flawed so-called “immigration reform” bill which passed the U.S. Senate in late June 2013. Anger is particularly strong against Arizona’s two Senators, Establishment Republican John McCain and freshman Republican Jeff Flake, both of whom were part of the group of eight Senators who designed and voted for the flawed bill. As a result, a recall effort against both Senators is underway. Arizona has been slowly swinging its way into the Liberty Movement camp, and if the recall petitions receive enough support to call for recall elections, McCain and Flake could face strong challenges from the Grassroots.
Battle ResultOngoing

Ohio/Maryland: There are reports out of Ohio and Maryland that some very intense Grassroots vs Establishment fights are taking place in both states, but the information is unconfirmed at this point.
Battle ResultOngoing

In Closing: The Democrats have a vested interest in keeping the Establishment Republicans in control of the operating apparatus of the Republican Party. Their intervention into the Republican Civil War should come as no surprise. The Democrats are now losing the image of protectors of the rights of everyday Americans, thanks to the hypocrisy of President Barack Obama. The Grassroots Republicans, led by individuals such as Congressman Ron Paul, his son and many others, are successfully appealing to the voters, especially young ones, by being consistent and principled. This threatens the Democratic Party’s very existence as a major national player. If the Democrats lose the youth vote, it will mean they will soon be in serious danger of becoming a party restricted to winning heavily urban inner city areas – which will leave them in a very restricted minority and could open the door for two major right-oriented political parties to rise and become the true national force of the future.

Note: In the author’s last two articles on the GOP Civil War there have been comments made on the Grassroots vs Establishment fights taking place in other states of which the author has not heard of or found any details about. While the sharing of this information is greatly appreciated, it is much more constructive to email the author this information so it can be included in the next article. The author’s email address is on this site’s Contact page. When emailing the info, please include links to Grassroots groups’ web pages reporting this news or local news articles if there are any. Thank you for sharing your information!

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