The Republican spin machine has been working over marks like Marc Ambinder, and they’ve got him convinced that this time the Presidential primary will be different:
The end result is that the party has conspired to nominate the most electable conservative candidate and quickly. Challengers must prove themselves much earlier. Deep pockets and good field organizations will become more important relative to free media generated by tactical maneuvers and conservative radio hosts.
In other words, the RNC has finally disenfranchised the crazies this time, just like the last dozen times. The proper response to this RNC spin headlines this post, because it’s not just the Presidential race, it’s the whole brand.
Here’s one example from a local race, New York’s 25th Congressional District, currently held by 84 year-old Democrat Louise Slaughter. We had two challengers announce this week. One is a true Tea Partier who is so wedded to the Constitution that he won’t run on a party line but instead will be a true independent fighting for repeal of gun control and Obamacare. The “reasonable conservative” in the race, running on the Republican line, used to write columns comparing the teaching of global warming and evolution to Hitler Youth indoctrination. That’s the range of choice Republicans are giving voters in a district which went for Obama by double digits in the last two Presidential elections.
No matter how much work the RNC puts into wiping the party’s ass at the top of the ticket, the rest of the ticket is full of Teanderthals pooping out Hitler references.