If you look at any poll you quickly see indicators that should spell a great midterm election year for Republicans. So what could possibly blow that? Simple. A conservative wing of the party that is pissed off:
A conservative group is launching a new campaign which calls on “the GOP leadership in both the House and the Senate to step aside.”
ForAmerica told CNN that it’s putting six figures behind its “Dump the Leadership” campaign between now and November’s leadership elections.
The group says that its digital ads will target House Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, as well as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Whip John Cornyn, and the group adds that the first paid spots are now up online.
“Time and again, year after year, the Republican leadership in the House and Senate has come to grassroots conservatives, and Tea Party supporters pleading for our money, our volunteers, our time, our energy and our votes,” said ForAmerica Chairman Brent Bozell in a statement to CNN. “In return they have repeatedly promised not just to stop the liberal assault on our freedoms and our national treasury, but to advance our conservative agenda. It’s been years. There is not a single conservative accomplishment this so-called ‘leadership’ can point to.”
This anger is nothing new and we have seen it boiling for sometime now. But with the midterms 9 months away, and primary season kicking into full gear, this will certainly become a pivotal issue.
Look at who is in leadership. Out of them, the only one in any danger of losing their seat is Mitch McConnell. That means that these people will win their seats back, and when it comes to the House, John Boehner will most likely be Speaker again next year. That translates into voter enthusiasm. Once these conservative groups see the writing on the wall, their enthusiasm will quickly wain and that means there’s a less likely chance they will vote, or will throw their vote to a third party candidate. This could end up being a bit of a boost to Democrats and one they can really use this year.