by Brian Fahy & Garrett Fahy
Board Minutes of the Committee for the Prevention of a Republican Senate Majority
July 29, 2013, 10:00 a.m.
Secretary: Ladies and gentlemen, please take your seats, this meeting of the Committee for the Prevention of a Republican Senate Majority (Majority Prevention Committee) is called to order.
Let’s get down to business. We’ll start with introductions then cover our agenda items. But first, what’s our motto? PURITY OVER POWER! Let’s say it again: PURITY OVER POWER!
Ok, that felt good. Now, introductions. Here with us tonight are some very esteemed members that we would like to recognize. Please identify yourself as your name is called. We’ll start with the men.
Todd Akin, good to see you. Richard Mourdock, thanks for coming. Both of you had a tough time with the female vote, I but I see that hasn’t scared away our female members.
Sharron Angle, so glad you could make it. Christine O’Donnell, thank you for coming, it must be hard to show your face in public.
As you all know, the Majority Prevention Committee would not be here with you and your leadership. You all showed us the way. Oh, sorry, we forgot our Chairwoman Emeritus, Sarah Palin. Sarah, thank you for coming all the way from Alaska. You, more than anyone else, have played an instrumental role in supporting our Committee and each of these candidates. For your leadership and your example, we sincerely thank you.
Let’s get down to business. Item 1 on our agenda is the Kentucky senate race. Who are we supporting for the primary and general election? That’s right, businessman Matt Bevin. We think he’s really got what it takes.
Some have questioned whether he has the experience for the job. It’s true his resume is pretty thin politically. He’s never run for federal office before, but since when did that stop a Committee member? I guess he can learn on the campaign trail, like Sarah did.
Now, he’ll need our support. Who can we count on? I’m guessing Rand Paul, he’s one of us. Rand is supporting Mitch McConnell? Hmm. Who does that leave? Nobody? Ok, well, it’s still early. We’ll find somebody.
Let’s talk about Matt’s platform: why are we supporting him versus Mitch McConnell? Matt’s campaign ad says that “McConnell has voted for higher taxes, bailouts, debt ceiling increases, congressional pay raises, and liberal judges.”
Mr. Mourdock: Didn’t the bailout save the economy from total collapse?
Secretary: What’s that Sarah? You don’t think so? Ok.
Mr. Akin: But didn’t Mitch vote for the Bush tax cuts and support all of Bush’s judicial nominees?
Secretary: Well, I’m sure Bevin has his facts straight.
What else? He’s hitting Mitch for unapologetically supporting the Patriot Act.
Ms. Angle: Didn’t George Bush, Michael Hayden, Michael Mukasey, and lots of other smart guys support the Patriot Act? Hasn’t Congress reauthorized it a couple times with huge bipartisan majorities?
Secretary: Well, Bevin must have his reasons. If they’re good enough for him, they’re good enough for us.
What’s that Christine?
Ms. O’Donnell: Mitch has spent too much time in DC, and not enough time in Kentucky. What’s his excuse?
Secretary: You’re saying Mitch should have spent more time opening Post Offices at home instead of opposing Obamacare, tax increases and terrorist trials in Manhattan? Yes, I think you have some good points there. Let’s hope Bevin can pull this off.
When Republicans’ odds of recapturing the Senate next year are, according to even liberal projectionists, better than even money, this is how not to assemble a Senate majority.
Daring to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, ideological purists in Kentucky are pushing the candidacy of businessman and political novice Matt Bevin. Hoping to garner the support of the Club for Growth and the Senate Conservatives Fund, some activists are painting McConnell as Obama incarnate, the ultimate symbol of conviction gone awry in the Potomac swamp.
In many instances, purity is a virtue. Republican primaries are not such instances; they should be strainers that eliminate the incoherent and the unelectable. Political purity is the pathway to political obsolescence and some factions of the GOP are choosing obsolescence instead of a majority, and playing right into Harry Reid’s hands.
Republicans should have learned this lesson in 2010 and 2012, when they had fewer Senate seats to defend and several ripe pickup possibilities. Instead of keeping reliable GOP votes (Lugar, Indiana), or nominating electable House members (Mike Castle, Delaware) or viable candidates (Sue Lowden, Nevada), shortsighted primary voters nominated ideological purists without the political skills necessary to navigate the rough and tumble of a general election campaign.
From the earliest indications, the GOP appears fated to resurrect Yogi Berra’s maxim: it’s déjà vu all over again. GOP primary voters must wake up before Republicans squander another golden chance at a Senate majority. Matt Bevin is probably a nice guy, but Republican Senate campaigns must no longer be confused with Tea Party popularity contests. If he wins the primary, he’ll be perfectly poised for induction as the newest member of the Majority Prevention Committee.