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Short of a constitutional amendment, the best way to counter Citizens United is internecine warfare between the moneybags of the GOP.  And it's about to happen.

Concerned, the Chamber of Commerce is preparing to participate in political primaries, protecting friendly lawmakers from conservative challengers. "Clearly we're getting to a point where we need a Congress that's going to be productive, proactive and create a stable environment for economic growth and job creation," said Scott Reed, a Republican political consultant who is advising the chamber on its strategy.
If the Chamber follows through, we could see several dozen GOP primaries in 2014 with the sawbucks of the Chamber up against the moolah from the Club for Growth.  Or the Kochs.  Or Adelson.  The more money they have to spend protecting their turf in the primaries, the better for us.  Maybe it means donor fatigue by fall for the GOP; just as likely, it means GOP voter fatigue.  

The only solution for the GOP is a quick resolution to the shutdown and the debt limit, followed by a show of bipartisanship.  Maybe we get the first two, but I don't think the GOP leadership can accomplish the third.  Prior to just now, the moneyed interests have been careful not to step too much on each other, though the disagreements were there.  This may be the moment that splits the bucks and pits millions against millions in all-out war for control of the Republican Party.

The only truly happy people on their side are going to be their campaign consultants; but the happiest people of all will be the owners of media outlets.  There will be days when you can't find the obituaries in the paper for all the incendiary political ads.

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  •  Tip Jar (3+ / 0-)
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    TomP, mbayrob, wdrath

    "Get over it...and get out of the way." -- Gov. Steve Beshear (D-KY)

    by mspicata on Wed Oct 02, 2013 at 11:09:20 AM PDT

  •  Should own a media outlet then an take their money (0+ / 0-)

    Even if it is a simple website or newspaper.

    Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
    I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
    —Spike Milligan

    by polecat on Wed Oct 02, 2013 at 11:53:41 AM PDT

  •  Sounds about right to me (1+ / 0-)
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    Chas 981

    The Chamber, which bears a lot of responsibility for the GOP's  lurch into lunacy, was probably overjoyed by Citizens United.  But extremist billionaires like Chuck and Dave are risky allies.

    Now the Chamber is seeing the result:  the fringe is so worked up that they arevwilling tondo things that harm business interests.  The Chamber has always been able to throw money at labor and middle class interests that cannot put up money enough to counter.  But now they need to compete with nuts with hundreds of millions of dollars to play with.

    I think you're absolutely right: the Chamber and its allies aren't going to enjoy the new situation.

    Quote of the week: "They call themselves bipartisan because they're able to buy members of both parties," (R. Eskow, Campaign for America's Future.)

    by mbayrob on Wed Oct 02, 2013 at 12:00:15 PM PDT

  •  proof positive the billionaires are morons (0+ / 0-)

    The rich have got everything they wanted.  Corporate profits are back to where they were before the financial crisis, the paper economy is booming in response to austerity, and now a huge chunk of the federal government has been effectively eliminated for an indefinite period of time.

    What the hell are the rich complaining about?!

    Domestic politics is the continuation of civil war by other means.

    by Visceral on Wed Oct 02, 2013 at 12:29:49 PM PDT

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