On a recent snowy day in the Washington suburb of Tysons Corner in Northern Virginia, some of the religious right’s wealthiest backers and top operatives gathered at the Ritz-Carlton to plot their entry into the conservative civil war.And why are they doing this? Not just because they are wingnuts, but because they are also dumb enough to think moving to the right is smart politics. For example:
Their plan: take a page out of the playbooks of Karl Rove and the Koch brothers by raising millions of dollars, coordinating their political spending and assiduously courting megadonors.
Plans in the works range from aggressive super PAC spending in primaries against Republicans deemed squishy on social issues, to holding a donor conference in Normandy, France, tied to the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion.
It’s all geared toward elevating the place of social issues like abortion and gay marriage in conservative politics.
“The Manhattan and California zip codes where large numbers of these donors come from don’t behave politically or have the same views as Western Ohio,” [meeting participant Frank] Cannon said in an interview.Uh, hate to break it to you Mr. Cannon, but last I checked, Western Ohio isn't a state. But Ohio is. And no matter what Karl Rove was thinking on election night, President Obama won it. As did Sherrod Brown. But hey, if this guy is content to win Western Ohio, let him have a party.