It has slowly begun to dawn in the reptilian brains of the GOP Establishment that winning the Senate is not a done deal. And after trashing Tea Party conservatives all summer long, the Establishment has begun to realize they can’t win without conservative support. Note, they aren’t apologizing for attacking the Tea Party as “racists” in Mississippi, much less promoting any kind of conservative legislative platform to pursue should they win the senate. They just want conservatives to give their time and money to help elect the same old get-along, go-along Republicans.
Yesterday in the Wall Street Journal, Karl Rove sounded the alarm. Republicans are not doing as well as they should given the election dynamic. According to Rove, “Republican candidates and groups must step up if they are to substantially reduce that gap . . . . [R]educing the Democratic cash advantage will tip the needle in the GOP’s direction. That will only happen if Republicans open their wallets to candidates whom they may have never met, and, if they live in a battleground state, they clear their calendars to volunteer to identify and get out the vote.”
A few hours later, via the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s email list, Haley Barbour sent out a pitch for donations.
And the GOP’s message to conservatives on what they can expect in return…