In case you missed it, Jim Galloway had a wide-ranging post Saturday on the political theater of the last few weeks.
Tucked into all those observations, was this little nugget on candidate recruitment:
[Heath] Garrett, former chief of staff to U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, is focusing on younger, conservative business people untainted by political battles in Atlanta or Washington.
General election appeal is essential, given the rapidly changing demographics of Georgia. Only last week, Secretary of State Brian Kemp released statistics indicating that 122,949 fewer white voters cast a ballot in the 2012 presidential contest than in 2008. That’s an important figure in a state where race and party preference are closely tied.
Heath said the effort isn’t anti-tea party. “It’s Tea Party 2.0. It goes back to the underlying principles of lower taxes and free markets – however, it recognizes that in a representative republic, Republicans need a majority if they want to govern and accomplish their philosophical goals,” Garrett said.
After the whipping of this election, Republicans desperately need fresh faces and new blood at every level of government. The entrenched GOP has proven time and again it doesn’t play well with others. They need to overcome their fear of anything “new” or “young” or “other” or this country will slowly descend into irrelevancy.
That being said, the fact that The Dark Lord is firing up his Death Star for the next election cycle is especially sublime. I’m pretty sure that “electability” is not an synonym for “perseverance.” By pretending to be conservative and marking his chosen ones with his pretend conservative label, Mr. Rove has given those of us who are a secret decoder ring.