The Republicans’ post-election spin came in two basic flavors — predictable denial and bizarre denial.
Let’s start with the predictable: the reason Americans rejected a presidential candidate who represented the right-wing of national politics was because he wasn’t genuinely right wing enough. “There’s definitely a feeling that it would be better to nominate a conservative of long-standing conviction,” said Ralph Reed, a movement conservative who hardly ever finds an electable politician crazy enough for his tastes.
Also pushing that line was Matt Kibbe, the president of Freedom Works, a “Tea Party” organization started and financed by some of the most establishment Republicans around – David Koch, Dick Armey, Jack Kemp and C. Boyden Gray, to name a few. “It is getting to point where you can’t reach back and pull another establishment Republican from the queue like we have done with Romney,” he said.
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