Sunday brought us a great article from Jonathan Martin, et. al. about the insurgents and how they are funding themselves in Congress. There is so much here. So. Let's. Do. It.
1. We are seeing the sunsetting of K Street's hold over Congress. There is more money in 'purer' ideological factions in Congress. Can you believe that former big wigs like the Chamber of Congress are in competition with the Heritage Foundation's Heritage Action and Club for Growth?
2. They are funded, in large part, by grass roots movements. It's not the SuperPAC nebulous donor situation we are talking about here. In the case of the Senate Conservative Fund, very conservative candidates are put on the primary rolls against (sometimes) Republican incumbents who are not as conservative... to vote them out. This brings us Marco Rubio, at a minimum.
3. The factions in Congress can go both ways. There is a great interactive map that shows us where they are and how they vote.
4. Possibly, has Karl Rove of Crossroads GPS lost control of the conservatives he has brought in? Maybe, maybe not...
Teri Gross did a great interview for those of you who want more... It's riveting stuff! My only complaint: I really wish we had more information about the factions within the Democrats. I want to know what those blue dogs and those who back the populist sentiment in the Occupy movement are up to; and are they falling in line behind Obama, who is more centrist than the more liberal elements had hoped for?
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