At least two embattled GOP governors on the Koch Brothers payroll are waging untimely internecine wars. In Ohio. Republican Governor John Kasich and Ohio GOP State Central Committee Chairman Kevin DeWine are contesting control over said committee, which "recruit and endorse candidates and decide who the party will support financially," as GOP committeewoman Kathy Johnston defined for The Chillicothe Gazette. This schoolyard tussle has gotten so serious that Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, a challenger for the GOP senatorial nomination in Ohio, rejected this ego war by declaring, "the focus of elected leaders today should be on job creation and sustainable economic growth..."
Now where have we heard that before, Barry? Seems to me that was a 2008 campaign plank of yours, wasn't it? At least one of those award-winning ads of yours from that year must have mentioned the topic!
But we're not yet done with embattled GOP governors on the Koch Brothers payroll. Up in Wisconsin, Governor Scott Walker,already beset with defending against a recall, is going to face a proposed primary contestant. Patrick O'Brien, 49, of New Glarus, WI (Full disclosure: A very nice town I visited once) plans to challenge Walker. This announcement alone puts Mrs. O'Brien's state job at risk. But O'Brien isn't concerned about his wife joining the unemployed as he himself now is. He believes he can offer Wisconsinites a better choice than the, "extreme, inflexible and [less-than-truthful]" Scott Walker. I thought he was running as a brown bag Republican," O'Brien said, "What we were getting was a brown shirt Republican."
Coming from a declared, if unofficial, Republican candidate, that cuts deep! But these state issues are only distractions from the national issue the RNC must first attend. Haley Barbour and John McCain, each a past contender for the Republican nomination, have openly expressed concern both that Romney isn't a strong candidate catching on outside the 1 percent, and that no one else stronger has come forth. But these may not be the biggest problems facing the Republican Party.
Lincoln Mitchell, writing in The Huffington Post, expressed these concerns in a different context, "...until the party finds a way to appeal to 21st century Americans, weak candidates in 2012 will be the least of their problems." Many of the commenters for this post have some interesting observations, but I'm sure they won't impress you in the slightest. They will only reinforce your hubristic belief that Obama is a shoo-in come November.