GOP civil war: Tea Party group pledges to spend six figures on ads to “dump” GOP leadership

ForAmerica (one word), a conservative nonprofit, wants to purge the entire upper ranks of the congressional GOP VIDEO

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GOP civil war: Tea Party group pledges to spend six figures on ads to “dump” GOP leadershipHouse Speaker John Boehner (Credit: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Brent Bozell (or L. Brent Bozell III, if you’re not into the whole brevity thing), a nephew of William F. Buckley and a conservative activist and writer, is a pretty silly person.

But the thing about politics is, provided they’ve got friends with a lot of money (or a lot of money themselves), silly people can make a difference! Or at least be a nuisance.

When it comes to Bozell’s right-wing nonprofit, ForAmerica, and its announced goal of getting “the GOP leadership in both the House and the Senate to step aside,” the likelihood is high that Bozell, despite his big talk, will be the latter.

According to a report from CNN,  ForAmerica has announced its intention to spend six figures on a digital ad campaign intended to shun GOP leadership from the national stage. And by “GOP leadership,” they don’t just mean Rep. John Boehner and Sen. Mitch McConnell but also Rep. Eric Cantor, Rep. Kevin McCarthy and Sen. John Cornyn.

What have these GOP higher-ups done to deserve expulsion? Bozell told CNN that he’s tired of Republicans approaching Tea Party supporters and other conservative activists in order to “[plead] for our money, our volunteers, our time, our energy and our votes.”

Despite all that he and his ilk have given, Bozell says, there is “not a single conservative accomplishment this so-called ‘leadership’ can point to.”

Check out one of ForAmerica’s digital attack ads, this one against McConnell, below:

Elias Isquith

Elias Isquith is an assistant editor at Salon, focusing on politics. Follow him on Twitter at @eliasisquith, and email him at

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