The Republican Party hacks — the ossified leaders who appear to cooperate with the Democrats to help conservative candidates lose primaries and general elections — got exposed for what they really are this week. In some staffer’s mistake (or was it?), a Yahoo News reporter allegedly heard the old has-beens warn against “making personal attacks against President Barack Obama.”

Yahoo’s Rachel Rose Hartman says they warned on their private conference call that to attack Obama personally would be “too hazardous for the GOP.” That means they have told the Tea Party crowd and other conservatives who ask if Obama is even eligible to be president: Don’t Ask, and Don’t Tell.

Where have these creeps been when we needed them to defend good GOP candidates under vicious attacks from the Democrats and their media? In an infuriating revelation of the GOP’s Rules for Losers, we see a repeat of their 2008 game plan that doomed moderate progressive John McCain, who was too much of a gentleman to bring up anything about Obama that might suggest the Democrat should not be elected president. McCain even forbade his staff from using Obama’s legal middle name, Hussein.

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I guess McCain thought it was worth losing the election to remain “pure.”

One operative explained why Republicans should repeat the McCain plan in 2012. “There’s a lot of people who feel sorry for him,” Nicholas Thompson, a Republican pollster, supposedly said.  That’s right; the Republican establishment doesn’t want our candidates to say anything negative about the worst president in decades, because people may feel sorry for Obama.

But what about those who feel deeply sorry for what he’s done to America?What about people who dislike such Obama distinctives as going around the world apologizing for America, like bowing to a Saudi king, like keeping an attorney general in place who called fellow Americans cowards, for the Fast and Furious disgrace — like amassing a national debt larger than all other presidents combined, like shutting down our domestic energy sources, like selling us out to China?

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Just who is our real enemy here? Is it a rabid Democratic opposition with unlimited funds to attack and bring down any viable GOP candidate? Is it the mainstream media?

Or are we really at war with our party’s leadership of Republican hacks fighting with all of their might to keep anyone who won’t play ball with them out of power?

Do these insiders really want us to win? Did pollster Thompson really say, “We’re hesitant to jump on board with heavy attacks?”

Now that their machinations have become clear, we have to ask: Why does Obama need his party’s base of support if he has ours?

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