While Democrats have utilized third-party surrogates for years to help promote their cause (Hi, George Soros!), the GOP is finally stepping up to the plate.
And they aren't just up there to hit a single, they are aiming for the fences.
Thanks to Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie, a network of five organizations are getting ready to add their voice to this year's elections.
The Republican Party’s best-connected political operatives have quietly built a massive fundraising, organizing and advertising machine based on the model assembled by Democrats early in the decade, and with the same ambitious goal — to recapture Congress and the White House.
The new groups could give Republicans and their allies a powerful campaign apparatus separate from the Republican National Committee. Karl Rove, political architect of the Bush presidency, and Ed Gillespie, former Republican Party chairman, are the most prominent forces behind what is, in effect, a network of five overlapping groups, three of which were started in the past few months.
These organizations are exactly what's needed in the face of the turmoil over at the RNC. It's providing big money donors a new avenue to unload cash into organizations they can trust to smartly spend in key races across the country.
Rove and Gillespie are in charge. Rest easy, GOP.