There's Ginni Thomas in 2010, coyly telling Neil Cavuto that of course her husband doesn't object to her activism because he views law and policy differently. Four years and many awful Supreme Court decisions later, Mrs. Clarence Thomas rises up again, along with a cabal of high-level right wing conservatives who have declared a "30-front war" on just about everything.
David Corn's exclusive and long, juicy read at Mother Jones has many of the details, including a list of players and copies of communications sent to a Google Group earlier this year. This group calls themselves "Groundswell":
Dubbed Groundswell, this coalition convenes weekly in the offices of Judicial Watch, the conservative legal watchdog group. During these hush-hush sessions and through a Google group, the members of Groundswell—including aides to congressional Republicans—cook up battle plans for their ongoing fights against the Obama administration, congressional Democrats, progressive outfits, and the Republican establishment and "clueless" GOP congressional leaders. They devise strategies for killing immigration reform, hyping the Benghazi controversy, and countering the impression that the GOP exploits racism. And the Groundswell gang is mounting a behind-the-scenes organized effort to eradicate the outsize influence of GOP über-strategist/pundit Karl Rove within Republican and conservative ranks. (For more on Groundswell's "two front war" against Rove—a major clash on the right—clickhere.)
One of the influential conservatives guiding the group is Virginia "Ginni" Thomas, a columnist for the Daily Caller and a tea party consultant and lobbyist. Other Groundswell members include John Bolton, the former UN ambassador; Frank Gaffney, the president of the Center for Security Policy; Ken Blackwell and Jerry Boykin of the Family Research Council; Tom Fitton, the president of Judicial Watch; Gayle Trotter, a fellow at the Independent Women's Forum; Catherine Engelbrecht and Anita MonCrief of True the Vote; Allen West, the former GOP House member; Sue Myrick, also a former House GOPer; Diana Banister of the influential Shirley and Banister PR firm; and Max Pappas, a top aide to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).
That's quite a who's-who of conservative non-profit leadership right there. And these groups whined about being identified as actively partisan groups by the IRS? Really?
The group doesn't view their mission as mere messaging, either. As Corn notes, their March 27th meeting minutes had a clear statement of purpose: