Operation Counterweight commenced on June 10, 2011:
Why do I have this feeling that the back-stabbing and petty politics of the Republican insiders are going to leave me completely unexcited about the presidential campaign, and more focused on electing conservatives to Congress as a counterweight to the (hoped for) new Republican President?
Fight for the Republican nominee we want and the defeat of Obama, but also commence preparations for Operation Counterweight.
Preparations were reconfirmed on October 9, 2011:
That will be my strategy for 2012, focusing on critical races in which we can elect Republicans willing to stand up to the Republican President who will take the oath of office in January 2013, and keep the Republican Speaker of the House and Republican Senate Majority Leader from repeating the mistakes of the past.
Reuters has discovered Operation Counterweight, As Romney rises, Tea Party sees Senate as “bulwark” (h/t HotAir):
As Mitt Romney inches toward the Republican Party’s presidential nomination, many conservative activists are increasingly focused on a different political prize for 2012: the Senate….
But some supporters of the Tea Party movement and other conservatives distrust Romney, deriding him as a moderate, and they hope to get a few of their candidates into the Senate to serve as a “bulwark” against him or President Barack Obama.
“Conservatives in Nebraska are very concerned about Romney and disappointed that he may be the nominee,” said John Arnold of the Lincoln Tea Party. “So the Senate has become much more important.” …
It is hard to overstate Tea Party dislike for Romney.
“I’d rather stick needles in my eyes than vote for Mitt Romney,” said Pete Harring of the MaineReFounders, a Tea Party group.
In more than a hundred interviews Reuters conducted with Tea Party activists since October, anti-Romney sentiment was prevalent.
So far I have identified three candidates for inclusion in Operation Counterweight:
Any other conservatives who are willing to sit down in the snow?