• Top Line

    The political director of a prominent Tea Party Super PAC predicts that “big punches” will be thrown within the GOP as groups like his gear up for primary challenges in the 2014 midterm elections against Republicans whom they view as not conservative enough.

    “I think the 2014 primary cycle is going to be unlike anything that we've seen,” said the Madison Project’s Drew Ryun. “This is going to be the equivalent of a bar room brawl.”

    The Republican establishment, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, is going head-to-head with the Madison Project in several of the races where the Super PAC is working to replace the incumbent. But Ryun told “Top Line” they were ready for the fight.

    “I think it's going to come down to a battle of tactics,” Ryun said. “They're going to have more money; we're going to have more people. And, basically, who employs the best tactics is going to come out on top of these primaries.”

    Ryun acknowledged that the Tea Party had fallen short in the past in

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  • Politics Confidential

    Ernie Banks has never been one to back down from a hard match.

    The legendary Chicago slugger, who is immortalized in the Baseball Hall of Fame and was recently awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, was one of the first African-American players to go directly from the Negro to Major Leagues when baseball was desegregated. He hit more than 500 home runs over the course of his career.

    But despite his personal history of breaking down barriers and setting records, Banks admits that there was a time when he was skeptical that then-Sen. Obama could win the presidential election in 2008.

    “I was going to tell him … well, not [that he] shouldn't run for president,” Banks said, “but it's, you know, [an] amazing challenge, because I ran for alderman in Chicago, and I saw that.”

    “But he could do it,” Banks told “Politics Confidential” at the White House after being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

    Though Banks fell short in his own bid for alderman in the 1960s and

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  • The Fine Print

    Before Rep. Vance McAllister won a special election last month to represent Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District, the 39-year-old businessman had not only never run for public office, but never stepped foot in the nation’s capital.

    But today, as he settles into an office on Capitol Hill that once belonged to President Gerald Ford, he tells “The Fine Print” he hopes to rise above the partisan squabble that contributed to the lowest approval ratings ever for Congress.

    “It just seems like there's a lot of bickering, a lot of arguing, a lot about partisanship, whether it's right of wrong,” said McAllister, a Republican. “People are just tired of seeing all the fighting they want to see things happening and moving forward.”

    Part of rising above the partisanship, McAllister said, includes giving Obama the respect he deserves as the president of the United States.

    “I pray for him every day and hope he makes the right decisions and has the right convictions, but I know his

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