Republican group American Action hopes to mimic Democrats’ success

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For much of the past decade, Republicans jealously eyed the outside organizations built by Democrats — groups that operate independently of the party’ elected officials to provide polling, messaging and policy advice. Those organizations played no small part in the Democrats’ takeovers of the White House, Senate and House in the past two elections.

Out of power at every level in Washington, Republicans have adopted a “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” strategy — mimicking some of the most successful ideas put in place by Democrats over the past decade (or so) in hopes of preparing the party for the 2010 midterm election and beyond.

The latest iteration is an organization called the American Action Network, which aims to serve as a “conveyor belt of ideas” for the Republican Party

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