Rather than trying to unite the Republican Party around issues we can all agree on, the Chamber of Commerce is set to spend $50 million to back “centrist” Republican candidates to get rid of those tea party “fools” that bother them so. They seem to forget that if not for the tea party movement Nancy Pelosi would still be Speaker of the House.
Chris Chocola, president of the Club for Growth, called the move “misguided in many respects. I’m all for political free speech. People can participate in the political process — and it’s good when they do.
“But the problem with a lot of the groups is that they don’t really care about what the candidates believe,” Chocola added. “They just care what party label they have — and in this case, it’s Republican.”
The Washington-based chamber, established in 1912, said that it would spend $50 million supporting centrist Republican candidates who are running for the House of Representatives and the Senate next year.
“Our No. 1 focus is to make sure, when it comes to the Senate, that we have no loser candidates,” Scott Reed, the chamber’s strategist, told The Wall Street Journal on Thursday. “That will be our mantra: No fools on our ticket.”
The chamber has expressed its dissatisfaction with such tea party-backed senators as Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah, both of whom resisted passing a budget this year without a provision to defund Obamacare. (Read More)
Allen West pointed out how well the “centrists” did in recent election cycles, and how this strategy of theirs could backfire.
Several “establishment” candidates for US Senate in recent cycles were unsuccessful in North Dakota, Montana, Virginia, and Wisconsin. And two GOP candidates who did not get Tea Party support last year, former Rep. Todd Akin in Missouri and Richard Mourdock in Indiana, lost their senate races solely because of outrageous comments about pregnancy and rape.
The principles of limited government, fiscal responsibility, individual sovereignty, free market capitalism, and strong national defense are at the core of constitutional conservatism, and the policies to support those principles are central to this Republic.
It almost seems the establishment GOP is focused on being another version of big government and big business, which is not a formula for success. The GOP needs the grassroots supporters, their energy and the base support of volunteers to hit the pavement. (Read More)
Just look at what happened to the political career of Scott Brown. He won the first time thanks to grass roots support, only to turn his back on conservatives and lose, as an incumbent Senator, to that left wing loon Elizabeth Warren. Did his leftward shift do him any good with Massachusetts voters? Nope. All it did was turn off the base of support he needed to pull off another win.
When will these people ever learn?