Guess who’s funding the Republican civil war?

English: John McCain official photo portrait.As we’ve reported, there’s an ongoing Republican civil war with the party leadership and big business on one side and conservatives on the other. The Chamber of Commerce has put up $50 million to defend moderate Republicans against conservative challengers in the upcoming primaries and there’s another new player on the block who will be throwing in cash to defeat conservatives.

It’s a group called the Republican Main Street Partnership and though they’ve been around for twenty years, they’re flexing their muscles this year.

To give you some perspective, the RMSP was formed in 1994 after the Republican takeover of the House of Representatives. They sought to offset the Gingrich Republicans who they saw as being too radical. We think they just liked being the minority party and getting a few crumbs from the table.

They are “centrist” or “moderate” in their political outlook.

If you go to their website you’ll find that they’ve laid out an “Issues” page in a way designed to avoid upsetting anybody. Their first several issues talk about fiscal responsibility and taxes. Then we get to the nitty gritty.


We believe that the provisions of Obamacare that are not working should be repealed, that those provisions that are working should be retained, and that additional healthcare reform measures should be passed that will increase access to quality healthcare while at the same time lowering costs across the healthcare system.

Energy and the Environment.

We support a holistic approach to energy policy – one that recognizes the need to utilize every tool available. As such, we encourage and support the use of renewable energy and alternative sources. We also support expanding access to domestic sources of traditional energy.

Those things they refuse to address as “Issues”.

There’s nary a word about immigration reform. The thoughts on “Education” do not include anything about Common Core. On social issues, nothing.

The RMSP is a left of center organization within the Republican Party and their actual support of legislative solutions wouldn’t cause Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, or Barack Obama to lose a minute of sleep.

They talk about trimming domestic spending by going after waste, fraud, and abuse, but don’t say a word about eliminating programs or downsizing government. There’s nothing in their wish list that looks like small government, they’re proponents of big, intrusive, know-better, government that’s just run a little more efficiently. Think of it as a faster conveyor belt from the gas chamber to the ovens.

In their fight against conservatives the RMSP has a new ally this time around.

The Republican Main Street Partnership has emerged as an outspoken, deep-pocketed player in pro-business GOP plans to beat back tea-party challengers next year. But the group’s new super PAC has an unexpected source for its seed money: labor unions.

The super PAC, called Defending Main Street, has not yet submitted a major donor disclosure to the Federal Election Commission. But documents filed by other groups show that two labor organizations, the International Union of Operating Engineers and the Laborers’ International Union of North America, directed a combined $400,000 to the Republican group in September and October.

Main Street says it has raised roughly $2 million total between its super PAC and an affiliated nonprofit group so far—and that means labor has supplied at least 20 percent of those funds.

Maine's two U.S. Senators, Susan Collins (left...

Maine’s two U.S. Senators, Susan Collins (left) and Olympia Snowe (right). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Main Street is Main Line and they’re working to build a solid alliance against conservatives with organized labor.

They support the Republican Leadership down the line. In fact, though they won’t tell you on their website, they are pro-amnesty, opposed to effective border security, pro-common core, pro-expansion of the Department of Education, pro-expansion of government in general. In other words, they are Democrats in sheep’s clothing.

If you need more proof, here are some prominent members, or former members, of the RMSP that you’ll probably recognize.

  • Sen. Susan Collins, Maine
  • Sen. Mark Kirk, Illinois
  • Sen. John McCain, Arizona
  • Former Sen. Lincoln Chafee, Rhode Island, left GOP in 2007 after being defeated for reelection
  • Former Sen. Norm Coleman, Minnesota, defeated for reelection
  • Former Sen. John Danforth, Missouri, retired
  • Former Sen. Jim Jeffords, Vermont, left GOP in 2001
  • Former Sen. Warren Rudman, New Hampshire, retired
  • Former Sen. Gordon Smith, Oregon, defeated for reelection
  • Former Sen. Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania, left GOP 2009, defeated for reelection
  • Former Sen. Olympia Snowe, Maine, retired

You get the idea. We can’t recall typing longer list of worthless dreck. We are refraining from comment on the individuals on the list except to say that we’re ashamed that our wonderful state of Arizona (62F at the moment) keeps sending John McCain to DC.

This should give you a good idea about the coming civil war for the soul of the party. Are we going to continue to be Democrat-Lite or are we going to stand for the constitutional republic that the Founders handed off to us?

It’s a matter of life or death for our Nation.

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  • jim_m

    These are the Republicans that want to be a permanent minority party and feed off the table scraps that the dems throw them. They are only wanting to posture as being for limited government while they benefit from being able to distribute the largesse that big government enables.

    • Retired military

      They aren’t republicans. They are RINOs, the entire lot of them.

  • 914

    Jackass Rinos.. No different then any dummycrat.

  • RRRoark

    Moderation in the confrontation of progressive fascism is no virtue.

  • Brucehenry

    *Taking back my trollish comment*

    • jim_m

      What is it Bruce? Did you make a New Year’s resolution to be a complete troll?

      • Brucehenry

        OK Ok I’ll take it back. I guess you got a point.

      • Brucehenry

        I’ll try this again. Check out this link for another take on this “civil war.”

        • jim_m

          Yes, I will naturally accept the left’s word for what is going on with conservatives. I might suggest that a left wing publication might find it wits with their ideological agenda to make a claim that enhances their message and advances their agenda.

          Of course they think that conservatives are the problem with the GOP. But then if the GOP doesn’t need conservatives the real result is that no one needs the GOP. If we wanted left wing politics we already have the dems for that.

          Keep on trolling.

          • Brucehenry

            I am soooo surprised you would dismiss any analysis, with or without snark, that doesn’t fit with your preconceived notions.

            I for one hope the Tea Party wins the battle for control of the GOP. Cruz-Robertson ’16!

          • jim_m

            I dismiss the analysis as self serving leftist tripe and deeply unserious as it is little more than propaganda.

          • Brucehenry

            I doubt you even read it all the way through.

          • jim_m

            As much as you would have read anything from Gateway Pundit

          • Brucehenry

            Dude, if and when you link to it, I at least do you the courtesy of reading it before denying its credibility. Blind squirrels, stopped clocks, etc etc

          • jim_m

            I respect others enough to not link to disreputable sources and expect them to waste their time with them. You, however, have declined into posting BS from Media Matters and other far left sources as though they were legitimate news sources.

            Linking to Rolling Stone for incisive political commentary should normally be a joke. It’s sad that you think it is not.

          • Brucehenry

            Well I agree that there’s something sad here about the credibility of sources. You are free of course to refuse to consider other viewpoints if you wish.

            I come to Wizbang to hear viewpoints other than those I’m comfortable with and to contest them if I feel the need and the inclination to do so. You should do as you wish. Stay in your comfort zone if you like.

    • Don’t stop here. There are hundreds, if not thousands, that would benefit from the same treatment.

  • ackwired

    The two party system is destroying the country, and now that same mindset is destroying the Republican Party. The solution is simple. Each should find the party that best fits his/her views and vote their conscience. It is becoming more clear to more people that the time has come to end this two-party scam.

  • Paul Hooson

    I’ll argue in favor of the business interests here. These are the people who drive the American economy and most know how economics work. Without a strong economy and jobs, what do we have?

  • Lawrence Westlake

    Sound strategy by those labor unions, especially from the Machiavellian standpoint. Obviously they really don’t care who wins these primaries. Only that the primaries are as destructive as possible, thereby helping to elect and reelect more Democrats. Presumably they’ll literally play both sides against the middle, by funneling money to “Tea Party” groups, too. Sharron Angle and Todd Akin and their ilk wouldn’t be able to appreciate the various layers of irony, but that goes without saying. The inverse of this strategy would of course make sense, but alas Democrats are too politically savvy to engage in these sorts of internecine conflicts. C’est la vie. Ultimately the whole split on the right in many ways is a Protestant thing. When WASPs don’t get entirely their own ways they nearly instinctively split apart into smaller groups. After all it’s not a coincidence there are so many Protestant sects. Agreement on 90% of doctrine irrationally and reflexively is viewed as disagreement. Hell, check out any small town in the Midwest or in the Deep South. It’s not uncommon not only to have a dozen denominations, despite the dearth of overall populations, but often you’ll see multiple Protestant churches within the same denomination, right across the street from each other! Connect the dots.