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We believe that the provisions of Obamacare that are not working should be repealed, that those provisions that are working should be retained, and that additional healthcare reform measures should be passed that will increase access to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.
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.