Chamber of Commerce to spend at least $50 million next year to promote centrist Republicans

posted at 4:01 pm on December 27, 2013 by Allahpundit

Meant to flag this yesterday but got sidetracked with other stuff. A simple question to warm you during New Year’s, my friends: Will 2014 be the year of the RINO?

GOP House leaders are taking steps to impose discipline on wavering committee chairmen and tea-party factions. Meanwhile, major donors and advocacy groups, such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and American Crossroads, are preparing an aggressive effort to groom and support more centrist Republican candidates for Congress in 2014′s midterm elections…

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce early next year plans to roll out an aggressive effort—expected to cost at least $50 million—to support establishment, business-friendly candidates in primaries and the general election, with an aim of trying to win a Republican Senate majority.

“Our No. 1 focus is to make sure, when it comes to the Senate, that we have no loser candidates,” said the business group’s top political strategist, Scott Reed. “That will be our mantra: No fools on our ticket.”

Actually, is this news? It made the rounds on blogs yesterday but the only detail that’s new, I think, is the dollar amount. Some suspect the big-picture goal is to pave the way for more amnesty-minded Republicans before the new immigration-reform push next year. The Chamber is indeed pro-amnesty, but they claim their focus is on taking back the Senate, which already passed the Gang of Eight bill overwhelmingly. If they want to move immigration through, they should focus on the House, but it’s harder to dislodge a conservative incumbent in a red-district primary than it is to help a centrist defeat a tea partier in a statewide race like Senate. Besides, the votes are already there in the House for passing immigration reform; all Boehner needs is a few dozen Republicans to work up the nerve to vote with Democrats in passing it. If the Chamber wants amnesty that badly, they’re better off saving their money and offering it to Boehner as part of his new lobbyist payday if he agrees to violate the Hastert Rule to pass immigration reform, which would likely send him packing into retirement and onto K Street.

This is mainly about the shutdown, of course. The Chamber’s been kvetching loudly about tea partiers ever since the Cruz/Lee “defund” effort in October momentarily turned off the tap from Uncle Sam and screwed with their bottom line. There was a slew of articles in the aftermath about them vowing to make the tea party pay — WaPo, Politico, the Financial Times. McCain claimed around the same time that business groups had already approached him about running for reelection in 2016, for good reason: A state like Arizona could very well replace him with a conservative who’d ally himself with Cruz on a new shutdown effort in the future. As much as business interests might usually (but not always) prefer Republicans to Democrats in the general election, they’re more interested right now in making sure that the next crop of senators will blanch at the thought of a new shutdown or, worse, a new debt-ceiling crisis. There’s already a nucleus of dealmaking GOPers — McCain, Collins, Kirk, Murkowski, frequently Jeff Flake, a few others — that’s big enough to break filibusters so long as Reid has 55 Democrats in his pocket. But he won’t have that many come January 2015. The Chamber needs to add as many anti-shutdown Republicans to the chamber as it can to make beating back Cruz easier the next time righties try a little fiscal brinksmanship.

Why have the Chamber take the lead on this, though? Why not let Karl Rove’s outfit, American Crossroads and its anti-tea-party offshoot Conservative Victory Project, lead the campaign against tea partiers? Well, it seems the Rove brand has been … somewhat tarnished:

At least a dozen “super PACs” are setting up to back individual Republican candidates for the United States Senate, challenging the strategic and financial dominance that Karl Rove and the group he co-founded, American Crossroads, have enjoyed ever since the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision in 2010 cleared the way for unlimited independent spending…

Crossroads appears to be testing a new approach. The group has so far stayed out of Kentucky, for example, where Senator Mitch McConnell, the minority leader, is facing both a Tea Party challenger in the primary and a strong Democratic opponent. Instead, Mr. McConnell is backed by a new group called Kentuckians for Strong Leadership. Although it is legally separate from Crossroads, most of its cash came from Crossroads donors, Mr. Law sits on its board, and the two organizations share a treasurer.

Crossroads has lobbied to help set up similar groups in races where its brand may be less appealing to voters or donors, according to two Republicans with knowledge of the conversations. But Mr. Rove has grown so controversial among some conservatives, the Republicans said, that candidates worry that donors will not contribute to a super PAC if it is connected to Crossroads.

When Conservative Victory Project was first revealed back in February, Erick Erickson wrote, “I dare say any candidate who gets this group’s support should be targeted for destruction by the conservative movement.” That’s the problem Crossroads is having right now in a nutshell — for various reasons, Rove is so closely identified with Beltway Republican elements who disdain the base that the Crossroads endorsement might operate like a RINO seal of approval, triggering a fierce tea party backlash in the primary. If you want to get centrist Republicans elected and are worried about conservatives turning out en masse to vote for their opponents, having the Chamber wade in is less likely to aggravate the grassroots than having Rove’s group would. But maybe, purely for reasons of ego, that’s unsustainable: No one expects Crossroads to cede the field to lower-profile groups and risk having them take all the credit next year if the GOP romps and takes back the Senate. They’d bleed donors and influence, and might never recover. So Rove and Crossroads will be part of this too, which will have unpredictable effects on primaries in the spring. Will the sheer volume of ad spending swamp righty candidates, or will the backlash be so ferocious among activists that Rove ends up fumbling away a seat or two that establishment types had coveted? Stay tuned.


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The Chamber of Commerce is now endorsing tax increases. They just demanded that sales taxes be raised in Huntsville Alabama. They lobbied for it.

Any candidate endorsed by the Chamber of Commerce is not one that should be voted on by republicans.

TAARP on December 27, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Rove candidates won’t get a penny from me…

OmahaConservative on December 27, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Chamber of Commerce endorsement = pro amnesty candidate.

TxAnn56 on December 27, 2013 at 4:07 PM

The chamber of commerce has become a partaker of crony capitalism. They’re in the bed with big business and big government.

rich8450 on December 27, 2013 at 4:07 PM

Stay out, Chamber of Commerce. At least for the primaries!

22044 on December 27, 2013 at 4:10 PM

Chamber of Commerce to spend at least $50 million next year to promote centrist Republicans amnesty

Daemonocracy on December 27, 2013 at 4:13 PM

It just not the chamber…

KARL ROVE’S CROSSROADS RELOADING AGAINST TEA PARTY

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/12/26/Karl-Rove-s-Crossroads-Reloading-Against-Tea-Party

*WAR*

idesign on December 27, 2013 at 4:15 PM

STAB-LISH-MENT! STAB-LISH-MENT! STAB-LISH-MENT!

Murphy9 on December 27, 2013 at 4:18 PM

This is the next mantra.

Schadenfreude on December 27, 2013 at 4:21 PM

Godspeed Chamber of Commerce!

MJBrutus on December 27, 2013 at 4:21 PM

The GOP shouldn’t confuse dollars with votes. They aren’t interchangeable.

DFCtomm on December 27, 2013 at 4:22 PM

They may as well burn it, or throw it to the Rats, because that’s who they’ll be voting for come November anyway.

Steve Eggleston on December 27, 2013 at 4:22 PM

Will 2014 be the year of the RINO?

Same as any other year.

obama is the pajama-commander-in-chief.

The D/RINOs are the new pajama-boys.

The entire land is gay now.

Celebrate.

Schadenfreude on December 27, 2013 at 4:23 PM

The chamber of commerce has become a partaker of crony capitalism. They’re in the bed with big business and big government.

rich8450 on December 27, 2013 at 4:07 PM

Point of order – they are Big Business.

Steve Eggleston on December 27, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Buy Chinese.

Boycott the chamber of commerce pajama boys.

The irony escapes most all.

Schadenfreude on December 27, 2013 at 4:24 PM

The real reason why Boehner hates the TEA party is because he and his pajama-boy McCarthy were not allowed to speak at one of the big initial TEA party gatherings. They were in the audience. Ever since they’ve hated.

They imagined that the TEA party folks were there to serve them tea, no kidding…

2014 will be epic, but not the way many think it will be.

Schadenfreude on December 27, 2013 at 4:25 PM

Amnesty is a horrible idea. When the Unemployment rate (U-6) is up around 14%, the last thing you want to do is to import more people you don’t have jobs for.

I don’t know why this is so hard for the BUSINESS people to understand. The only thing Amnesty will do is bankrupt the country faster.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on December 27, 2013 at 4:25 PM

Just what we need.

More Arlen Specters, more Colin Powells, more Lindsey Grahams.

sentinelrules on December 27, 2013 at 4:26 PM

Grass Root Tea Party leaders are taking steps to impose discipline on wavering Congress members and RINO-party factions.

TIC for TAC, There are more voters than Chamber of Commerce members in my Town, the RINO’s are outnumbered, and their days are numbered.

JayTee on December 27, 2013 at 4:27 PM

or will the backlash be so ferocious among activists that Rove ends up fumbling away a seat or two that establishment types had coveted? Stay tuned.

This is a better bet.

Instead of uniting, in an unrealistic but high aim to attain supermajorities in 2015, the fruckers at the stupid GOP are ruining all they got.

If they continue Pelosi deserves the hammer, in full, in Jan. 2015.

If amnesty passes she’ll get it by default. You can bank on this.

Schadenfreude on December 27, 2013 at 4:28 PM

The GOP establishment deserves to die. It is worthless. If the Dems are running us 100 mph over the cliff, the GOP is driving 70 or 80.

WisCon on December 27, 2013 at 4:28 PM

Tea Party politicians aren’t beholden to business interests. That could spell the end of corporate welfare and the Chamber just can’t have that.

29Victor on December 27, 2013 at 4:29 PM

Amnesty is a horrible idea. When the Unemployment rate (U-6) is up around 14%, the last thing you want to do is to import more people you don’t have jobs for.

I don’t know why this is so hard for the BUSINESS people to understand. The only thing Amnesty will do is bankrupt the country faster.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on December 27, 2013 at 4:25 PM

Because they see only one thing: cheap labor!

Stoic Patriot on December 27, 2013 at 4:29 PM

Citizen Government is not welcome. Only Business Lobbyists and candidates who stay bought need apply.

portlandon on December 27, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Chamber of Commerce to spend at least $50 million next year to promote centrist Republicans

It sounds horrible to say but $50M is chump change considering they apparently want to primary those who stood up to the surrender weasels like Justin Amash.

We can all agree that the GOP doesn’t need any more witches or idiots like Todd Akin but they don’t have the leverage they think they have.

Happy Nomad on December 27, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Because they see only one thing: cheap labor!

Stoic Patriot on December 27, 2013 at 4:29 PM

All I see is more welfare/unemployment/medicaid payments.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on December 27, 2013 at 4:32 PM

or will the backlash be so ferocious among activists that Rove ends up fumbling away a seat or two that establishment types had coveted? Stay tuned.

As long as the Rats pick up those seats, Rove, the Chamber, and company will be happy.

Steve Eggleston on December 27, 2013 at 4:32 PM

“That will be our mantra: No fools on our ticket.”

You mean like Todd Akin?

cptacek on December 27, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Chamber of Commerce to spend at least $50 million next year to promote centrist Republicans

Get your facts straight, corporatism is not “centrist” and never has been. Crony corporatists are right-wing extremists.

FloatingRock on December 27, 2013 at 4:33 PM

…or they’re left-wing extremists, some people prefer to think, but in either case they are not “centrist”.

FloatingRock on December 27, 2013 at 4:33 PM

We can all agree that the GOP doesn’t need any more witches or idiots like Todd Akin but they don’t have the leverage they think they have.

Happy Nomad on December 27, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Akin was the establishment pick, you putz.

cptacek on December 27, 2013 at 4:34 PM

It sounds horrible to say but $50M is chump change considering they apparently want to primary those who stood up to the surrender weasels like Justin Amash.

Happy Nomad on December 27, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Point of clarification:

It sounds horrible to say but $50M is chump change considering they apparently want to primary those who stood up to the surrender weasels- like Justin Amash did.

Amash is being primaried for not being the RINO that held the seat before. He has been punished by Boehner for not being squishy enough. He watched the Ted Cruz filibuster from the Senate gallery. The folks of Grand Rapids would be idiots if they turn him out for a guy whose only legislative experience is on the East Grand Rapids school board.

Happy Nomad on December 27, 2013 at 4:35 PM

business-friendly candidates

What have Paul,Cruz, Lee, et al., said against business? They’re against crony capitalism which is far different from being anti-business.

Chamber of Commerce is now a painted lady, walking the streets late at night.

rbj on December 27, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Akin was the establishment pick, you putz.

cptacek on December 27, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Wow! Gratitous insults and Christmas has already passed! I didn’t get you anything because what do you give to an imbecile who doesn’t even have a brain?

Happy Nomad on December 27, 2013 at 4:37 PM

The big corps get their cronies elected, then lobby and deal to keep & expand subsidies so that the shrinking middle class pays more of its scarce resources to provide “welfare” to the growing poor class.

While Washington continues to sell the Federal government to big corps at the pace of $85B/month.

Yep, good times are ahead. /

22044 on December 27, 2013 at 4:38 PM

Chamber of Commerce to spend $50 million to promote RINOs.

RoyalFlush on December 27, 2013 at 4:40 PM

The real reason why Boehner hates the TEA party is because he and his pajama-boy McCarthy were not allowed to speak at one of the big initial TEA party gatherings. They were in the audience. Ever since they’ve hated.

They imagined that the TEA party folks were there to serve them tea, no kidding…

2014 will be epic, but not the way many think it will be.

Schadenfreude on December 27, 2013 at 4:25 PM

Yup!

Anyone that supports amnesty is a fool and that’s who the CoCs want to support. Follow the money – it leads from your wallet to the cronyists

AH_C on December 27, 2013 at 4:41 PM

Fools is who they’re going to promote.

besser tot als rot on December 27, 2013 at 4:41 PM

When voters are given the choice of a RINO “moderate Democrat- Lite” or a Democrat, they always vote for the Democrat. The GOP will never learn. The Tea Party needs to primary all the establishment RINOs, the Corker type politicians who talk out both sides of their mouthd

simkeith on December 27, 2013 at 4:42 PM

Message from Judge Smails, who apparently has grown up to run the US Chamber of Commerce:

“Al Czervik will never get into Bushwood, and if we have to team with those who will ensure that Czervik never has enough money to even dream of being in Bushwood, let’s do it.”

Steve Eggleston on December 27, 2013 at 4:42 PM

The Republican tent is bigger than the ‘Rat tent…

OmahaConservative on December 27, 2013 at 4:43 PM

“That will be our mantra: No fools on our ticket.”

Because trying to slow down the growth of our $17,000,000,000,000 in national debt is just foolish. All the smart people know that we just need to print more money.

Socratease on December 27, 2013 at 4:44 PM

It sounds horrible to say but $50M is chump change considering they apparently want to primary those who stood up to the surrender weasels like Justin Amash.

Happy Nomad on December 27, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Your sentence is unclear as to whether you think Justin Amash stood up to the surrender weasels or if he is one, but I assume that you mean to say that Amash stood up to the surrender weasels, since he has been one of the best.

FloatingRock on December 27, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Godspeed Chamber of Commerce!

MJBrutus on December 27, 2013 at 4:21 PM

Looking at the entireity of this thread, you remind me of the little fellow with glasses who says “Yay!” on the wrong side of the football field in Schoolhouse Rock’s song, “Interjections”.

Funny, the Chamber used to be for the entrepreneur, and hometown businesses. Not now.

kingsjester on December 27, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Chamber praised cuts to veteran benefits. It is time for veterans, their families and supporters to know which companies are paying Chamber dues to push corporate tax cuts while asking military veterans to be the only one to suffer cuts.

TAARP on December 27, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Chamber of Commerce to spend at least $50 million next year to promote centrist Republicans

Just going to take this opportunity to keep hammerign on my favorite theme – the Republicans are a left wing party and are hostile to conservative interests. They broadly agree with the Obama agenda and only differ on the details of how best to implement it.

Doomberg on December 27, 2013 at 4:48 PM

“That will be our mantra: No fools on our ticket.”

If they really think centrist Republicans are going to be the path to political power after McCain and Romney, then they would be ineligible to be on their own ticket.

There Goes the Neighborhood on December 27, 2013 at 4:52 PM

Message from Judge Smails, who apparently has grown up to run the US Chamber of Commerce:

Steve Eggleston on December 27, 2013 at 4:42 PM

Oh, I don’t know, I think Elihu Smails really summed up the USCOC vis-a-vis the Tea Party Movement with this comment:

Judge Smails: I’ve sentenced boys younger than you to the gas chamber. Didn’t want to do it. I felt I owed it to them.

These people really think they are doing God’s work in disciplining the Tea Party Movement which seems to be getting in the way of their collaboration with Obama, Pelosi and Reid.

Happy Nomad on December 27, 2013 at 4:52 PM

Your sentence is unclear as to whether you think Justin Amash stood up to the surrender weasels or if he is one, but I assume that you mean to say that Amash stood up to the surrender weasels, since he has been one of the best.

FloatingRock on December 27, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Yeah, I know. Read Happy Nomad on December 27, 2013 at 4:35 PM for the clarification.

Happy Nomad on December 27, 2013 at 4:57 PM

The Chamber is Bill Clinton…….the progressive gop leadership is Monica Lewinsky.

And the Monica of 2014 will always be ready to service her Master.

PappyD61 on December 27, 2013 at 4:57 PM

Chamber of Comrades?

FOWG1 on December 27, 2013 at 4:57 PM

There Goes the Neighborhood on December 27, 2013 at 4:52 PM

McCain’s problem was that he is a pure government can and should solve every problem guy. A lifetime employee of Uncle Sam.

Romney’s problem was that he could not campaign, but his policies were right on target.

Sorry, but putting them in your tidy “centrist” box doesn’t cut it.

MJBrutus on December 27, 2013 at 4:58 PM

Just going to take this opportunity to keep hammerign on my favorite theme – the Republicans are a left wing party and are hostile to conservative interests. They broadly agree with the Obama agenda and only differ on the details of how best to implement it.

Doomberg on December 27, 2013 at 4:48 PM

I are absolutely correct.

FloatingRock on December 27, 2013 at 5:00 PM

You are absolutely correct.

FloatingRock on December 27, 2013 at 5:01 PM

We can talk about so-called immigration reform when the labor force participation rate is 70%, unemployment rate is 4.5% and wage inflation is 4%.

Wigglesworth on December 27, 2013 at 5:04 PM

Chamber of Commerce to spend at least $50 million next year to promote centrist Republicans Corporatists to send them billions in tax dollars.

Clark1 on December 27, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Is RWM gone or just taking a break?

22044 on December 27, 2013 at 1:27 PM

RWM has been gone? Still a member in good standing.

Ed Morrissey on December 27, 2013 at 1:33 PM

In case anyone missed this in the Top 50 of 2013 thread, Ed posted this…

OmahaConservative on December 27, 2013 at 5:08 PM

Wigglesworth on December 27, 2013 at 5:04 PM

Thanks to Nieto, Mexico is a nation on the rise. If he can continue his reforms, including opening up energy exploration to the free market, immigration from our Southern border will solve itself. In fact, we ought to work towards a single, open border union from Belize to the North Pole.

MJBrutus on December 27, 2013 at 5:09 PM

McCain’s problem was that he is a pure government can and should solve every problem guy. A lifetime employee of Uncle Sam.

Romney’s problem was that he could not campaign, but his policies were right on target.

Sorry, but putting them in your tidy “centrist” box doesn’t cut it.

MJBrutus on December 27, 2013 at 4:58 PM

The problem with labels is that it depends on what you mean.

McCain is no “centrist” he is a liberal trapped in a traditionally Republican state. Romney, arguably a centrist, couldn’t campaign as he would have liked because he had to differentiate himself from the rat-eared wonder holding the office with little daylight between the two on social issues.

The GOP needs a real leader and not some USCOC focus group deciding who is worthy of running for public office. BTW, isn’t the USCOC supposed to be non-partisan? Should we question their tax status if they are colluding with Karl Rove?

Happy Nomad on December 27, 2013 at 5:09 PM

There Goes the Neighborhood on December 27, 2013 at 4:52 PM

McCain’s problem was that he is a pure government can and should solve every problem guy. A lifetime employee of Uncle Sam.

Romney’s problem was that he could not campaign, but his policies were right on target.

Sorry, but putting them in your tidy “centrist” box doesn’t cut it.

MJBrutus on December 27, 2013 at 4:58 PM

So it’s not that RINOs lose. It’s just that we haven’t tried the right RINO yet.

Gotcha.

There Goes the Neighborhood on December 27, 2013 at 5:09 PM

Romney, arguably a centrist, couldn’t campaign as he would have liked because he had to differentiate himself from the rat-eared wonder holding the office with little daylight between the two on social issues.

The GOP needs a real leader and not some USCOC focus group deciding who is worthy of running for public office. BTW, isn’t the USCOC supposed to be non-partisan? Should we question their tax status if they are colluding with Karl Rove?

Happy Nomad on December 27, 2013 at 5:09 PM

Nope. Romney couldn’t disassociate himself from the clown rodeo of the primaries. He never figured out how to distance himself from Santorum, Cain and the other freak show attractions once he got to the general. It is how the “war on women” schtick was able to work.

Yes the GOP does need a leader. Someone who can unite all of the people from both sides of the aisle who have been gang raped by Obama over his 2 terms.

MJBrutus on December 27, 2013 at 5:13 PM

There Goes the Neighborhood on December 27, 2013 at 5:09 PM

If we narrowed the party to exclude those who you don’t consider to be a RINO the GOP would be able to hold its convention in a phone booth.

MJBrutus on December 27, 2013 at 5:16 PM

Drudge has the siren out for A&E caving on the suspension of Phil Robertson on Duck Dynasty.

If you don’t think that the USCOC and Karl Rove are going to have to deal with “those people” who expressed outrage then you are as deluded as they are.

Put another way, an acceptable candidate for the USCOC would defend A&E and not free speech. What else needs be said about their motives?

Happy Nomad on December 27, 2013 at 5:17 PM

tea partiers want a balanced budget and a smaller government that doesn’t over spend and over regulate.

so how are the centrists republicans different?? do centrist republicans not want a balanced budget? do they not want to do anything about the debt? i’d love to know what exactly they’re looking for in a candidate other than “not a tea partier”.

sounds like CoC has drawn the line in the sand and making demands that I will not support. good luck getting rino republicans elected with your 50 million, you’re forgetting that in Obama’s economy 50 million does not get you what it once used to.

jetch on December 27, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Yes the GOP does need a leader. Someone who can unite all of the people from both sides of the aisle who have been gang raped by Obama over his 2 terms.

MJBrutus on December 27, 2013 at 5:13 PM

I don’t disagree but I’m not seeing Boehner and the establishment GOP trying to forge a unity coalition. They’ve gone out of their way to attack Cruz and others for not kow-towing to the whims of the surrender weasels. They will be pushing through amnesty in the next few months and attacking GOP dissent as racist- along with the Dems.

Happy Nomad on December 27, 2013 at 5:20 PM

OT: A&E retreats, Phil back in. See Drudge.

TXUS on December 27, 2013 at 5:23 PM

Because they see only one thing: cheap labor!

Stoic Patriot on December 27, 2013 at 4:29 PM

Aren’t tea partiers for cheap labor? After all expensive labor eats into the profits of the “small business job creator” doesn’t? At least that is what I have seen on numerous “conservative” blogs.

loveofcountry on December 27, 2013 at 5:23 PM

Chamber of Commerce Serf Labor to spend at least $50 million next year to promote left-centrist amnesty Democrats masquerading as Republicans

VorDaj on December 27, 2013 at 5:25 PM

Heh. New post about DD soon, I’m sure. 500 comments or bust!

22044 on December 27, 2013 at 5:27 PM

loveofcountry on December 27, 2013 at 5:23 PM

Hey Zeke. Tell us how great O-No-Care is for the poor. Or something.

22044 on December 27, 2013 at 5:27 PM

I guess the Chamber of Commerce realizes that the conservative base will not support crony capitalism even if it elects Republicans.

Businesses do not have a right to our money any more than a welfare recipient does. You have to work hard and earn it.

The desire for “free money” is killing our society.

njrob on December 27, 2013 at 5:28 PM

BREAKING and Off-Topic: A&E Caves. Duck Dynasty to resume with Phil Robertson, sans apology.

Stoic Patriot on December 27, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Aren’t tea partiers for cheap labor? After all expensive labor eats into the profits of the “small business job creator” doesn’t? At least that is what I have seen on numerous “conservative” blogs.

loveofcountry on December 27, 2013 at 5:23 PM

Tea Partiers are for lower labor costs by repeal of crushing regulation and oppresive taxation. That’s different from cheap labor. Not that I expect you to understand the difference given the snarky way you ask the question.

Happy Nomad on December 27, 2013 at 5:30 PM

Chamber of Commerce to spend at least $50 million next year to promote centrist Republicans

Yes, because the Tea Party is so against commerce. Good grief.

Well, I guess you can’t blame them-who needs free enterprise and healthy competition when the Fed can siphon cheap fiat money into your accounts and your buddies in the Whorehouse on the Hill can help you get your way through regulations and legislation.

Capitalism is dead.

Dr. ZhivBlago on December 27, 2013 at 5:32 PM

Here’s a more honest slogan for them:

AMNESTY OR BUST!

I choose “bust” for them!

UnderstandingisPower on December 27, 2013 at 5:34 PM

It will be interesting to see how the war on Republicans effect the contributions to the USCOC. I don’t think they’ve really thought this through.

Happy Nomad on December 27, 2013 at 5:38 PM

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce early next year plans to roll out an aggressive effort—expected to cost at least $50 million—to support establishment, business-friendly candidates…

Babbittry bustin’ out all over.

de rigueur on December 27, 2013 at 5:40 PM

How about No Fools and

NO INCUMBENTS.

RealMc on December 27, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Odd, but I don’t see the liberal/progressive/neo-Marxist base of the Democratic Party worrying overmuch about their party leadership betraying them, selling them out, circumventing their wishes, or scheming up ways to diminish their influence. In fact, to its credit, Democratic Party leadership does all it can to accommodate its base short of declaring a People’s Republic and intern Republican voters into happy fun reeducation camps. Get this: the Democrats even go so far as to harness the energies of their base in order to win elections and move policy goals and pass favored legislation. Imagine that.

Do these rich, influential unprincipled idiots pulling the strings of the GOP Establishment realize they’re risking a third party split? I’m guessing they do. I’m also guessing they don’t much care since they view the Republican Party’s own loyal, straight-ticket voting base as uncouth hicks and rubes and assorted Tea Party extremist types and feel they’d be better off without us–you know, because our wacky ideas about individual freedom and less-is-better governance might alienate the precious (and supposedly moderate) middle.

I’ve been a faithful Party of Lincoln Republican for many years now but I’m starting to feel like Ronald Reagan did about the Democratic Party all those years ago. I’m not leaving the GOP. It’s leaving me.

troyriser_gopftw on December 27, 2013 at 5:47 PM

It’s not just the Chamber of Commerce and Crossroads, it’s also the RNC that will be against any conservative candidates. Also don’t forget about rule #10 passed at the republican convention last year.

Jackson on December 27, 2013 at 5:55 PM

don’t disagree but I’m not seeing Boehner and the establishment GOP trying to forge a unity coalition. They’ve gone out of their way to attack Cruz and others for not kow-towing to the whims of the surrender weasels. They will be pushing through amnesty in the next few months and attacking GOP dissent as racist- along with the Dems.

Happy Nomad on December 27, 2013 at 5:20 PM

That unity thing is a one way street. We have to vote for whoever the establishment wishes because Obama, or Hilary, or X, and for that we get the assurance that they’ll elect the most conservative candidates that the area will support. Which they never do, and they usually actively undermine conservatives. They’ll just butthurt because a lot of people have quit playing that game.

DFCtomm on December 27, 2013 at 6:09 PM

OT:

Robertson’s Win:

In a statement from the network, executives said that while “Phil’s comments … reflect his personal views based on his own beliefs, and his own personal journey, he and his family regret the coarse language he used and the misinterpetation of his core beliefs based only on the article.”
“After discussions with the Robertson family, as well as consulting with numerous advocacy groups, A&E has decided to resume filming ‘Duck Dynasty’ later this spring with the entire Robertson family.”

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/showtracker/la-et-st-duck-dynasty-phil-robertson-to-return-to-show-20131227,0,7212096.story#ixzz2oifvZWA8

kcewa on December 27, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Akin was the establishment pick, you putz.

cptacek on December 27, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Akin was the DEMOCRATS pick. He was third in all the polls for the Republican nomination but MO has open primaries. Since the Dems didn’t have much of a race, many of them decided to make a little mischief and crossed over to put in the weakest Republican candidate.

If you doubt this, just look at the total number of votes in the primary and general election.

Pythagoras on December 27, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Voting simplified, compliments of the Chamber of Commerce.

DDay on December 27, 2013 at 6:17 PM

BREAKING: A&E decision leaves Jesse Jackson standing with his d*** in his hand.

Jackson on December 27, 2013 at 6:21 PM

BREAKING: A&E decision leaves Jesse Jackson standing with his d*** in his hand.

Jackson on December 27, 2013 at 6:21 PM

No relation, I suppose.

22044 on December 27, 2013 at 6:27 PM

When it cost a Billion Dollars to run for the presidency, Millions to run for the Senate or the House, you can be damned sure that our government is up for sale. The C of C is just trying to buy the candidates they want and the media will sell the candidates for them. It really is time for the American voters to take back their government and put the media back in it’s place as the watchdogs of the government instead of the king makers.

savage24 on December 27, 2013 at 6:29 PM

BREAKING: A&E decision leaves Jesse Jackson standing with his d*** in his hand.

Jackson on December 27, 2013 at 6:21 PM

No relation, I suppose.

22044 on December 27, 2013 at 6:27 PM

Insider leak?

kcewa on December 27, 2013 at 6:31 PM

BREAKING: A&E decision leaves Jesse Jackson standing with his d*** in his hand.

Jackson on December 27, 2013 at 6:21 PM

No relation, I suppose.

22044 on December 27, 2013 at 6:27 PM

Insider leak?

kcewa on December 27, 2013 at 6:31 PM

ROFL!

22044 on December 27, 2013 at 6:35 PM

Yes the GOP does need a leader. Someone who can unite all of the people from both sides of the aisle who have been gang raped by Obama over his 2 terms.

MJBrutus on December 27, 2013 at 5:13 PM

…and stab them in the back by importing pro-big government socialists from south of the border to break the economy once and for all by voting for even more unsustainable entitlements and big government pork, the same things Obama advocates.

Way to go.

ebrown2 on December 27, 2013 at 6:43 PM

Fortunately no relation but I like the comments.

Jackson on December 27, 2013 at 6:46 PM

As long as the Rats pick up those seats, Rove, the Chamber, and company will be happy.

Steve Eggleston on December 27, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Exactly what is the difference between a Democrat and a “Karl Rove – Republican”? They both represent the same K-Street interests.

I guess “Karl Rove – Republicans” doesn’t even take the time to lie to your face about being for the middle class.

So, yeah I wouldn’t mind if every Democrat won over a “Karl Rove – Republican”.

tetriskid on December 27, 2013 at 6:59 PM

Hopefully, it the C of C will make it clear who they are supporting so that we will not unknowingly support their picks.

lhuffman34 on December 27, 2013 at 7:07 PM

There Goes the Neighborhood on December 27, 2013 at 5:09 PM

If we narrowed the party to exclude those who you don’t consider to be a RINO the GOP would be able to hold its convention in a phone booth.

MJBrutus on December 27, 2013 at 5:16 PM

I voted for George W. Bush, who was hardly a movement conservative, so you can drop the phony claim that I’m too much of a purist.

I don’t want to narrow the party. But those who represent the “get-along” fringe need to give up the delusion that they get to drive.

The whole reason the Democrats took over Congress in 2006 is that they were able to recruit and run candidates who sounded more conservative than the Republicans already in Congress. Of course, once they had enough Democrats to take over the leadership, they shuttled all those conservative Democrats to the sidelines and ran things the way they want.

And that’s exactly what the RINOs thought they could do in 2010. But the more they run things their way, the less they’re able to do.

They found out the more conservative Congressmen weren’t going to get shuffled out of the way like they had hoped to do, and now they’re trying to get rid of Congressmen in their own party.

BTW, a decent definition of RINO just might be, “Nominal Republicans who vote for everything the Democrats want, and would rather see a Democrat elected than a conservative Republican.”

There Goes the Neighborhood on December 27, 2013 at 7:13 PM

Crap on the Chamber!

KOOLAID2 on December 27, 2013 at 7:20 PM

Almost all purge threats on the right are by moderates against conservatives.

applebutter on December 27, 2013 at 7:24 PM

The CoC is a remarkably ineffective and feckless organization at anything larger than a local function. This is much wind and no substance. Exactly who in the CoC is actually going to take the time to get real activist work done? The CoC also doesn’t really have the kind of resources to charge their membership enough to cover paying people to do campaign work, either.

BKennedy on December 27, 2013 at 7:26 PM

So if you want a balanced budget; fealty to the rule of law in immigration enforcement; regulatory restraint and domestic security you are now a fool.

I have to admit I was foolish enough to vote for a lot of fools, none of whom were interested in the above (although they talked a different game).

Last wave election the wave started in Arizona (I think)not that it matters. What matters is the next wave.

Where will it start and when? I’m ready for a complete change in Washington. Let’s dump them all.

Lonetown on December 27, 2013 at 7:36 PM

Ahhh, the COCKtail club is gonna spend $50M to elect more COCKtail wannabes. The Turd Blossom is grinning as if he’s eating a pile of possum…

Gohawgs on December 27, 2013 at 7:46 PM

kingsjester on December 27, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Don’t mind Brutus. He just got back from lunch with President Romney.

bw222 on December 27, 2013 at 9:11 PM

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