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‘Moderate GOP’ Group Now Welcoming Dems

From Yahoo! News:

Moderate Republican group to remove ‘Republican’ from name, welcome Democrats

By Chris Moody | January 8, 2013

The Republican Main Street Partnership, a Washington-based group that has promoted moderate GOP lawmakers and policies, will remove the word "Republican" from its title and welcome center-right Democrats in 2013, Yahoo News has learned.

The organization’s board of directors voted Tuesday morning to scrap party identification from its title and be known simply as "The Main Street Partnership."

In a way, this is a perfect microcosm of what news media and the rest of the ruling elites have been pushing ever since the election. (Though, it’s odd they didn’t call for Democrats to abandon all of their principles after their historic nationwide losses in 2010.)

The group’s new president, former Ohio Republican Rep. Steven LaTourette, told Yahoo News that he plans to begin conversations with Blue Dog Democrats and centrist groups in the coming months.

Is this what they call LaTourette’s syndrome?

Lest we forget, Mr. LaTourette is a sworn enemy of the Tea Party. He viciously attacks and any Republican who espouses conservative principles. His ‘tolerance’ is strictly a one way street.

For instance, in a meeting in March 2011, LaTourette referred to some of his fellow Republican House members, as "knuckledraggers that came in in the last election that hate taxes."

"The goal is to try and fill the void that is the middle," LaTourette, who resigned from Congress this year, said. "The American political system is like a doughnut: You’ve got sides, but you don’t have anything in the middle, and it would be my goal to work with Republicans and Democrats who want to find the path forward to getting things done and compromise."

So they want to be the donut hole? That is a worthy mission.

In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, LaTourette added: “While we have changed our name, we have not changed our values or our mission. We will continue to be a right of center organization and continue to represent the governing wing of the Republican Party."

Which is probably true. But it also shows that everything they said in the past was hogwash, and that they are really just Democrats in GOP clothing at heart.

The Main Street Partnership will also expand its super PAC, Defending Main Street, to aid center-right members of both parties, LaTourette said, adding, "It’s not going to be focused so much on party as it is on protecting people from the right and left extremes if they choose to do the right things."

In other words, they are going to start giving money to Democrat candidates. And, probably before you know it, only to Democrat candidates.

In Congress, LaTourette was known to vote against party leadership: He opposed a measure that would strip federal funding of National Public Radio in 2011, and he was one of just two Republicans who did not support censuring Attorney General Eric Holder.

Current members of the Main Street organization include Republican Rep. Dave Camp of Michigan, chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, Republican Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee; and Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers of Washington, who was named chairman of the House Republican Conference in November.

All of whom should be primaries. There are already enough Democrats in Congress. We don’t need to elect any more of them even if they call themselves Republican.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, January 9th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “‘Moderate GOP’ Group Now Welcoming Dems”

  1. And this is how the German Workers Party morphed in to the National Socialist Party German Workers Party

    … a little song a little dance, a little seltzer down your pants …

    • Rusty Shackleford

      Indeed.

      Never thought I’d see such machinations in my lifetime in this country. Watching Europe crumble was bad enough, especially after so many Americans died their to preserve their liberty. Only to have it stained with the long arm of socialism. But it’s happening worldwide.

  2. lesliemcintire

    Unless the GOP becomes a conservative-libertarian party, it’s going to go the way of the Whigs. The moderate, RINO Republicans should just join the Dimmycrat Party and remove all pretense.

    • That’s right, choose your coalitions to get things done, and abandon the liberal Republicans, defund them, and vote them out. Cross the aisle and see how many conservative democrats are willing to trade ideas, and divide THEM, not ourselves.

      But if your name is Mitt Romney, you BURN ALL YOUR BRIDGES on the way to the top, refuse to make coalitions of disaffected parties, and then are flabbergasted that you got less votes than liberal loser McCain.

      Stop reading about how and why Romney lost the election from talking heads who need to fill airtime or line space, it’s not that hard, it’s self-evident.

  3. Anonymoose

    Depends what they actually do in practice; if they walk and talk like “moderates” but play the conservative line it’s what needed to be done, make conservatism a moving target that can’t be pinned down just like all these liberal “grassroots” groups that appear to be separate and competing but all play the same tune.

    However, if it’s just another shill for the Left…then forget it, we have a real mess on our hands.

  4. Alternative headline: A PAC of obvious RINOs identify themselves as something everybody else already recognized – DEMOCRATS.

  5. BigOil

    His group’s mission statement is to represent the governing wing of the Republican Party…and lose Presidential elections.

    By the way, the blue dog democrat is an extinct species. I recall all 60 Democrat Senators voting for the biggest socialist monstrosity this country has ever seen in Obamacare.




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