Your friends, the establishment Republicans
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.
For the unions, this is not a surprising move. While both labor groups direct most of their millions to Democrats, they have consistently given smaller amounts to friendly Republicans.
But the scale of these six-figure donations—$250,000 from the Operating Engineers and $150,000 from LIUNA—makes this effort distinct. Plus, the money is coming as the Main Street group has been publicly declaring its intent to crush tea-party challengers in Republican primaries, going head to head with conservative bankrollers such as the anti-tax Club for Growth.
“Hopefully, we’ll go into eight to 10 races and beat the snot out of them,” Main Street President Steven LaTourette told National Journal in October.
The Operating Engineers’ PAC has given 23 percent of its donations to federal candidates to Republicans this year, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, and it supported a super PAC called “Lunch Pail Republicans” last year. At the AFL-CIO’s national convention in September, the Operating Engineers and another group offered a successful resolution urging “that the AFL-CIO take practical steps … to cultivate and nurture relationships with members of all parties” and “encourage moderate candidates” in Republican-leaning congressional districts as part of a “pragmatic, bipartisan approach” to its political giving and advocacy.
“Especially with this crazy political atmosphere, this is a place where we need to be lending support to middle-of-the-road Democrats and Republicans both, and this is part of that effort,” Jeffrey Soth, the Operating Engineers’ political director, said.
Defending Main Street will file its next financial disclosure with the FEC in January.
But remember: just vote for more Republicans and all will be well. In fact, that’s the only way to affect change in DC. Except when it isn’t. Because they’re very much the same as Big Government Democrats, and they care more about their own power — and preserving it and the perks that come along with it — than they do about representing their base. The Republican Party as an institution, in face, doesn’t even have a base any longer. It just has people who — less and less — vote for them as a compromise in order to try to keep open leftists out of office.
And don’t think for a second this isn’t a canny move by the establishment. Because they have figured the new calculus and they are betting more disaffected Dems will be willing to vote for Rs who act like traditional Dems (the “middle-of-the-road” squishes whose government strategy is to lose more slowly) then they’ll lose by alienating their base, who really has one of two choices, in the mind of the Party kingmakers: vote for the lesser of two evils or stay home. And if you stay at home, it’s a win-win for big government, which we much prefer over Reaganism, which literally takes away the very power politicians of both parties have granted themselves.
It’s cynical. It’s not representative government. And it’s why I sincerely hope that this attack on its base by the GOP ends up destroying the Party so that it can rebuild through principle, experience, and a coherent governing philosophy that moves beyond the mere tactics of winning elections.
Karl Rove needs to be wrapped up in his white board and launched into space like some fat, unpalatable burrito whose sell-by date was roughly the last time anyone not completely delusional considered Jeb Bush a legitimate GOP candidate for President.
The fact that Rove and other RINOs have now shown they’ll partner with leftists like the Facebook founder, or hire pro-amnesty consultants to help them develop a narrative to demonize and shame the conservative base, is proof positive that we live in the very system I’ve been noting for years now: a two party system, to be sure, but not in the traditional sense. Instead, it’s the ruling class vs the rest of us, and the rest of us don’t have more than a handful of people in DC to speak for us, and when they do they are cut off at the knees by their own party.
It’s time to go through the states and re-establish constitutional government. Just as we have never suffered from linguistic fatalism — we’ve simply come to believe we have, because our politicians are more cowards than they are fighters — there is no inevitability to the final destruction and deconstruction of the Constitution, whereby it winds up providing cosmetic cover for leftist liberal fascism and velvet-gloved police state tyranny.
We just need to fight. And if we can’t negotiate the obstacles to removing them from entrenched power DC that the national politicians and their various client groups and cronies have erected, then we take a different path toward neutering the selfish and self-serving bastards.
It really is that simple.