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Republican Group Targets Its Own Party (McCain attacks conservatives, defends Lincoln Chaffee)
NPR ^ | 2011-06-16 | Liz Halloran

Posted on 06/18/2011 3:04:40 PM PDT by rabscuttle385

It wasn't long ago that the conservative, free-market Club for Growth was viewed by a swath of Republicans as a furtive, well-heeled enemy whose efforts to purge moderates from the GOP had to be thwarted. The club and its agenda are "not representative of the Republican Party," the director of the Republican Main Street Partnership, a group of moderate GOP congressional members, once said, adding: "We raise money on a daily basis to defeat them."

When asked this week about the Republican animus the group faced in the recent past, Club for Growth executive director David Keating replied: "That sounds so yesterday, doesn't it?"

Indeed.

The aggressive 12-year-old club, and its pro-growth, low-tax, limited-government philosophy, now define a Republican Party where moderates have become increasingly unwelcome.

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The club, which has spent a decade waging expensive primary and ad wars on "RINOs" — Republicans in Name Only — has also inserted itself in 2012 contests.

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In those intervening years, Holman says, the organization and its money have played a significant role in driving moderate Republicans from office and replacing them with "very ideologically conservative party members."

For that, it has drawn the enmity of Republicans who would prefer a more "big tent" approach to party building.

GOP Sen. John McCain of Arizona is among those who said the club cost Republicans a majority in the U.S. Senate when it helped finance a debilitating primary challenge to moderate Sen. Lincoln Chafee (R-RI) in 2005.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Arizona; US: Rhode Island
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1 posted on 06/18/2011 3:04:46 PM PDT by rabscuttle385
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To: rabscuttle385

No, McLame, you cost us much more than you’ll ever understand under this current admin.


2 posted on 06/18/2011 3:07:39 PM PDT by bgill
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To: rabscuttle385


3 posted on 06/18/2011 3:07:59 PM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("If you're not fiscally AND socially conservative, you're not conservative!" - Jim Robinson, 9-1-10)
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To: Scotsman will be Free

I
Despise
John
McCain


5 posted on 06/18/2011 3:13:47 PM PDT by sheana
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To: bgill
John McCain is demented and incompetent of critical judgment. He should be removed from the Senate, placed under guardianship and never heard from publicly again.
6 posted on 06/18/2011 3:13:59 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: rabscuttle385
If McCain is against it, they must be doing something right.

The NPR spin as expressed in the article is that the Club for Growth is practically subversive by 'going after' allegedly 'moderate' Republican (RINO) politicians. Translation: the Club For Growth is determinedly conservative and successful in weeding out people like John McCain from the Republican party and it's hierarchy - and the left is worried. Good.

7 posted on 06/18/2011 3:16:54 PM PDT by Jim Scott
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To: sheana

Add Romney, Newt, Perry, and Trump.


8 posted on 06/18/2011 3:20:10 PM PDT by bmwcyle (It is Satan's fault)
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To: rabscuttle385

This is getting tiresome.


9 posted on 06/18/2011 3:22:09 PM PDT by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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To: rabscuttle385

It is a complete disgrace that McCain was EVER a Republican presidential candidate. He is the POSTER CHILD for getting rid of open Republican primaries in any state where they are allowed.

Tea Partiers need to work to get those open primaries eliminated.


10 posted on 06/18/2011 3:23:32 PM PDT by Maceman (Obama: As American as nasei goreng)
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To: Scotsman will be Free

Do you know if Democrats and Independents are allowed to vote in the Republican primary in Arizona?


11 posted on 06/18/2011 3:24:45 PM PDT by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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To: Maceman


Doh!

12 posted on 06/18/2011 3:27:49 PM PDT by BobP (The piss-stream media - Never to be watched again in my house)
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To: Maceman
It is a complete disgrace that McCain was EVER a Republican presidential candidate.

Even more disgraceful: the number of open, unapologetic RINOs in the party champing at the proverbial bit to make the same mistake AGAIN.


13 posted on 06/18/2011 3:28:12 PM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("If you're not fiscally AND socially conservative, you're not conservative!" - Jim Robinson, 9-1-10)
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To: rabscuttle385
Both John McCain and NPR attacking Conservatives, boy we didn't see that one coming!
/S
14 posted on 06/18/2011 3:31:41 PM PDT by RJL
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To: rabscuttle385

Why does he do this?


15 posted on 06/18/2011 3:44:04 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: freekitty
Why does he do this?

Unfortunately, because he can.

FUJM!

16 posted on 06/18/2011 4:17:16 PM PDT by upchuck (Think you know hardship? Ha! Wait till the dollar is no longer the world's reserve currency.)
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To: hinckley buzzard

He wears Depends. Actually I don’t know that but I wouldn’t be surprised.


17 posted on 06/18/2011 4:36:42 PM PDT by Terry Mross (I'll only vote for a SECOND party.)
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To: rabscuttle385

Screw off, McCain.


18 posted on 06/18/2011 4:56:29 PM PDT by darkangel82 (I don't have a superiority complex, I'm just better than you.)
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To: rabscuttle385

John McCain was a shill put up to ensure the election of the trash we now have.


19 posted on 06/18/2011 5:01:54 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: rabscuttle385
"My friends, you have nothing to fear from Barack Obama."

- John McCain, 2008

20 posted on 06/18/2011 5:18:01 PM PDT by JPG (Hey, LSM, how are those emails workin' out for ya?)
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To: cradle of freedom

“Do you know if Democrats and Independents are allowed to vote in the Republican primary in Arizona?”

Got Google??


21 posted on 06/18/2011 5:37:52 PM PDT by truth_seeker
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To: Scotsman will be Free

You can thank the retired people that moved to AZ for that. That is where his base is.


22 posted on 06/18/2011 5:47:51 PM PDT by crz
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To: Jim Scott

McCainiac is the consummate lib fool tool, detest the jerkoff. I console myself I voted for Palin in 08, could never stomach the back stabber. In 10, Wife and I did not even mark the senate ballot in the general, was tempted to vote for the dem out of spite.


23 posted on 06/18/2011 6:06:26 PM PDT by Sea Parrot
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To: crz

“You can thank the retired people that moved to AZ for that. That is where his base is.”

There are exceptions, Wife and I are two, but know several more.


24 posted on 06/18/2011 6:09:32 PM PDT by Sea Parrot
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To: rabscuttle385
For that, it has drawn the enmity of Republicans who would prefer a more "big tent" approach to party building.

Is there any room in that "big tent" for principled small government conservatives?

25 posted on 06/19/2011 4:05:45 AM PDT by Fraxinus (My opinion, worth what you paid.)
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To: cradle of freedom

I have no clue.


26 posted on 06/19/2011 4:26:09 AM PDT by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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