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Posted on 11/30/2012 2:20:39 PM PST by neverdem
Republicans in Congress are warned that they will lose their base if they vote for tax hikes.
Brent Bozell, chairman of ForAmerica
Conservative groups are sending written warnings to both congressional Republicans and the Republican National Committee. If Republicans sign on to a deal that raises taxes, they risk an open break with large portions of their base. “This is a time of testing for you,” more than 70 conservative leaders write in an open letter sent Friday morning to every GOP member of Congress. They warn that if a budget deal that raises taxes is passed with GOP fingerprints on it, conservatives will “see that the current leadership is not an acceptable alternative to the left. Conservatives would then likely repeat what they did in the 1970s, when they systematically and successfully undertook a multi-year effort to replace Republican congressional leadership.”
The letter goes on to warn that there are two ways President Obama and liberal Democrats could turn their economic agenda into law. First, just enough Republicans could vote with the Democrats to provide a narrow majority for tax hikes. Or the Republican leadership in both houses could negotiate a “deal” and pressure Republican congressmen and senators to approve it. “Either of these two courses would be a disaster for conservative principles because they would result in permanent advances for the ‘fundamental changes’ the left wants to impose on our country,” the conservative leaders warn.
Among the leading conservatives who signed the letter are Morton Blackwell, a prominent member of the RNC from Virginia; Colin Hanna, head of Let Freedom Ring; and Tony Perkins, a well-known pro-family leader. Their tough message was amplified and sharpened in a separate letter to Reince Priebus, the RNC’s chair, written this week by Brent Bozell, the chairman of ForAmerica and a noted fundraiser for conservative groups combating media bias and liberal legislation. Bozell noted that he has spent over 30 years raising hundreds of millions of dollars for “an alphabet soup of conservative causes,” including the Media Research Center, which he founded. But his involvement with the Republican party would end with a budget deal that raised taxes.
“Reince, it pains me to say this, but if the Republican Party breaks its word to the American people and goes along with President Obama with tax increases, it will have betrayed conservatives for the final time,” he wrote. “I will make it my mission to ensure that every conservative donor to the Republican Party that I have worked with for the last three decades—and there are many and they have given tens of millions to Republican causes—gives not one penny more to the Republican Party or any member of Congress that votes for tax increases.”
Both letters were prompted by a small group of Republicans in Congress—Senators Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, Bob Corker of Tennessee, and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina—who took to TV news shows to declare they no longer felt bound by the pledge they took not to vote for any net increase in taxes. “Republicans should put revenue on the table,” Graham told CBS News. “We don’t generate enough revenue. Capping deductions will help generate revenue.”
But many of Graham’s fellow Republicans respond that becoming what Newt Gingrich once called “tax collectors for the welfare state” was both bad policy and bad politics. Senator Jim DeMint, Graham’s South Carolina colleague, warns that “if there is a bad deal, I just think you’re going to see conservatives around the country coalesce around better candidates, better-trained candidates, and to recognize the Republican party needs to reflect more conservative principles.” He told The Hill that he knows a lot of conservative donors who have already stopped giving to official Republican groups and are instead sending money to the Club for Growth, FreedomWorks, Americans for Prosperity, or DeMint’s own Senate Conservatives Fund.
It’s unclear just how much attention the letters sent to GOP leaders will get in the rush to avoid the fiscal cliff. But Republicans ignore the message at their peril. The last election showed that many GOP donors are now comfortable with contributing to non-party groups. Tea-party activists are often proud to highlight their independence from the official GOP structures of authority. And Republicans always risk losing voters to upstarts from the Libertarian and Constitution parties. This month’s elections saw the GOP lose several close races probably because of third-party inroads into its base. Most notable was the Montana race, where Dan Cox of the Libertarian party won 7 percent of the vote after GOP Senate nominee Representative Denny Rehberg voted twice against Paul Ryan’s budget in the House because of its budget restraint on entitlements.
But Republicans are feeling enormous pressure to go along with President Obama, the elite media, and much of big business and to approve a budget deal that raises taxes. Republican leaders in Congress should realize, however, the degree to which they risk a civil war over the issue if they break their anti-tax pledge in exchange for another flawed and probably unenforceable budget deal.
— John Fund is national-affairs columnist for NRO.
The Republicans have already lost their “Base”. What they now are trying so hard to lose is all the rest of the voters that might be swayed to vote for them. The Pubbies are a defunct species. Santa Clause has come to town.
Precisely! If the GOP is going to lose anyway, I might as well vote and contribute to those that reflect my conservative views and to hell with the RINOs!
Maybe if the GOP kicks us to the curb, they could be doing us a favor? Maybe the time is for the Unthinkable. Third Party.
Primary all the SOB’s that sign on to a ‘deal’. They have left the party..............
The GOP lost me. I vote for them because they’re not as bad as the other party. Kind of like choosing the gas chamber or hanging.
Republicans won’t lose their base, though they deserve to, as long as the party elite keeps nominating frauds like Mitt Romney and getting people to ‘vote for the R’.
YAY!!! Now we are finally hearing it. Where the heck were they BEFORE this election? Why didn’t we hear this when we were being sold down the river by the rino elite?
The GOP/RNC can go pound sand!
It’s already happened as proven by the last election. The GOP conservative base is gone, and the fools are doing everything possible to get rid of those still clinging to them.
Actually, the beltway GOP folks are probably intentionally keeping distance from conservatives and like values in order to keep the left wing media off their backs.
The time for a third party has never been better.
What are the rules for the structure of a 3rd party??
I am ready to change my 51 year long registration as a Republican & vote Tea Party if I have the chance.
It should all start upstream.
COnservaties should have told the media to mind their F’ing business while we picked a presidential candidate.
I am tired of the media selecting our RINO candidates who will either lose or follow the Democrat party line.
We should have stood beside Palin and Cain.
Why don’t we hear conservatives talking about the Laffer curve? Has everybody forgotten the PROOF that decreasing taxes results in higher revenues for the government? Reagan did it, Kennedy did it, ad infinitim. And how about those millionaires leaving Britain, resulting in a loss of 7 billion pounds? Come on, Conservatives, do your research.
3rd party gets us nothing but further marginalization. If drastic action is needed, which it is, secession is the only logical option. I support it.
Once again the tax slaves - the working people - had no one to vote FOR. The Republicans just toss them an old, dry bone once in a while (so they can feed their own children).
The politicians and freeloaders get richer and richer while the tax slaves get poorer and poorer.
I disagree. The Republican party IS listening to their base. Their base being the liberal, Northeast Ivy League elite that think conservatives are something that should be seen in a zoo.
I still wonder when the conservatives in the country are going to learn, the Republican party hates us damn near as much as the Democrats do and tolerate us only to get any funds or votes we can produce.
What the GOP is and has been trying to do for years is build a new base. They hate that we are their base now and wish they could get rid of us. You see they find conservatives and evangelicals embarrassing. They pander to them a little, as little as possible, then try to govern in such a way as to attract center-left moderates. This is what they want to be as a party, they want to be able to rub shoulders with movie stars and authors and professors and tycoons and talk about how socially responsible they are. They sure don't want to be stuck having to go to church and talk about stopping abortion. Uh uh!
No, they want to have a party where people like us are a small fringe that they can ignore and safely count on to show up because the democrats are somehow worse.
Their problem isn't that they lost us, not that's the plan. Their problem is that they didnt replace us with anything. The fact that they can't close that sale with the moderates is maddening to them. They blame us for that because they say we turn off the moderates and it makes them resent us all the more. Nevermind that they keep running "moderates" who not only can't bring in their fellow moderates (i.e. liberals who are embarrassed to admit it) but also fail to energize the base. No, it's our fault. First we scare away the lefties then we have the gall to not show up like good mind numbed robots and vote for them! And all the while their pets like Rove and Steve Smith and McCain spit in our faces frequently and openly.
I used to think the talk of a fracture in the GOP coalition was liberal talk to try to drive a wedge. I think it was at one time but I think the open contempt for conservatives is winning out and we ought to let them have the party, let them pursue their new base while we look to create our own identity outside the GOP.
Maybe. Too many pubbies are just economic fools.
Conservatives didn't leave the Republican party. The Republican party left them.