Skip to comments.Tangled Role in G.O.P. War Over Tea Party
Posted on 01/04/2014 3:30:05 AM PST by Pharmboy
WASHINGTON In the year since he stepped down from Congress, Steven C. LaTourette, a Republican from Ohio, has emerged as one of the top generals in the establishment Republicans war against the Tea Party.
It is a role that has benefited the Main Street Partnership, a corporate-backed advocacy group he runs, and its effort to raise millions of dollars to protect centrist Republicans from Tea Party challengers. It has also helped draw clients to a separate lobbying office Mr. LaTourette and his wife have set up across the street from the Capitol.
But this blitz of activity has led to complaints from Mr. LaTourettes political opponents that under the guise of defending the Republican Party from extremists, he is profiting from his continued presence in the Washington spotlight. In addition, Mr. LaTourettes activities have raised questions about whether, in his dual roles, the former congressman violated the federal statute that prohibits lawmakers from lobbying on Capitol Hill for a year after leaving office.
Mr. LaTourettes situation underscores a new reality as the fierce divisions in the Republican Party unleash tens of millions of dollars in corporate funds, campaign donations and advocacy efforts, creating potential windfalls for well-positioned strategists and former officeholders. It also illustrates how vague the rules are governing lobbying by former members of Congress.
His work for the Main Street Partnership, he said, is focused solely on helping lawmakers who believe in the governments ability to solve problems to fight back against extremist groups like the Club for Growth, which he has likened to a cancer that has attached itself to the Republican Party for its role in challenging incumbent Republicans with more conservative candidates.
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They liken the Tea Party to a cancer that has attached itself to the GOP. I maintain that the cancer has been growing from within, slowly at first, and now with exponential effect.
If anything, the Tea Party, more importantly, the sentiment of millions of Americans who aren’t officially affiliated with the Tea Party, are the white blood cells of the body politic.
The Tea Party cure for LaTourette syndrome.
Oh, absolutely. I’m still fuming about the NRC not supporting Cuccinelli in my neighboring Commonwealth of Virginia. The demonization of the Tea Party by pubbies is a killer.
The 2014 elections will be very, very telling.
Rats using piubes to do thier bidding. The cancer has spread
More and more obvious is the effort to run the Tea Party types off, into a Third Party. Out of their hair and with TP in a minority would suit the Establishment purposes very well.
Chances are that floating a third party would prove a ghastly expensive endeavor for grassroots alone to finance, to ever hope to get off the ground. Especially up against an era of Big Money and the accompanying battalions of Big Lobby, with real exchanges of value to lure outcomes.
Many/most corporates are far more interested now in global profiteering than bouying the American economy, or even America’s best interests. TP seeks simple things, as the Founders, but carry no gifts.
The title if this piece is poor English
Anyway the cancer is the GOPe. They do not work as they are supposed to. They do not work for the pu try, their voters, and certainly not for the Constitution that they swear th God to do.
They are the sick ones.
The GOP is destructive, selfish and greedy. It’s food source is lobbyists
They are unpredictable and they are sick and they make the country sick.
The same can be aside of democrats and their food source, the NYT, the Unions, abortionists, interest groups.
The Times is once again aenseless, here
I suppose the efficacies to big business and wrong-thinking establishment Republicans in the vein of Karl Rove in destroying the TP seem good. Particularly, when their wrong thinking leads them to believe that ‘moderatism’ and pandering to Hispanics, blacks and other minorities to seem inclusive and caring will result in increased numbers for them to offset TP desertions.
They are wrong. They may bring big money and business support from some quarters but it will not result in increased Hispanic or other minority votes for Republicans. That market is indelibly marked to the Democrats - in perpetuity.
As for myself, I am resolutely determined to NEVER hold my nose again and vote for the generic establishment RINO. As far as I’m concerned, establishment Republican is the same thing as a Democrat, only having second-tier power - and they are VERY comfortable with it.
I’ve hit bottom on the Republican Party as far as faith or hope goes. I’d sooner see it burn to the ground figuratively than ever accept an appeasing RINO GOPe traitor for any office for which I can vote.
Yoiu ain't no R .. jackass.
We ought to get it over with and call them "The K Street Partnership" inj every public venue and every interview.
As have I, hit the bottom with the R Party. I was lucky to have Bob Barr on the ballot as an alternative to voting for McCain, for whom nothing, including Palin, could persuade me to vote EVER.
Four years of Obama stormed my panic impulse and I think I voted for Romney! A mental block is my reward.
The R Party saw how conservatives work and then fold, work and then fold, over and over, and as Pavlov’s dogs, they would like that to continue allowing us to splinter during the primaries and run their guy up the crease for the nomination.
It HAS to stop. We have to break the cycle.
The NYT and liberals in general are desperate to show the Right in a bad light. They will seize on anything, magnify it all out of proportion in order to take attention away from the horrendous failures of this Administration and the Democrat party.
This disagreement, or infighting is imo a healthy sign and will ultimately accrue to the benefit of the Party and the Country.
Politics is a nasty, nasty game and not for the faint of heart. If folks are not willing to stand and fight vigorously for what they believe, we will simply cease to exist as the great and successful nation we have been up until a few short years ago when this slide we are seeing began.
Just another rovian enemy of Freedom and Liberty.
Republicans who are not Tea Party are Democrats with an “R” after their name.
No but we carry enough votes to deny the repukes power if they deny our ideology. Either they embrace us or die.
I agree with you 100%!
I love it! I am getting sick and tired of the rhetoric about how sick "Tea Partiers" are! Just because we don't come firing back every time they insult us, doesn't mean we've retreated with our tails between our legs. We're just not the types to always be in the forefront!
We are still here! And we are listening, watching and getting ready to vote our mind!
I believe you are right. The conservatives struggle for the nomination is one thing, but methodically picking a few off, one at a time, in congress has finally scared the fearful.
The most fearful (Boehner) are huffing and puffing to the media and to their comrades across the aisle that they are done with us. I believe that is fear talking big, and their last hurrah, as in their final push. These guys are so exposed and have painted themselves into a corner and been bought off, if they will only dump us at the curb.
Money is their only weapon against us, on our feet now. Cruz has got to lead, or Rand Paul will.
Of the Republican party. And deservedly so.
A false-flag operation from the git-go.
Ross Peee-rot got hisself a no-bid contract for Social Security administration software from Clinton.
What do these RINOs get?
I agree and one more thing... TP votes are not for sale... and the gop/e have nothing but perks to buy votes with... we want to end perks!
The Rinos are deathly afraid of the Tea Party and the power the new breed has gained in the world of politics.
If people will recall what happened at the Glen Beck march on Washington a while back, the cannot say the Tea Party does not need to be accounted for, as they DO! I expect there will be some very surprised (and defeated) Rinos come next election. The people have had it with Republicans.
Republicans fight to protect the “Republican Party.”
The Tea Party fights to protect AMERICA.
There needs to be some kind of Tea Party alerts, to identify which Republican organizations are conservative, and which are front groups for the liberal Republican establishment.
Likewise, a “poop list” of RINOs, liberals, sellouts, political hacks and spin doctors, lobbyists, and other such scoundrels. That if their name is attached to anything, it is a trick.
As many liberal billionaires they can draw to their cause, the truth is that without grassroots support, voluntary or through deception, they are throwing their money down a rat hole. By tricking conservatives into giving to their causes, they both get “free money”, so they don’t have to spend their own; and just as importantly, they divert it away from legitimate conservatives.
I think the 2014 elections won’t change a thing. Why? What previous elections have really changed things for long? Ninety + percent of incumbents win.
What RINOS other than Lugar have lost in a primary recently? It’s a pretty short list.
Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner!
The gop and 'rat factions of the uniparty would love for conservatives in general and the tea party in particular to leave and start their own third party. Under the ballot access rules the uniparty sets for minor parties which ensures that they will remain marginalized.
It's one big, happy uniparty. And conservatives need not apply.
Post of the thread award!!!
Likewise, a poop list of RINOs, liberals, sellouts, political hacks and spin doctors, lobbyists, and other such scoundrels. That if their name is attached to anything, it is a trick.
“His work for the Main Street Partnership, he said, is focused solely on helping lawmakers who believe in the governments ability to solve problems ... “
The GOPe mantra in a nutshell. Crony capitalism, corporatism and managed decline.
Of ALL things political, THAT'S the biggest enemy to America.
That is part of the problem. You cannot distance yourself from the problems unless you are willing to leave the GOP.
The GOP won't change. They won't go against the corporate hand that feeds them.
Illegal immigration, tax reform, border enforcement, balanced budget, reducing national debt are valid concerns. All of which the GOP does not really care about.
They want their fund raising pimp monoploly. No way people can do this independently.
The thing with the franchised corporations and trade with China is that they do not organize the way local business get to know and vouch for each other. They instead rely on central databases, and like the fed reserve, get tax money to pay for interests, or food stamps to buy food in the case of WalMart.
We need to restaure our own independence from executive databases of the FBI and start making our own currencies as a plan of secession and retaking our country back with real representatives of that counter independent body... not like they did not have one of their own hiding underneath the radar.
Perot also got Ginsburg on the Supreme Court as part of the deal. Her husband was Perot’s tax lawyer.
Ole Mittster was an original Main Streeter!
Without the TEA party, the Gop would be nothing more than a rotting corpse.. as it is, the smell is already nigh unbearable.. it may well be time to let this one just rot .. and move on.
SNORT! In the leftist narrative, the Constitution was written by patriarchal, slave-owning agents of the White Power Structure.
Go ahead GOP - engineer the nomination of the Dough Boy from NJ. Not only would I not vote for him, you just might force my vote for the D. The GOPe is as much the enemy of this country as the Ds. Damn you GOP!
Yes, they will.
Even if a third party formed the problem would still be the traitors in the two we have. So I support TEA Party type efforts to clean out the dirtbagz one at a time. For my own part I still support individual candidates wherever they are, who will cut spending, etc.. I will also support anyone who advocates term limits. And I will support anyone who pledges to clean out the shiftless, useless, double-dealing bureaucraps left behind by Clintoon, Bush43, as well as the Kenyan.——I didn’t say it is easy.
You're making it too complicated. Give ONLY to candidates that have your stamp of approval.
I had a nightmare that Greg Abbott is the Ken Cuccinelli of 2014.
At one time, wasn’t Henry Ross Pea Rot a “conservative”. He must have been “brainwashed” like the late George W. Romney. Didn’t Richard Crenna play Pea Rot in a movie?
Welcome to the dark side Rita. Happy to have you ;)
You can tell a lot from a name. Liberal organizations often use fake names so as to trick the populace. Main Street Partnership, sounds just like the fake it is.