What a nifty illustration of Ted Cruz’s point today about the GOP caucus being captured by K Street and corporate interests.
The influential and well-heeled business group is already eyeing several races, but the plans are still in their infancy and the targets have not yet been decided upon, according to more than a half dozen Republican sources on K Street and Capitol Hill.
The group’s apparent new willingness to engage in hand-to-hand political combat to take out sitting Republicans would represent a major shift for the business community, which has largely shied away from targeting sitting lawmakers…
“Last year, we were very aggressive in primaries and the general, and we intend to be again,” Holmes said. “It’s not a change in policy as much as it is a recommitment to last cycle’s successful approach.” She added that the candidate it backed won in 14 of the 15 races the Chamber got involved in last year…
“The fact that there are still members of the Republican House that are obstructionist, isolationists that would be willing to shut down the government only reinforces that the Chamber and the business community, for that matter, will double down on this winning formula,” Caldeira said.
This strategy isn’t entirely new. They started talking about targeting tea partiers in primaries in late 2013 and followed through in last year’s midterms, as noted in the excerpt. The difference last year was that they stuck to open seats rather than going after incumbents. Evidently they’ve decided now that “progress” towards the dream of renewing the Ex-Im bank and passing a gigantic amnesty ensuring all the cheap legal labor they could possibly want isn’t happening fast enough. It’s simply not sufficient to fill vacancies in the House with corporatist business-class Republicans. To move their agenda, they need to start replacing some of the people whose seats are currently occupied.
It seems that the Republican Party is not only being run by progressives, but now the commerce class is fighting to get their share of power! Profits are now more important than the average class of American citizens? The Chamber that they need us as customers much more than we need them as sellers of goods to us. We have the whole world to buy from boys and girls.If the U.S. Chamber of Commerce wants loyal from us then they need to realize that replacing American workers with cheap illegal alien labor is NOT going to win any new consumers...trust me.
The mighty CoC backed bamacare 100% and Obama in both elections.
Yah Michael....I bought a new gmc pick up 2 weeks ago.....guess where its made....FREEKING MEXICO....If had know that may have just kept the old one.....
This not so august body has drank the kool aid, by the gallon. Obviously they don't realize that they are cutting their own throats in the short and long run?
Please note: the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has publicly announced many times that it is mistake to assume it is a political wing of the Republican party. It is a bipartisan, 501(c)(4) organization. As a bipartisan, 501(c)(4) organization, it supports and promotes its own political agenda to and for the benefit of its members of either political party.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has understood Tea party supporters are essentially no threat to their political goals and can easily be challenged at the local and primary levels, which is exactly what they are announcing is their goal. They so little fear Tea party political prowess, they are now openly challenging Tea party supporters to do their best against them, as they will be doing their best against us.
Don't you just love the way the Chamber of Commerce talks about "taking out" conservative incumbants?
It begs the question: by what methods? Whose handbook - the mafia's?. Or, perhaps, the 'rules' for radicals cut in the Alinsky mold, for taking our guys out: rule no.1: ridicule and mock.
Rule #2. Lie, distort, disparage, deceive, discredit.
Seems to me it's time to teach the Chamber of Commercial Horrors a thing or two about how democracy is supposed to work in America. Seems also to me that Donald Trump is just the guy to do it. We have some other really great candidates, but they may be too vulnerable to retribution from the liberal 'mob.' to survive to the nomination.It's going to take someone special, a real fighter, to overcome the Chamber's mindset.
Please note that this CofC discussion talks mostly of sitting Conservative politicians at levels beneath the candidates for the presidency.
Donald Trump is not going to be much of a factor in those positions on the ballot. If the CofC targets their funding at specific local-level, and state elections, there will not be many Conservative campaigns at those levels that can compete with the funding that the CofC will throw at them.
It is the same strategy that the 'Bloomies' and 'Mommies' discovered to be successful in the gun-control battles.
Robert, I'm quite aware of what the discussion is about. the remarks I threw in about Trump were gratuitous comments, but i couldn't resist.
Why not offer some advice where it might be helpful - like: how would you overcome the CofC's stranglehold on funding at local and state elections? Giving up is not an option.
So now we know where McConnell gets his "back Bone" He answers only to the Chamber of Commerce. Over the last dz years we have seen the C OF C change to a far left /anti constitution group Could Geo Soros have bought them too. It seems the C of C do not care who wins.. only they control them.
Add the chamber of commerce to the enemies list; this includes all democrats, rinos, federal bureaucrats and lobbyists.
THE COMMUNIST CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND HORRORS SHOULD BE DISBANDED AND GIVEN NEW JOBS LIKE HIKING TRAIL SWEEPERS. WITH BUFFALO CHIP SCOOPERS.AND NO RUBBER GLOVES.
I JUST FEEL FUNNY DONATING TEN DOLLARS TO HIS CAMPAIGN. HOW I WISHED NEWT HAD DEBATED OBAMA BIN LENIN INSTEAD OF MITTENS ROMNEY. OBAMA WOULD HAVE MOVED BACK TO HIS SOVIET UNION.
SKIN TAGS NEED TO BE REMOVED. THEY COULD BE CANCEROUS. PRETTY BOY FLOYD HAS TO BE REMOVED BEFORE HE HURTS AMERICANS. EVERYTHING HE SAYS IS ONLY PC SPEAK FROM HIS LIPS TO THE TOILET.
IF THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE DOES THIS AND ARE SUCCESSFUL AT DOING SO THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS DEAD!!!