17.10.13

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU ASK FOR.

A substantial part of the Republican Party is no longer in thrall to Big Business, to the dismay of John Judis.
The single-issue and evangelical groups have been superseded by right-wing populist groups, which are generally identified with the Tea Party, although there is no single Tea Party organization. These groups can’t easily be co-opted by the party’s Washington leadership. And the business groups in Washington, who funded the party over the last two decades, have grown disillusioned with a party that appears to be increasingly held hostage by its radical base and by outsider groups. The newspapers are now filled with stories about business opposition to the shutdown strategy, and there are even hints of business groups backing challenges to Tea Party candidates. “The business community has got to stand up and say we are not going to back the most self-described conservative candidate. We are going to back the candidates that are the most rational,” says John Feehery, a former aide to DeLay and Hastert who is now president of Quinn Gillespie & Associates, a Washington lobbying firm.
Mr Judis notes elsewhere in his article that these elements of the Republican coalition are not fond of Big Anything, and not funded by the usual suspects on K Street.  In his view, these populist elements are breaking up the Republican Party as he understands it.

Government of the people, by the people, and for the people is sometimes messy.  That's a feature, one that Our President evidently doesn't understand.

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