There’s something of a civil war going on in the Republican Party, the “establishment” is trying to extinguish the flame of freedom being fanned by the Tea Party.
If you’ve followed The Curmudgeon’s posts on this topic you know that the US Chamber of Commerce is reportedly putting up $50 million to support the establishment Republicans against conservative primary challengers. Now we’ve got former Republican officeholders jumping into the fray.
First up, Mike Bloomberg, former mayor of New York City. We’ll be the first say that Bloomberg’s connection with the Republican Party is tenuous at best. Between his efforts to win Nanny of the Year every year and his efforts to overturn the 2nd Amendment with the help of his organization, Mayors Against Guns, Bloomberg doesn’t have many friends or supporters on the right side of life.
Yesterday Mr. Bloomberg pretty well shredded the “tenuous” relationship with the Republican Party.
Bloomberg has a close relationship with Harry Reid. We think that says everything that needs to be said.
And then there’s Richard Lugar.
You may recall that Lugar was defeated in the Republican Primary in 2012 and refused to endorse or help the man who beat him, who went on to lose a close general election.
We find it interesting that conservatives are supposed to support establishment Republicans who haven’t had a conservative thought in 40 years “for the good of the party” but when a conservative wins a primary the establishment is nowhere to be found.
Well, Lugar’s been found.
There’s an open Senate seat in Georgia and the Republicans will nominate a conservative to fill it. There’s a primary, but all the candidates on the Republican side are conservatives. On the Democratic side is former Georgia Senator Sam Nunn’s daughter.
Ms. Nunn is posing as a centrist Democrat, but as we know, like all centrist Democrats, she will vote the Party Line whenever Harry Reid tells her to.
Here’s the news from Georgia.
Georgia Democrat Michelle Nunn is getting some cross-party love from former Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.).
Lugar’s political action committee, the 19th Star PAC, donated $5,000 to Nunn’s Senate campaign in early December, according to the group’s latest Federal Election Commission report.
Lugar and Nunn’s father, former Sen. Sam Nunn (D-Ga.), worked together closely on nuclear nonproliferation issues while both were in the Senate.
This isn’t the first time one of Nunn’s former GOP colleagues has donated to his daughter — former Sen. John Warner (R-Va.) also gave $500 to her campaign and attended a fundraiser for her, The Washington Post reported last month.
Nunn, who’s running as a centrist, has raised an impressive $3.3 million in the first five months of her Senate campaign. She’ll face the winner of a crowded GOP primary that has a number of candidates running for the Tea Party mantle.
We’d like to pass on some advice to establishment Republicans. Not, of course, that they’ll pay the least little bit of attention to little old us. If you want conservative support for your establishment candidates you should be thinking about doing some outreach. This isn’t the way to do it.
It appears to us those establishments Republicans are more interested in maintaining the Beltway establishment than they are in electing Republicans or blunting the Democrat’s agenda. We can’t think of a single member of the Republican leadership – all of whom are busy touting their “conservative” credentials in this election year – who have supported anything that would give us smaller government.
The only difference between Beltway Republicans and Democrats seems to be the speed at which they are taking our liberty away from us and consolidating power in Washington.