Just as many liberals have predicted, the extremism in the Republican Party is turning off moderates. It has, in fact, turned some off so much that one Republican group, The Republican Main Street Partnership, will now be known simply as “The Main Street Partnership.” While they have yet to come out and say that they are releasing themselves from the Republican name due to extremism, with the group’s mission, that reasoning makes sense. A Tuesday morning vote by the group’s board of directors made the loss of the affiliation with the Republican Party’s name official.
That isn’t all, though. The group is not just doing this in name only. According to statements made to Yahoo News,Former Ohio Representative Steven LaTourette, who is the new president of the group, says that he plans to begin talks with Blue Dog Democrats. In other words, this is a centrist group that wants to work with both parties and avoid extremes. True to their purpose, they have done just that by dumping the Republican Party in its current extremist form. LaTourette says:
“The goal is to try and fill the void that is the middle. The American political system is like a doughnut: You’ve got sides, but you don’t have anything in the middle, and it would be my goal to work with Republicans and Democrats who want to find the path forward to getting things done and compromise.”
According to LaTourette, the group’s Super PAC will extend its aid to centrist members of both parties. He says of that action:
“It’s not going to be focused so much on party as it is on protecting people from the right and left extremes if they choose to do the right things.”
LaTourette insists that the groups mission has not changed, and that it will still represent the governing wing of the Republican Party. It doesn’t sound like his group has much in common with the current GOP, though, which is a good thing, and hey, if they are acknowledging extremism and welcoming Democrats, I am willing to give them a chance, personally.
LaTourette’s record shows that he has always been a bit of a stand-up guy, though. He has been known to vote against GOP party leadership, voted against the de-funding of NPR, as well as against the censuring of Attorney General Eric Holder. Sounds like a pretty good guy to me.
Now, GOP, that your own groups are abandoning you, isn’t it time to cut away the crazy wing of your party and restore some sanity before there is no Republican Party left? All that will be left if other groups follow the lead of The Main Street Partnership will be a bunch of teabagging whackjobs, the same people who have made you into the laughingstock you are now. Take my advice and get rid of them before your allies get rid of you.
Read the entire report on Yahoo! News.