It’s no secret that the GOP is divided. While the moderates and the Tea Party battle it out in the Republican Civil War, the moderates are receiving funding from an unlikely source to help wage war against conservatives: labor unions.
As the 2014 midterm elections approach, the greatest threat to Republican domination remains the divided nature of the GOP. The Republican Party is deeply divided between establishment Republicans and principled conservatives. Though the Republican Party, in many ways, has the Democrats on the ropes as they scramble to deal with the endless stream of Obamacare-related disasters, the GOP is in danger of self-destructing in this coming election as the moderates and the conservatives battle it out.
According to the National Journal:
The Republican Main Street Partnership has emerged as an outspoken, deep-pocketed player in pro-business GOP plans to beat back tea-party challengers next year. But the group’s new super PAC has an unexpected source for its seed money: labor unions.
The super PAC, called Defending Main Street, has not yet submitted a major donor disclosure to the Federal Election Commission. But documents filed by other groups show that two labor organizations, the International Union of Operating Engineers and the Laborers’ International Union of North America, directed a combined $400,000 to the Republican group in September and October.
Main Street says it has raised roughly $2 million total between its super PAC and an affiliated nonprofit group so far—and that means labor has supplied at least 20 percent of those funds.
[T]he scale of these six-figure donations—$250,000 from the Operating Engineers and $150,000 from LIUNA—makes this effort distinct. Plus, the money is coming as the Main Street group has been publicly declaring its intent to crush tea-party challengers in Republican primaries, going head to head with conservative bankrollers such as the anti-tax Club for Growth.
“Hopefully, we’ll go into eight to 10 races and beat the snot out of them,” Main Street President Steven LaTourette told National Journal in October.
That puts these labor groups on the front line of the GOP’s intra-party ideological conflict, a battle where the affiliation to unions won’t be considered advantageous, to say the least.
In an effort to crush the conservatives, the establishment GOP is making a deal with the devil and it is bound to work against the interests of small-government proponents. If labor unions, who traditionally favor big-government policies, are helping fund the GOP Civil War, moderates ought to wake up to realize the longterm benefit for liberals of Republican infighting.
Moderates continue to blame conservatives for an endless string of legislative failures, however, the GOP leadership is largely comprised of establishment-leaning republicans. With a minority presence in the Senate and a majority in the House, the Republican Party has done little to quell the ceaseless advancement of fiscal lunacy at a time when hard-nosed posturing is not only preferable, but direly needed.
The U.S. is currently over $17 trillion in debt. The Democrat-controlled government has done nothing to adjust their spending habits for these dire times but have, instead, increased government spending by restoring the sequester cuts, increased taxes and acquired the acquiescence of moderate GOP leaders who agreed to such insanity for the mere promise of future spending cuts.