Chamber of Commerce aims $50M salvo at Tea Party to ensure “no fools on the ticket”

In what will certainly exacerbate the rift within the Republican party between the establishment and the constitutional conservative Tea Party base, Newsmax reports that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is planning to spend $50 million to support establishment and business-friendly Republican candidates in next year’s congressional elections.

“Our No. 1 focus is to make sure, when it comes to the Senate, that we have no loser candidates,” Scott Reed, the chamber’s strategist, told The Wall Street Journal on Thursday. “That will be our mantra: No fools on our ticket.”

Cleta Mitchell, One of Washington’s most respected elections attorneys and a personal acquaintance of mine had this reaction:

It’s insane. It’s based on false assumptions. When they say, ‘no fools on the ticket,’ the fact of the matter is that there were some centrist candidates who were the establishment favorites who lost in 2012,” Mitchell added. “That’s fine if they want to spend that money, but I think it’s going to be wasted money — and I don’t think it’s going to do any good in the final analysis.”

Newsmax reports that the chamber has expressed its dissatisfaction with such tea party-backed senators as Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah, both of whom resisted passing a budget this year without a provision to defund Obamacare.

There can be no doubt that Mr. Reed’s battle cry of, “no fools on our ticket” will reverberate negatively among the grassroots. Once again, the inside the beltway crew just doesn’t understand what’s happening across America.

This goal of supporting centrist candidates is indeed puzzling and again reflects the establishment desire to be “Liberal Lite” — essentially a lesser version of Democrats. That has proven to be unsuccessful and as a matter of fact, it was constitutional conservatives who won back the majority for the Republican Party in 2010 — a massive victory.

Several “establishment” candidates for US Senate in recent cycles were unsuccessful in North Dakota, Montana, Virginia, and Wisconsin. And two GOP candidates who did not get Tea Party support last year, former Rep. Todd Akin in Missouri and Richard Mourdock in Indiana, lost their senate races solely because of outrageous comments about pregnancy and rape.

The principles of limited government, fiscal responsibility, individual sovereignty, free market capitalism, and strong national defense are at the core of constitutional conservatism, and the policies to support those principles are central to this Republic.

It almost seems the establishment GOP is focused on being another version of big government and big business, which is not a formula for success. The GOP needs the grassroots supporters, their energy and the base support of volunteers to hit the pavement.

I seriously doubt Mr. Reed of the Chamber is going to take that route. Furthermore, local chambers are composed of many small businesses who are certainly not fat cats.

And for those who support the Democrat party, there is also a little civil war brewing between the progressive socialists and those who once known as conservative Democrats, such as Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WVa). The Democrat Party wants to move farther to the left and hail people such as Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) and New York City’s new Mayor Bill DeBlasio, an avowed Marxist/Socialist as their champions.

Bottom line, there is clear evidence which principles have advanced the growth and prosperity of America. There can be no doubt about the fundamentals of this Constitutional Republic. There are groups on both sides of the aisle who seek not the best for our nation, but the perversion and decimation of our country as they advance their own self and special interest.

Let us never forget President Barack Obama’s desire to “fundamentally transform” America. If the US Chamber of Commerce fails to see that threat, then they are indeed part of the problem, and definitely not the solution.

Centrist GOP candidates such as Mitt Romney, John McCain, and even those who eschewed conservative principles such as Presidents George HW Bush and George W. Bush were not successful, and in the case of the latter, enabled Democrats to succeed them. These are lessons that should be learned, not dismissed.

As for me, I will stand by constitutional conservative principles, even though it was Republicans who redistricted me out and Democrats who implemented voter fraud to keep me from returning to the US House of Representatives. I’m glad to know both establishments were threatened by a principled black conservative.

71 COMMENTS

  1. I wish we could put Allen West in the Senate instead of either of the two we have now. I’m not overly fond of Marco “amnesty” Rubio or Bill Nelson.

  2. Allen, I hope you realize just how massive the army of citizens is that stands behind you 10,000%!!! Ane we are ready to take back our country NOW.

  3. Wow what a slap in the face they have made.Guess when I go in to buy anything I will walk away now if they are a chamber of commerce members.

  4. I thought the “Fools” were all of the Old Cronies on Capital Hill that are only interested in themselves and their own special interests….. I support the new wave of politicians that are interested in the welfare of the American Patriot citizens of the United States

    • Yes Karen! That is exactly what mid terms will point towards! NO MORE CAREER POLITICIANS!!!! This fight we’re in is not always dems vs Repubs, but the people vs government…

  5. The silent majority is awake, the GOP may find it self going the way of the “WIG” party. That is what happen when the party went away from it’s conservative, common sense policy. ” The sons of Liberty” are being re-born… “Long live the republic”

  6. Someone made a good point the other day, that if faced with a liberal democrat, and the ‘democrat lite” republican, even if their views were exactly the same, the democrat will most likely win as the press will vilify the republican simply because of the “R”. No, we need to present a clear choice, not a pale image of our challengers

  7. Here is the problem the Tea Party sometimes does endorse candidates that are a bit well, Looney tunes. What republican leadership needs to learn is that once the people registered as a republican make a choice in the primary, like it or not you get behind that candidate. 9 million republicans stayed home rather than vote for Romney. Look what that got us! The tea party and evangelicals needs to take this advise also. Do not vote at your peril when a candidate isn’t religious or conservative enough. That is what keeps the senate democrat and that is what gave us BHO for a 2nd term.

    • If the choice is Hillary or Christie, as the media is already suggesting, why would I bother to vote? One is a arrogant, selfish jerk with no moral character who has never seen a regulation or gun control bill they haven’t liked. The other is Hillary.

      • Nine million republicans stayed home for reasons such as the 2 Richard articulates, along with others, and the result is BHO for 4 more years. If the choice does come down to Christie and Hilary and you don’t vote, don’t complain about Hilary being your president.

      • I didn’t like Romney but he was the lesser of the two evils last time. Lets hope we have a better choice this time. I always vote my convictions not a party.

      • Since I know him please articulate what you did not like about him. He is a far superior man than the one we have in the WH. He is a kind and generous person.

      • The only thing that I thought,for myself, he would set back women’s rights. But my thinking was what difference would it make if we had no America. I also am not a fan of his religion. But as Kennedy was a Catholic and kept his faith in his private life I could only hope that Mr Romney would also. That was the only two major sticking points I had

        He indeed was a far superior man than what we have. I am not sure that could be considered a major compliment since we have an Islamic traitor in the WH.

        Romney may have made some mistakes if elected, but he was a true American.

      • this is exactly what I am speaking of. Okay, he is a Mormon. So what. The constitution says there shall be no religious test for public office. Then there was the phony “Republican war on women” What war? Congress makes the law in this country. I don’t think women’s rights are going to go backward anytime soon. Again good conservative voters stayed home rather than vote for Romney for reasons that were not good. Result the guy we have in the WH. Here is what I would like to see. A Republican House and Senate in 2014, that impeaches Obama. Okay that means we get Biden. If the country can survive 6 years of Obama we can take two years of Biden. Plugs may be a walking gaf machine but he is not stupid, and a republican congress will keep him in check. It will also make a big internal fight on the Democrat side between a sitting president that can run, and Hillary. Hmmmm.

      • Why so defensive,I voted for the man. As for a war on women. I didn’t hear him declare that. I was merely relying on my personal experience with Mormons and direct statements that Mr Romney made himself.

        As I stated, I did not agree with all his viewpoints. But I was sure he was best for the country.

        As for Congress making law in this country, well BH
        O is certainly giving us a lesson in that isn’t he. There are so many unconstitutional things being implemented today in DC , and nobody is doing a thing to stop it.

        Personally I would like to see the sitting president in prison after he is impeached for the crimes he has committed. Also every appointed and hired crony that has had anything to do with this dictator ship.

        I have been a Democrat since I turned 18. Well after 35 years of that I changed to Independent. I vote for the best person not a blind party affiliation. The days of that are gone.

        Biden may not be the idiot he comes across as, but I would have to see it to believe it. My hope is that there will be a change of power and personnel in the elected officials in Washington. It could surely use a purge.

        If things do not turn around soon, there will be no America as I have known it.

        My be a good time to invest in property in Belize or Costa Rica. If that blood thirsty morally bankrupt Hillary Clinton wins the nomination, then my faith in my fellow Americans has truly been eroded.

      • I’m not being defensive at all. You said you thought Romney would setback women’s rights. Not me. You said you were not a fan of his religion. Not me. Him being a Mormon and the so called war on women were both distractions. I’m sorry you didn’t hear the democrat chant about the Republican war on women but it happened. One female democrat strategist encouraged women to go to the polls and vote for your “lady parts”. I found that particularly vile, but hey that’s the new democrat party. So am I to understand you voted for Romney and encouraged your daughter to do the same? Thank you for not staying home if you did. Yes BHO does like to over rule congress. There are a few law suits working their way through the courts to put a stop to that.

      • Yes, I voted for Romney as did anyone else that I could exercise any influence over. I doubt there will ever be a someone that I agree with 100%.. But that is called compromise. I can live with that. As far as I know KY went all red.

        I really don’t care who runs against Hillary,if she is the Dem choice., I’ll vote against her.

      • Oh, one more thing. I dragged my daughter to voter registration and then to the polls and she voted for the first time in her life. Not proud of that,but she is and adult. I was desperate to beat the traitor that we have on the throne again.

      • Simple answer. In 2014 the Republicans have a good chance of taking over both the house and senate. Just based on who has to run in 2016 in congress the democrats have more at risk. That said it is likely a republican president will have a republican congress. A republican congress is not going to send Christie a gun control bill. While I am no fan of Christie, don’t forget he is the governor of a very blue state. That has some bearing on his conduct. Don’t forget the first duty of a politician is to get reelected. He has been so lets wait and see if his attitude changes. Personally I still think it is too early to anoint anyone. The other side however has anointed Hilary. So back to my original point. Nine million republicans stayed home for reasons such as the 2 you articulate, along with others, and the result is BHO for 4 more years. If the choice does come down to Christie and Hilary and you don’t vote, don’t complain about Hilary being your president.

      • I agree with you…we need to vote and we need to vote against any Communist that runs. I want to vote for a Constitutional Conservative and I am sure as heck not going to stay home and let votes go to any Socialist/Marxist/Communist like Hitlery or any other Liberal Commie-loving Democrat.

  8. Still crying about that seat in congress? No personal responsibility there “it’s the repugs who redistricted me and democrats voter fraud” nothing about how I totally sucked on the suckiest congress in history. Besides the President being re-elected and Elisabeth Warren winning. My biggest satisfactions from those elections where the ouster of the Colonel and his pal Joe Walsh. Hopefully they weed-out more wacko birds this time around and get back to the business of running the country. We need republicans to make more sense if democrats are to be kept honest.

  9. The fools are already in Washington at the top of the Republican party and the Chamber of Communism. We are out here in the trenches trying to repair the damage they do and elect people who still have American values. Let’s get rid of Rove and Rinos so we can get back to work repairing our country. How did Rove get to be spokesman again? He did a terrible job in the past and we need someone who knows what they are doing. They can’t win anything without us and we will not suffer fools anymore.

  10. I have news for the Chamber of Commerce, the fools are already in Congress.We the people plan on giving them another shellacking like we did in 2010 and vote their sorry A$$es out. The Democrat Senate will change.

  11. Now wait a minute here. A simple search of Tod Akin and Richard Murdock with the words Tea party after them show even Fox news stating they were Tea Party. I dont care either way because every party and movement has candidates that suffer from foot in mouth. But being that there is no central “Tea Party” voice, is this something that should be discussed? What does “Tea Party backed” actually mean?

    • Don’t get me wrong here. I am a Tea Party supporter from day one. I have on the spur of the moment taken off work and driven 17 hrs each way to go to Tea Party events in DC. And taken rare long lunches to contribute locally. I don’t however get into facebook and twitter so it is difficult to know any inner circles of my local Tea Party. Should the phrase LOCAL Tea Party be strongly stressed when it comes to candidates? Being that I am not that involved in the social network of the Tea Party is there some sort of national voice for the Tea Party that I am unaware of? If not then how does Fox news or any other “news” organization have the audacity to simply put Tea Party backed without placing the word locally or some, in front of the headline.”Tea Party Backed”.

      • There are 2 national voices for the tea party I am aware of. One is Tea Party Patriots and the other is Freedomworks.

  12. What is wrong with this picture? Ted Cruz was hammered in the media as the man who shut down the government. He is perceived to be the third most influential man in the world. Note that, world not America. The GOP leadership might as well just start endorsing Democrats. Juan McLame from my state of Arizona is the textbook definition of RINO. Republican leadership seems to think that conservatives will vote Republican no matter what. Therefore they are trying to win over independents by running middle of the road candidates. It’s logical. It makes sense. But it’s failed every time. If it wasn’t for Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Mike Lee and their kind the GOP would have no base left. Correct me if I’m wrong but I don’t see TEA Party members voting for Christie. I won’t. The choice of liberal or RINO to me is meaningless. The only way the GOP has a chance to take both houses is to be as anti liberal, anti Obama, anti business as usual as they can possibly be. This is not rocket science. The American people are pissed off. Why do you think we’re seeing Founding Father quotes, Second Amendment pages, anti illegal immigration amnesty postings all over the internet? Did they not see the bikers in DC or the vets stacking up the Park Service barriers in front of the White House? How can anyone who voted for a budget that adds another trillion to the national debt claim to be representing their district or state? The strength of this nation is those of us who get up everyday and go to work. The government earns nothing. All it has it has because it has taken it from someone who earned it. Common sense tells us this can’t continue much longer. Either we get a radical shift in fiscal policy or America will be going the way of the Soviet Union. There won’t be an America. There will simply be 50 states.

    • I like what you said. America needs to get mad and off their butts and get to the polls! It is also true that I have never witnessed so many disgruntled voices, not just discussing politics but actively posting it for all to see and read.

  13. What is wrong with this picture? Ted Cruz was hammered in the media as the man who shut down the government. He is perceived to be the third most influential man in the world. Note that, world not America. The GOP leadership might as well just start endorsing Democrats. Juan McLame from my state of Arizona is the textbook definition of RINO. Republican leadership seems to think that conservatives will vote Republican no matter what. Therefore they are trying to win over independents by running middle of the road candidates. It’s logical. It makes sense. But it’s failed every time. If it wasn’t for Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Mike Lee and their kind the GOP would have no base left. Correct me if I’m wrong but I don’t see TEA Party members voting for Christie. I won’t. The choice of liberal or RINO to me is meaningless. The only way the GOP has a chance to take both houses is to be as anti liberal, anti Obama, anti business as usual as they can possibly be. This is not rocket science.

    • You have a point. A very valid point. I vote no matter what. You could not find chains strong enough to keep me from the polls. But others aren’t so inclined and if there is no clear choice, Christie,Clinton./ Obama,McLame? Why bother? The establishment Rinos depend on me. Possibly I should do as millions did in the last election,STAY HOME! I thought that sentiment was insane before the last election and I blamed those people for the re election of Obama. But now with this blatant Rino slap in the face???? They (stay home majority) might just have had the stronger voice.

    • Richard. What do you think about my statements “you have a good point”? What do “we” do about me voting no matter what? I know what needs to be done to put forth the most conservative voice. But how is that divide narrowed?
      LOL as I type this I am laughing. Make sure we support the most Conservative candidate… is the answer to the divide. Is it that even the Conservatives arent involved enough in the primaries?

    • billb

      its to bad that noone here really understand the depth of what the real problem is here:
      due to a quasi agreement signed by the GOP the republicans can not contest any election fraud done by the democrats until 2017– so the democrats have no fear of the republicans in an election contest because they can win any election by fraud with out being remotely contested (Just like the last presidential election was done)
      how ever the teaparty is not bound by the agreement and can contest any and all fraudulent election tactics that the democrats are acustom to using. that is why the democrats actually will support any republican running against a tea party candidate. because they know they can easily win of the republican but they will be held accountable or any of their usual dirty tricks is they have to run against a tea party member —
      the contest isnt about good bad or better republican –rino — democrats
      the contest is patriotic teaparty running against the DC establishment– that is why if u want to get this country back and feel u want to live in a free america with endless opportunities then the republican voters and the independents and any democrats that have any horse sense at all, better get of their couches and get out and vote straight teaparty
      CAPICE??????????????

  14. All American’s REALLY need is another bureaucracy “Standing up for American Enterprise!” The Chamber is the business equivalent of AARP.
    The Chamber of Commerce is irrelevant except for Chamber of Commerce members (and politicians who receive money). Das Vidanya Tovarishches!

  15. If they persist they will be handing the election to the Democrats because true conservatives will not vote for a RINO, we have had enough, I will vote for a 3rd party before I vote for just more of the same old BS. I would rather have a Democrat in office than have someone calling himself a Republican that is no better than a Democrat.

  16. I am completely disillusioned by both parties. I don’t think the Republicans are as determined as the Democrats to destroy America for personal agendas. On the other hand they(GOP) act like someone has found out where all the bodies are buried and are running scared with their tails firmly tucked between their legs.

    Some one is going to have to find the steel in their resolve to weather the hurricane that it will take to get this country back on course. It will not be just one person,they will have to have a pool of like minded people to build on.

    Does America have that many patriots that are willing to sacrifice their lives for our country. I surely hope so.

    This has gone so far it will be a modern day fight for our liberty again.

    • Pam, Your Right it’s going to be a hard fought battle, And it will be painful one too. For many years hard working American’s have had “Faith” In the People they voted for and sent to D.C. (District OF Corruption) To represent the Voters Best interest. Not the politician’s And the Giant lobbyists that Control them

  17. its to bad that noone here really understand the depth of what the real problem is here:
    due to a quasi agreement signed by the GOP the republicans can not contest any election fraud done by the democrats until 2017– so the democrats have no fear of the republicans in an election contest because they can win any election by fraud with out being remotely contested (Just like the last presidential election was done)
    how ever the teaparty is not bound by the agreement and can contest any and all fraudulent election tactics that the democrats are acustom to using. that is why the democrats actually will support any republican running against a tea party candidate. because they know they can easily win of the republican but they will be held accountable or any of their usual dirty tricks is they have to run against a tea party member —
    the contest isnt about good bad or better republican –rino — democrats
    the contest is patriotic teaparty running against the DC establishment– that is why if u want to get this country back and feel u want to live in a free america with endless opportunities then the republican voters and the independents and any democrats that have any horse sense at all, better get of their couches and get out and vote straight teaparty
    CAPICE??????????????

  18. It appears the COC has been bought with a price maybe a promise of government funds to support the liberal agenda much like our court system, banks, schools, industries and the list goes on. The cards are being stacked against the people!

  19. The US Chamber stands for Crony Capitalism. They only seek to get money from the government at the expense of hard-working American citizens. The US Chamber is all for redistribution as long as they have their hands in the pie. The US Chamber supports Obamacare, amnesty for illegal aliens, increased government spending, and candidates who do not support The Constitution. It looks like the US Chamber drank the Kool-Aid too.

  20. The Chamber of Communists are a disgrace. They pushed for mass amnesty in 1986 and they’re at it again today. They only concerned about their own interests, not the interests of the nation.

  21. What goes around comes back at-cha. The Tea Party was asked 100s of times to help us defend Terry Lakin and expose Obama and we received not one positive response. Now the Obama administration knows what we know, they are weak and spineless easy pickings.

  22. The “chamber”, can waste 50 times their 50 million to dictate to us who we must vote for in 2014. It won’t matter one “whit”. We are fed up with liberal republicans leading the GOP to constant loses at the polls. No true conservatives will willing vote for a “liberal, progressive, republican like McCain, Christy, Jeb Bush, or any other “two-faced weasels”. America doesn’t need TWO democrat parties in this country. We need a party that will represent sanity in government, open the oil fields, coal mines, and free us from dependancy on foreign oil suppliers. Reduce federal taxes on businesses and bring our production jobs back from places like China, Mexico and Canada. Shrink the federal government and return it to where it belongs, being real “civil servants” of the american people, not cramming unwanted laws down their throats, acting like their “masters”, “Czars”, and “Masiahs”! The time has come to “wipe out every “elitest liberal and progressive politician in government”. Return the government to the control of the people by firing every democrat and liberal GOP candidate who are running. It’s a “start”.

    • Very well Said Mad Mike, how about going to the American Spring on May 16th @ DC ?? I AM !! We need 5-10 million men & women that do care, Let’s prove it !!

  23. We cannot let Obama and his socialist/communist democrats continue to “have their cake and eat it”! By that, I mean they want to “hide behind the American flag”, wrap themselves in it during elections, pretending to believe in our national history, culture, founding christian religion, and constitution. While in reality, they are doing their best to destroy all of these things. They should be left to raise and stand with the flags they really believe in, the Red Star, hammer and cicle of Communisum and tyranny! The American flag belongs to real American patroits. Not to the Washington D.C. Communists, and their anti-jewish and anti-american, murderous Muslim groups. Nor to the democrat party and their leaders “snuggle up to”, (make excuses and even fund) these groups.

  24. Mr. West,

    I can make all the financed payments for all advertising, of the Conservative cause. Can do the same for travel cost.

    I offered my help in the past, but your staff ignore my offer to help.

    If you want my help, Mr. West, send your personal contact number and time available to call, to my email.

    Thomas
    [email protected]

  25. Republican party! You want to be nice to businesses, then be nice to all of them that are American owned. The FairTax/HR 25 is the one shot cure to the disease that is the Internal Revenue Code and the cancer that is the Income Tax.

    • Where is the cry for IRS reform????? Our Immigration system is not broken. It is just not being enforced by corrupt politicians, the DOJ, and the President. The IRS IS ACTUALLY BROKEN and is in need of a serious overhaul and downsizing.

  26. As far as I am concerned the fools that I am aware of are those fools that will not address the budget deficit crisis. A sound economy depends on sound currency and on a government that does not strangle the private sector. Right now we have neither of these.

    • Hank, if we cannot change very soon, actually, our nation is bankrupted already ! The question is when will our total collapse happens. So Sad to say this, but truly, we all know that today.

  27. When a business runs into financial despair, it used to not be unheard of for the company to put a freeze on hiring, bonuses, and wage increases. They have even had to go so far as to cut hours and even pay. My Mother worked for Raytheon before they were bought out by L3. She had her pay cut several times and furloughed. Companies as large as AMR (parent of American Airlines) had to use such measures. During the fuel crisis, the CEO actually went without his regular pay for a year and ask others in his upper corporate structure to do the same so that the regular workers would not have to face lay offs. It worked.
    So why can’t the Federal Government follow the same guidelines?

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