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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    "Centrist" Republicans Target Selves

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Wed Aug 10, 2011 at 09:20:59 AM EST
    Tags: Michigan, Republicans, Thaddeus McCotter, Fred Upton, Dave Camp, Centrists, Milquetoast, Moderates, Fail, Congress, Senate, Mainstreet, Politics, Principle, Conservatives, Constitution (all tags)

    In a time when conservatism has regained the eye and can be found more in the heart of America, those who refuse to stand for anything, seem to expend more effort standing AGAINST those who would presumably be their allies.

    Some Republicans have consistently, even in the face of gains made by "tea party" conservatives in their party, shunned those gains, and pegged the new conservatism as "extreme."  Rather than embrace the ideas of responsibility and restraint with regard to government, they have instead attempted to scuttle reform efforts by those who were in fact elected under a conservative flag.  Such things as spending within means, and abiding by the constitution, to centrists, is tantamount to guaranteeing they would be unelected in following cycles.

    So instead of promoting any message that is constitutionally legitimate, or perhaps even (dare we suggest) "righteous," it is far easier to put finger to the wind, and see where society would accept deviation from current conditions and then assume relatively safe positions.  Far easier to be "politically correct," slight those who share your party banner, and continue a path toward complete socialism for the sake of personal power.

    And they call it "moderation," being reasonable, more "centrist."

    And those who have no ability to stand up for anything they pretend to believe, proudly state that they are indeed milquetoast.

    Including some notable Michiganders and others below the fold.

    If folks were wondering who might be the best targets across the country to "primary," it seems that a list has been provided.  Standing under a banner of no stands, of no substance, of no principles to hold them down, the Milquetoast Republican flag is flying over mainstreet:
    RMSP Mission

    The Republican Main Street Partnership was founded in 1998 to promote thoughtful leadership in the Republican Party, and to partner with individuals, organizations and institutions that share centrist values.


    How to be middle of the road?

    Do it if its ok with everyone else?

    Its a different world, things aren't the same, you will now seem like an extremist?

    The constitution is a "living document" so it must be interpreted loosely?

    Its the way we have been doing it so, lets not rock the boat?

    Those kind of values?

    I don't think so.  They aren't values.  Those are terms of surrender.  Those things which are so easily embraced by Republicans more concerned with losing their "jobs" are weak, uninspiring reminders that laziness of thought often accompanies aspirations of political office.  This list below is a self identified collection of those who have no core principles, and cannot be counted on for any substantive reforms needed to return this country to its intended greatness.

    Elected Officials


    Sen. Susan Collins, Maine

    Sen. Mark Kirk, Illinois

    Sen. John McCain, Arizona

    Sen. Olympia Snowe, Maine

    U.S. HOUSE

    Rep. Steve Austria, Ohio

    Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, Maryland

    Rep. Charlie Bass, New Hampshire

    Rep. Judy Biggert, Illinois

    Rep. Brian Bilbray, California

    Rep. Mary Bono Mack, California

    Rep. Ken Calvert, California

    Rep. Dave Camp, Michigan

    Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, West Virginia

    Rep. Charlie Dent, Pennsylvania

    Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, Florida

    Rep. Robert Dold, Illinois

    Rep. David Dreier, California

    Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, Missouri

    Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick, Pennsylvania

    Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, Nebraska

    Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, New Jersey

    Rep. Jim Gerlach, Pennsylvania

    Rep. Chris Gibson, New York

    Rep. Michael Grimm, New York

    Rep. Nan Hayworth, New York

    Rep. Richard Hanna, New York

    Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, Washington

    Rep. Lynn Jenkins, Kansas

    Rep. Bill Johnson, Ohio

    Rep. Adam Kinzinger, Illinois

    Rep. Leonard Lance, New Jersey

    Rep. Steven LaTourette, Ohio

    Rep. Jerry Lewis, California

    Rep. Frank LoBiondo, New Jersey

    Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, Michigan

    Rep. David McKinley, West Virginia

    Rep. Patrick Meehan, Pennsylvania

    Rep. Tim Murphy, Pennsylvania

    Rep. Erik Paulsen, Minnesota

    Rep. Thomas Petri, Wisconsin

    Rep. Todd Platts, Pennsylvania

    Rep. Tom Reed, New York

    Rep. Dave Reichert, Washington

    Rep. Jim Renacci, Ohio

    Rep. Jon Runyan, New Jersey

    Rep. Bobby Schilling, Illinois

    Rep. Aaron Schock, Illinois

    Rep. Steve Stivers, Ohio

    Rep. Lee Terry, Nebraska

    Rep. Patrick Tiberi, Ohio

    Rep. Michael Turner, Ohio

    Rep. Fred Upton, Michigan

    Rep. Greg Walden, Oregon

    Rep. Ed Whitfield, Kentucky

    Rep. Frank Wolf, Virginia

    The three Republicans from Michigan are highlighted.  Its no surprise they are among those who voted to spend this country trillions more into debt recently.  It was how the wind blew.

    This cabal of politically correct cynosures eagerly embraces such popular ideas as man made global warming and climate change.  They believe in providing partnerships with corporate entities (read crony corporatism), and actually think that getting involved in the medicine business is a good thing:

    We must implement Health IT legislation.

    We need to continue to build upon success of the Medicare Prescription Drug Program and allow it to work.

    And even while offering a "we need to reform Medicare," and a "We support disciplined budget practices that curb the growth of government", they still voted for the debt increase.

    I would like to thank those "Main Street" Republicans for self identifying, and making it easier for true conservative Republicans to see who it is that damages the brand.

    Thank you for standing up for something ..

    Or not.

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    The only thing I have to ask the GOP is... (none / 0) (#1)
    by Corinthian Scales on Wed Aug 10, 2011 at 10:27:32 AM EST
    Why did the Republican Party support its chosen Presidential nomination Sen. John McCain in 2008 and then select Governor Sarah Palin as a Vice President running mate?

    They were dead in the water without Governor Palin, and the GOP knew it.  To this day the GOP trashes Mrs. Palin as much if not more than the loons in the DNC.

    Much Party cleansing of RINO's is still necessary for there to be any hope for this great land of ours.

    Chair, Mr. Schostak, I'm watching this like a hawk on Mitt...

    ...AND Hoekstra...

    ...in Michigan.

    With friends like these two...

    ...who needs a Big Spending, Obamacare establishing Republican-light, when one can vote for a real Democrat?

    ACU Ratings (none / 0) (#2)
    by Conservative First on Wed Aug 10, 2011 at 12:08:49 PM EST
    American Conservative Union ratings are a better measure of voting records.  A few of the members you listed are actually conservative.  For example, Roscoe Bartlett has an ACU life rating of 94%.  I'm not sure why he would want to join RMSP.

    • probably fear by JGillman, 08/10/2011 12:18:35 PM EST (none / 0)
      • Bingo by Corinthian Scales, 08/10/2011 05:31:40 PM EST (none / 0)
    • And as an FYI by JGillman, 08/10/2011 12:20:31 PM EST (none / 0)
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