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Tue Jan 8, 2013, 04:49 PM

Moderate Republican group to remove ‘Republican’ from name, welcome Democrats

Source: Yahoo News

The Republican Main Street Partnership, a Washington-based group that has promoted moderate GOP lawmakers and policies, will remove the word "Republican" from its title and welcome center-right Democrats in 2013, Yahoo News has learned.

The organization's board of directors voted Tuesday morning to scrap party identification from its title and be known simply as "The Main Street Partnership." The group's new president, former Ohio Republican Rep. Steven LaTourette, told Yahoo News that he plans to begin conversations with Blue Dog Democrats and centrist groups in the coming months.

"The goal is to try and fill the void that is the middle," LaTourette, who resigned from Congress this year, said. "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."

In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, LaTourette added: “While we have changed our name, we have not changed our values or our mission. We will continue to be a right of center organization and continue to represent the governing wing of the Republican Party."



Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/moderate-republican-group-remove-republican-name-welcome-democrats-191019543--politics.html



Any press is good press, as long as they don't remember your name...

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Reply Moderate Republican group to remove ‘Republican’ from name, welcome Democrats (Original post)
brooklynite Jan 2013 OP
graham4anything Jan 2013 #1
Comrade Grumpy Jan 2013 #9
graham4anything Jan 2013 #14
Ken Burch Jan 2013 #18
Ken Burch Jan 2013 #17
SoapBox Jan 2013 #2
Jessy169 Jan 2013 #3
Bluenorthwest Jan 2013 #4
russspeakeasy Jan 2013 #5
DFW Jan 2013 #6
old guy Jan 2013 #7
Kolesar Jan 2013 #8
Comrade Grumpy Jan 2013 #10
Agnosticsherbet Jan 2013 #11
justice1 Jan 2013 #12
ret5hd Jan 2013 #13
BlueNoteSpecial Jan 2013 #15
ReRe Jan 2013 #16
marble falls Jan 2013 #19
adieu Jan 2013 #20
jmowreader Jan 2013 #30
Caeser67 Jan 2013 #21
FreeBC Jan 2013 #22
lexx21 Jan 2013 #23
L0oniX Jan 2013 #24
Dragonfli Jan 2013 #27
cosmicone Jan 2013 #25
Dragonfli Jan 2013 #26
Canuckistanian Jan 2013 #28
struggle4progress Jan 2013 #29
Ken Burch Jan 2013 #31
Skittles Jan 2013 #32

Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 04:51 PM

1. Just say no to third parties. Ralph Nader ruined America in 2000 with his lies

 

bet if one digs deep, this is a Jeb Bush backed site

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 05:20 PM

9. That's what the Whigs said.

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Response to Comrade Grumpy (Reply #9)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 05:27 PM

14. This is a rebranding a front for Jeb. Same as the tea party is really a front

 

it is the same old from the Bush's
who rechristianed w a compassionate conservate, a rancher, a nice guy, a honorable guy
yet none of the above were true

just a rebranding

same as how the repubs financed Ralph Nader, whether the big ego head knew it or not
(and either is just as bad)

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #14)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 05:46 PM

18. Stop dredging up Nader...he shouldn't have run, but that's a dead issue now

and it serves no purpose for you to keep picking at that scab. You hurt the party when you do.

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 05:44 PM

17. Nader has nothing to do with this...and, if anything THIS third party would hurt the 'pugs.

Besides, it would be YOUR kind of "Democrats for Nixon" Dem that voted for this party, not leftists...so you had no call to dredge up 2000 here.

If you want to avoid third parties, the answer is not to silence or exclude people within THIS party.

Nader shouldn't have run...but equally, the Dems should never have been THAT far to the right in the Nineties. The voters weren't demanding that the liberal-left wing of the party be treated as pariahs.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 04:52 PM

2. Oh my...

I can smell the vomit from Limpdong already.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 04:56 PM

3. You can take "Republican" out of the name...

... but you can't take STUPID or IGNORANT out of the Republican.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 04:59 PM

4. I guess even those Republicans too ashamed to call themselves Republicans need a group to

call home. This sort of thing goes on regularly, the upshoot is always an attempt to foist a 'non partisan' candidate for President, by which they mean a Republican. Some tried this back in 2007 or so as well, started some group and tried to get folks to be on board with a 'post partisan' candidate, by which they meant Fred Thompson.....
Republicans often change their labels, hard to blame them really....

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 04:59 PM

5. What an obvious crock of shit.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 05:11 PM

6. And which wing, pray tell, is the "Governing wing" of the Reublican Party?

Would that be the one in the White House? Or the Senate? It sure as hell ain't the chaos going on in the House. Oh, he must mean he's opening up his organization the four Supreme Court Justices appointed by Democrats. That's four possible applicants.

I'm stunned, I tell you.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 05:12 PM

7. A repub by any other name is still a repub.

Years ago they changed the name in Mn. to the Independent Republican party. Different name, same asshats. I think they have dropped the name as no one fell for the deception.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 05:20 PM

8. LaTourette's second wife/first mistress is a lobbyist--He is doing this to get access to Democrats

So that he can feather his nest. F-him

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 05:21 PM

10. I see this as a sign of the disintegration of the Republican party.

Moderate Republicans don't feel very welcome in the Tea Party GOP. But I don't really want them, either.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 05:21 PM

11. Now that there are no Center Right Republicans left...

they need to look somewhere. There are a lot of center right and blue dog Democrats around to fill their doughnut hole.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 05:22 PM

12. I don't know anything about this group, but I am willing to listen.

We can not continue down the same road we have been. We have to find balance. People like the Koch's are intimidating candidates from trying to do the right thing. Where are moderate republicans supposed to get their support? Many here would just say, why don't they become democrats. Then they would be accused of being Dino's, and the other candidate that would replace the republican would no doubt be another tea bagger type, so the country would move further to the right.

I looked at Third Way, and found the group deceptive, it was still the rich agenda. This group is being honest and saying they are right of center, and I can appreciate their integrity.

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Response to justice1 (Reply #12)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 05:26 PM

13. bless your heart.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 05:39 PM

15. "The American political system is like a doughnut" = LaTourettes' syndrome...nuff said.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 05:42 PM

16. Possible unintended consequences....

K&Ring Because all Democrats need to stay up on the finagling that's going on over there on the right, since Repubs are shit out of luck in any attempt to get back into the WH in the future (per what they did to this country when GW was at helm and also the changing DEMOGRAPHICS.)

Unintended consequences of this Republican middle leaning group might be that it pushes democrats back to the left, i.e. pushes the Democratic Party back to the left where it belongs.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 05:47 PM

19. Thinktank,PACish, corporate populism. Tea Party by any other name would still smell suspicious....

That said. Its not a bad idea, except it would dilute non-conservative voters who'd otherwise vote Democratic. Hmm... maybe that's the angle. They've lost the teabillies and now they're out recruiting a new generation of 'Hard-hats for Nixon' and 'Democrats for Regan from center right Democrats and Blue Dogs.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 06:17 PM

20. The "void" they're filling is not the middle

It's the middle of the Right. The GOP has taken over the extreme right and the Tea Party is making excursions into the extreme-extreme right. The Democrats have moved to slight right of center.

Please understand the actual political geography.

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Response to adieu (Reply #20)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 11:45 PM

30. More like the left of the right

In North Idaho, that bastion of Republicanism, people who would sign up for this new group are considered to be extreme leftists. (You don't want to know what they say about actual Liberals...) The current "mainstream" Republican feels a little wary about how far to the left his friends at the John Birch Society are.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 06:19 PM

21. The Harold Ford Party

No thanks.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 07:49 PM

22. In case you are tired of all the crazy, but still love bad economic policy.

 

The problem is... republicans are wrong about EVERYTHING. These guys can kick out all the crazy single issue voters and they are still left with a bunch of jerks that swamp us with enormous money wasting schemes when they control the executive branch and then never shut the F up about the deficit/debt once they lose it.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 08:00 PM

23. If you polish a turd what do you have?

You still have a turd. Sorry Repubs.... re-branding won't help.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 08:22 PM

24. So the Democratic party has moved so far to the right that they are welcome now? n/t

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Response to L0oniX (Reply #24)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 08:28 PM

27. They have been since Will Marshall /nt

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 08:22 PM

25. Looks like Jeb Bush is making moves ...... n/t

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 08:26 PM

26. Just more third wayers like the ones we have already

I am sure Will Marshal will show them the proper way to register as a Democrat while changing none of their right wing views, he made a living pushing their views from within the party both in the DLC and PPI since the eighties.

They can also get propaganda material from the third way site and continue their assault on Democratic social programs using the proper letterhead to do so as a Democrat.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 08:32 PM

28. "you don't have anything in the middle"

No, Mr. LaTourette, you don't have anything on the left.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 09:34 PM

29. Translation: "We decided we don't want anyone to know we're Republicans"

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 11:47 PM

31. So what? they're not going to run a presidential candidate or anything like that.

And this group has no real large-scale backing anyway.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 01:57 AM

32. translation

WE WELCOME DINOS

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