As was reported last December, the Chamber of Commerce has pledged $50 billion to protect us from that awful Tea Party:
On Christmas Day, the Wall Street Journal reported that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce says it plans to spend at least $50 million to “support establishment, business-friendly candidates in primaries and the general election, with an aim of trying to win a Republican Senate majority.”
“Our No. 1 focus is to make sure, when it comes to the Senate, that we have no loser candidates,” said U.S. Chamber of Commerce top political strategist Scott Reed. “That will be our mantra: No fools on our ticket.”
GOP establishment officials hope to elide Tea Party challenges by shrinking the nomination process down to a tight four-month window replete with penalties for states that shirk the rules.
What does that kind of thinking lead to? Why, it leads to Congressman who have 100% ratings from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Right? Folks like Michael Grimm, Republican from Staten Island, NY. His 100% rating can be viewed here. Grimm received the Chamber’s full backing in 2012.
Victory is ours! Oh, except there is one little hitch.
Namely, Grimm just got indicted for multiple counts of fraud and tax evasion. Roll Call says there is not much that Republicans can do about the fact that they are now running someone who has been indicted:
Grimm will be on the general-election ballot unless one of three unlikely events takes place, according to a New York Republican source. He has already been designated by the state party as its nominee, so the only way he can be removed is by moving out of the district, running for a judgeship or being convicted before the general, the source said.
P.S. What’s personally ironic about all this to me is that cretin Neal Rauhauser, associate of Brett Kimberlin and general creep, engaged in a multi-year campaign to discredit me — and made it a centerpiece of his fabrications that I was somehow tied up with the Chamber of Commerce and Michael Grimm. Here I am, espousing positions consistent with (and sometimes more extreme than) those of the Tea Party, day after day, and this weirdo says I have some connection to the group opposing the Tea Party (and supporting a Congressman who threatened to throw a reporter off a balcony).
Oh, Neal. Is there no lie so brazen that you won’t tell it? And that stooges Karoli Kuns and Matthew “Shoq” Edelstein won’t fall for it?
Thanks to a tipster.