Maybe there is hope.
With default a realistic threat to everyone’s bottom line, it is encouraging to see that some business groups that helped bankroll tea party Republicans — and gerrymander districts to help keep them in Congress — are having second thoughts about conservative extremism, and are thinking something should be done about it.
Their tea party friends who control the House of Representatives are not sticking to the business agenda as expected.
One CEO repeated the cliche that both parties have extremists, but said there is a difference: “The extreme right has 90 seats in the House. Occupy Wall Street has no seats.”
The chief lobbyist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said it wants conservative congressmen who “are more realistic.”
Many Republicans who have followed the tea party voting line, such as our congressman-for-life, Rep. Glenn Thompson, don’t have to worry about re-election. But some top lobbyists for organizations including the National Retail Federation say they may support challenges in Republican primaries against tea-party leaders who have pushed for a government shutdown and encouraged default as a weapon.
If the lobbyists follow through, that would be good news. Only the Republican Party can cure its tea-party cancer.
John N. Rippey