This weekend more than 25 so-called Republicans will convene at the Ritz Carlton on Amelia Island to plot their betrayal of conservatives. By partaking in a $5,000 per person event put on by the Republican Mainstreet Partnership PAC - an organization funded by labor unions and ultra-liberal donors like George Soros, some of the biggest enemies of conservatives – these officials are conspiring against their most committed supporters.
The stated mission of the Republican Mainstreet Partnership PAC is to destroy the conservative movement. It makes you wonder why Republican leaders who depend on the support of conservatives would attend such a controversial affair.
This RINO retreat is widening the rift between grassroots conservatives and the Republican Party. The Republican leaders in the House and Senate have repeatedly turned their backs on the conservatives who elected them in the Tea Party wave of 2010. Over and over again they claim to stand for conservative values when they are home in front of their voters, but once they return to Washington they capitulate to Democrats. Maybe it’s because they agree with Democrats too.
Heading into the midterm elections, one would think Republican leaders like Cantor would want to do everything in their power to heal the divide between Republicans and conservatives. Especially after Sen. Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellDems see ’18 upside in ObamaCare repeal Senate fight over miners' heathcare boils over Congress to clear path for Mattis MORE’s (R-Ky.) comment last month when he said the GOP establishment is going to “crush” conservatives.
Attending this event does just the opposite. It adds more fuel to the fire and it is not going unnoticed in the conservative movement.
One of the Republican Mainstreet Partnership PAC’s founders, former Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-Ohio), is also the president of an affiliated group called Main Street Advocacy. LaTourette has reportedly “blamed the Tea Party and conservative groups that supported it for ‘waging a vicious intra-party civil war that has cost the Republican Party control of the U.S. Senate.’” He also said Main Street Advocacy’s “anti-Tea Party digital ad campaign was just the ‘opening salvo’ in an $8 million effort to ‘fight back’ against ‘the far right’s attempts to purge the GOP of people they find to be ‘imperfect.’”
If his words aren’t offensive enough, bear in mind that the public was never intended to find out about this event. It only came to light after being leaked.
Earlier this week I sent a letter to Cantor urging him to back out of the retreat. I warned of the calamity to come if the struggle between conservatives and Republicans continues.
If he does attend, he will be ramming an axe into the backs of the men and women who elected him. He should be warned: conservative voters will remember his betrayal.
This is exactly why there has been a conservative backlash and repeated public calls to dump the GOP leadership in Washington. Phony Republican leaders need to be replaced with principled conservatives who say what they mean and back up their words with actions.
If GOP leaders would rather be wined and dined by George Soros, Steve LaTourette and organized labor, then they have forfeited any rationale for maintaining their positions and titles. To quote the last Republican president: “You’re either with us or against us.”
Bozell is chairman of ForAmerica, the largest active online conservative network with more than five million supporters.
Read The Hill's news article on the Amelia Island retreat.