GOP Establishment's war on its base

A political party blessed with a large, enthusiastic, and active base is planning a war against that very base. They don't call it "The Stupid Party" for nothing. Neil King, Jr. and Patrick O'Connell report for the Wall Street Journal: Republican leaders and their corporate allies have launched an array of efforts aimed at diminishing the clout of the party's most conservative activists and promoting legislation instead of confrontation next year. GOP House leaders are taking steps to impose discipline on wavering committee chairmen and tea-party factions. Meanwhile, major donors and advocacy groups, such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and American Crossroads, are preparing an aggressive effort to groom and support more centrist Republican candidates for Congress in 2014's midterm elections. At the same time, party leaders plan to push legislative proposals-including child tax credits and flextime for hourly workers-designed to build the party's appeal among working families. ...(Read Full Post)