Super-PACS and ersatz secret \”social welfare\

SORTRobert ReichBack in Washington for a few days on ABC\’s \”This Week\” tomorrow morning, by the way, duking it out with Newt Gingrich. What\’s most striking here is the intensity of the Republican civil war in the wake of Paul Ryan\’s budget victory and John Boehner\’s angry attacks on tea party political front groups Americans for Prosperity, Heritage Action for America, Senate Conservatives Fund, etc.. Tea partiers are enraged, vowing to challenge and beat even more establishment Republicans in 2014 and beyond. Where did Republican leaders suddenly get their courage to take on the tea party, given that until very recently they and their GOP colleagues were intimidated by the prospect of tea party primary challengers?In Washington, courage often comes with money. And money is now flooding into Washington from big corporations and Wall Street, much of it going to establishment GOP front groups the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Karl Rove\’s funding empire, etc. to protect establishment Republicans from tea party challengers. The government shutdown and near default, which the tea party encouraged, so shocked big corporations and Wall Street that they\’re now determined to outspend the far-right billionaires the Koch brothers, Foster Freiss, Sheldon Adelson, William Dore, Harold Simmons, Peter Thiel, Bruce Kovner, Art Pope et al who have been bankrolling the tea party front groups. The irony, of course, is that these far-right billionaires got into the game because of \”Citizens United\” along with the Super-PACS and ersatz secret \”social welfare\” organizations that came in its wake — which the establishment GOP initially supported, believing they\’d make it easier to funnel big money to Republican candidates. Be careful what you wish for.

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