As details about the Republican and Democratic negotiations over the impending fiscal cliff continue to come out, some prominent conservatives are saying that they will shun the GOP if Republican lawmakers sign a deal that raises taxes.
Over the Thanksgiving holiday, it became evident that many of the self-proclaimed fiscal conservatives are far more willing to raise taxes than they allowed supporters to believe. Led by neocon standard-bearer Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.), at least six top Republicans renounced previous pledges to never raise taxes. Some of those lawmakers, like Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Senator-elect Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Representative Peter King (R-N.Y.), actually restated their no-tax promises as recently as last month while campaigning for re-election.
Now, as other Republicans consider bending to Democratic wishes with regard to taxes since members of neither party are willing to consider real reforms in the way of social welfare and military spending, some conservative backers are upset.
Conservative activist and Media Research Center founder Brent Bozell says he will steer donors away from the GOP if Republican lawmakers agree to raise taxes. In a letter to Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, Bozell urged the Party to do everything in its power to avoid new taxes.
From the letter: “Reince, it pains me to say this, but if the Republican Party breaks its word to the American people and goes along with President Obama with tax increases, it will have betrayed conservatives for the final time.
“I will make it my mission to ensure that every conservative donor to the Republican Party that I have worked with for the last three decades — and there are many and they have given tens of millions to Republican causes — gives not one penny more to the Republican Party or any member of Congress that votes for tax increases.”