Former Rep. Steven LaTourette (R-Ohio) is the new head of the Main Street Partnership.
Nearly a year ago, Republicans for Environmental Protection gave up. The group didn't end its mission, exactly, it just decided to drop its party label. After years in which the Republican Party grew increasingly hostile towards science, environmental protections, and conservation efforts, "Republicans for Environmental Protection" was out; "ConservAmerica" was in.
As the Republican brand deteriorates, they're not the only ones who've decided to move away from the "R" word.
The Republican Main Street Partnership, a Washington-based group that has promoted moderate GOP lawmakers and policies, will remove the word "Republican" from its title and welcome center-right Democrats in 2013, Yahoo News has learned.
The organization's board of directors voted Tuesday morning to scrap party identification from its title and be known simply as "The Main Street Partnership." The group's new president, former Ohio Republican Rep. Steven LaTourette, told Yahoo News that he plans to begin conversations with Blue Dog Democrats and centrist groups in the coming months.
The group formerly known as the Republican Main Street Partnership also has a super PAC, Defending Main Street, and it too intends to start looking out for -- and talking to -- center-right members of both parties.
So, let me get this straight. The group that ostensibly exists to help moderate the Republican Party has grown so frustrated with the GOP's radicalism that it's giving up and starting to appeal to Democrats who may be more amenable to the organization's outreach?
As Josh Marshall put it, "In other words, the Republican Main Street Partnership doesn't seem to be able to find enough Republicans to be on Main Street."
We hear a lot from pundits about how Republicans would benefit from a Democratic Leadership Council-style group to help move the GOP from the extremes, following the Clinton-era model that worked to Democrats' electoral benefit 20 years ago.
And yet, with the Republican Main Street Partnership abandoning its party label altogether, the campaign to moderate the party is nowhere on the horizon.