Sen. Snowe: GOP is “the party of Big Business and Big Oil and the rich.”

This was first posted on Think Progress.

In a new Time article on the state of the Republican Party, Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) lamented the GOP’s exclusion of groups like minorities and environmentalists. “Ideological purity is not the ticket to the promised land,” she said, echoing comments her fellow Maine senator Susan Collins (R) made last week. She also complained that, “to the average American,” the GOP is just the party of “Big Oil and the rich“:

Snowe recalls that when she proposed fiscally conservative “triggers” to limit Bush’s tax cuts in case of deficits, she was attacked by fellow Republicans. “I don’t know when willy-nilly tax cuts became the essence of who we are,” she says. “To the average American who’s struggling, we’re in some other stratosphere. We’re the party of Big Business and Big Oil and the rich.”

Of course, Americans are right to view the GOP as the party of Big Oil, which gave nearly $20 million to the Republican party apparatus during the last election cycle. The securities and investments industry “” big banks “” donated more than $54 million to the GOP.

6 Responses to Sen. Snowe: GOP is “the party of Big Business and Big Oil and the rich.”

  1. ecostew says:

    We must support progressive Rs.

  2. Sasparilla says:

    With the Republican party hitching its strategy to Climate Change denial/delay and assorted other things – they have set themselves up for long term marginalization (and blame) as these chickens come home to roost during the next decades. “The party of Hoover” will look like a compliment compared to wrath that will be laid at the feet of the Republican party when the effects of climate change start to really impact the US and people look around for someone to blame. JMHO.

  3. Wes Rolley says:

    The Republicans that I have greatly respected in recent years; Pete McCloskey at the top of the list, have all changed parties or been forced out like Lincoln Chaffee. I thought for a while that the party would purge Martha Marks and Jim DiPeso of Republicans for Environmantal Protection, but they just ignored them.

    Used to be a Repubican myself, but now a Green.

  4. Rick Covert says:

    I doubt that the Republicans will be blamed for climate change as much as the Democrats will. The Republicans are beyond redemption with respect to protecting a liveable climate. The Democrats, right or wrong, are identified with climate change legislation and now that they have substantial majorities in both houses they will get the blame if effective carbon reduction legislation is not passed. Even if it does pass we still see the, ever more, dramatic effects of global warming but the delayers and deniers will keep delaying and denying. Those who know better will blame the Democrats for the sheepish leadership on Carbon reduction targets because of the actions of the blue dog Democrats in weakening the legislation.

  5. Mark Shapiro says:


    My concern over who will be blamed (as AGW bites down hard) is even darker than Rick Coverts. Republicans and delayers/deniers don’t waste any time learning science. That gives them plenty of time to create political and rhetorical realities (such as: “It’s been cooling since 1998!!!”).

    Their messagers like Frank Luntz and Karl Rove have nothing better to do than figure out ways to make them look good and us look bad. So watch out for them making it look like our fault. Do you think that any claim would be too outrageous for them to make? Remember Michael Crichton’s book — the evil climate scientists actually create the bad climate!!! All the Republicans have to do is move that book from the fiction section to the science section and say: “See, this PROVES they did it!”

  6. charlie says:

    If Republicans are the party of big business — which they are — so are the Democrats. It’s no accident Goldman Sachs was the Democratic Party’s top corporate contributor, giving more than $1.7 million. With the billions of dollars Goldman’s received in taxpayer dollars since Obama’s inauguration, I’d say that’s the best investment they’ve made in a long time.