The November 1994 mid-term elections were commonly referred to as the "Republican Revolution." Given the great gains made by Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate, a group of moderate House Republicans began informal meetings to discuss ways to further a centrist, pragmatic Republican agenda -- one that could accommodate bipartisan legislative results. At that time, there was great concern that a dramatic shift to the right was quickly approaching, given the new congressional leadership.
Given that in the prior fifty years the leftist democrats controlled the US Congress, what did these moderates believe when they said "At that time, there was great concern that a dramatic shift to the right was quickly approaching" Were they worried they would have to give up their minority status and have to stand up and lead? Did they worry they wouldn't be told by their democrat leadership what bill they could put their names on? Before the Republican Revolution of 1994 led by Newt Gingrich these same "Mainstreet Partners" were satisfied being back benchers and losers and they didn't know how to handle success. They believed then as they do now that they must capitulate and let democrat leftists have their way in order to get along.
It has been said that you can make a judgment of a person's character and politics by the enemies they have and not just by the friends they keep. Well the moderates strive to have no enemies and everyone is their friend because they take no stand and have no core principles other than "can't we all just get along". Not in politics baby, its winner takes all and that'll never change.
Here's a list of the current membership of the wishy-washy moderates club that call themselves the Republican Mainstreet Partnership.
Sen. John McCain, Arizona
Sen. Norm Coleman, Minnesota
Sen. Susan Collins, Maine
Sen. Gordon Smith, Oregon
Sen. Olympia Snowe, Maine
Sen. Arlen Fencesitter, Pennsylvania
Rep. Brian Bilbray, California <> Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, NJ
Rep. Jim Gerlach, Pennsylvania <> Rep. Wayne Gilchrest, Maryland
Rep. David Hobson, Ohio <> Rep. Timothy Johnson, Illinois
Rep. Mark Kirk, Illinois <> Rep. John R. Kuhl, New York
Rep. Ray LaHood, Illinois <> Rep. Steven LaTourette, Ohio
Rep. Jerry Lewis, California <> Rep. Frank LoBiondo, New Jersey
Rep. Jim McCrery, Louisiana <> Rep. Thomas Petri, Wisconsin
Rep. Todd Platts, Pennsylvania <> Rep. Jon Porter, Nevada
Rep. Deborah Pryce, Ohio <> Rep. Jim Ramstad, Minnesota
Rep. Ralph Regula, Ohio <> Rep. Jim Saxton, New Jersey
Rep. Christopher Shays, CT <> Rep. Michael Turner, Ohio
Rep. Fred Upton, Michigan <> Rep. Greg Walden, Oregon
Rep. James Walsh, New York <> Rep. Jerry Weller, Illinois
Rep. Heather Wilson,New Mexico <> Rep. Mary Bono, California
Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite,Florida <> Rep. Ken Calvert, California
Rep. Dave Camp, Michigan <> Rep. Shelley Moore Capito,WV
Rep. Michael Castle, Delaware <> Rep. Thomas Davis, III, Virginia
Rep. Charlie Dent,Pennsylvania <> Rep. David Dreier, California
Rep. Vernon Ehlers, Michigan <> Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, Missouri
Gov. Linda Lingle, Hawaii
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, California