Steve LaTourette's Next Career Move

Who didn't see this one coming 372 miles* away the minute Steve LaTourette announced he was retiring from Congress? I don't see any hands out there.

* Distance from Cleveland to Washington D.C.

That's right: Steve LaTourette's new career is — wait for it — LOBBYIST!

Oh, you're not surprised? Me either.

"Moderate Republican group to remove ‘Republican’ from name, welcome Democrats"

I actually thought this article might be from The Onion when I first saw it, but no ... Stevie is going to continue his charade of being a "moderate" or a "centrist" or whatever they're calling far-right conservatives these days who aren't simply out of their minds (aka Michele Bachmann or Steve King or Darrell Issa or Jack Kingston or Virginia Foxx ... or way too many for a supposedly "advanced" nation to be sending to their Congress).

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.

I wonder if that rules out his congressional BFF Dennis Kucinich?

He's certainly got a lot of Blue Dogs and members of former "centrist" groups which have vanished to chose from; they're a dying breed. They've lost seats and influence in Congress, and many such groups have slowly disappeared from public view, as people picked up on what they really were: conservative apologists for the bad policies of those non-batshit crazy Republicans, policies that put corporate welfare WAY above public welfare.

LaTourette demonstrates his skewed sense of the political scene in this quote:

"The goal is to try and fill the void that is the middle," LaTourette, who resigned from Congress this year, said. "The American political system is like a doughnut: You've got sides, but you don't have anything in the middle, and it would be my goal to work with Republicans and Democrats who want to find the path forward to getting things done and compromise."

Well, Stevie, you need to talk to your former colleagues because they are responsible for the fact that the so-called "doughnut" looks like this: ). There's no left side because 99.9% of the so-called "compromising" is being done by Democrats. You're going to need to speak to former colleagues like Bachmann who opened the new session by reintroducing (for the three dozenth time) a bill to repeal Obamacare — a centrist, watered-down reform that gave in to Republicans 90% what they wanted. Now people ike Bachmann want to snatch back that little 10%.

Laughably, the out-of-touch LaTourette says, "It's not going to be focused so much on party as it is on protecting people from the right and left extremes if they choose to do the right things."

I wish someone would name me a congressperson on the left who is as extreme as the people I mentioned above. Let's hear it, Stevie. Even your old running buddy Kucinich didn't qualify.

Anyway, this news should elate Plain Dealer opinion columnist Brent Larkin, who seems to have been adrift since his pal LaTourette stepped down. Now he can regurgitate press releases from this group, pontificating about how somehow there should be "compromises" in a Congress where a significant portion of its members — all of them on the right — are demanding that everything be done 100% their way and they just won't budge.

Steve LaTourette is living in fantasyland, and apparently he's figured out a way to make money doing it.

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