Mike Lee’s Shadow Party

by Eliana Johnson

Over on the homepage, I write about Utah senator Mike Lee’s efforts to reorient and revitalize the Republican party in advance of the 2014 and 2016 elections. To that end, he churning out ideas and legislation on key issues that have for years now been the province of Democrats and on which the GOP has not put forward a clear position. He is campaigning for like-minded candidates, and his goal is to pass off his policy proposals to the eventual 2016 nominee. 

At a time when some of his closest allies and other tea-party favorites, such as Rand Paul and Florida senator Marco Rubio, are focused on building their fundraising networks and campaign operations in advance of potential presidential bids in 2016, Lee’s attention is elsewhere.

“I’m encouraging my fellow Republicans, incumbents and candidates alike, to take note of the fact that we do much better when we promote our agenda,” the senator says. “We can’t always just be the party that’s about being against what we don’t like in Washington. We need also to be the party that’s for things we want to have happen in Washington.”

The whole thing is here

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