I can remember not so many decades ago when the U.S. Chamber of Commerce was considered a safely Republican outfit. Republican policy was pro-business, and Republicans won routine endorsements from the Chamber.
But the interests of the Republican Party and the U.S. Chamber have diverged. To a large extent, the U.S. Chamber is now Center-Left, while the GOP has become more conservative, over the very loud protestations of a small number of Nevers.
Which brings us to the current slate of endorsements by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Eight Republicans and six Democrats.
The Chamber told NPR that this is due to a number of Democrat freshmen from the class of 2018 who tried hard to vote pro-business.
The Chamber is technically a nonpartisan organization, but its pro-business agenda has historically aligned it more closely with Republicans. And it still is: This year the group is endorsing more than six times as many Republicans (192) than Democrats (30) in the U.S. House of Representatives for reelection. However, most of the Republicans who got the endorsement are running in safe seats, while most of the Democrats who were endorsed are in swing seats that will determine control of the House this November.
As the national Chamber became increasingly oriented towards the ‘Forbes 100’ it has also increasingly lost touch with America.
I was very pleased that President Trump recognized in the 2016 campaign that the U.S. Chamber was unreliable and favored policies that help Big Bidness widen their moats that protect them from small businesses. It put a big smile on my face to see Team Trump talking to the Small Business Council and not returning calls from the U.S. Chamber.