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Republican lobbyist warns conservatives: 'Big Business' might 'change sides'

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Some Republicans are beginning to extend their free-market, limited-government beliefs to include opposition to corporate welfare, like the Export-Import Bank. Many conservatives hate the idea of centralized education standards driven by a coalition of unaccountable bureaucrats and big business.

K Street lobbyist and former GOP congressional aide John Feehery warns that this is a dangerous for the Right to walk, asking:

What would happen if Big Business decided to change sides? What would happen if the Chamber of Commerce suddenly stopped being a huge fundraising machine for the Republican Party and started financing pro-business Democrats?

First of all, Big Business has always played both sides. Second of all, Feehery is right that this would be a dream come true for corporatist Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer. But for people who want the GOP to advance free enterprise, would it be all that bad?

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