By Robert Romano The Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) The Republican Party is about, for now, to be a new party.
At least that’s what House Speaker John Boehner and the top Republican lawmakers want to say.
Boehner, R-Ohio, said on Thursday that the Republican Party’s top leadership is working on a plan that could make it possible for House members to get their party to vote again on some of its biggest policy issues.
The plan has not been officially put out by the House leadership, but some House Republicans said it is on the table.
The move is a sign that Boehner is not yet out of the woods, though.
He is still expected to announce his decision on whether or not to run for reelection in November.
The next election, for the House majority, will be in 2020.
Billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, a top Republican donor, is backing the plan.
He told a group of donors Thursday that a new GOP Party could be formed as long as Republicans kept their “core principles.”
That means that some Republicans may vote against the plan if they are concerned about the party’s current direction, said one of the attendees, Republican donor Richard DeGraw.
The plan, though, is likely to face an uphill battle, particularly among some rank-and-file Republicans who are skeptical of Adelson’s vision of a conservative movement and want a new, more aggressive and populist Republican Party.
The biggest stumbling block, DeGRAW said, would be in reaching the party rank- and-file.
“I think the Republican base is very disaffected,” he said.
“They don’t want to be in the party they’re in.
And if we want to turn the Republican party around, we have to change their behavior.”
Adelson and other Republicans have said that they see their party as a unified movement of business interests and socially conservative values, not as a party of conservatives.
But it remains unclear how the new Republican Party could work, or even what the party could look like.
Many Republicans said they would vote against a new plan if it was too liberal or too populist, and they were worried that it would lead to a divided party.
The House Republicans plan, however, seems to have some support among the top Republicans, as well as some of the party members.
Rep. John Fleming, R.-La., said he was excited about the idea.
“It’s not a one-size-fits-all, it’s a way to look at the country, it might make the world a better place, but it’s going to require a lot of effort,” Fleming said.
Fleming also said he has reservations about the plan because it would put the party on a collision course with the billionaire.
“There are a lot, I think, of people that would say that it’s the way to go.
I think that is going to make us more divided and less united,” Fleming added.
The party’s decision on the new party has been made, but its fate is still uncertain.
Bannon, a former conservative talk show host, is the most prominent figure behind the new GOP, and his team is trying to build a strong network of activists.
But the plan faces resistance from some in the conservative ranks, particularly the influential House Freedom Caucus.
Freedom Caucus members want to keep the House GOP unified, but they fear that a party led by Bannon would be more conservative than the current one.
But the House Freedom Coalition, which has become the biggest force behind the plan, said it does not support it.
“The House Freedom caucus believes that our party needs to go back to basics, and that it is the House Republicans job to do so,” said Rep. Trent Franks, R.N., a Freedom Caucus member.
The Freedom Caucus was founded in the wake of the 2016 election after Trump won the election with more than 70 percent of the vote, and it has become a dominant force in Republican politics, including on the House floor.
Its members have said they will support a new House Republican Party, but not necessarily the Freedom Caucus, and some in their ranks say that they would rather see a fresh look at policy and not a new organization.
The idea has gained momentum in recent weeks, with members meeting for several hours on Thursday.
The meeting was organized by the Club for Growth, a conservative political group that has spent years trying to unseat GOP lawmakers.
It was the latest example of the increasingly fractious relationship between conservatives and the GOP leadership.
In the past, some members have been supportive of the idea of a new Republican party, but the group has come under fire for the past several years for its advocacy of voter suppression laws.
Brazile, however the GOP is doing things now, it could be a turning point, said Frank Sharry, a political scientist at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
The last time the GOP tried to take a step back was in 2002