This new self-reflection was evident in November, when another mutant appeared on the horizon. His name was Dean Young. He was a real-estate developer running in the Republican primary for Mobile, Alabama's congressional seat.

Only a year before, Young would have been the ideal Chamber candidate: a gay-baiting, shutdown-backing conservative who still believed Barack Obama was born in Kenya.

But this time, the Chamber dumped $200,000 on his mild-mannered opponent, lawyer Bradley Byrne, who won.

U.S. Chamber CEO Tom Donohue believes in small government, except when it comes to corporate welfare.
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U.S. Chamber CEO Tom Donohue believes in small government, except when it comes to corporate welfare.
The Chamber's TV ads in Montana made it seem as if Senator Jon Tester spent his days punching Girl Scouts.
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The Chamber's TV ads in Montana made it seem as if Senator Jon Tester spent his days punching Girl Scouts.

After a century of playing with gasoline, it seems the Chamber has finally discovered that moderation is less prone to accidental explosion.

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