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Friday, September 17, 2010

Republicans Waging War Against Each Other

In a strange twist of face, Republicans have started waging war with other Republicans. 

For years, Democrats were famous for infighting and Republicans were masters as closing ranks.  Now along comes the Tea Party and the unholy alliance between the Tea Party and mainstream Republicans is ripping at the seams.

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who lost Alaska's GOP primary last month in a stunning upset to a tea-party backed rival, announced Friday that she's mounting a write-in candidacy in a bid to hold onto her job.  She lost the Republican primary to Republican Tea Party candidate Joe Miller.  I wrote about Jim in - Has The Tea Party Been Hijacked By Conservative Christians?

And of course we have the uproar of Christine O’Donnell.  Check out:

How Do You Get Rid Of Your Mistress - GOP Says Tea Party Candidate "could not be elected dog catcher."

You Be The Judge - Republican Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell

Karl Rove (about as mainstream Republican as you get) said O'Donnell is unqualified.

And the Princess of the Republicans, Sarah Palin, is not happy with Karl or Lisa.  Ms. Sarah urged Murkowski on Twitter Friday afternoon to recognize that the state's primary voters demonstrated their support for Miller, a tea party favorite.

"Listen to the people, respect their will," said Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee. "Voters chose Joe instead."
It seems that the infighting is a reflection of the bi-polar nature of the Tea Party itself.  Is it a party about small government and fiscal responsibility or a party of extreme social conservatives? 

I no longer believe it is a party of Libertarians - the social conservatives have hijacked the Tea Party express.

1 comment:

  1. The social conservatives hijacked the Tea Party because the Republicans in these economic times can get more votes by being fiscal conservatives and attacking spending and deficits, no matter that the Republicans during the last administration spent on wars and tax cuts and turned a surplus into a deficit and an almost depression.