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AP Insists Civil War Rages Within The GOP

The Associated Press throws aside all pretense at non-partisanship, and lets it all hang out:

As GOP civil war rages, Democrats look to benefit

By Charles Babington, Associated Press Writer Wed Aug 25, 2010

WASHINGTON – A Republican civil war is raging, with righter-than-thou conservatives dominating ever more primaries in a fight for the party’s soul. And the Democrats hope to benefit.

You didn’t know there was “a Republican civil war” raging? All you see is the GOP leading the Democrats in every national poll, and turning out in droves to vote?

Don’t you keep up with our news media? Don’t you know the new party line?

The latest examples of conservative insurgents’ clout came Tuesday at opposite ends of the country. In Florida, political newcomer Rick Scott beat longtime congressman and state Attorney General Bill McCollum for the GOP gubernatorial nomination. And in Alaska, tea party activists and Sarah Palin pushed Sen. Lisa Murkowski to the brink of defeat, depending on absentee ballot counts in her race against outsider Joe Miller.

Aren’t these signs of a robust Republican Party? Doesn’t this trend reflect the popular mood of the country, where conservatives are far and away the largest political group? Isn’t that what healthy political parties are supposed to do?

Or is that the real problem the AP has with these developments?

The GOP is likely to survive its bitter intraparty battles in such states as Alaska and Utah, even if voters oust veteran senators in both. But tea party-backed candidates might be a godsend to desperate Democrats elsewhere — in Nevada, Florida and perhaps Kentucky, where the Democrats portray GOP nominees as too extreme for their states.

That is, “where the Democrats” and their political operative media “portray GOP nominees as too extreme.”

If Murkowski joins Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah, as a victim of party activists who demand ideological purity, other Republicans are still likely to win in November, though Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., would have to deal with more maverick members who are loathe to compromise…

For instance, when was the last time you ever heard Democrats described by the news media as victim of “party activists who demand ideological purity”?

The White House has tried to link the Republican Party with the fledgling conservative-libertarian tea party coalition — and demonize the combination as too extreme for the country

Funny, but it almost sounds like the AP is doing the White House’s bidding with this article, doesn’t it? But, then again, why should this article be any different from the rest of their usual fare.

Nevada Republicans’ nomination of tea party favorite Sharron Angle may save Sen. Harry Reid, the Democratic leader. His popularity has fallen sharply among state voters, but Democrats say Angle’s comments are scaring voters away from her and back toward him

Notice we never actually hear any of Ms. Angle’s comments. We are just assured by our media guardians that they are crazy. Unlike, say, just about every word out of Mr. Reid’s gaffe prone mouth.

But, gosh, what a ‘civil war,’ huh? And never mind that the Democrats would love to have such ‘dissension’ in their ranks.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, August 26th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “AP Insists Civil War Rages Within The GOP”

  1. jackal40 says:

    Funny, I was under the impression this was a case of the Conservatives taking back the Republican Party from the RINOs and moderates. Of course, the real issue here (and curiously absent from the article) is the apparent clout of the TEA party and Saracuda’s impact with respect to more conservative candidates.

    However, not only do I not expect AP to glean these facts – they would not report them if they were aware of them – it would give legitimacy to the grass-roots power of the people!


  2. bousquem says:

    Maybe some of the established “republicians” are being beaten by tea party people in the primaries because said incumbents are RINOs and people are fed up with it.

  3. Rusty Shackleford says:

    This is, as I see it, a great thing. However, having been subjected to the “rookie on the field” attitudes of “established, entrenched and burrowed in-types, I can tell you, even if conservatives take the house and senate, their battle will only get harder. Especially if McLame is still there. He will hold court and tell the freshmen how to do business and if they don’t follow “established party protocol” they will be punished.

    Unfortunately, I see this actually happening. Therefore, we will merely slow down the march over the cliff, not stop it. Although that’s progress, it may end up being a distinction without a difference. With McLame “reaching across the aisle” to prove he’s friendly, we will get our hands (and heads) cut off.

    So, it’s up to the freshmen to ignore good ol’ John and do what’s right instead of “what appears to be practical”. John has never learned to be single-minded and although understanding and compromising can be good things, the time for such has long since passed.

    One of the biggest problems with DC insiders is that they all seem to think that the way to fix legislation is with MORE legislation. I have never heard a tax repealed, a law rescinded, a program done away with. If I were to “appoint” a commission it would be a commission to evaluate on a factual basis those programs that have been huge money drains on the people and have produced bupkiss. Welfare, drug rehab, etc. And appoint it with almost ruthless, matter-of-fact types who have no penchant for politics.

    Cut spending in the most wasteful areas. It’s something every person who has ever had to do a home budget understands.

    In other words, the adults have to cut up junior’s credit cards.


  4. proreason says:

    I agree with the part about the Civil War.

    This country is in the midst of a Civil War.

    It’s the Ruling Class against the People.

    Like the other Civil War, the side of slavery won the first battles.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      I look forward to another Sherman’s march to Atlanta

    • tranquil.night says:

      I like the reference too. Been studying many of the battleground choices lately.

      And the State Propoganda Network’s un-masked rhetorical onslaughts – like in this case and the GZM issue – are like the Pickett’s Virginians’ futile charge out of the cover of the woods and into the center of the Union lines and artillery fire. As Steve said, ‘it’s their only hope’ (other than admitting FAILURE)!

      If only General Lee wasn’t so convinced he was an avatar of God’s righteous ‘justice,’ then he would’ve recognized the tens of thousands of men he lost in those few days WAS his ultimate failure and defeat. Instead his arrogance dragged the war out two more years.

      America has fought these wars before. History doesn’t need to repeat itself. We will break the cycle here before it’s too late.

  5. Liberals Demise says:

    We will see you democraps, RINO’s and your LSM lapdogs in the sewer…….NOvember!!

  6. Deserat says:

    You don’t compromise with people who wish to destroy you or who lie to you. They are unworthy of trust – so therefore, no compromise. The Democrats of late have demonstrated they are unworthy of trust (and some Republicans, too).

    On NRO, Thomas Sowell was recently interviewed and he said that this upcoming election is one of the more important ones in American history. I agree with him. This administration and Congress is one of the more destructive we’ve had ever. They think we’re stupid – I do not believe a word coming out of their mouths, I watch their actions. They are untrustworthy, and therefore, no compromise.

    As for the media, well, they are reaping what they sow, as well. The independent media is overtaking them as viable sources of information. As this article and subsequent commenting shows, what used to be trusted sources of information have become PR outfits echoing ideological beliefs of the reporters. They are dying a fast death and good riddance. You can only fool the public for so long and then they vote with their feet – errr, no sustenance – no $$$.

    Keep up the great work on this blog/site. Frankly, sometimes your commenting is redundant, but it reinforces the point about the hyper-bias. It’s like Rush when he runs the audio clips of a myriad of media outfits and they all use the same terminology – “optics” – who came up with that term? I used it exclusively in engineering and physics classes for a very specific idea. They just couldn’t say “this looks bad’ or “it can be perceived as poor judgment.” Sigh – that’s why I don’t watch or listen to them anymore – waste of my time.

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