PEEK

GOP Civil War: Growing Cracks

Sit back and watch as the divisions foment.
Marc Ambinder:

[T]he fact that for the second time in one week, moderate Republicans allied with Democrats in a Southern state to elect a moderate and friendly-to-opposition Republican speaker different from the uber-conservative choice of the Republican establishment.

This happened in Texas, where San Antonio moderate Joe Straus ousted longtime conservative Tom Craddick.  In Tennessee, moderate Republican Kent Williams snuck in to the Speaker's position, garnering the votes of every Democrat -- conservative Republicans are outraged, claiming that Williams conspired against them.

[...]

The fact the pattern is repeating itself rather than being a one-time-thing seems worth noticing, if anything.

Actually, it had happened in 2006 in the Alaska legislature as well -- you'll recall the chorus of anti-Palin Republicans who popped up around the time of her selection by John McCain.

As one observer notes: "Interesting that Palin may have indeed been the model for the future of the GOP - but not the way she thinks she is."

Sign Up!
Get AlterNet's Daily Newsletter in Your Inbox
+ sign up for additional lists
[x]
Select additional lists by selecting the checkboxes below before clicking Subscribe:
Activism
Drugs
Economy
Education
Election 2018
Environment
Food
Media
World