While most Republicans won’t admit it, liberals – and generally most people with common sense – can tell there’s a lot of internal friction currently going on within the Republican party. It’s been that way since the tea party gained influence and began pushing the Republican party so far right that even conservative icon Ronald Reagan wouldn’t stand a chance at winning an election today.
You’ve had Boehner calling out tea party tactics and even tea party groups openly targeting Republicans who dare work with Democrats on anything.
It’s basically tea party Republicans who consider themselves “real conservatives” (whatever the hell that means) vs. the slightly less radical Republicans who understand that you can’t be the party that opposes everything mainstream while embracing ideas that only appeal to the most extreme conservatives in the country.
Yet tea party Republicans honestly believe that the reason why Republicans have struggled in national election is because they haven’t been conservative enough. Which makes no sense when you consider that these candidates run in primaries within their own party to be chosen for the general election. If even Republican voters don’t want these more conservative candidates, why would lesser conservative voters?
Well, two men offered completely contradicting viewpoints this weekend on the current state of the GOP.
Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan claimed that there’s no internal “civil war” going on, saying, “I don’t think there’s really this vast civil war in the Republican Party like many in the left like to suggest there is.”
Except, let’s take a look at what Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell had to say from 24 hours earlier when speaking about tea party Republicans – “I think we are going to crush them everywhere. I don’t think they are going to have a single nominee anywhere in the country.”
So, within 24 hours, we have two leading Republicans offering completely different views of the current state of the GOP.
Ryan says there’s no “civil war” going on, just after McConnell professes his belief that incumbent Republicans will “crush” tea party Republican challengers.
And let’s not act like either of these two men are “moderate.” Liberals generally loathe both.
These are two mainstream Republicans offering completely contradicting viewpoints on the current state of their party. Which, when you think about it, shows the current state of dysfunction within the Republican party.
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