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  • westervilleskid westervilleskid Jan 6, 2013 9:24 AM Flag

    Republican Party Divided and Angry as Ever


    ATLANTA (AP)-- Infighting has penetrated the highest levels of the House's Republican party's leadership as fighting continues within their ranks as long-standing geographic tensions have increased dramatically over the last couple of months pitting Northeastern, and other Middle and Western Republicans against their endangered Southern Republican colleagues, while enraged tea party threaten to knock off dozens of Republicans who supported raised taxes on the nations wealthy and passed a bill for Hurricane Sandy without making cuts elsewhere.

    "People are mad as hell. I'm right with them," Amy Kremer, chairman of the Tea Party Express, said last week, declaring that she has "no confidence" in the party her members typically support. Her remarks came after GOP lawmakers agreed to higher taxes and support to the hurricane victims but no broad spending cuts.

    "Anybody who voted 'yes' in the House should be concerned, and I do mean really concerned" about their primary challenges in 2014, she said.

    One of the GOP's most popular voices, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, blasted the party's "toxic internal politics" after House Republicans initially declined to approve disaster relief for victims of Superstorn Sandy. He said it was "disgusting to watch" their actions and he faulted the GOP's most powerful elected official, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio

    The GOP's internal struggles to figure out what it wants to be were painfully exposed after Mitt Romney's loss to President Barrack Obama on Nov. 6, but they have really exploded in recent days. The fallout could extend well beyond the party's ability to win policy battles on Capital Hill. It could hamper Republicans as they try to figure out how to regroup, bring back the many that left their party and attract new voters in the 2014 elections after a disheartening election season.

    To a greater degree more than anything it's thought that those from the extreme right have contributed more damage and cost the party their loss last November than any other factors. "It was really tough watching those calling themselves Republicans calling for the president to produce his birth certificate and college records", said Republican stratgist, Jan Konturz. More than any other factor it was thought that this strategy actually drove more Republican and Independent voters from the GOP to give Obama the presidency.

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