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.
Not divided as stated west. Just speaking different opinions for solutions to our massive problems brought on by the Liberals who blindly follow an Adolph speaker.
Unless you have voted for either party at one time or another, you can be classified as a hard core mindless voter unable to think clearly. Not a partisan post! Goes for Dems & Reps. Yes....I have voted Dem & Rep! Never a blind voter.
If you have never voted for each party, discontinue your posts. Hard core politics has rotted your brain & you can no longer think rationally.
They look like a mess, everyone agrees they are a mess, but has their affluent tax base seen a rise in the top tax rate? Has the income ceiling on social security taxes been raised? Is corporate still getting tax breaks for outsourcing? The rich don't lose, and I am sure there is some strategy here with their recent minor setbacks.
-- To a greater degree more than anything else 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 stragist 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.--------
This is just the beginning, the Republicans are on the wrong side of just about every issue important to middle America. Watch for Republicans to back off of changes to SS and medicare, if not, they're through as a serious national party.
Their stand on raising the age for social security and cuts to medicare are insane. They have also become a party that can't decide what road to take and that is really hurting them. And what is really amazing is that its not democrats that have done the most damage to the party, but its members of their own party that have destroyed all their credibility and done the most damage. My bet is they need new leaders in their party. Have some members show some real common sense, stop being the party of wall street and the financials, expand their representation to others than the top tier and stop trying to bs the people, people can read though the garbage, its become too old now. The republicans might have a chance yet. The democrats are not coming through on their promises. The hope is fading and the change is not happening. There is an opportunity here, and if they don't take it now I think they will go the way of the whigs and we may see the seeds of a new party begin to grow..
They will become an extremist and racist party based only in regions, primarily in the old south ... they blew the demos and show no willingness to correct save fo Rubios proposal ... throwing Powell under the bus is ample evidence of their demise as a national party ... once the House is lost and states redistrict over time, the for Rep party will implode ... perhaps the "No Labels" movement can move a center-right party to lure independents ... we do need a functioning 2-party system ...