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Republicans Aren’t Turning on Trump—They’re Turning on Each Other

By Molly Ball – The House is mad at the Senate. The Senate is mad at the House. Various factions in the House and Senate are mad at each other or mad at their leaders.

Everyone is always mad at the Freedom Caucus. Divisions between Republican factions are nothing new; nor is friction between the House and Senate. In an oft-repeated fable, a new Republican member of Congress, eager to go after the “enemy” Democrats, is corrected by an old bull: “The Democrats are the opposition,” he says. “The Senate is the enemy.”

Still, some wonder whether the current sniping isn’t better directed to Pennsylvania Avenue, where the scandal-mired president creates new headaches with every passing day.

A House Republican staffer described the fractious mood on Capitol Hill as “Republican-on-Republican violence.” As for why lawmakers don’t train their ire on the real root of their problems, the staffer shrugged: “Maybe it’s just easier to attack people without 13 million Twitter followers.” more> https://goo.gl/UEe8ja

Republicans are victims of a discredited economic ideology

By Isabel V. Sawhill – Republicans have become trapped in their own rhetoric, crafted during years of being in opposition. As Ross Douthat noted in a recent New York Times column, drawing on new analysis in a report by Lee Drutman, that rhetoric is now well to the right of the beliefs held by the broader Republican electorate.

Republican leaders have failed to recognize the fact that the economic views of those who voted Republican in 2016 “lean only slightly to the right.”

Republicans could have used the Trump election to effect a political realignment—one that would have combined a more moderate set of economic policies than the Republican elite currently supports with a more moderate set of cultural positions than those espoused by leading Democrats.

Instead, the Republican elites are now out-of-step with their followers and could pay a big political price if they continue down their current path. more> https://goo.gl/AXQ7x3

How The Soviet Union’s Secret Weapon Ultimately Unhinged The GOP

By Ralph Benko – There are two antagonistic although potentially complementary dynamics underlying American politics.

They go by – surprise! – “republican” and “democratic.” What emerged from history, spontaneously and organically, evolved into these two dominant parties.

The 2016 election will be transformational because it will, irrespective of outcome, clarify matters that have become obscure to the political class. From that clarity a novus ordo seclorum – a “new order of the ages” – is likely to emerge.

The presenting problem with our political system seems to be that the GOP has grown vague as to its core identity as the authentic party of peace, equitable prosperity, and human dignity. While both parties have lapsed from ideology to dogma, the Democrats are much clearer on what they are about. more> http://goo.gl/nJI59P

Republican Party Burns Down One Last Institution: Itself

By Francis Wilkinson – The party began aggressively attacking the news media and the academy in the era of Nixon-Agnew, undermining confidence in the validity of news reports and the integrity of journalists, while condemning the pernicious ideological influence of university professors.

Republicans added public schools to the enemies list as desegregation orders trickled through the nation in the 1960s and 1970s.

Hollywood, which adds more than a half trillion dollars to U.S. gross domestic product each year, became a target as the religious right cemented its place in conservative politics. Like the academy, Hollywood was accused of poisoning the minds of American youth, turning them against decent conservative values.

Republicans never stopped blasting at the institution, even when they controlled it. They called Congress wasteful, corrupt, arrogant and illegitimate. (It sometimes was.)

The Republican Party is an institution, too — an old and once respected one. Having devoted much of the past half century to undermining other American institutions in pursuit of its own power, the party has at last turned on itself. The ethos of destruction preceded Trump. more> http://goo.gl/ldll1Q

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Rank and file tell GOP leaders to keep sequester, shutdown ‘on the table’

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Republican campaign poster from 1896 attacking free silver. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Molly K. Hooper – GOP leaders on Thursday (Jan 17) heard from rank-and-file members in a closed-door session, with many urging sequester cuts or a government shutdown to take effect in hopes of forcing the White House into accepting spending cuts.

But as one-half of one-third of the government, the House GOP majority has the power to block the president but less influence on pushing their own initiatives. One GOP leadership aide described their situation as being a quasi-super minority. more> http://tinyurl.com/b4dnrra

Team Romney won’t rein in GOP nominee during third debate

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By Justin Sink – Mitt Romney‘s campaign indicated Wednesday they have no plans to rein in the GOP nominee during the third and final presidential debate.

Team Romney claims their candidate won the night with his argument on core economic issues, which are the leading concern among voters. And Republican strategists say that Romney has more leeway to adopt the role of the antagonist because it’s Obama who is so heavily reliant on personal favorability to buoy his poll numbers.

Romney’s former debate coach, Bret O’Donnell, told Fox News the candidate “went down the wrong path” when he tried to “litigate out what happened in the Rose Garden.” more> http://tinyurl.com/9e2xojh

The GOP and voter anger

By Mike MalesPresident Barack Obama’s lackluster, let’s-work-together performance in Wednesday (Oct 3) night’s presidential debate stoked the fears of his liberal backers that Democrats simply won’t fight for them the way Republicans relentlessly battle for their wealthier, aging, corporate constituents.

This campaign showcases the GOP‘s ability to feed the anger of a large chunk of aging white Americans whose presumption of “exceptionalism” in citizenship and nationality is now being challenged by claims of equality for younger, multiracial, immigrant and “non-traditional” Americans – as represented by Obama himself. more> http://tinyurl.com/95pgwgu

Deal struck to avoid messy floor fight at GOP convention

Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney (Photo credit: Dave Delay)

By Peter Schroeder and Cameron Joseph – Republican Party officials struck a last-minute deal Monday night in an attempt to avert a messy convention floor battle with supporters of Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas).

Supporters of the libertarian lawmaker were spoiling for a fight over an attempted change to the GOP delegate rules aimed at limiting their ability to gain delegate slots at future conventions. But the bigger concern for presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney‘s campaign was assuaging concerns from a number of powerful longtime party stalwarts that the new rule infringed on states’ rights to determine their own delegates. more> http://tinyurl.com/9jx6rft

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CONGRESS WATCH House GOP pushes Keystone again, WND

As Super Tuesday looms, Republican primary heads into potentially decisive phase

By Aaron Blake – Starting with the Michigan and Arizona primaries on Tuesday, Republican front-runners Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum will face each other in a series of one-on-one matchups that are likely to determine the direction of the rest of the race for their party’s presidential nomination.

“Next Tuesday’s election is pivotal for Mitt Romney,” said GOP consultant Mike Dennehy. “Michigan is really the battleground for the future of the nomination.” more> http://is.gd/A99tPZ