"The Republican party is becoming too interesting for its own good. While the Democrats savor their victory over the GOP, Republicans themselves are going to war—against each other. A case in point is the growing disaffection of the business community with the Republican party. […]
Now corporate America is talking about opposing Tea Party candidates with more moderate ones. This is a fundamental rift over the true identity of the Republican party.”
-Jacob Heilbrunn, “Is Corporate America Going to War Against the GOP?" The National Interest.
Regardless of which Republican faction prevails, the GOP will still be a party dominated by fringe conservatives or politicians beholden to corporate interests.
There have been numerous stories like this that have been published recently. The story goes like this: Romney visits a state with a Republican governor. Romney says that the economy is terrible and he is the guy to fix it. Then the Republican governor, who is also running for re-election, tells people that things are not bad, at least not in their state.
Governors have been telling Romney to cool it with the economy bashing, while Romney has told the governors to stop telling the voters in their state that things are getting better.
What makes the situation even more interesting is that many of these states are swing states, such as Iowa, Florida, Virginia, and Ohio.
The conventional wisdom is that if people feel the economy is improving it helps Obama, and if people are feeling negative about the economy it helps Romney.
So when Republican governors tell voters that the economy is improving does that help Obama too? Can the economic fortunes of a few key swing states decide the election (if I am not mistaken the unemployment rate in Iowa is 6% or less)?
It may be oversimplifying to say that the economy will decide the election, there are other factors to be sure, but the state of the economy is always the most influential. Romney and the RNC are finding themselves in an awkward position: the Republicans are having to make a nuanced point on the economy, and nuance is not the Rebuplican’s strong suit.
"Quit distorting my words…it’s bullshit."
-Rick Santorum confronting a New York Times reporter.
My opinion of him just went up (slightly).
Saturday the 17th: Missouri held caucuses to assign delegates. (The Primary in February did not count.) Missouri has not held a caucus in at least 15 years and it showed. The St. Charles Caucus, which was the largest and had the most delegates to assign, was shutdown after things got too rowdy. Two people were arrested.
The Saint Louis Post-Dispatch reports:
Buddy Hardin, a Romney leader and longtime behind-the-scenes force in GOP politics in St. Charles County, alleged that Santorum supporters and caucus organizers sought to close the meeting after they realized that Paul and Romney backers had formed an alliance to share the county’s delegates.
"Once they realized they didn’t have a slate and they wouldn’t get any delegates, they tanked it," Hardin alleged. He said the shutdown was carried out "to avoid a Santorum embarrassment and loss."
Here is the full article from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Conflict, strategy mark Missouri caucuses.
Here is some video that was taken against procedures (recording devices were not allowed).
Thanks to peethasaur at YouTube for the video. There are more videos about the caucus on peethasaur’s channel.
It’s not a party until something gets broke, and it’s not a political party until someone gets arrested. Thanks to the Missouri caucuses its now officially a party!
Between the contraception debate, Rush Limbaugh and birtherism it is becoming increasingly difficult to take the Republican Party seriously.