…today’s earlier post “The latest battle in the Republican Civil War”:
Two good examples of what I was talking about in that post are the subject headings of two emails I received today from Tea Party mailing lists. The first was titled, “We are under attack by Karl Rove.” The second was headed, “Rove Declares War on Tea Party.”
The copy in the second began as follows:
The battle for the heart and soul of the Republican Party has begun. On one side is the Tea Party. On the other side stand Karl Rove and his establishment team, posing as tacticians while quietly undermining conservatism. Yesterday, the New York Times reported…
Fabulous. Keep going in that direction, and the only people you’ll be serving are the good folks at the New York Times, who are chuckling at the seething pot they’ve stirred.
Refer back to my original post for my longer and more detailed opinion on all of this, but for now I’ll just reiterate that I get the fact that these two segments of the Republican Party disagree. That disagreement goes back a long way; I even remember the phrase “Rockefeller Republicans” from my youth.
But this sort of rabble-rousing hyperbole is destructive, and I’m heartily sick of it. Not that that’s going to affect anything, but it’s how I have come to feel. I keep thinking that it’s a great way to marginalize both wings of the party for the foreseeable future.