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Musings of a Boston Liberal
Posted by hyphenate in General Discussion
Sun Jan 08th 2012, 11:11 PM
Let them tea each othe apart. Maybe fracture the GOP for years to come.
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As Mitt Romney surges, Republican divisions sharpen

Schisms are highlighted in sharper attacks by rival candidates and doubts about him in the party's hard-core conservative base.
By Paul West, Washington Bureau

January 8, 2012, 6:26 p.m.

Reporting from Concord, N.H. A fusillade of attacks on front-runner Mitt Romney presages what is likely to be at least a month of internal warfare among Republicans as the presidential candidates head for the South, the heart of the GOP's restive base.

The campaign's longtime dynamic shifted forcefully Sunday, as several trailing candidates tried to take down Romney before he more firmly grasps the Republican presidential nomination. He's a heavy favorite in Tuesday's New Hampshire primary, but immediately ahead is South Carolina, where his foes are already on the ground and beaming new, more corrosive charges over the airwaves.

Some of what is powering the increasing acrimony among the candidates is personal disdain. But it also reflects profound differences between sectors of the Republican Party.

"This is a more doctrinaire Republican base than we had seen in the last 25 years," said Andrew Kohut, president of the independent Pew Research Center. "It is much more hard-core than in the past."

In particular, he said, highly energized elements on the GOP right "are looking for a rebellious kind of candidate," as reflected in polls and initial voting results that show a majority of Republicans unwilling to fall in line behind button-down Romney.
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