Thursday, August 26, 2010

GOP Civil War?

As Democrat Max Baucus admits that he didn't read the Obamacare bill that "he wrote":

"Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.), one of the chief authors of the healthcare law, suggested Tuesday he did not read the entire piece of legislation.

Speaking at a forum in his home state, Baucus and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius were asked by an audience member if they had read the whole bill and “if not, that is the most despicable, irresponsible thing.”

“I don’t think you want me to waste my time to read every page of the healthcare bill,” Baucus said. “You know why? It’s statutory language. ... We hire experts.” (source)

And as Democrat Michael Bennet Admits the country has "nothing to show" for all the stimulus spening and deficit creation:

"Regarding spending during his time in office he said, “We have managed to acquire $13 trillion of debt on our balance sheet” and, “in my view we have nothing to show for it.” Speaking of the debt, he said our debt almost equals the economy. Regarding the current job situation, Bennet said the situation has been dire for over a decade saying, “We have created no net new jobs in the United States since 1998” which were the last two years of the Clinton administration. Pointing to a slide showing budget expenditures, he said that currently 65 percent of the budget was for social security, Medicaid and Medicare expenditures and that we could not grow our way out of debt." (source)

...amidst all these things, I read the the GOP is in the middle of a "Civil War."

" A Republican civil war is raging, with righter-than-thou conservatives dominating ever more primaries in a fight for the party's soul. And the Democrats hope to benefit.
The latest examples of conservative insurgents' clout came Tuesday at opposite ends of the country. In Florida, political newcomer Rick Scott beat longtime congressman and state Attorney General Bill McCollum for the GOP gubernatorial nomination. And in Alaska, tea party activists and Sarah Palin pushed Sen. Lisa Murkowski to the brink of defeat, depending on absentee ballot counts in her race against outsider Joe Miller.
The GOP is likely to survive its bitter intraparty battles in such states as Alaska and Utah, even if voters oust veteran senators in both. But tea party-backed candidates might be a godsend to desperate Democrats elsewhere — in Nevada, Florida and perhaps Kentucky, where the Democrats portray GOP nominees as too extreme for their states." (source)

My first reaction was, 'We are?' I don't consider getting rid of the establishment or Hagel-esque Congressmen(women) a Civil War...just a past due chore. The Right has always complained about the Specters and the Hagels (and the McCains) of the party...that's nothing new, but they're finally doing something about it. It seems to me that the problems the Left is facing -both internally and with the country's perception of their failures since taking Congress in 2006 and the White House in 2008- seem much more insurmountable or much more like Civil War than our "Don't Tread on Me" mindset. It wouldn't be much of a Civil War since I'd wager 90% of the GOP feels the same way...but maybe I'm biased...

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