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Rush Limbaugh shouting.
We already know the GOP House is in full meltdown mode as House Speaker John Boehner voted for the McConnell-Biden deal, while chief rival and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Majority Whip Kevin McCarty voted against it. The majority whip's entire job is to round up votes for the speaker, and he didn't even deliver his own! And with the deal passing with a minority of Republican votes, the wingnut brigade wants blood.
Buzzy: @RepTomPrice told WMAL this morning that GOP needs "red state leadership." As @LarryOConnor notes, that doesn't include OH, VA, & CA
@robertcostaNRO via web

Boehner is from Ohio, a Blue state. Cantor is from Virginia, a Blue state. And McCarthy is from California, a Blue state. Fun!

Then there's the Northeastern GOP contingent, realizing that the national Republican Party hates their fucking guts. New York Rep. Peter King is apoplectic at his national party:

"The Republican Party has this bias against New York, this bias against New Jersey, this bias against the Northeast," he said. "They wonder why they are becoming a minority party? Why we are becoming the party of the permanent minority? What they did last night was so immoral, so disgraceful, so irresponsible."
Whatever bias national Republicans have against New York and New Jersey was tripled thanks to their perceived betrayal by Gov. Chris Christie—not just his hilarious RNC keynote, in which he almost forgot to mention Mitt Romney as he sang his own praises—but his late-term embrace of President Barack Obama after Sandy. So yeah, we now have a regional war within the GOP.

And remember those conservative Republicans ousted from choice committees by Boehner? That wound is still festering.

Movement conservatives have their own intercine battles. There was literally an armed coup at top teabagging outfit FreedomWorks by former Rep. Dick Armey. Former Breitbarter Dana Loesch is taking a more civilized approach, employing one of those trial lawyers they pretend to hate so much to sue her former employer.  

Conservative talk radio host and commentator Dana Loesch sued the owner of the conservative website Breitbart.com Friday, claiming that although her relationship with the news and opinion aggregating website had gone “tragically awry,” Breibart.cοm LLC refused to let her work for the company or anyone else, forcing her into “indentured servitude in limbo.”
You have establishment Republicans pining for a leader that will purge the GOP of extremist teabaggers. Remember, without the tea party, Republicans would likely comfortably control the Senate today, rather than face a 10-seat deficit. For their part, the teabaggers are welcoming the civil war. The Paulbots are siding with the teabaggers. Rush Limbaugh and the GOP consultancy are taking shots at each other. You have Herman Cain calling for a third party because the GOP is so liberal. You have this deliciousness:
Congrats to @KarlRove on blowing $400 million this cycle. Every race @CrossroadsGPS ran ads in, the Republicans lost. What a waste of money.
@realDonaldTrump via web

Mike Murphy wonders if his party can be saved. The conservative critique is being driven by crazies like the National Review's Thomas Sowell, who thinks 2016 will be too late for the GOP to right its ship (in a more conservative direction, of course) because Iran and/or North Korea will have nuked us by then. And social conservatives, like Bryan Fischer, want in on the internal bloodshed:

The bottom line: either conservatives will take the wheel of the Republican party bus from the likes of Karl Rove, or the bus will be driven into a ditch so deep that you couldn't haul it out of there with a dozer and a titanium chain.

The Republican party is indeed locked in a civil war.

Just remember, the party of personal responsibility will never take personal responsibility for its own failings.

So it's all Obama's fault.


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Originally posted to kos on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 10:05 AM PST.

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