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U.S. President George W. Bush (R) waves alongside U.S. Republican Congressman Chris Chocola from Indiana in Mishawaka, Indiana February 23, 2006. REUTERS/Jason Reed
Club for Growth President Chris Chocola during a congressional run back in 2006. Judge him by the company he keeps ... and kept.
That GOP civil war is getting nasty!
LaTourette, who retired from Congress in January and hopes his organization will be a key factor in 2014 Republican efforts, said in a statement, "The Club for Growth is a cancer that has attached itself to the Republican Party." LaTourette added, "The Club repeatedly backs candidates who espouse bizarre views on rape, incest, immigrants and even witchcraft. … The left wants to caricature the Republican Party as out-of-touch and extremist and the Club spends millions to help them do this."
Bam!
A Club for Growth spokesman quickly shot back at LaTourette in an interview with TheDC.

"It’s not surprising. He’s a liberal," Club for Growth spokesman Barney Keller said. "He’s defending his fellow liberal RINOs. He’s never met a bailout he didn’t like. Primarymycongressman.com is designed exactly so voters are aware of the other Steve LaTourettes out there."

Pow!

There's Karl Rove versus the Club for Growth, and the tea party versus Karl Rove, and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal saying that the GOP must stop being the "stupid party," which it has no intention of doing. You have right-wing Republicans already tanking the GOP's chances of picking up the open Iowa Senate seat next year (ultra-nut Rep. Steve King will be unchallenged for the nomination), not to mention putting the Georgia one at risk by chasing the incumbent into retirement.

It's hard for these guys to focus on Democrats as long as they're beating the shit out of each other. All the while, changing demographics and social norms push them further into the margins. Remember, it wasn't just the Todd Akins and Richard Mourdocks who lost last year. The GOP establishment candidates all got their asses handed to them as well.

Yet they'll be fighting this internal war all the way through the 2014 election cycle, while we get to focus on sending House Speaker John Boehner back to the minority and making the NRA as radioactive as it deserves to be.

Best of all, the things that make Democrats more popular with mainstream voters also make them more popular with base liberals (like protecting Social Security). But the things that would make the GOP more competitive—like dropping social issues, compromising more, not hating brown people, and accepting the validity of science—are violently opposed by their base.

So they might as well fight each other, because they ain't gonna get far fighting for new votes.

Originally posted to kos on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 12:48 PM PST.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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