Across numerous topics most of us have mentioned at one time or another the rift that seems to be growing within the GOP. The two sides being the Tea Part and the slightly more moderate establishment Republicans. During this weeks regional elections several races were singled out as a representation of this divide. Several news outlets have played this up as the beginning of a fight for the future of the party. Just one of the recent articles:
There are other signs of an establishment fed up with the tactics of groups like SCF.
Back in August, Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander, who is seen as a possible 2014 target by tea party conservatives, penned an op-ed in the Nashville Tennessean in which he denounced the all-or-nothing tactics that some within the party advocate. Wrote Alexander:
“I learned to count in Maryville City Schools. So I know that if you only have 45 votes and you need 60 senators to get something important done like balancing the budget and fixing the debt, then you have to work with other people — that is, IF you really care about solving the problem, IF you really want to get a result, instead of just making a speech.”
The moral of the story? That after years of trying to make nice with the growing constellation of tea party groups, the GOP establishment has realized that there isn’t likely to be a peaceful detente any time soon. Groups like the Senate Conservatives Fund don’t want to win a seat at the establishment table. They want to tip the table over and take an ax to it.
Here’s how Piper, the McConnell ally, framed the fight in an e-mail exchange with The Fix Wednesday night: “It is not so much establishment versus outsiders as it is those who feel a responsibility to steer the country toward better times and those who seek to profit off of artificial measures of partisan purity.”
So is this the beginning of mainstream Republicans retaking their party?