Here’s a very quick take on local politics that reflects national intra-party warfare.
The Republican Party in Minnesota recently ejected 18 prominent and respected members, including a retired U.S. Senator and two former Minnesota Governors. Why? Because they were not far enough right. They put the needs of the State and the Nation ahead of the needs of the Party. They spoke their conscience instead of the Republican Politburo Party Line.
The war between the endangered species known as “Moderate Republicans” and the Teapers is heating up, and will be played out soon in a state near you. This is a preview:
The stunning purge, narrowly passed by the state Republican central committee last weekend, suggests more than just a fit of pique: by banning some of the state’s leading moderates, the Minnesota GOP moved toward extinguishing a dying species of Republican in one of its last habitats.
Their crime against orthodoxy? They endorsed Tom Horner in the Minnesota Governor’s race, the moderate Independent candidate, rather than Tom Emmer, the far-right nutcase endorsed by the Republican Party.
- Rachel Maddow Show Clip
- Minnesota Purge: Loyalty, Not Purity (commentarama)
- Minn. GOP Brings Out the Knives (politico.com)
- Minnesota GOP Bars Former Governors, Senator (politicalwire.com)
- RINO Hunting (andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com)