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The Republican Party Feud

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"When a party goes out of power so spectacularly as the Republicans have over the last couple of elections, it's going to take a while for a leader to emerge," said Candy Crowley, CNN's senior political correspondent. "And we should say that when a party is out of power, usually the leader emerges when they nominate their next presidential nominee."

The GOP is looking for their Moses to lead them to the promised land! Someone who has the leadership, the knowledge, the popularity and the Reagonomic wisdom to bring the Republican Party from the grave.
In recent weeks, the GOP has received more attention for a steady spout of infighting than it has for its message. Link

The latest matchup: Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele vs. Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and a likely frontrunner for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

Steele cast doubt on Romney's conservative credentials Friday and said the Republican base rejected Romney because "it had issues with Mormonism" and was unsure of Romney's commitment to opposing to abortion rights.

Romney's camp took issue with the suggestions that the most reliable Republican voters are intolerant and fired back Tuesday, with spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom saying, "Sometimes when you shoot from the hip, you miss the target."

Sen. John McCain, Romney's former rival for the presidential nomination, also stepped in to do damage control.

"I think the fact that Mitt Romney succeeded as much as he did and remains an important and central figure in our Republican Party -- and I wouldn't be surprised to see him run again -- is a testimony, I think, to the inclusiveness of the Republican Party," said McCain, R-Arizona.

David Gergen, a CNN senior political analyst, said that based on the performance so far, he can't imagine Steele staying on as chairman a year from now

"There's a lot of buyer's remorse, I think, within the Republican Party. I don't think they expected anyone quite this undisciplined and sort of freewheeling as he is. He does shoot from the hip a lot," Gergen said. "Does this mean the Republican Party is down and out forever? No. I think ... they'll come back."

Infighting is common among Democrats, he said, "but Republicans usually heed and remember Ronald Reagan's 11th commandment. And that is, 'Thou shalt not speak ill of another Republican.'

"This party needs a chairman who can keep his mouth shut and try to keep peace, not one who throws oil on the flames," he said.

Republicans have been burned by losses in recent elections as well as the Democrats' accusation that they've become "the party of no."

In an effort to shine their image, GOP leaders kicked off an outreach campaign this month designed to connect the party heads with voters across the country.

Those involved in the initiative include Romney, McCain, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour.


It is embarrassing to have the face of the Republican Party named Joe the Plumber and Boss Limbaugh!
This party needs to evolve in order to survive. This party also needs to move past Reagan.
Its a new century and a new generations of Google, Twitter and YouTubes. And its ties to the Religious Right needs to be severed.

Fresh faces! Fresh ideas! And it doesn't hurt to have someone with an intellect (if Palin re-emerge as the 2012 candidate for President, the Party did not learned a damn thing).

Maybe one day this Party will find its voice (but only until they remove their heavy foot from their mouth)!

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