Who isn’t fascinated by the looming Republican self immolation? I can’t read enough about it. Here is a bit of Josh Marshall pointing out that – and I’m paraphrasing – it isn’t “radicals” vs “reasonables” it is “radicals” vs. “sick minded, greedy, power hungry freaks”
A lot of this story is getting played as conservatives versus moderates. But that’s not quite how I see it. There’s a big part of this which is the ideologues against the money Republican party. The Chamber of Commerce and similar outfits want low taxes, a low regulatory regime in Washington and anything that gets in the way of that is a problem. They definitely don’t want endless wars in the Middle East and gays and guns and contraception are problems to whatever extent they get in the way of the low taxes and light regulation. Mainly they want a party that can win and keep the taxes and regs low.
Allied with them are the Rove types who mainly want to win elections. The fact that the consultants make massive personal incomes through running outfits like Crossroads is an additional incentive.