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Quarreling Isn’t Attractive

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In the ongoing quarrel between the so-called Republican establishment and Tea Party activists, some pro-business groups are now threatening primary challenges against members of Congress aligned with the Tea Party.

This destructive strategy is just as foolish as right-wing, populist primary fights against veteran Republican incumbents. This is no way to grow a party. In the past three presidential elections, GOP popular votes have been static—62 million for the Bush victory of 2004, then 61 million for Romney eight years later. Republicans haven’t attracted new voters, and internal squabbles hardly help. Who wants to join a business, or social club, or congregation characterized by bitter internal conflicts?

Most people find it unpleasant to spend time with a couple that is always bickering. Since Republicans agree on virtually all major issues, we should put aside differences on strategy and personality and emphasize shared goals.

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