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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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  1. Bob Morrell  •  Nov 15, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    I am a big fan an have been greatly bothered by the quarreling that you and a number of other conservatives that I respect chose to engage in against Ted Cruz and company. I understand the disagreement about tactics but you and other republicans were not laying out any clear alternative tactic that would end in better result. Most of the alternative tactic was to do nothing and win elections.
    I understand that Ted Cruz went out on his own without consensus with fellow republicans. Having done that, the rest of us needed to fight as hard as possible with him. No he did not win the battle, but I think in the end he did a lot towards winning the war. He brought a lot of attention to the cause.

    As it turned out, that attention is now bearing fruits. Even if it was a failed effort, which it was not, sometimes you have put up fight so those with you understand that there is fight in you and in the future they can jump in the trench with you.

    It was ok to criticize Ted, but you and many others over did it by a lot! McCain and King were the worst. They not only refused to get in the trench with Ted, they shot at him from behind. It was shameful. I hope that we do not make the same mistake and I hope you will think better of harping so much against your fellow republicans in similar future situations. I was not a Ted Cruz fan when this all started, but I am now and I hope that we can help him in the future. We are on the same side!

  2. Bob Morrell  •  Nov 15, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    I am a big fan an have been greatly bothered by the quarreling that you and a number of other conservatives that I respect chose to engage in against Ted Cruz and company. I understand the disagreement about tactics but you and other republicans were not laying out any clear alternative tactic that would end in a better result. Most of the alternative tactics that I heard consisted of doing nothing and just win elections. I get the win elections part but the do nothing did not sit well with me.
    I understand that Ted Cruz went out on his own without consensus from fellow republicans. Having done that, the rest of us needed to fight as hard as possible with him. No he did not win the battle, but I think in the end he did a lot towards winning the war. He brought a lot of attention to the cause.

    As it turned out, that attention is now bearing fruits. Even if it was a failed effort, which it was not, sometimes you have put up fight so those that are with you understand that there is fight in you and in the future they will be willing to jump in the trench with you and fight for the common cause.

    It was ok to criticize Ted, but you and many others over did it by a lot! McCain and King were the worst. They not only refused to get in the trench with Ted, they shot at him from behind. It was shameful. I hope that we do not make the same mistake and I hope you will think better of harping so much against your fellow republicans in similar future situations. I was not a Ted Cruz fan when this all started, but I am now and I hope that we can help him in the future. We are on the same side!

  3. Kpar  •  Nov 15, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    Mr. Morrell, I am in complete agreement with you. I will support any candidate who so clearly states Conservative principles, and then is willing to lay his reputation on the line. Now that the faults of Obamacare are becoming so blatantly obvious, folks will remember Ted Cruz, and how right he was…

    • Ann Cunningham  •  Nov 15, 2013 at 7:45 pm

      Exactly, stop the in fighting and come together to when the next election. I sent an email to Ted Cruz thanking him for standing up against party as usual Politicians. He showed a lot of strength and bravery. He was telling everyone we don’t want Obamacare and a need a real fiscal fix for this debtor nation. You go Ted!

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