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The GOP’s War of the Roses

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As pundits ponder the looming prospect of a “Republican Civil War,” they instinctively draw dire analogies with the cataclysmic conflict between Union and Confederacy some 160 years ago.

But to gain a more illuminating perspective on the bitter struggle within the GOP, analysts should go back four hundred years further and consider England’s violent civil strife between 1455 to 1487, later designated the War of the Roses. In its cloddish pointlessness, its exclusive, self-destructive focus on power and personality to the exclusion of any issues of lasting significance, that medieval bloodbath presaged the take-no-prisoners fight among today’s Republicans far more closely than more recent, issues-based struggles like the War Between the States….READ THE FULL COLUMN AT NEWSWEEK.COM. 

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