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The Media Myth of “GOP Civil War”

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Mainstream media focus obsessive and misleading attention on what they call “The Republican Civil War.”

First, Republicans aren’t battling over substance or policy: the Tea Party and the Congressional leadership agree on long-term goals and quarrel only over strategies to get there.

Second, it’s not much of a “Civil War” when one side has all the troops: in the House of Representatives, 39 members support the so-called “Freedom Caucus” while more than 200 back the current leadership.

In last year’s elections, Tea Party-aligned candidates made 20 challenges to mainstream conservatives for House and Senate seats but won only one of those races: against former Majority Leader Eric Cantor. And each of the established candidates went on from their primary victories to win the general election.

Sure, Capitol Hill veterans could do more to encourage unity and rally the base, but super-heated talk of some apocalyptic battle “for the soul of the Republican Party” damages all conservatives.

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  1. Nani  •  Oct 16, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    Sorry to say that while I agree with most of what Medved says, I do believe he is giving a pass to some people who also is to blame for this disunity. What makes it worst, is these people KNOW better. For years, I used to hear Hewitt tell his listeners that illegal immigration was a losing issue and that after the Republican party tried to pass Proposition 187, they became unelectable for years. For months, I heard Ingraham complain about the MSM who attacked a “war time” president, only to do so herself when he didn’t nominate to the SCOTUS someone SHE liked. The conservative media is supposed to know how things work. They are supposed to know that compromise is NOT a dirty word and that the only way that 50 states can be united is if they work WITH each other.

    The anger, the demands for perfection from the least perfect people around is the fault of so called intelligent talk show hosts, columnists, and media on Fox that was there each and every time a decision was made and WHY it was made.

    They know that we stayed out of the middle east (for the most part) and 9/11 happened, that the war was brought to us. They KNOW that if Bush had NOT gone into Iraq after every intelligence agency said they had WMD and Saddam himself said he wanted to destroy America, and the intelligence had been correct, Bush would have been impeached and millions would have died. But they keep talking about Bush’s “mistake”.

    On and on it goes, the tales that get ratings and the “base” all fired up.

    These 7 years, the mess in the world, the disaster here at home, all this can be laid at the feet of people who should know better but sold the soul of America for high ratings. The uniting has to begin with them. They have to decide if America, if the world can afford a 3rd Obama term. If not, then start acting responsible, tell the WHOLE truth of what can be done and how, and then pray that sanity isn’t too late.

    • Curt  •  Oct 17, 2015 at 2:00 am

      Excellent post. While I agree with Mr. Merged that the Freedom Caucus does not pose a threat to mainstream republican leadership, the damage they are doing to the party and its chances to capture the presidency and change course for our country before it’s too late, is nothing short of terrifying. Each day that their inexplicable, insufferable crush on Trump continues, the more likely a Hillary victory becomes. This is the scariest true life example I’ve ever seen of the old adage “cutting off one’s nose to spite the face.”

  2. Jim Bird  •  Oct 22, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    So now we get to listen this morning to the person who, along with the President, caused the deaths of four brave people who defied their orders to “stand down” and which saved 35 lives. This was done for one reason – the presidential election was less than a month away. What’s even more sickening is that she will be the next President of these United States. They should both be in prison now, you and I would.
    Meanwhile Michael and the Republican Party sit meekly in the corner, cowering and complaining about Dr. Carson’s articulation or some other off handed comment they can exploit in order to give Jeb the nomination. The insanity of the Republican establishment is simply beyond words.

    • merrick300  •  Oct 25, 2015 at 10:26 am

      Your right. all these Salem Network hacks are hard core RINO establishment shills. Makes me laugh when I hear Medved in his homo erotic NPR voice bashing Trump.

  3. Ben Kuxhouse  •  Oct 30, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    I don’t like talk of third party I heard that from Mark Levin not happy about it, but Michael you’re going to have to get over one thing you’re the minority in the GOP. I think Donald Trump is going to win a lot of black support reason being is because of his stance on immigration. Many black people know the Democrats taken for granted but I sure didn’t help when GWB call us all lazy and the Mexicans do jobs that Americans don’t do. My complete lack of support for Jeb Bush your guy, has nothing to do at GWB I support the Iraq war and still do it’s all because of Jeb Bush and his positions.

    • TTRR69  •  Oct 30, 2015 at 6:51 pm

      Ben: With all due respect…I hear all the times from Trump and his supporters that he will get a much, much higher support from African Americans…look at his rallies…don’t see many…how about Hispanics…he cites some obscure poll in Nevada…but other polls say as much as 80% plus against Trump…again don’t see many Hispanic leaders endorsing Trump…Fact: the Republican nominee must get at least 40% of the Hispanic vote…if you are a serious person, you know there is no way he could. Same thing with women…after the things he has said about women…there is no way he could come even in the same ball game as Clinton. That said…Trump would lose by a substantial margin and unfortunately take many good decent Conservatives down with him…Then 4/8 more years of ObamaNation…

  4. Jd  •  Oct 30, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    It only took 3% to fight against the British. We do have a civil war in our party. I am a locally elected Republican and vice chair of my local gop… Some of us (maybe only 3%) are fighting everyday to make sure we aren’t dictated to by party insiders that don’t seem to care about what the voters want.

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