NY Times: NC Shows Strains Within GOP Or Something


Obviously, it would be too much to ask for the NY Times to have an article on either their web front page and/or dead tree edition about the situation in Nevada between the BLM, Cliven Bundy, and all the supporters. No, what’s really important is to manufacture some type of civil war going on in the Republican Party

North Carolina Shows Strains Within G.O.P.

There is a Tea Party candidate who talks about the Constitution and has the backing of Senator Rand Paul. There is a Baptist pastor, endorsed by Mike Huckabee, who wears a “Jesus First” lapel pin and has led the fight against same-sex marriage. And there is a Republican state lawmaker – supported by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and $1 million from Karl Rove’s American Crossroads group – standing up for the party establishment.

In the high-profile Republican primary for Senate here, the divisions that are gripping the party nationally are playing out powerfully, expensively and often very messily. And, after haunting losses in 2012 in which far-right Senate candidates prevailed in primaries only to collapse in the general election, the Republican establishment is determined to stifle the more radical challengers.

Can anyone guess what word is used to describe this? Why, yes, it is called “politics”. There’s also a phrase associated with this: business as usual. There is nothing, absolutely nothing, unusual about fights between the establishment and more “radical” challengers. In either party. It occurs in the Democrat Party. It happens in Parties around the world. It is nothing new. There are factions within political Parties, and you are going to get candidates who are super squishy and those who are more out there.

One of the big things in American politics is that we have two political parties. Sure, you may get a few winning as independents here and there, but in both the GOP and Dem Party you will have outliers, people who might be best off in their own parties. Many Republicans would be best off as Libertarians. Many Democrats would be best off as National Socialist Party candidates/members. Some Republicans should probably be Democrats, at least Dems in the JFK mold. Some Democrats should be in the U.S. Marijuana Party, not because of political beliefs, just because they seem to be heavily stoned quite a bit.

“What I really see is the national Republican civil war playing out here in North Carolina,” said Thomas Mills, a political blogger in Carrboro, a town near Chapel Hill. “You’ve got all the factions of the party.”

Excellent, let’s quote the left leaning blog, with both of the writers self describing as liberals, with articles such as one whining about the Koch brothers and another that mentions bestiality and the GOP. But no article that I can find about some civil war in the GOP. The Times couldn’t have asked me, an NC Conservative? How about Sister Toldjah? Lady Liberty 1885? Free North Carolina? Another? How about the John Locke Foundation? No, let’s pick a liberal.

The Senate race comes at a time when the state’s political identity is in flux. North Carolina is an increasingly purple state – Barack Obama narrowly won it in 2008, and Mitt Romney carried it in 2012. The combination of Research Triangle Park, with its investments in biotechnology and medical research; a strong university system; and Charlotte’s banking and financial centers has attracted an influx of new residents. Yet at the same time, the Statehouse is trending conservative, with Republicans controlling the governor’s office and both houses of the legislature for the first time in more than a century.

All those Northern Liberals moving south to escape the results of their insane policies, attempting to bring them here.

Still, it is the battle for the Republican nomination, leading to the primary on May 6, that has been generating the most activity.

My goodness, candidates battling for the nomination? Who woulda thunk it?

The rest of the article is simply a way to bash the candidates, particularly Tom Tillis, who appears to be the front-runner, along with propping up Kay Hagan (our miserable failure of a senator, obviously a Democrat). That was the point of this article, appearing on the front page, top left, of the Sunday paper edition. Create division, make the GOP look outside the mainstream, and help out Kay. In reality, there is no strain, this is simply politics as usual, with candidates with different views fighting it out.

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