May 13th, 2009
01:07 PM ET
5 years ago

Family feud roils Republican Party

RNC Chairman Michael Steele has been unexpectedly 'freewheeling,' one CNN analyst says.
RNC Chairman Michael Steele has been unexpectedly 'freewheeling,' one CNN analyst says.

(CNN) – President Obama poked fun at the travails of the Republican Party last weekend, telling the party's chairman that no, the GOP does not qualify for a bailout, and conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh does not count as a troubled asset.

Though the president was just looking for a laugh at the annual White House Correspondents dinner, Republicans have a tough road ahead as they try to rehabilitate their party.

"When a party goes out of power so spectacularly as the Republicans have over the last couple of elections, it's going to take a while for a leader to emerge," said Candy Crowley, CNN's senior political correspondent. "And we should say that when a party is out of power, usually the leader emerges when they nominate their next presidential nominee."

In recent weeks, the GOP has received more attention for a steady spout of infighting than it has for its message.

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