November 7th, 2013
11:22 AM ET
9 months ago

When moderates fight back: GOP civil war could be brutal in 2014 elections

Washington (CNN) - There's a fight brewing and it could get ugly.

In one corner is the Republican Party. And in the other ... the Republican Party.

The stakes could not be higher. The GOP has failed to get a majority of Americans to vote for its presidential candidates in five of the last six elections. And Tuesday night's gubernatorial races - a win in New Jersey and loss in Virginia - sent confusing signals, at best, about where the party is headed.

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  1. Lynda/Minnesota

    "I refer to them as the Club for Democratic Growth," LaTourette said about the group and its efforts."

    Absolutely. Republican moderates are finally trying to grow a pair? This is going to get interesting.

    /popcorn

    November 7, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  2. Gurgyl

    God bless you candy. GOP is pretty much gone to dogs. No one with right education, right mind support these teatrolls, GOP thugs. Their agenda is Wars, Guns, loot, Halliburton contracts, Koch Tax-evasions, Saudi oil dependence etc, list is long, I am tired.

    November 7, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  3. The Real Tom Paine

    Of course it will get ugly. Pragmatism and results count for less than being as pure as the driven snow.

    November 7, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Tuesday night's gubernatorial races – a win in New Jersey and loss in Virginia – sent confusing signals, at best, about where the party is headed.
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    Mixed signals? It seemed pretty cut and dried to me.
    Extremism may win some conservative primaries, but it usually loses elections.

    November 7, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  5. Gurgyl

    Read Time magazine, it put Chris's in Alfred Hitchcock pose..... lOL...poor GOP pretty much gone to dogs.

    November 7, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  6. Gurgyl

    Chris's Christie in Alfred Hitchcock pose???? GOP just go away...

    November 7, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  7. GOP = Greed Over People

    The GOP may not hold any national offices, but they will still have their "purity"!

    November 7, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  8. Hooper

    When asked the question ( Do I Care Which Direction The GOP IS Going), I have to answer a resounding (NO). When a political party embraces fringe elements attempting to win elections at any cost, it proves that this party has no insight to future troubles brought on by these groups. Their lack of insight on this front means they have little if any insight as to what the future of the entire country should be. They put all of us, all citizens at risk when their pursuit of political gain and quest for power are their number one priority. We have got to wrestle some of the political power away from the special interest groups, and big money lobbyist. They have put their interest ahead of any of us. It's just that simple

    November 7, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  9. tom l

    Lol. "Civil War". Does it count that 100% of republicans all voted the same way on the ACA? I guess that's not a story. What a nontroversy.

    November 7, 2013 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  10. Ol' Yeller

    I can't wait! I can't wait! I can't wait!
    Get the popcorn ready and the hankies out. Going to see a lot of crying republicants (nothing new). Going to see a lot of hand wringing republicants (nothing new). Going to see a lot of whining republicants (nothing new).
    What will be new is that one of the strengths of the republicant party has always been their abilty to maintain talking points, stay on the same page, and show a united front (We may be completely wrong, but we are completely wrong together!)
    Heh, heh, heh, a little hard to keep that strength when you go into battle against each other. (Also a little hard for both sides to play the victim- another strong point of the republicant party... but watch them do it)
    Step right up Step right up Step right up

    November 7, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  11. Obama-Democrats: Doubling Down, Lying about Their Lies

    This is NOTHING compared to the civil war brewing in the Democrat Party right now over how to save their skins because of Obamacare and all the lies Obama told the American people.

    How about covering THAT?

    November 7, 2013 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  12. TONE

    The Gop did not learn anything from these losses they are still making excuses, and it has gotten so bad that they are blaming each other so i encourage them to fight on.

    November 7, 2013 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  13. Fair is Fair

    Gurgyl

    Read Time magazine, it put Chris's in Alfred Hitchcock pose..... lOL...poor GOP pretty much gone to dogs.
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    I suppose if you can't string a coherent sentence together, you can always take someone else's points, eh Gurgyl? Aw heck... maybe it's 5PM in whatever third world hell hole...

    November 7, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    tom l

    Lol. "Civil War". Does it count that 100% of republicans all voted the same way on the ACA? I guess that's not a story. What a nontroversy.
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    The fact that 100% of Republicans all voted the same way speaks volumes about them. They all passed the purity test and will not be punished by the thought police. They can keep their hive mind and visions of a homogenized society.

    November 7, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  15. Gurgyl

    Some times I write in haste manner.... O.k. Understand English Teacher!!!

    November 7, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  16. smith

    Hopefully moderates will take over the GOP and make it a better party. Get rid of the radicals in both parties.

    November 7, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  17. rs

    The truth is (to quote a phrase), the GOP with the TEA Party onboard is unsustainable. A national party cannot hope to win national elections without the votes of minorities, young peple and women. With the revelation that Cuccinnelli lost single women by 46 points, apparently the GOP is now toxic to women voters as well.

    This is survival for the GOP- but much more. We live in a two-party political environment. One of those parties has an approval rating of 22%; has more or less worked to push away Black voters, Hispanic voters and now women through their adoption of increasing radical social position laws and bills, many of which have been found to if not unpalitable to most, downright unconstitutional.

    Right now, instead of straddling and competing for the middle ground, the Democrats have almost completely covered the center, and the GOP has staked out a far-Rightist fringe. For our system to work, both parties must compete for the via media voters (i.e. the majority of Americans). By taking such unnatural positions we find we cannot collaborate nor cooperate on the agenda of this nation.

    November 7, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  18. rs

    tom l

    Lol. "Civil War". Does it count that 100% of republicans all voted the same way on the ACA? I guess that's not a story. What a nontroversy.
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    Surely, Tom even you see there is more at stake here than just the ACA. The GOP is completely unsustainable now, and that is a real problem in a two-party nation.

    November 7, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  19. Anthony in California

    @Obama-Democrats: Doubling Down, Lying about Their Lies
    This is NOTHING compared to the civil war brewing in the Democrat Party right now over how to save their skins because of Obamacare and all the lies Obama told the American people.

    Well since we know what the Republican infighting is... care to elaborate on this so called "Civil War" and who are its participants?

    PS: Democratic Gov just won, along with a Dem Mayor in NY.

    November 7, 2013 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    Christie isn't a moderate, not by a long shot and not if you look objectively at the policies he's pushed in NJ and what they've done to damage what the GOP doesn't like and redistribute wealth to where the GOP wants it. Heck, he's not a moderate BY HIS OWN ADMISSION. And if you really want your Clinton-Christie horse race CNN, you better stop trying to help him push that mischaracterization until AFTER the primary. Then you can help him shake his Etch-a-Sketch all you want.

    NEWSFLASH: Being reasonable enough to say the POTUS from the other party did the right thing about something does NOT make someone a moderate. Whether someone is a moderate or a centrist DEPENDS ON THE POLICIES AND AGENDA THEY ESPOUSE, not whether they have the common decency to act like a reasonable person sometimes.

    November 7, 2013 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  21. just saying

    Rudy NYC
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    The fact that 100% of Republicans all voted the same way speaks volumes about them.
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    yeah, it says they are am extremely intelligent bunch of people that know a steaming pile of dog poop like obamacare when they see it! they were 100% correct to oppose it then and to keep trying the save the american people from the obamacare disaster and all of the lies obama and the democrats spewed to deceive the american people.

    November 7, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  22. Denise

    More right wing drivel, more right wing radio shows, soooooo little time! At least the likes of Karl Rove, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck and Rush wouldn't ever have to show a college transcript. They have kept alot of high profile, socialist, big bad liberals in business given all of their legal troubles. Whether it be for ethics violations, illegal drug use, violating international Custom regulations, DUI's from years of drinking or multiple trips to divorce/alimony court, just to name a few............The ABA lobby is apparently on the wrong side of the aisle!

    November 7, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |